It is now easier to find the Triad’s premier community art school with our new handcrafted sign! The light sculpture sign was dedicated and lit for the first time on Friday, February 7th in conjunction with the opening reception for the “Fiberworks” exhibition. The program included comments from Jim Sparrow, President & CEO of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and JoAnne Vernon, Executive Director of the Sawtooth School. A City of Winston-Salem Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor was presented as well.
“We’ve gone for many years without any significant signage or markings to indicate our presence or help describe what we do here. The unintentional result is that Sawtooth has been one of the city’s best kept secrets,” said Sawtooth Executive Director JoAnne Vernon. “As a visual art school, we wanted a landmark that would be visually stimulating and serve as an appropriate complement to the iconic Sawtooth building. This is such an exciting time to live, work, play and create in downtown Winston-Salem, and we hope our new light sculpture sign will add to the urban brightness of our city’s central entertainment district in a creatively distinct way.”
Local business and community leaders Mike and Wendy Brenner provided a grant to Sawtooth to fund the development, production and installation of the sign. Dempsy Calhoun, a metal sculptor and Sawtooth instructor, joined creative forces with graphic artist Dede DeVries to create the design. Roseann Rush provided project oversight with the endorsement of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, which owns and operates the Milton Rhodes Center and the historic Sawtooth Building. The sign is installed to extend over the building’s Marshall Street entrance, and the V-shaped design makes the building visible to approaching visitors.