Public Art in Vandalia – PAIV


Vandalia “CHISELED”
Stone Sculpture Symposium

Vandalia “Chiseled” was held during the City of Vandalia’s 50th Anniversary

 ChiseledCover_Page_01 View Commemorative Catalogue


View Vandalia Guide to Public and Private Art

Youtube Videos

Vandalia “Chiseled” DVD by Niche Productions

Vandalia “Chiseled” by Goartstone9

Todd Frahm Time Lapse Video of “Bellwether

“Chiseled” Event by Butler Film Club

Lasha Khidasheli at “Chiseled” by Goartstone9

Facebook Page for Chisled

PAIV dedicated the sculptures on September 18, 2011

The Public Art in Vandalia (PAIV) dedicated the five limestone sculptures created during Vandalia “Chiseled” throughout Vandalia during an “art crawl” on September 18, 2011. The locations of the sculptures are as follows:

  • “Bellwether” by Todd Frahm will be placed at the Vandalia Recreation Center.
  • “Sunset” by Lasha Khidasheli will be located on the front lawn of the Vandalia Justice Center.
  • “Inward and Outward: All in All” by John Leon will be placed at Cassel Hills Golf Course.
  • “Last Love VI” by Patrick Sullivan will be located at Seger Park.
  • “At Play in Geologic Time” by Matthew Weir will be placed in Lichtenfels Park.

For more information or to join in any upcoming art activities, please Email or call (937) 266-9066.

History of Vandalia Chiseled

Vandalia Chiseled was a two-week stone sculpture symposium featuring five nationally-recognized sculptors, who used the Vandalia Recreation Center south lot as their artist’s studio and large blocks of Indiana limestone as their canvas. The limestone blocks were delivered on Wednesday, August 25. The blocks had been cut to the artist’s specifications prior to delivery. Looking at these big blocks of stone, it takes real imagination to envision what they will become under the artists’ hands.

At the opening ceremonies, held on Saturday, September 4, 2010, the artists were introduced to the community and they explained the thought process behind their designs. A big component of the Stone Sculpture Symposium was the education element. Throughout the two-week period, school kids visited to watch the artists at work. When the symposium was over, every class in Kindergarten through 6th grade in Vandalia-Butler Schools and St. Christopher Elementary School had visited the site. The children asked questions and learned what it takes to be a sculptor. They were also able to try their hand at chiseling.

The symposium featured four blocks of limestone designed expressly for visitors to chisel away at. One factor that took many by surprise was the mount of dust created by the sculptors. Much of the cutting and filing and sanding that took place produced large amounts of fine limestone dust. The artists used high pressure air hoses to get the dust off before leaving at the end of the day.

As the first week wrapped up, many of the pieces were already beginning to take shape. The artists taking part in Chiseled had a very busy schedule. They worked from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every night. In the evenings, they were immersed in the Vandalia community, meeting civic groups and organizations and playing the role of diplomat.

At the closing ceremonies, each artist was invited to speak about their piece and explain the thought process behind it. A good crowd was on hand to get a first-hand look at the finished pieces.


This project was made possible through the generous participation of many individuals, organizations and businesses. The Public Art in Vandalia Committee was the inspiration and force behind this event. The City of Vandalia’s City Manager’s Office, along with the Vandalia Parks and Recreation Department and the Vandalia Public Works Division, were essential for the success of Vandalia “Chiseled.”

Major Sponsors:

Public Art in Vandalia Program
Vandalia Cultural Arts Program
City of Vandalia
DP& L Foundation
Montgomery County Arts & Culture District
Vectren Foundation
Vandalia-Butler Foundation
Ohio Arts Council

Community Sponsors: ($500 to $999)

Crossroads Coins, Inc.
Lion Apparel, Inc.
Ken’s Pharmacy
Woods Financial Group
Rotary Club of Vandalia

Citizens for Vandalia Art: (up to $99)

Kevin and Julie Larger
Steven Reed Insurance Agency, Inc.
Jim Weller
Jeff and Jennifer Hoagland
Jan Flynn-Abbey Credit Union
Ms. Rose Chin
Houser Asphalt

Friends of Vandalia Sponsors: ($100 to $499)

Waffle House
Lee Hendricks, DDS
Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home
Orville Cotterman Fund
My Favorite Pet Vandalia Animal Clinic
Manufactured Assemblies Corp.
Eurand, Inc.
Arlene Setzer
Spieles Insurance
Universal 1 Credit Union
Ken and Candice Farst
Vandalia Lioness Club
Optimist Club of Vandalia
Vandalia Optometry
Liza Pond Orthodontics

Thank you to the following individuals for their participation in this event.
Jon Hudson, Connie Campbell, Thomas Macaulay, Amy Brier, Jane Black, Steve Mahoney, Emily Esau, Andy Amlin, Lee Hendricks, DDS

Thank you to the following organizations and businesses for their contributions:

Vandalia-Butler City Schools
Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler
Charleston Woods Subdivision
At Peace Massage & Wellness
Stillwater Seventh Day Adventist Church
Drury Inn
City of Dayton
Coldwater Cafe
World Cafe
BSA Troop #466
Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce
Vandalia Senior Citizens Center
Hearth and Home Assisted Living
Original Rib House
Sister Cities of Vandalia
Waste Management, Inc.
Vandalia Drummer News
Schuerholz Printing
Liberty Savings Bank
Independent Limestone

Public Art in Vandalia (PAIV)
Members: Heather Combs, Candice Farst, Corey Follick. For additional information on the symposium, click on the city’s .

General Video
Todd Frahm 
Lasha Khidasheli
John Leon
Patrick Sullivan
Matt Weir

The Artists at Work

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