The magic of marble
by MATT QUILLEN
Mar 20, 2010 | 2508 views |  2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Bill Cook of Knoxville, Tenn., describes his sculpture to May Jo Price. Cook is one of many sculptors in Sylacauga for the Magic of Marble Festival.
Bill Cook of Knoxville, Tenn., describes his sculpture to May Jo Price. Cook is one of many sculptors in Sylacauga for the Magic of Marble Festival.
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SYLACAUGA – Several events have been scheduled for this week as the second annual Magic of Marble Festival continues.

The festival runs through Saturday. Some of the upcoming events include tours of local quarries, a 5K run and examples of sculpting.

Ted Spears, president of the Arts Council, previously described the purpose for putting on the event.

“Number one is to attract tourists to Sylacauga, to come to the Marble Festival,” he said. “Those people who are interested in marble and those people who just come to see what we are doing. Number two is to make the people in Sylacauga aware of the importance of the marble companies that we have here.”

Master sculptor Giovanni Balderi of Pietrasanta, Italy will be working alongside other sculptors and teaching techniques at Central Park this week. Balderi is the featured guest for the festival and was honored at a reception Saturday by community leaders.

Author Ruth Cook will give a lecture on the history of Sylacauga marble at noon Wednesday in the Comer Library. Cook, who wrote “A Brief History of Sylacauga Marble,” will focus on Italian sculptor and quarry owner Giuseppe Moretti.

Marble exhibits by artists including Moretti and Sylacauga native Bill Whetstone will be on display at the Comer Museum and Arts Center beginning Wednesday. Artists will also be painting at different locations in the city and student art from the middle school and high school will be displayed.

The library will continue featuring displays from the local marble industries. The displays showcase the many uses of marble mined in the area.

Also beginning Wednesday, daily tours will be taken through the Alabama Marble and Imerys quarries.

The festival will be capped by the first Marble City 5K Run and a one-mile fun run on Saturday. Also a “mini art fair” at the museum will feature live music from The Underhill Family Orchestra.

The Magic of Marble Festival is sponsored by the Sylacauga Arts Council and supported by the Alabama State Council on Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.