Weekly Chamber Coffee Event Highlights Wayne Sculpture Walk

WAYNE – A total of ten art pieces will be on display until early April in the City of Wayne as the Sculpture Walk was recently highlighted during Friday morning Chamber Coffee.

From just outside F&M Bank last Friday, City of Wayne Administrator Wes Blecke welcomed community members and talked more about the inaugural Wayne Sculpture Walk.

The first art work was approved in 2019 and then in 2020, the illuminated mural on the side of the Majestic Theatre building was completed.

Mayor Cale Giese was joined by councilmembers Jill Brodersen and Dwaine Spieker as well as local artists in the community being Carolyn Albrecht, Steve Elliott, Andi Haslit and Mike Fluent on the committee.

The City of Wayne budgeted $30,000 for their first project which cost around $20,000; $20,000 for the Wayne Sculpture Walk and then another $20,000 in the budget for next year, according to Blecke.

“So, looking at what do we do going forward,” said Blecke. “Well, I think the sculpture walk to be funded again for a second year is a no brainer. Then looking at other items in the community doing; talk about updating the Centennial mural.”

Power Box art on the power boxes around the community is also being discussed.

April 1, 2022 is when the artists will come and retrieve their work before the committee will then go out for proposals in the next few months to solicit art pieces for next year. Any of the art pieces are also for sale.

Otocast is the app that Wayne Area Economic Development purchased to provide more information on the Wayne Sculpture Walk. Executive Director with WAED, Luke Virgil explains more.

“It uses your location services so that you can see where you’re at and then it pulls up the local art walks. So, Wayne is located right at the top, of course and it will give you a map and waive finders for each of the pieces.”

Like Wayne, NE on Facebook for more information, visit wayneworks.org or contact the WAED Chamber office at 402-375-2240.

This week’s Friday morning Chamber Coffee host will be Boutique Black Label (117 West 2nd Street) on October 1 at 10 a.m. with the online version of ChamberPercs beginning at 10:15 a.m.