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Students for Danforth Park to hold art swap Sept. 26

September 15, 2009

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Students for Danforth Park, a group on the Montana State University campus interested in the preservation and restoration of campus parks for student and community use, is holding an "Off the Wall" art swap from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building.

The first in what is hoped to be an annual art swap is a fundraiser for a restoration project planned for Danforth Park located on the MSU campus and construction of a new amphitheater on campus.

Art can be consigned between 4 and 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building. All art must be able to be hung, less than 50 by 50 inches in size, and $500 or less in value. Students for Danforth Park will keep 20 percent of the sale price, and $1.50 will be charged for each item consigned.

Three resident artists from the Bozeman community will be featured throughout the day. At noon, The Adam Greenberg Band will accompany Collette Brooks-Hops as she presents a variety of performance art.

The Students for Danforth Park group is seeking to resurrect an idea that was rooted in an MSU campus movement of the Depression. Then, female students at MSU who wished to create a place of beauty on the campus developed the idea of an iris garden. With support from Una Herrick, then dean of women students, every female student on campus contributed 50 cents to the building of the garden, which was located south of Herrick Hall. Soon, each male student contributed a dollar. The friendly competition resulted in the MSU Iris Gardens - now known as the Danforth Park.

For more information on the art swap or the fundraising effort, please check out www.projectirisgarden.com, or contact Jill Davis 587-3682.

Jill Davis (406) 994-4513, jilldavis115@gmail.com