Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shout out for sister Lee and Tony Colon

City of Raleigh Arts Commission Accepts Donation of Red Wolf Ramble Sculpture

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission is pleased to accept for its permanent collection the sculpture "Howl The Gilded Moon." The artwork was created by Antonio Colon and Lee Lewis in 2001 as one of 100 fiberglass wolf sculptures exhibited throughout the city as part of the Arts Commission's "Raleigh Red Wolf Ramble" public art project.

The Raleigh Red Wolf Ramble was inspired by other public art projects around the country featuring such creatures as pigs, cows or fishes. Selecting the red wolf as the theme resulted in partnerships with local organizations, including the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The project created a fun environment while offering educational information on the red wolf's plight as an endangered species.

During 2001 and 2002, the completed wolves were showcased throughout the city in parks, campuses, museums, shopping malls and other venues. Howl the Gilded Moon was exhibited at Crabtree Valley Mall. Following the exhibition, the wolves were auctioned, with proceeds benefiting the Arts Commission's public art program.

Howl the Gilded Moon was donated by former Raleigh residents Steve and Julie Joyce, who relocated recently to Utah. The sculpture can now been seen in the lobby of Marsh Creek Community Center at 3050 N. New Hope Rd.

"We appreciate the Joyces' generous donation, and are excited to add Howl the Gilded Moon to Raleigh's art collection," said Kim Curry-Evans, the City of Raleigh Art Commission's public art coordinator. "The Red Wolf Ramble was a very popular public art project for the City."

Many of the wolves can still be seen "roaming" the city in venues such as the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex and Sertoma Arts Center.

For more information, contact Kim Curry-Evans, public art coordinator for the City of Raleigh Arts Commission at 919-996-4688.

Established in 1977 as the official advisory body and advocate for the arts to the Raleigh City Council, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Serving as the leading force to champion the arts with Raleigh citizens and their representatives, the Arts Commission's myriad activities foster, support, and promote the arts in the Capital City.


Kings Creek Pottery said...

What a wonderful tribute to your sister and her spirit ~ she will forever howl at the moon and this sculpture asks us to join her!

cookingwithgas said...

Your comment bring a good smile from deep within- thanks!
I like to think she was a good howler so fitting!

Tracey Broome said...

I was sort of thinking along the same lines, nice that Lee's spirit will be howling at the moon, what a great title for a piece!Would love to see photos one day. Wesley used to be crazy in love with wolves and could tell you more than you ever needed to know about them. We were lucky enough to see a pack of them when we were in Yellowstone, with babies too. Gerry has always wanted to do a package on the red wolves down on the Alligator River, but it's a hard thing to get photos of them apparently. There is a midnight tour you can do and go howl with them, hmmm.....

cookingwithgas said...

TB- there is a picture on the link to the blog below the article- but it is a little hard to see.
We all need a little howling right now!

Gloria Evonne said...

How wonderful!! That's a great tribute to Lee!

ang walford said...

how very awesome!!! it's a great sculpture

Linda Starr said...

I can't say it any better than Kathy, I can just see Lee howling at the moon, what a wonderful sculpture.

Mrs. G. said...

King's Pottery's comment made me teary. I can just see your sister, with that middle finger flying, smiling! Your family hit the jackpot in creative talent.

cookingwithgas said...

Thanks again- I am so glad that this will be there.
I have thought all day about how fitting it is. Although we did not stay in Raleigh Lee was born there when our father worked at the newspaper there. Raleigh was home for my mother. My sister brought up that she was born there and died there. Life is strange.
So again we are happy the wolf is there for many to see and enjoy- keep howling!