TICONDEROGA - Local residents and visitors are invited to downtown Ticonderoga to view a new outdoor art project now under way through September.
To date, the project has 25 paid sponsors and a dozen completed soldiers have already made their debut in front of several buildings along Montcalm Street. The remainder are expected to appear in the very near future. The Montcalm Street Partnership will still accept sponsor entries up to June 15 provided more artists volunteers may be found.
"The response to this new project has been wonderful, and our community is in for a real treat," said Sue Rathbun, chairman of the Montcalm Street Partnership. "Some of the entries resemble authentic soldiers, some resemble other gentlemen of distinction, some are whimsical, and all are very clever."
Rathbun proposed the project idea to the partnership's promotion committee after seeing the many figures George DeMers of Adirondack Furniture by George kept placing on the street in front of his Montcalm Street business. DeMers agreed to make the templates for the project, and the TMSP committee sought the sponsors and artists.
"All deserve a huge thanks in making this project possible," Rathbun said. "Talented artists include students from the four Ticonderoga schools plus many other area residents who have generously volunteered their time. At the end of September, the soldiers will be auctioned off, with the proceeds to be used for future downtown art projects and other improvements."
Bill and Sandie Bolton sponsored four soldiers to be decorated by students at Ti High School, Ti Middle School, Ti Elementary School and St. Mary's School. Those soldiers will be placed at the Ti Community Building and at the schools.
Mary Lou Greenough has painted the Rathbun Jewelers soldier.
Bill Westervelt of the Friends of the Library has created the Black Watch Library soldier.
Emily Sola painted the soldier at the Sunshine Laundry.
The Community Bank soldier was painted by Hannah Herbst.
Nancy Kelly is sponsor of the Ti Post Office soldier. It was painted by Lisa Kelly.
Ken Engler painted a soldier sponsored by Enid Engler to be placed at a site to be determined.
Mountaintime Furniture's soldier was decorated by Donna Van Wirt.
Ti Heritage Museum's soldier was painted by Denise Huestis.
Glens Falls National Bank soldiers were painted by Barb and Doug Cossey.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber had Pam Lemza do their soldier.
Fort Ticonderoga's soldier was painted by Marci Hall.
Jim O'Toole painted a soldier sponsored by Margaret Howe to be placed at a site to be determined.
Matt Michalak painted the Olde Mill Cafe soldier.
Valerie Monroe painted the Montcalm Liquors soldier sponsored by the Rotary Club and Diane Dixon.
The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union soldier was painted by Mary Lou Greenough.
Burgoyne's Treasures has its soldier painted by Frances Malaney.
Helen Johnson decorated a soldier sponsored by Dorcey Crammond to be placed at a site to be determined.
Joan Pulling painted the Ticonderoga Arts soldier located at the Hancock House.
Cathy Clark painted the soldier sponsored by the Ti Kiwanis Club to be placed at a site to be determined.