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Library art aims for Labor Day target

Foundation still raising funds for entryway piece


World-renowned glass artist Ed Carpenter has set Labor Day weekend as the time to install a huge art piece made from metal, wood and colored glass in the entryway of the Forest Grove City Library, according to Rod Fuiten, president of the Forest Grove Library Foundation, which is raising money for the project.

The project’s total cost (not including fundraising costs) will be a little more than $69,000, said Fuiten, who updated city councilors Monday on the foundation’s activities. That’s up from an original estimate of $45,000, he said, with the extra cost supporting woodwork and metalwork (by local artists Greg Kriebel and Eric Canon) that will complement the colored glasswork, along with enhanced lighting.

Carpenter is donating his design and labor costs, leaving the foundation to cover materials and installation costs.

The foundation has already paid Carpenter $15,000 for materials and has raised roughly half of the remaining $54,000.

It is applying for a grant from the Washington County Visitors Association, Fuiten said, “the idea being Ed’s project would be something you could put in a tour guidebook.”

Carpenter, whose mother used to volunteer at the library, will give a presentation at an upcoming “donor event” to help raise money for the project, Fuiten said.

Right now, the foundation has enough money to pay for design and construction of the piece, “but we’re a little short on the installation,” he said.

Installation is scheduled for Labor Day weekend because the library will be closed for at least two of those three days and Carpenter has said he needs a three-day stretch to complete it.

If the foundation hasn’t reached its fundraising goal by that time, “he can store (the art) at his studio until we raise the final $15,000,” Fuiten said.

“It’s slow going,” he said, “but things happen. Somebody could walk in tomorrow and say, ‘You know, I want to leave a legacy gift to the library.’”

Meanwhile, the foundation is continuing to work on smaller projects for other areas of the library, such as the Spanish-language section and the children’s section.



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