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Pop, acrylic by Brandon Orbanosky

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MONARCH BUTTERFLIES INVADE DOWNTOWN PACIFIC GROVE
Local Artists and Business Improvement District Partner to Beautify Downtown

The Pacific Grove Downtown Business Improvement District is proud to announce the debut of its downtown art installation project, Monarch Memories. Butterflies, hand painted by local artists, will adorn the light poles in downtown Pacific Grove through the end of the Monarch’s wintering season. Then, the pieces will be auctioned off in April to benefit the Pacific Grove Art Center.

“This has truly been a collaborative effort between the local art community, the City and the Downtown Business Improvement District,” commented B.I.D. Chairman and project leader Tom McMahon. “The Monarch Butterfly is such an important and iconic part of Pacific Grove. What better way to celebrate them, showcase the talents of our local artists and enliven our downtown district than with a project like this.”

The wooden butterfly “canvases” were assembled by Amy and Scott Goodrich of Butterfly Gift Shop and donated to the artists for free. The pieces are hung on the light poles in downtown and at other locations like the Pacific Grove Art Center. Plans are in the works to have the project continue with additional themes during the summer and returning to the Monarchs in the fall. Each Monarch has the name of the piece and the artist’s name below it. The public is invited to vote on their favorite by filling out ballots located at participating business throughout downtown.

“The Pacific Grove Art Center is honored to be a partner for this installation,” stated Teresa Brown, Pacific Grove Art Center’s Executive Director. “Our community has always had a vibrant artistic community and this is a great venue to display their talents!”

Voting for the butterflies will continue through March 16, 2015 and the public is asked to take pictures of their favorite and tag it with #monarchmemories. A special gala will be held on April 3, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9pm where the butterflies will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting the Pacific Grove Art Center.

For more information on the Monarch Memories Butterfly Art Installation Project, visit www.facebook.com/downtownpacificgrove.