COXSACKIE, NY (June 26, 2017) - The main thoroughfares of Coxsackie Village and West Coxsackie have recently been adorned with over 50 larger-than-life owls in the town's first ever What a Hoot! Festival. Sponsored by the Village of Coxsackie along with over 50 local businesses, the installation of these 3-foot tall owls is the kickoff to the town's inaugural public art display and charity event.
Planning for the event began in late 2016, and in February of this year, artists were solicited to submit concepts for owl designs. With over 100 artist submissions, local sponsors were then given the challenge of narrowing down the selection, choosing an artist whose owl design best represents their business, interests, and design aesthetic. The final list of selected artists includes a range of skillful painters, sculptors, crafters, and photographers from Greene County, Connecticut, South Carolina, Florida and beyond.
Installation of the sculptures took place in late May, and owls can be spotted on along 9W, Mansion Street, Reed Street, Coxsackie-Athens High School, Route 81, Sleepy Hollow Lake, Coxsackie Flats, Lafayette Avenue, and Railroad Avenue . Over the course of the summer, brochures with maps citing owl locations will be made available for the public to seek out and admire these painted, d�coupaged, and mosaic-tiled sculptures.
After the summer-long public art display, the What a Hoot! Festival will conclude with a gala on September 30th. At the gala, the owl sculptures will be put up to auction, where proceeds from the owl sales (after expenses) will be donated to Coxsackie Food Pantry, Friends of the Library, Sleepy Hollow Helping Hands, Coxsackie PAL, and C-A Scholarship. Ticket sales for the gala will be available online ( link ) beginning in July.
The first ever What a Hoot! Festival coincides with the 150th Anniversary of the Village of Coxsackie, which, together, is sure to draw much attention and traffic to one of Greene County's beloved towns that is rich in history and proud of its strong sense of community.