The Fiddler, a statue commissioned by the Sesquicentennial Committee of Athens in the 1980s, was created by artist Albert Stewart. Mr. Stewart was an art professor at Trinity Valley Community College at that time, and he used the opportunity to teach a class project. The design used a Korean coil technique applied to a very thick mount. Its composition is clay (ceramic stoneware), coated with a permanent glaze and epoxy spray. The fiddler’s bow is fashioned from an actual cello bow.
The endearing statue honors fiddlers of the past who competed and played in the historical tradition of the Old Fiddler’s Reunion and Contest that is held, annually, on Memorial Day weekend at the square in Athens, Texas. It was placed in the present location, under the executive management of Henderson County.
After becoming aware of the plight of the historical clay figure, deteriorating because of its exposure to elements of the weather, the Henderson County Arts Council (HCAC) wanted to “Save the Fiddler.” The HCAC board is asking help from the public to fund the bronzing of the statue to insure its preservation for many generations to come. Your donation is tax deductible. The HCAC is a non-profit 501c-3 organization. On Saturday, January 12th the organization will hold a fundraiser benefit to raise funds to cover the cost of the project.
The objectives of the project are to protect the statue, bronze it, preserve it for historical value, and ultimately to unveil it at the 2018 Old Fiddlers Reunion. Please send all donations to:
Henderson County Arts Council
P.O. Box 1674
Athens, TX 75751-1674