Public art can fuel prosperity |

Public art can fuel prosperity

Matthew Welter
Special to the Tribune
Roseann Keegan / Tribune file photoSculptor Matthew Welter prepares to hang the American flag from his "Hand of Order" sculpture, a 30-foot Statue of Liberty interpretation that arrived at the Ski Run Marina in June.

South Lake Tahoe rocks. Thank you for hosting my patriotic art installation, “Liberty (R)evolution.” I’m so happy to share my passions with the community. Thank you Mansoor Allyshmerni, your support and guidance made this possible. May art bring Ski Run Marina repeat visitors who bring more and more visitors.

As community plans unfold, my lifetime of creating art, training and representing artists in the High Sierra will allow me to secure quality artworks for public display. I and other key players planted a seed some 25 years ago; a commitment to develop the High Sierra as an international arts destination. That seed is now a sprout – so let the (R)evolution begin!

Art can help to stabilize a whole region’s struggling economy. Surrounded by such rare beauty, the High Sierra is the perfect setting to present investment quality art. If we present art we will attract more and more durable clientele which can afford good art. That money will drive our local businesses year-round, including our challenging shoulder seasons. The arts can significantly impact commercial investment by attracting high-end clientele.

While Liberty (R)evolution is still showing at Ski Run Marina, I hope to share my vision of a national tour of works by some of our community’s fine artists. These works would be assembled in a series of high-profile, temporary installations, each lasting half a year or so, all playing-out for years; an evolving promotional device – and welcome direction in a troubled time.

This tour will be a continuance of Liberty (R)evolution to include a full-sized bronze casting of my 30-foot revitalized Statue of Liberty, “Hand of Order,” and her smaller, attending “Guardians of Liberty.” Such an attraction can generate media attention that increases with each metropolitan area it visits. It’s all designed to promote freedom, even as it drives high-dollar clientele to the High Sierra (talk about a liberating factor). The castings and tour would be funded using sound investment principles that protect and grow the investment by accruing the value of the replications. Everybody wins. I hope to elaborate on these ideas and share an actual art appraiser’s assessment, during an October event to be called “Liberty (R)evolution Convergence” at the historic marina.

Now, any good Liberty (R)evolution should be a community push, staged by common folks – and Tahoe, baby here’s your chance. This project has been the work of many hands, backs and minds, including supportive art collectors. Now key business owners, artists and community leaders hope the new artworks and art-process performances in public spaces can be only a start.

October surprise: In celebration of liberty and to plot her revival, we are calling out for participants to stage the “Liberty (R)evolution Convergence,” to take place at Ski Run Marina on Oct. the 16. All musicians, entertainers, film makers, sign-makers, patriots, printers, punks and promoters are invited. To do this we need columnists, bloggers, journalists without the spin; two tin cans and a string, we need to get this out. We need press-the-flesh “people-people”, hipsters and pretty faces. Attention too, anxious investors, beleaguered bankers, bean-counters, buyers and their brothers; all ideas are encouraged. We need a huge fire cauldron, buskers, spiffy lighting, dorks, dancers, drummers and dare-devils. Now you have a chance to promote yourself in a fantastic venue, as part of an event that will be newsy enough to get folks out and keep them talking.

Please visit Timeless Sculpture’s gallery in the Ski Run Marina plaza while art still reigns, or call me directly at 775-230-1718. Share how you may like to participate in the great October Liberty (R)evolution Convergence. And let the (R)evolution begin.

– Matthew Welter is a Carson City-based artist and sculptor. His latest installation, “Hand of Order” is featured at Ski Run Marina.

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