PIGShibition, Ozark Literacy Council’s fun and quirky fund-raiser, is off and running with local sculptor Mike Davis Gutiérrez creating the basic pig sculptures that will later be painted and otherwise razzed up by local artists, then sold at auction to benefit the promotion of literacy in the region.
OLC has partnered with the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission and the local artist community to place flamboyantly decorated pig sculptures all over northwest Arkansas. PIGShibition is the non-profit group’s most ambitious fund-raiser to date.
“In an effort to keep it entirely local, we have approved a basic set of pig designs and turned them over to the very talented Mike Davis Gutiérrez to create the pig sculptures,” said Wendy J. Poole, executive director of Ozark Literacy Council. “We have very high expectations for this community art project.”
The fund-raiser is also under way with the recruitment of corporate and individual sponsors, and an invitation to local artists who will have the opportunity to showcase their talents by painting or designing the five-foot-tall pig sculptures.
“I’m very honored to put my craft to work for this particular cause,” said Fayetteville sculptor Davis Gutiérrez. “I love this town and region, and I have tremendous respect for Ozark Literacy Council and the work they do.”
Sculptures will be complete by mid-May, in time for distribution at Ella’s PIGmalion Preview at Ella’s Restaurant on May 20th. PIGShibition will conclude with a gala event and auction at the Fayetteville Town Center on October 11th.