A unique promotion created by a pair of unique individuals is creating a buzz around the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council as 'Elvis' is ready to enter someone's building for the holidays.
A unique promotion created by a pair of unique individuals is creating a buzz around the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council as ‘Elvis’ is ready to enter someone’s building for the holidays.
The promotion is actually a new fundraiser for the SWAAC, which involves a $5 raffle for a chance to bring a eight-foot Elvis replica silhouette home.
Designed and constructed by Richard Read, the structure is a sealed plywood cutout of the King, complete with LED lights and a motor that enables Elvis to rock.
Read credited the general idea to his wife, Arts Council Board Member Tamera Read, and the creation took Read “a better part of a week to construct.”
Calling it “a labor of love,” Read said “It is something fun, something unusual, something to say that we have something happening downtown at the Arts Council.”
Read build the Elvis from solid heavy plywood, treated it with water-proof seal, and of course, painted the figure black based on vintage pictures of Elvis.
In commenting on the promotion, SWAAC Executive Director George Smith said, “It is a great novelty item of the classic 1950s-era Elvis, and it is well-constructed and designed. It would be great to light up a home during Christmas, or place in a yard, or any place for the Elvis enthusiast.”
“The King comes with a rocker arm to get him swaying and spotlights to show him off at night,” Smith said.
Smith added that several persons viewing the item on the Depot grounds have already taken pictures and selfies with the Elvis structure.
The ingenious raffle is happening concurrently with the ongoing Terri Perkins art exhibit at the Depot Center in nearby Hope. Much of the Perkins exhibit includes various pieces of original Elvis art as well as a substantial collection of Elvis memorabilia. The Perkins exhibit runs for another week, until September 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.