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Arts festival kicks off with statue unveiling

The fifth annual Gloucester Arts Festival kicked off its month of events with the Main Street Sculpture Unveiling and Talk by Artist Jay Lagemann last Friday night. The outdoor unveiling was originally scheduled for June 3, but the event had to be rescheduled for the following night due to inclement weather.

Attendees met at the front of Arts on Main at 6:30 Friday night where sculptor Lagemann began to tell the story behind his “The Bond” sculpture. He led his audience on a hunt of his sculptures along Main Street in Gloucester Village and told the stories behind each of his pieces, which included “Speedo,” “Reading Dog,” “Story Time,” “Pawstand Dog,” “Blue Fisherman,” “Pipe Fisherman,” “Jitterbug Dancers” and “Pawshake Dog.”

One of the most notable sculptures on the tour was “Swinging Jenny.”

“I have been playing with this image for 30 years now,” Lageman wrote in the description of the piece. “I made the first Swinging Jenny in 1991 out of chenille sticks and gave it to my...

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