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Sculptures placed in Jenkins-Davis Park

Mar. 6—Rushville's Carol Jenkins-Davis Park, 409 N. Fort Wayne Road, is the new home of partner metal sculptures by Rush County artist Malcolm Perkins (1956 to 1998).

Titled "Joyous Journey of Life," the sculptures were recently installed through the united effort of Rush County organizations.

The installation began as a vision presented by Shelly King on behalf of imagine:nation, the Art and Cultural Council of Rush County.

King said imagine:nation dreamed of supporting Rush Count artists in displaying their art in our downtown, parks, and public spaces.

That vision became a reality through the combined efforts of the Rushville Parks Department and the city of Rushville.

Kathi Jackley, Assistant Director, and the staff of the Parks Department, were instrumental in working with Perkins' sister and imagine:nation in the installation of the sculptures.

The Booker T. Washington Building, 525 E. Seventh Street, will host an art exhibit of Perkins' additional art in the newly designed gallery on the second floor. The gallery opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17.

Solar eclipse weekend, gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6. Sunday, April 7, the gallery will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This art exhibit in the new gallery space created by imagine:nation and the Rush County Community Foundation is free to the public.

The exhibit of paintings in mixed media and photography will continue through June 7.

Future times to view the gallery exhibit may be scheduled by contacting Kathi Jackley at 765-932-4146 or e-mail at parks@cityof rushville.in.gov.

Perkins' life story and art may also be viewed online at Legacy Pages, https://mylegacypages.com/legacy-memorials/malcolm-b-perkins/.

Perkins was a 1975 graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School and was encouraged in his art by teacher Melvin Gray.

Perkins was the managing director and artist-in-residence of the Oddities and Originals Art Studio in Homer during the 1980s.

He preferred abstract expressionism, believing, "Painting is an expression of pure brilliance in color."

His sister, Amelia B. Perkins, donates his sculptures as a living tribute to her brother.

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