Falling into the arts postponed, but origami sculptures are taking shape downtown


With showers and thunderstorms forecast for Friday, art lovers will have to wait a little longer to celebrate the return of the Fall into the Arts festival in Battle Creek.

The event, hosted by the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, had been held downtown annually since 2007 until state-imposed outdoor capacity limits prevented it last year.

Now, with rainy conditions forecast for Friday, the event has been rescheduled indoors from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 29 at Kellogg Arena. A cash bar will be available and the public is encouraged to visit the artwork set up along the linear park trail and in the downtown social district, where open alcohol is allowed in designated areas.

Art lovers don’t have to wait for the event to enjoy some of the related projects.

Seven large-scale, origami-inspired sculptures have been placed at various locations around downtown, as part of an exhibit hosted by the town’s small business development team to celebrate sister town of Battle Creek, Takasaki, Japan. The sculptures will be on display for at least a year and the community will vote to make them a permanent installation. All sculptures are available for purchase.

Art managers install Mary Dey's sculpture

The sculptures were created by Kyle Burnett, Elisha Hodge, Gary Barton and Wayne Edmonds, Vicki VanAmeyden and Brian Rowden, Jaziel Pugh, Andrew Freemire and Mary Dey.

Fall into the Arts will also feature murals created during the annual Color the Creek Street Art Festival, including six painted murals in August.

In collaboration with Fall into the Arts, Battle Creek artist Kurt Thornton has created a “River Fire” project, in which he will place at least two lighted braziers in the Battle Creek River between the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center and the Record Box Building on Carlyle Street. The project, funded by Penetrator Events’ Venue Creation Challenge, was inspired by the “WaterFire” installation in Providence, Rhode Island.

For more information, visit the Fall into the Arts event page on Facebook.

Contact reporter Nick Buckley at [email protected] or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter: @NickJBuckley

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