Members of the Brad Anderson Recognition Committee recently installed signage throughout the area to draw tourists and residents alike to visit the statue of Anderson and his famous pup, Marmaduke.
Pamphlets with information about Anderson’s life and career and his many accomplishments are available at the statue site, as well as copies of a rack card. The rack cards, which are being distributed to over 60 locations throughout the county and to four surrounding county fairs, feature a few of Anderson’s comics, a picture of the statue, and provide information on other areas of interest in the Town of Portland. One new sign at the site identifies the statue to passersby, while another new sign which details Anderson’s life, the creation of the statue and sculptor Don Sottile’s vision will be installed soon.
The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation recently awarded a grant from its Fund for the Region to support the 2017 Brad Anderson Recognition Project. In addition to a grant received last year, this money provided funding for the statue, signage, and publicity through the rack cards and ads placed in local tourist magazines.
“I would like to thank Randy Sweeney and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for the generous grant given to us,” stated Patti Farrell, Brad Anderson Recognition Committee member. ”I feel proud that I have been a part of making this dedication to Brad Anderson and Marmaduke! It means so much to his family.”
The statue, completed in 2016, depicts Anderson working at his sketchpad on a Marmaduke comic strip; his dog is trying to get him to throw his ball for a game of fetch. The completed work combines two art forms – honoring Anderson’s own artistic talents through his Marmaduke characters and Sottile’s bronze sculpture, created with Anderson’s input before his death in 2015.
“Brad Anderson and his dog Marmaduke brought so much joy to people of all ages. By preserving his memory with this statue, we hope to keep bringing joy to everyone who visits,” said Randy Sweeney, Community Foundation executive director.