9,000-pound sculpture wins People's Choice

Oxymoron, a 12-foot kinetic sculpture, won first place in the People's Choice Awards for the 4th Annual Edina Sculpture Exhibition.

The artist, Bruce Stillman of Minnetrista, will get $1,000 for receiving the most votes from the public since the exhibit opened in June.

His 9,000-pound sculpture features four swinging steel pieces mounted on a granite base. They remind us of "the gravity we take for granted moving with energy from the wind," Stillman said.

All three winning sculptures will be on display for an additional year on the Promenade near Centennial Lakes Park in Edina.

Second place went to Heidi Hoy for her bronze sculpture, Jack, which depicts the love of playing guitar. Hoy, of St. Bonifacius, will receive $750.

Third place went to Joel Carter of Minneapolis for the Healing, a sculpture made of natural rocks and stones. He will receive $500.

The contest is sponsored by the Edina Public Art Committee.


Film festival is this weekend

The second annual Edina Film Festival runs Thursday through Saturday at the Edina Cinema, 50th and France Avenue.

Featured films include a digitally remastered version of the classic comedy, "My Man Godfrey," starring Carole Lombard and William Powell, and a documentary on bullying by Edina High School graduate Alec Fischer called "Minnesota Nice?"

The program features short films, documentaries and family films. Directors, producers and movie historian and collector Bob Des Flores will participate in the festival.

Proceeds support programs at the Edina Art Center. Tickets for individual films, as well as three-evening passes, are available. For more information, go to www.EdinaFilmFesti val.org.


Arts Town Hall asks residents' concerns

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts is holding a town-hall meeting for residents at 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Drive.

The group will provide an overview of arts groups in the city and ask residents what they want to see from those groups and what role arts should play in the city's future.

The meeting is the first step in a strategic planning process to define the role of the arts in the city.