Artfully Rural: Unveiling of Public Artworks in Northeastern Nebraska ⇒ Public Invited!

It'll be two exciting and artful days for two Northeast Nebraska communities in Burt County. Two separate public artworks will be unveiled on Sunday, November 1 in Decatur, and Monday, November 2 in Lyons. The projects, part of the Byway of Art project, are a collaborative effort by the Center for Rural Affairs, artist Matthew Mazzotta, and the communities. It was made possible by support from ArtPlace America.

Sunday, November 1 in Decatur -  “Rural Legends” a new public artwork in the form of a trolley and station for telling the legends of small town Decatur will open at 3:00 pm Downtown on Broadway.
The idea for “Rural Legends” came from an historical promotional postcard with a trolley pasted into a photo of downtown Decatur. It came about as a means of encouraging tourism to the town. (View the original postcard from some 100 years ago below.)


Monday, November 2 in Lyons - The Grand Opening of the Lyon's Storefront Theater will take place from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at 214 Main St. What looks like an ordinary storefront facade, actually opens up and folds down over the sidewalk onto Main Street. Cushioned bleacher seats pull out from inside the structure for people to sit and watch a performance or a movie on the other side of the street, making Main Street into an outdoor Storefront Theater. (View the artist's rendition of what of what the finished project below.)

Storefront Theater, Lyons, Nebraska

Internationally recognized songwriter Josephine Foster will give a special performance at the grand opening. Local filmmaker Bill Hedges will debut his film "Decades," a documentary film about the history of Lyons since the 1860’s. The film will feature re-enactments of different events and time periods and was shot in Lyons earlier this summer.

More on the Byway of Art project and rural arts below:

Art of Listening Shapes this Phase of the Byway of Art Project
Vibrant Small Towns Embrace Art and Self-Expression
Outdoor Living Rooms Invite Community Input