Sesquicentennial art project finalists chosen

Three local artists will compete to create a piece that celebrates the city's incorporation.

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WALLA WALLA -- Three artists will vie for the chance to create a piece to commemorate Walla Walla's 150th anniversary.

Squire Broel, Wayne Chabre and Brad Rude have been selected as semifinalists for the sesquicentennial public art installation, according to an announcement from ArtWalla, the nonprofit group that leads the acquisition and installation of the community's public art collection.

The winning piece will be tribute to the anniversary of Walla Walla's incorporation.

"This is a great way to have our community look back on the things that contributed to making Walla Walla what it is today," said ArtWalla Vice President Tricia Harding in a prepared statement.

Harding was one of three ArtWalla board members on the Sesquicentennial Public Art Selection Committee. They were joined by three community members who reviewed proposals from seven local artists.

The semifinalists -- all of whom are represented through various works on Main Street and other parts of town -- will produce scale models representing their visions in the next step of the process.

An unveiling of those will be May 18 at Seven Hills Winery, 212 N. Third Ave., from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and vote.

An all-ages event will be held the next day at the Walla Walla Public Library from 1-3 p.m. Both events will serve as opportunities to meet the artists. The models will remain on display at the library through May 31, and community members of all ages can vote on their favorite.

After May ends, the votes will be tallied, and results will be included as an element of the final selection criteria. For more details, follow ArtWalla on Facebook.

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