September 17, 2012- CLIVE, Iowa –Throughout the summer months the City of Clive and the Clive Public Art Advisory Commission held an art exhibit along the Clive Greenbelt Trail called “Art Along the Trail.” The six art pieces displayed along the trail are from Iowa artists and are located at highly visible locations along the trail.
During the exhibit the City was accepting votes from the public, both online at the City’s website and in-person at the Clive Public Library, for their favorite art piece. The votes were tallied in late August and the art piece receiving the most votes of 1,287 was “Paths Unite” by Des Moines artist James Bearden.
At their August 29 meeting, the Clive Public Arts Advisory Commission recommended the Clive City Council purchase “Paths Unite” for the City’s permanent public art collection. During the September 6 meeting the Clive City Council affirmed the recommendation and approved the purchase of “Paths Unite” for $3,500.
James Bearden, born in 1964, has a B.A. in both Visual Communication and Fine Art from Grandview College. James started his work as a sculptor in 2007 following a 17 year career as an Art Director for an advertising agency. James develops his work in series. “Paths Unite” is a part of his Contour series, defined as “the apparent spatial abandon of the series has underlying subtlety of composition which causes thoughtful reappraisal of space.”
A permanent location for “Paths Unite” is being investigated, with possible sites identified near the City of Clive’s City Hall and Public Library facility at 1900 NW 114th Street.
In November the City will issue a Call to Artists for the 2013 Art Along the Trail exhibit encouraging local and regional artist to submit applications to have their work included in next year’s trail exhibit. Funding for the 2012 exhibit was provided through a Cultural Enrichment grant from Bravo of Greater Des Moines and the City has received another Bravo grant for the 2013 exhibit.