Recently, a variety of pieces of framed artwork have been placed in strategic locations in Fairbury and Pontiac. These pieces of art depict various local attractions and are sponsored by different area businesses and organizations.
Each one is framed in barn wood or crib wood from old local buildings which have been torn down. These frames are made by Andy’s Deconstruction and Recycling.
Four pieces of this artwork have been placed at Lydia’s Cup in Pontiac, Illinois, in the outdoor dining area. The attractions displayed there include the “Rocking Horses” west on Fairbury on Route 24 sponsored by Gerber Real Estate, picturesque sunrise and sunset scenes on the farm sponsored by BCS, the “Where Is the Bench” print, sponsored by Salem4Youth, and Fugate Woods sponsored by Dimond Bros.
“Recently, when someone from our group was dining at Lydia’s Cup, people from out of town came to take pictures of these framed art pieces,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group. “It was obvious that these folks were tourists, and our hope is to draw them into town.”
Then, it was reported recently, that several folks have stopped by R & D Liquor on different occasions asking about the Rocking Horses along Route 24. Because there is corn on both sides, it makes it a little difficult to see the horses right away. Before long, though, the corn will be harvested and they will be in plain view again!
“It seems that these pieces of art are doing the job,” says Bobbi. “We appreciate the sponsorships of the local businesses and organizations. It certainly helps all our businesses when folks come to town.”
Please call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics for our community.