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TOL PR 2016-06-28 Art sPARKs ribbon cutting Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Commission on Public Art Unveils New Sculpture Trail in Raflo Park Ribbon cutting ceremony for Art sPARKs scheduled for Saturday, July 2, 2016. Leesburg, VA (June 28, 2016) – Driving along Harrison Street between the W&OD Trail and Catoctin Circle, you may have noticed a new paved trail winding through Raflo Park, as well as new benches and trashcans. In the past week, five sculptures were placed on concrete pads along the trail, creating the inaugural installation of “Art sPARKs,” Town’s newest public art venue. The Leesburg Commission on Public Art chose the five sculptures after issuing a call to artists earlier this year, selecting works by local Artists Mike Clay of Lovettsville, Brian Kirk of Purcellville, and Peter Wood of Middleburg. The sculptures will be on display until June 2018, when a new series will be installed. The artworks are for sale, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Friends of Leesburg Public Art to fund the next installation. A call for artists fo r the 2018 installation will be issued in early 2018. The Art sPARKs sculpture trail was made possible through the generous contributions of the Lansdowne Development Corporation, Middleburg Bank and the Friends of Leesburg Public Art. Sponsors for the individual sculptures are the Rotary Club of Leesburg, REHAU North America, Burgevin & Larkin Wells Fargo Advisors, the Knutson Companies, and Lawrence and Suzanne Stipek. Mayor David Butler will officiate a ribbon cutting for Art sPARKs on Saturday, July 2 , 2016 at 10:00am. The public is invited to attend. # # #