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Playground ponies to be restored in Ticonderoga

Artists sought for project

Local artists are being asked to pony up their talents to help children. Artists are being sought to assist with a playground project at Ticonderoga Elementary School.

Local artists are being asked to pony up their talents to help children. Artists are being sought to assist with a playground project at Ticonderoga Elementary School.

— Local artists are being asked to pony up their talents to help children.

Artists are being sought to assist with a playground project at Ticonderoga Elementary School.

The young-children’s playground is being renovated to make it safer and more appealing. An old, concrete wall and teeter-totter will be removed and three new pieces of equipment will be installed. The remaining pieces will be given a face-lift.

Among the pieces to be renovated are playground ponies that children can ride.

“There are four of these little ponies that will be temporarily removed to facilitate the renovation and will be put back into place,” said Chattie Van Wert, director of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, which is assisting with the project, “but not before they are colorfully painted.

“We are looking for artistic painters who are interested in painting one of these ponies,” she said. “Ideally they will each become a ‘horse of a different color,’ a unique design that will appeal to the children.”

Van Wert said the playground ponies will be set up at the Downtown Gallery at 119 Montcalm St., where artists can work.

“The ponies will be cleaned, prepped and propped for the artists and the paint will be supplied,” Van Wert said. “You can bring your own brushes or, if you prefer, we can provide those, too. All you have to do is show up and create your own special design.”

The ponies will be available at the Downtown Gallery Oct. 14, when they are scheduled to return to the playground.

Artists interested in painting a pony can contact Van Wert at 593-9093 or ChattieVW@ticonderoga-alliance.org.

The committee leading the playground renovation project includes Scott Hearburg, Michele Eicher, John Bartlett, Malinda Chapman and Carrie Fingland.

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