Bucksport moving toward gaining sculpture

BUCKSPORT — Plans are under way for Bucksport to be the proud owner of a sculpture provided by the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.

Economic Development Committee Chairman David Kee shared the news at the committee’s March 11 meeting.

Over the past seven years, 19 sculptures have been put in place in towns along coastal Maine. Bucksport had previously applied to be a designated town, but was denied until this year.

When the town received notification it had been selected to receive a sculpture, many were pleased, but were concerned what would happen if the town was unable to raise its share of the money.

Kee said the symposium “has never had a town not raise the necessary funds, which leads me to believe that is a good sign.”

Kee presented the other committee members with a packet that would aid in the fund-raising effort for the sculpture.

Kee noted that the symposium made up a fund-raising packet that the town of Lamoine used when it was selected to receive a sculpture.

“For many of the fund-raising ideas, we can swap out Lamoine’s name for Bucksport and send it out,” Kee said.

Committee member Byron Vinton said many community members had shown an interest in being part of one of the committees formed to deal with the fund-raising, site selection and artist selection.

“Most people have wanted to be on the artist or site selection committee, with only some wanting to be on the fund-raising committee,” Vinton said.

Kee and Vinton both said anyone interested in serving on a committee should contact them.

“We’ll gladly accept any new volunteers or even donations,” Kee said.

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Amanda Greenberg

Former Ellsworth American reporter Amanda Greenberg joined the staff in October 2012 after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Amanda moved to Maine when she was nine.