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Saddle up for the arts

By Staff
Aug. 24, 2001
Picture this: Painted carousel horses positioned as works of art around Meridian and attracting interest from all over. What an innovative idea.
A dozen fiberglass carousel horses obtained through Cartmell Galley on 22nd Avenue are awaiting private sponsorship. Here's the deal:
Individuals or businesses can sponsor a carousel horse for $2,500. The money will cover the cost of the horse, a $250 stipend for the artist painting the horse and a plaque with its name, sponsor and artist.
Interested artists must submit to Cartmell Gallery an illustrated silhouette of their proposed design for approval. Silhouettes are available at the gallery.
The idea is that local businesses or individuals will take advantage of this opportunity to liven up the community through the public display of carousel horses, a genuine Meridian icon.
She's right and this project is a good way to go. We also like the idea of desk-top size carousel horses being auctioned off to support Hope for Children.
Sponsors of carousel horses to date include Bonita Lakes Mall, Long Wholesale, Meyer and Rosenbaum Insurance, Meridian Airport Authority, Meridian Coca-Cola Bottling, Meridian Council for the Arts, Riley Hospital, Alfred and Lucy Rosenbaum, Rush Foundation Hospital and Structural Steel. Sponsors can have their carousel horse displayed at their business, or let it be placed at another location within the city.
Sounds like the horses are going fast. For more information, call Cartmell Gallery at 485-1122.