The unveiling of this year’s “Rye’sAbove” butterfly sculptures will be held on Thursday, August 11th on the Village Green at 11:00am. The event is open to the public.
Organized by the Rotary Club of Rye and The Rye Arts Center, the sculpture display debuted last year for the first time. After the butterfly sculptures are kept on public display, they will be auctioned at a benefit event on September 29th to support educational programs in the region. Last year the benefit raised $29,000.
More than two dozen artists from around the area and across the U.S. have transformed three sizes of blank, aluminum alloy sculptures into original works of art. These works of art will adorn the local area throughout the summer.
“We are looking forward to unveiling these incredible butterfly sculptures that will adorn Rye throughout the summer,” said Michele Thomas, president of the Rye Rotary.
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 five of the largest butterflies and 12 of the medium one 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 once again showcase the work of such talented artists and help decorate the Village Green,” said Adam Levi, executive director of The Rye Arts Center. “Rye residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy these unique works of art throughout the summer months. The Rye’sAbove project brings artistic expression and sheer beauty to our community.”