Bridge of Art have been around for almost three years and have decorated over 160 windows, in several different towns in their area. Involving local artists, creative citizens, art teachers and students, the window displays are made from recycled or repurposed materials, and avoid items that are made in China.
Bridge of Art also create for retail windows, but mostly public art displays in empty windows. With their goal to promote tourism, local business, locally made Art and local artists.
Promoting environmental awareness, Art education, and community participation in the Arts, Bridge of Art involved hundreds of people in our projects and have developed quite a following. One of theur largest events, The Amazing Art of Recycling, included 35 windows along a 60 mile stretch of the 100 year old Lincoln Highway, and included six towns.
The cone shaped trees made from tomato cages or traffic cones, lots of white painted branches, paper snowflakes and paper chains made by local school children, a mannequin dressed in sparkled coffee filters- was designed by an accomplished watercolor artist. The trees are mostly made from different papers, some vintage fabrics and laces. Ornaments are made from seed pods from local trees, poker chips, marshmallows and cubed plastic foam and the signs are made from painted cardboard.
A homage to Tiffany’s:
“Projects Snowflake,” a collaboration with Dixon public schools and St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s Catholic schools, where more than 1,000 student-made paper snowflakes are gracing store windows, and also windows at Dixon Public Library and Dixon Main Street, and Touch of Thai.
“We are hoping that people visit downtown Dixon and see in person our vision of Christmas fantasy. ‘Christmas at Tiffany’s’, ‘Winter White’ and the ‘Forest at Downton Abbey’ have received many positive comments.“
Bridge of Art founder Penny Schopp working on a tree for Dixon Main Street.
Find Bridge of Art on Facebook for more information and photos on this and other community art projects.