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Artists paint life-size goat statues for Goat Parade Fundraiser in Chapel Hill/Pittsboro
8/7/2014: .

Ten of the area’s most extraordinary artists will be sharing their creative process at University Mall from Aug. 4 to Sept. 15 as they work on pieces for the area’s first-ever Goat Parade.


A public art project celebrating the bond between Orange and Chatham Counties and their senior citizens, the Goat Parade will feature 10 life-size, fiberglass goat statues that will be hand-painted in a whimsical manner and placed on display at a variety of locations throughout Chapel Hill and Pittsboro this fall. All the goats will be available for viewing by the public, free of charge.


When the goat statues first arrive at University Mall, they will be wearing nothing but factory applied primer. The artists will then go to work, using their creative vision to transform the statues into vibrant pieces of art. Their mission will be to paint the goats in an original, humorous and uplifting way, creating unique art objects designed to delight. 


They will be working during University Mall’s regular hours, which are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.


From there, the painted goats will travel to 10 Chapel Hill-area locations where they will be on display from Oct. 6 to 23. The sites are: Chapel Hill Visitors Bureau, University Florist, Julian's on Franklin Street, The Rivers Agency, The Robert and Pearl Seymour Center, Squids Restaurant, the Siena Hotel, The Chelsea Theatre and Stein Mart in Chapel Hill; The Arts Center in Carrboro; and Galloway Ridge at Fearrington in Pittsboro.


Then, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 13, the painted goats will on display at 10 locations in Pittsboro: Angelina's Kitchen, Chatham Market Place, Circle City Book Store, Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, The Joyful Jewel, Liquidamber Gallery and Gifts, New Horizon Trading Co., Pittsboro Roadhouse, Spa at Bell House and the Courthouse.


The project will culminate with a Goat Parade Gala on Nov. 14 at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington where all the decorative goats will be auctioned off to the public. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Robert and Pearl Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill and the Chatham County Council on Aging in Pittsboro. The Goat Parade project is being sponsored by Galloway Ridge. 


For more information, call 919-642-6893 or 919-619-7260. To learn more about Galloway Ridge, visit