Sculptures on the Square

Sculptures on the Square

Troy art exhibition opening doors to visitors, art lovers

By Tim Walker

artist Spencer Morgan’s door entitled “I AM the Door." Photos courtesy of Troy Main Street.

The doors of perception will be wide open in Troy this summer.

Visitors to Troy’s downtown district, as well as long-time residents of the city, will be pleasantly surprised to discover a different look to the square when they’re out through the coming months, enjoying the nice weather. “Opening Doors to Troy,” a juried art exhibition taking place downtown through the summer, will feature a variety of doors – yes, doors. Twenty seven of them to be exact, all creatively decorated by local artists, schools, organizations and businesses, and all placed in downtown Troy for people to examine and enjoy.

The exhibit is the latest in Troy’s “Sculpture on the Square” series, and will run from Sunday, May 8, through September. “Opening Doors to Troy” will be the fifth installment in Troy Main Street’s “Sculpture on the Square” series, with various art installations appearing every other year in the city during the summer. It is free and open to the public.

The theme for each of the decorated doors was chosen by the individual artists. The variety of materials used includes copper, paint, felt, wood, glass, fencing and more. Photographs, mosaics and a variety of door vintages and styles are presented in this unique exhibit.

“We have had different types of exhibits for ‘Sculpture on the Square’ over the years,” said Karen Manovich, executive director of Troy Main Street. “We’ve featured work by well-known sculptor Seward Johnson; we’ve had model airplanes decorating the square, honoring the WACO airfield here in Troy; we’ve had different types of sculptures each year.”

Manovich continued, “We’re very excited this year already even though we haven’t placed the sculptures because we’ve already had interest from the Chicago Tribune magazine, and a Madison, Wisconsin publication has covered the story. So we’re expecting visitors from all over the Miami Valley, from all over the state of Ohio, and we’re expecting visitors from outside the state as well.”

Organized in 1990, Troy Main Street is a non-profit organization promoting the economic revitalization of downtown Troy. Their efforts include improving the visual image of downtown, organizing downtown community events, and managing the downtown business recruitment and retention program.

“The title sponsor for the exhibit is Clopay, the garage and entry door manufacturer, and they have specially manufactured a small garage door which we are using as our donor door. It’s being sculpted and is listing all our significant donors. Clopay is one of Troy’s largest employers,” she continued. “And one of our artists, who also has his own door in the exhibit, is actually designing the donor door, using the Clopay door. It will be featured in the exhibit.”

Diana Thompson, chairwoman of the Sculptures on the Square committee said, “Our desire is to provide an exhibit that allows Troy to share its creative and symbolic work with our community, our region and the world, thus we are ‘Opening Doors to Troy.’”

Walking tour brochures for “Sculptures on the Square” will be available through Troy Main Street, the Miami County Visitor’s Bureau and most downtown businesses. At the conclusion of the exhibit, all doors will be presented for auction to the public.

Take some time this summer to get out and enjoy the artistic efforts of so many Troy residents. Aldous Huxley would be proud.

For more information, contact Troy Main Street at (937) 339-5455 or visit their website at www.troymainstreet.org.

Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Walker at timwalker@daytoncitypaper.com.

Tim Walker, 46, was raised by wolves in W.V. after being abandoned by his family. Currently writing two mystery novels, he loves books, offbeat films, Miles Davis and pizza. He has broken his back twice, works as a DJ, loves his wife & kids and rarely howls at the moon these days, unless it's full.

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