‘Gateway’ installations will welcome visitors to town

The Town of Twisp, in cooperation with the Methow Arts Alliance, is inviting artists to submit proposals for the Twisp Gateway and Public Art Project, a major undertaking to help introduce visitors to the town.

The project has a $60,000 budget, which will be used to create artworks at the north and south edges of town on Highway 20.

Preference will be given to artists or artist teams residing in North Central Washington, according to a press release from the Arts Alliance.

The request for proposals (RFP), issued last week, calls for ideas from a single artist, or a team of artists, to create “sitespecific outdoor public artwork” that will “enhance the community, inviting visitors to Twisp.”

“Original art should reflect the character of the community, be unique, and complement the attractive local elements of the town,” according to the press release. “Considerations for the design and theme of the work may consider the unique character of the town, its natural surroundings, and sense of community.”

The deadline for submissions in June 22. On July 9, a selection committee will meet and choose three to five finalists to be interviewed July 15-30. Proposed sketches will be on public display in early August, and the selection committee will chose the winner by Aug. 15.

The selection committee will consist of a panel of voting members including citizens, arts professionals and town officials.

Additional information and a submittal form can be found at www.methowarts.org. Email any questions (no calls, please) to amanda@methowartsalliance.org.