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First indoor/outdoor reception set

It been years in the making, but on Saturday the Leslie Powell Gallery will finally be able to give locals a preview of its long-in-the-works sculpture garden when it hosts its very first indoor/outdoor reception.

The sculpture garden has been a dream of the board since the gallery moved into its current location at 620 SW D, according to Matthew Hughes, the gallery’s executive director.

The garden, located on the east side of the gallery, is designed to be a place where artists can display large, three-dimensional work in an open, outdoor environment. But it isn’t just another gallery space. The gallery hopes that the garden will become a gathering place for Lawton’s citizens.

The final version of the garden will include benches, sail-style awning covers and more for visitors to sit, talk and enjoy the works of visual art that will be on display. The major structural aspects of the garden were recently finished, Hughes said. In particular, around $200,000 worth of concrete was poured to create the garden’s foundation.

“Financially we are halfway there,” Hughes said. “The concrete work was about half our budget.”

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