The Bethel Eagle Unveiling and Dedication - Saturday July 2, 2016
Bethel, New York – Calling all residents, visitors and arts lovers of all ages. Join the Town of Bethel on Saturday, July 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethel Town Hall , 3460 Route 55, White Lake, New York, as we unveil and dedicate “The Eagle”, a one-of-a-kind woodcarving by local artist Paul Stark. The Town of Bethel acknowledges its partner, the Posse, who have contributed to the creation and installation of this majestic piece of art. The gift of The Eagle by the Posse, a group of philanthropic citizens, demonstrates what can be accomplished with imagination, cooperation, and purpose.
The Posse, as stated collectively by its members, “wanted to bring the Arts and Town Government together by commissioning world renowned wood carver Paul Stark, to create The Eagle.” The American bald eagle was adopted as the national bird symbol of the United States of America in 1782. The Bethel Eagle chosen for its beauty, great strength, and long life reveals the artist’s ability to capture the natural beauty of a transient object. Now 234 years later America’s majestic bird, a symbol of our heritage, can be enjoyed by the town. Those attending the unveiling will have the opportunity to meet Paul Stark, the artist, and other town officials. The unveiling is open to the public and parking is available. “We are proud to live in a town that supports its artists and the art community. Artists contribute to the quality of life in Bethel,” remarked Daniel Sturm.
The Eagle woodcarving began with a 150-year-old white pine with a 10-foot base and a 40-inch diameter segment weighing 1800 pounds. Now that the Bethel Eagle has been created, a beautiful and unique piece of art soars in the Town of Bethel.
Paul Stark, the artist and a world renowned local resident of Bethel, studied art at Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon in the 1970’s and later apprenticed for J. Chester Armstrong in the 1980’s. Paul continues to create beautiful and unique woodcarvings that can be viewed at many locations throughout the area. His artwork has become synonymous with the Town of Bethel.