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Community Meeting to be Held Saturday, February 4

Friends of Patterson Park would like to invite the neighbors from Cherrywood, Delwood 2, Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook, and Wilshire Wood to an open community meeting to discuss plans at the park for 2017.

Friends of Patterson Park Community Meeting
Saturday, February 4, 10-11:30 a.m.
Servant Church, 1605 E. 38 1/2 St., Austin, TX 78722

The main topics are:

1) Dance of the Cosmos, Jennifer Chenoweth’s kinetic scultpure, will be moving to the park later this year. This is our opportunity to ask the artist anything and everything we want to know about the piece, her work, and how it will fit into Patterson Park.

2) Fundraising priorities for park improvements. The results of the recently completed survey of community priorities indicated people’s top priorities are improvements to the playscape, pool, bathroom, trails, amenitites. But what’s practical and within reach? We’d like to determine a goal for fundraising during Amplify Austin in March. Brian Block, PARD’s liason for Adopt-A-Park groups, will be there to help us work through the options.

Childcare will be provided, so please feel free to bring your families. A babysitter will supervise an animated movie and we’ll have donuts and hot chocolate.

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Dance of the Cosmos. Photo by Michelle Atkinson.

Dance of the Cosmos Award Ceremony with Austin Parks Foundation

Over the past several months, Friends of Patterson Park has been working with East Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth on the proposal to donate her sculpture Dance of the Cosmos to our park. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department recently approved a final location, and Chenoweth has received a grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to fund the refurbishment and relocation of the sculpture.

APF will host a check presentation ceremony and discussion of next steps at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25th, and FoPP members and neighbors are invited to attend. We will meet at the corner of Schieffer Ave. and Airport Blvd., where the sculpture will be installed. Work is expected to begin in Spring 2017.

About the sculpture

Dance of the Cosmos was inspired by Robert Putchik’s Theory of Emotions and a Tibetan lotus mandala. XYZ Atlas, a Hedonic Map of Austin, an interactive public art about our collective experiences. The sculpture has a footprint of 20 feet and is 8 feet tall when the flower is closed. The piece is currently on loan to the Elizabeth Ney Museum in Hyde Park. Dance of the Cosmos was created in 2015 in part with a grant from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division.

About the artist

Jennifer Chenoweth is a visual artist and entrepreneur. She is the principal of Fisterra Studio, creating contemporary abstract painting and sculpture. Chenoweth studied Painting and Sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute, has a master’s degree from the “Great Books” program at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and holds an M.F.A. in Painting from The University of Texas at Austin. She has curated a group show at her studio and home for the East Austin Studio Tour since its inception in 2003. Her art is in the Public Collection at the Houston Hobby Airport and she has shown extensively in Austin, San Antonio, Kansas City, and at art fairs in London, Miami, New York, and Santa Fe.

Chenoweth served as a panelist for the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places and served as Design Team Artist for the East 7th Street Corridor Project, advising for the African-American Cultural Center and the new Central Library. She has received honors for her work from the City of Austin and Giving City. She recently served as the Vice Chair of the Arts Commission, appointed from District 3 to help advocate for creatives in Austin. (Source: fisterrastudio.com)

Photo credit: Michelle Atkinson

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Friends of Patterson Park receives Austin Parks Foundation Grant to Update Pavilion Picnic Tables

Friends of Patterson Park is pleased to announce that we have received a $4,700 grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to update the picnic tables at our pavilion. The grant is part of a project to refresh the pavilion area, which is the central gathering place at our park.  In addition to new picnic tables, the outdated trash bins will be replaced by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, and FoPP will install a second bike rack. The installation of the new furnishings will take place this spring. Our pavilion will have a whole new look for all the celebrations held there in the future, and we are grateful for the support of our wonderful partners!

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New picnic tables made of recycled plastic timbers and galvanized steel
at Martin Creek Lake State Park.

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Patterson Park Luminarias 2015

Patterson Park Luminarias Wednesday, January 11

Friends of Patterson Park will host the second annual Luminarias on Wednesday, January 11 from 6-8pm. Join neighbors for a magical walk around Patterson Park to celebrate the new year and enjoy hot chocolate at the pavilion. Cookies are welcome if you are inspired to share, as is help setting up starting at 5pm. (Please note this event was originally scheduled for Jan. 6 but postponed due to weather.)

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2015 Luminarias at Patterson Park. Photos by J. Potter-Miller.