Rye’sAbove Completed Butterfly Sculptures on Exhibit
The Rotary Club of Rye and The Rye Arts Center have announced the unveiling of the “Rye’sAbove” butterfly sculptures on the Village Green in Rye. The sculpture display will help beautify and uplift the Rye community while supporting educational programs in the region. More than two dozen artists from around the area and across the U.S. have transformed blank, aluminum alloy sculptures (three different sizes) into original works of art. These works of art will adorn the local area throughout the summer. The program will culminate in an on-line, auction where the butterflies will be available for bidding and ultimately purchase.
According to Michele Thomas, President of the Rye Rotary, “We are looking forward to unveiling these incredible butterfly sculptures that will adorn Rye throughout the summer.” A total number of about 30 butterflies have been decorated. They range in size from small (which are about the size of a standard dinner plate) to large at 48” x 30. The unveiling will include 5 of the largest butterflies and 12 of the medium which will be on display on the Village Green until the end of September. Proceeds from the “Rye’sAbove” butterfly project will be split between The Rye Rotary and the Rye Arts Center and used for each organization’s scholarship and educational programs.
“We are very excited to be able to showcase the work of such talented artists and help decorate the Village Green once again. Rye residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy these unique works of art. The Rye’sAbove project brings artistic expression and sheer beauty to our community,” states Adam Levi, Executive Director of The Rye Arts Center. The butterfly sculptures will add inspiration to our local landscape, attract visitors to downtown Rye and raise funds for local educational and scholarship programs.
The program is made possible in part through the generous support of ArtsWestchester and the New York State Council on the Arts.
The Rye Rotary is a member of Rotary International, a non-profit organization that brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels.