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Kendallville woos artists with windmill project

With a public art project right around the corner, Kendallville is looking for artists who are willing to show off their work.

Advancing Regional Talents Inc., also known as ART Inc., will be placing 15 wooden lawn windmills throughout downtown Kendallville.

And the organization is asking artists to adorn those windmills with whatever they can come up with in their mind.

There is a need for sponsors, as well.

“Things are just evolving and growing up here with the arts, and our group has been wanting to put on a public art project for a while,” said Peggy Tassler, the president of ART Inc.

The windmills will stand from June 1 through Sept. 14, and the project has been dubbed “Winds of Change.”

The windmills will be auctioned off Nov. 9 at Baker Hall at the Mid-America Windmill Museum.

A portion of the proceeds from that auction will benefit future public art projects of ART Inc., but a portion also will go to the artists whose creations are sold, Tassler said.

Windmills were picked because of the town’s tie to Flint & Walling, a Kendallville company formed in 1866 that sold windmills at the time.

While the project may be rooted in the town’s history, artists aren’t restricted in their work, as long as it’s family friendly, according to Tassler.

“We’re encouraging that they come up with a theme for their artwork for the windmills, but it can be any type of theme,” Tassler said. “It could be a Picasso theme, in the way it’s painted, or a collage theme.

“We don’t want to put any limitations on an artist’s creativity.”

Tassler said her organization hopes this is the first of many public art projects in not only Kendallville, but Noble County, as well.

Anyone interested in becoming a part of the project is asked to call Tassler at 260-347-5000.