By Kathy L. Collins

In celebration of the sculptures exhibit that has made a return visit to Plant City, the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center will host a special reception at the Photo Archives, located at 106 S. Evers St. in Plant City, on Tuesday, October 28, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The reception will feature wine, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres followed by a short video with interviews of J. Seward Johnson, the sculptor who made the sculptures currently on display in Plant City’s historic downtown.

There will also be a guided tour of the sculptures. The reception and tour is sponsored by the Arts Council of Plant City and the Photo Archives.

The narrated twilight tour of the sculptures will be provided by Photo Archives Director Gil Gott. According to Gott, “The tour will focus on the many detailed features of the sculptures that Johnson incorporates in his artwork. For example, clothing may carry specific brands typical of certain ages or professions, and accessories may be detailed to show time and place.”

The narrated tour begins at 6:30 p.m. The fee for the event is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. The event is limited to 20 participants for the narrated twilight tour.

The 10 sculptures include a soldier being greeted by his daughter upon his return from deployment (at Union Station); a young couple embracing after he returns from a trip (at Union Station); a man resting in an Adirondack chair while reading (McCall Park); a woman with her son and his pet rabbit (McCall Park); a policeman writing a ticket or warning to a motorist (McCall Park); a young man daydreaming while relaxing on the grass (McCall Park); an elderly couple touring the downtown – binoculars in hand (corner of Drane St. and Evers St.); a man taking photographs of his wife, son, and dog (Plant City Photo Archives); two mariachis playing invigorating music on their guitars (Plant City Entertainment); and two children playing follow the leader (Bruton Memorial Library). For more information, call the Photo Archives at 754-1578.