Trail art exhibit opens

Children from the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club unveiled their artwork showcased alongside the city’s trail system Tuesday afternoon to a small crowd including a handful of cyclists who passed by.

The art is displayed in kiosks located at the entrance of Scull Creek Trail near Wilson Park and at Gordon Long Park and is part of a project put together by Mayor Lioneld Jordan and a group of local artists.

“I think it’s exciting that there’s a program here that allows children’s art to be seen by the public like this,” said Fayetteville artist Dede Peters, noting the importance of making art accessible in a community.

Akerriya Smith, 6 speaks at
Tuesday’s ceremony

Other artists including Kathy Thompson and Fayetteville Arts Council chairman Hank Kaminsky helped the children officially cut the ribbon on the new program.

“I think this is a thrilling moment,” said Kaminsky. “I looked at these pieces and I was astonished at how well put together they were and how much promise they showed. I want to thank the parks department, the mayor and the community for supporting this effort.”

The 2-by-3 foot kiosks were created by Alison Jumper and AJ Allen of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation and are similar to the map markers that sit at the entrances of the trail system.

Parks department head Connie Edmonston said the art will be changed every other month.

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Art kiosk locations

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