Column: Fundraising campaign begins to keep ‘Spaulding’

By Barbara La Valleur

Guest columnist

 

There’s a fun campaign going on in town that’s really putting the “public” in Edina public art.

"Spaulding" by artist Heidi Hoy sits outside Salut at 50th and France.
“Spaulding” by artist Heidi Hoy sits outside Salut at 50th and France.

The goal is to raise funds – mostly through $10, $25, $50 and $100 tax-deductible donations by Edina residents young and not so young – to purchase “Spaulding,” the bronze dog sculpture by Heidi Hoy located by Salut Bar Americain at 50th & France.

The whimsical dog has wagged his way into the hearts of Edina residents and visitors alike as they shop at the popular retail area and especially when visiting Salut, a part of Parasole Restaurant Holdings. People stop and pet Spaulding and love to have their photos taken with him.

Lots of people have talked about making Spaulding a permanent fixture. He was originally part of the 2012 Edina Public Art Committee rotating exhibit, which ended in May to make way for the 2013 exhibit, which includes 11 new sculptures at three locations: 50th & France, The Promenade and Grandview Square Park.

That talking has now turned to action on the part of several key players. You’ll soon see video spots filmed by the Edina Communications Department. Their poster by graphic designer Kyril Negoda will be seen around town. If you go to the city website, EdinaMN.gov, you’ll see Spaulding decked out with a Salut napkin for a scarf along with Salut General Manager Zach Saueressig.

The campaign received a huge boost with a generous lead gift of $1,000 from Edina residents Doug and Sharon Pugh. Their daughter Anna, a senior at Edina High School and an artist herself, has been an active student member on EPAC for more than a year.

Saueressig said the plan is to generate contributions to cover the cost of the sculpture – $7,650 – by the end of October. Clayton also emphasized that the ultimate goal is to raise more than the cost of Spaulding to be used by EPAC to further public art in Edina.

Here is a list of planned events to help fund Spaulding:

• Wednesday, Sept. 18: Salut, 5034 France Ave. S., Edina, will donate 10 percent of the entire day’s profits. Those who come for dinner between 7 and 9 p.m. will have an opportunity to meet the artist, Heidi Hoy of St. Bonifacius, Minn. Reservations are recommended by calling 952-929-3764.

• Sunday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lions Annual Waffle Breakfast at Braemar Golf Course, 6364 John Harris Drive, Edina, there will be a tabletop display with a video of kids playing with Spaulding, an area for children to color a Spaulding-like dog character on placemats and there will be information about how to contribute.

• Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 50th & France Annual Pumpkin Festival will include activities around Spaulding and opportunities to donate.

• Donations may also be sent directly to the Edina Community Foundation earmarked “Spaulding,” 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436.

For more information about the Edina Public Art Committee, please contact me at 612-578-2422 or [email protected]

 

Barbara La Valleur is chair of the Edina Public Art Committee.