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Ice sculptors needed for Winter Carnival

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>A finished ice sculpture on the Greenfield Town Common.

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    A finished ice sculpture on the Greenfield Town Common.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Ashfield artist Robert Markey carves a woman holding a heart out of solid ice as part of the Greenfield Winter Carnival.

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Ashfield artist Robert Markey carves a woman holding a heart out of solid ice as part of the Greenfield Winter Carnival.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>A finished ice sculpture on the Greenfield Town Common.
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Ashfield artist Robert Markey carves a woman holding a heart out of solid ice as part of the Greenfield Winter Carnival.

GREENFIELD — The town’s Recreation Department is once again looking for ice sculptors to participate in the Winter Carnival Ice Walk and contest.

Recreation Department Director Christy Moore said she is looking for artists who would like to carve an ice sculpture with an original design, which will become part of the Ice Walk throughout the downtown during Winter Carnival weekend Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.

On-site carving will happen on Jan. 31 and sculptures will be on display through the weekend, weather permitting. Some will be up even longer, if they don’t melt.

Last year, there were ice sculptures that sat along both sides of Main Street, from in front of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce to Adam & Eve on the west end of Main Street. Those included an ice fisherman and his dog, a unicorn, a penguin and a polar bear.

Moore said artists will compete for a total of $1,000 for first-, second-, and third-place prizes.

The public will cast its ballots for its favorites throughout the weekend to determine the winners, and winners will be announced on Feb. 2 at about 3:45 p.m. on Beacon Field, where the bulk of the Winter Carnival takes place each year.

Greenfield has been holding a winter carnival for the past 92 years.

Those who would like to participate should submit designs and a short biography to the Recreation Department by Dec. 18.

Moore said the theme for each sculpture should be winter-related. She said each artist chosen will be provided with two blocks of ice, each weighing about 300 pounds and measuring 12 inches by 20 inches by 40 inches.

She said designs will need to be appropriate for public spaces and each sculpture will sit on an illuminated white box.

The Winter Carnival is held early in February each year and includes a Breakfast with Frosty, Sleigh Bell Run, art exhibit, cribbage tournament, fireworks, cookie and chili bake-offs and an amateur photography contest sponsored by The Recorder. There is also public ice skating throughout the weekend and a cardboard sled contest will be held on Feb. 2.

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 413-772-1553. Also visit: www.townofgreenfield.org and connect to the Recreation Department’s page.

Prospective sculptors should submit their materials to: Greenfield Recreation Department, 20 Sanderson St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or email them to Moore at: christym@greenfield-ma.gov.

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