The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation and Prime Time House are collaborating on a public art project called Tails of NWCT. Over 100 designs for Tails of NWCTdogs have been submitted by area artists. The first sponsors that have committed to sponsoring dogs and realizing the artist’s vision are: Northwest Community Bank, Torrington Savings Bank, Thomaston Savings Bank, Community Health and Wellness Center of Torrington, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Interlaken Inn, Chatterley’s Banquet Hall, Cook Funeral Home, Litchfield Woods Healthcare Center, O&G Industries, Northwest Hills Dealerships and Aspetuck Animal Hospital.
“Over 100 designs have been submitted by both professional and amateur artists, young and old. Some are beautiful, some are funny and all are appreciated. I hope sponsors enjoy selecting their designs as much as we’ve enjoyed receiving these fun ideas for Tails of NWCTdogs,” said Amy Wynn, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. “Designs are still coming in. Why stop, we told ourselves. However, the first sponsors who commit, get first choice of design, of course,” she added.
The designs for the dogs, in 4 different life-sized shapes, can be viewed at www.TailsofNWCT.org.Sponsors who commit to “fostering” a Tails of NWCTdog select one of those designs, or commission an artist to design their dog. The artists are then provided with a fiberglass dog form to paint or decorate as per their design. The completed art dogs will be on display throughout Northwest Connecticut from mid-August through Columbus Day weekend. A regional map of all the display locations for the completed Tails of NWCTart dogs will be available to residents and tourists. Dogs that are not purchased back by their sponsors will be available for bid at the Tails of NWCTAuction on Saturday, October 20that Chatterley’s Banquet Facility in Torrington.
All proceeds will benefit the three collaborating organizations, enabling them to strengthen arts and culture, provide scholarship opportunities, and improve the mental health of those living in Northwest Connecticut.
“We look forward to another outstanding public art project through this collaboration with Prime Time House, the NW CT Arts Council and the Chamber’s Education Foundation,” said JoAnn Ryan, President and CEO of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. “Tails of NW CTprovides us the opportunity to showcase the region of northwest Connecticut while recognizing our generous business sponsors, the talented artists and our beautiful communities.”
For more information about the project, including sponsorship opportunities and information for prospective artists, visitwww.TAILSofNWCT.orgor call the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce at 860-482-6586.
Completed art dogs on display throughout
Northwest Connecticut: Mid-August – Columbus Day weekend
First Sponsors on board
Meet the Mutts Design Display & Selection Party: May 7
Tails of NWCTAuction: Saturday, October 20
Chatterley’s Banquet Facility
371 Pinewoods Road