PURCHASE A TIE from Lee Gobble’s Tie Collection
Display in Main Gallery at FACC
$25 each with proceeds going towards a life size bronze sculpture. A tie theme will be an important element in the sculpture, and the collection is graciously offered by Leon & Linda Connelly for the purpose of fundraising. The Gobble Family established a clothing store in 1853, and Lee was known as quite “the dresser” continuing on in the family business, and collecting a selection of ties over the years. “Tie one on for the Lee T. Gobble II sculpture” by purchasing a tie and you will support this 50th anniversary FAA project.
A display of ties will be in the Main Gallery of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center in time for Lee’s favorite holiday – Thanksgiving of course . “gobble-gobble- gobble” a trademark of the family business, and Lee’s favorite saying “This turkey ain’t done yet” will be used throughout the holiday season promoting the Tie Sale. The $25 tie purchases can be made through the FAA on Tuesdays – Fridays from 1-5 PM in the Sales Gallery, during Art Walks, or at the FACC Box Office during their regular hours.
We are also excited to announce that Mark Shafer is contributing prints of Lee’s Gobble Entrepreneur portrait, originally painted by Mark, to be given to those donating $100 or more. Prints are limited and will be given out until they are gone. Tax deductible donations can be made anytime and mailed to FAA, 200 N. Main, Fairfield, IA.
The commissioned sculpture “Mr. Fairfield – Lee T. Gobble II” will begin in January by sculptors Christopher Bennett and Ken Rowe. Bennett a well known Midwest artist, created the “William Coop & Friend” and “Leapfrog” bronzes for the FAA and were given to the city of Fairfield. Rowe, son of Jane Rowe, studied with Bennett early on and has completed major sculpture pieces for Nashville, Tennessee. Local artist Mark Shafer has been working on the design sketches and historical details to cloth Gobble’s figure. Harri Aalto, artist & designer at Creative Edge, will translate these designs into tile that will be at the sculptures base, creating a “spread turkey fan of ties” depicting local architecture, history & Gobble stories.