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2/11/2010 11:59:00 AM
Franconia Sculpture Park Valentine's Day HOT Metal Pour Sunday, February 14

Grab your sweetheart (or potential sweetheart) and come to Franconia Sculpture Park as it hosts a Valentine's Day Hot (HOT! HOT! HOT!) Metal Pour Sunday, February 14, from noon until 5 p.m. Ten Minnesota sculptors will brave the cold for a short, sweet and HOT affair. Bring a thermos of cocoa and warm your hands over the hot sculpture molds or by the fire. The event is free and open to everyone.

The artists operate a cupola (furnace) that melts recycled iron, consisting primarily of old radiators, at upwards of 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. When the iron is released, the red-hot glowing liquid metal flows into a 150-lb ladle, which is then used to pour the sculpture molds. As John Hock, Artistic Director points out, "It is breathtaking to watch as these skilled artists create cast iron sculpture from red-hot molten iron right in front of you."

Artists participating in the Valentine's Day Hot Metal Pour include:

Bridget Beck, Veronica Glidden, Mary Johnson, Jeff Kalstrom, Kari Reardon, Tamsie Ringler, Carissa Samaniego, Aga Sulek, Karl Unnasch, and Bobby Zokaites. Directing the pour is Tamsie Ringler, 2009 Franconia/Jerome Fellowship artist and professor of sculpture at the University of St. Catherine, St. Paul.

Franconia Sculpture Park is an innovative arts organization that provides live, work, and exhibition space to emerging and established artists. The 20-acre sculpture park, with a rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures, reflects the creative talents of local, national, and international artists. Franconia is free and open to the public 365 days a year. Donations are always welcome.

Franconia augments its exhibitions with educational and outreach programs that include weekly scheduled docent tours (May through October) on Sundays at 2 p.m, school partnerships, specific programs for at-risk youth, Kids Make Sculpture classes and 3-Dimensional Symposiums every second and fourth Thursday (June-Oct,) at 8 p.m. For more information, please visit the Franconia web site at www.franconia.org.

Franconia Sculpture Park is supported in part by generous donations from: the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Hugh J Andersen Foundation, Elmer and Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, Athena Foundation, the Beim Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, COMPAS, Constance Mayeron-Cowles and Charles Fuller Cowles Foundation, Driscoll Foundation, East Central Regional Development Comminsion and the East Central Arts Council, HRK Foundation, Hynnek Fund of HRK Foundation, Pugsley Fund of HRK Foundation, Lownade Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legistlature and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Prospect Creek Foundation, Sage Cleveland Foundation, Slumberland, St. Croix Valley Community Foundation and the Wisconsin State Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, Target Foundation, Von Blon Charitable Foundation, the Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation, Windgate Foundation, Woodrill Foundation, Woodbury Foundation, In-Kind Donations from generous business' and many passionate patrons.

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