Thanks to funding from Creative Sonoma and Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, a unique sculpture is taking shape at the studio of artist and sculptor Martin Munson. Each week Alondra Perez (left) and Leila Whitney (middle) join Marty to learn the skills involved in creating a 9-foot, kinetic sculpture made of recycled bicycle parts and culinary items. Together, the three determined the general design of the tree and the teens have learned about weight, balance, form and space, as well as a variety of welding techniques. The end result will be the Tree of Possibilities on which will hang flattened spoons and metal leaves imprinted by teens with words about their hopes and dreams for the future.
All Sonoma Valley teens are invited to create the leaves and share their sentiments. Stamping will take place at Teen Services, Sonoma Valley High School, Mentoring Alliance locations, Art Escape, and Boys & Girls Club (The Club) later this month. For exact dates, contact the project manager, Pat Meier-Johnson.
The tree will be installed outside of Operation Bicycle in Vailetti Plaza and the ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 pm. Plan to join us and enjoy the Tree of Possibilities!
Teen Services extends its thanks to Marty Munson and our funders as well as award-winning artist Pat Meier-Johnson who serves as the project manager and her husband, film maker and journalist Russ Johnson who is documenting the entire project. This has been an amazing team effort.