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Guest column: So much creativity to see in the Williams art scene

The art of keeping people interested is alive and well in Williams; the proof is right before your eyes at Experiencewilliams.com.

There's much to see on this informational site, but our favorite is "66 Things to do on Route 66." Who knew? The Mother Road lives on.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Greater Williams Community Fund, the Williams Alliance for the Arts (WAFTA) will conduct free art workshops and fun art events for both seniors and kids during the upcoming Wild West Weekend and beyond.

The initial festivities will take place in and around 200 W. Railroad Ave. June 19 from noon to 9 p.m, and June 20 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

An art workshop for kids just took place at Old Trails Hardware, and another - a pastel workshop - is scheduled for the Williams Senior Center on July 8 from 10 a.m. until noon. The workshops are free, but donations will be accepted

You might want to notch your calendar for the first and third Saturdays of each month to peruse a porchful of home-made, hand-made and home-grown goods available from 9 a.m. until noon outside The Open Studios on Ninth Street. Vendors and visitors welcome. See what creative locals can produce.

Congratulations to local author Nancy Rivest Green on the publication of her historical novel "On The Brink of Shards." Nancy is a charter member of the Northern Arizona Authors' Association (NAAA), formed in Williams in 2011.

The hands that formed the Williams War Memorial remain busy today as sculptor Neil Logan tackles a pair of life-sized, multi-subject bronzes in Flagstaff and Phoenix.

The Phoenix project places the legendary 36-year TV-team of Wallace and Ladmo on a park bench in front of the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix, while ground was just broken for a two-subject sculpture honoring Flagstaff firefighters to be displayed before Station No. 2. Including the design and molding of the clay, and the lengthy casting process, each project will require 8-12 months for completion. Fundraising for the Flagstaff project involves the assistance of lawenforcementcreations.org.

Logan, award-winning sculptor and Vietnam vet, focuses his art on projects that recognize the military, police, fire and other members of the protecting professions.

Mike Sheehan

Williams area artist

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