Create Princeton's butterfly artworks nearing completion

Farmers Bank Ambassadors showing some of the completed butterfly artworks are, from left, Sam Teutsch, Kylie York, Abby Griggs and Kaylee McEnaney. They are displaying an example of four butterflies which have been painted by individuals in the community.

Create Princeton is nearing the end of its inaugural civic beautification project, bringing butterflies to local areas through a project called “Migration Princeton.”

Create Princeton is a nonprofit grassroots organization devoted to promoting the arts and local artists in Caldwell County.

It was founded in May 2019 and planned a project for last spring, but before it could get going, the pandemic hit and it was forced to wait.

“Create Princeton’s mission is to support local artists and to engage the community in fine arts opportunities,” said Jamie Tomek, one of the coordinators of Create Princeton. “We have had to be very creative due to COVID in engaging the community. “

The Create Princeton Board enlisted Debbie French, Tomek’s sister, as the lead artist to oversee the creative vision. She chose an art installation as the best-suited project.

“It lent itself to safe COVID guidelines to engage our community while providing a mobile art structure,” Tomek said. “The Farmers Bank Ambassadors program and their mentors, Tiffany Massey and Kayla Thomas, joined the partnership with Create Princeton early once the project was selected.

“The Ambassadors eagerly committed to a pivotal lead role in organizing and promoting the art installation. Their energy, fresh ideas, technology skills and leadership are impressive and it has been a joy to watch.”

Once the Ambassadors announced the project, community individuals quickly responded within a week to paint 43 different metal butterflies for the upcoming art installation. Create Princeton provided take-home kits which included the butterflies and everything needed to design and paint in the comfort of the participants’ homes.

The Ambassadors distributed the kits at Farmers Bank beginning on Dec 1. Those who picked up a kit are asked to return any painted butterflies that have not been collected to Farmers Bank before Feb. 15.

For more information about the project, contact Farmers Bank at 270-963-2298. The art installation will be formally opened at the Old Ratliff building property in the spring.

Create Princeton and the Farmers Bank Ambassadors announced that the George Coon Library joined the partnership on Monday. It will combine art and literacy to promote the installation.