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By James Jordan Newton Kansan

Book featuring Blue Sky Sculpture grabs award

NEWTON, Kansas - The Kansas Sampler Foundation's latest book, "Eight Wonders of Kansas Guidebook," recently won a gold medal from the North American Travel Journalists Association.

The book was put together by Marci Penner, director of the foundation.

The Eight Wonders of Kansas has been a project of Penner's for a couple of years as she got Kansans to vote on the top attractions in the state, and uses the book to promote the state.

The Blue Sky Sculpture in Newton was one of the Eight Wonders of Art. Other categories were architecture, cuisine, customs, geography and people. There also was a final group of eight from all categories.

The North American Travel Journalists Association considered publications from around the world. The Eight Wonders book was first in the Travel Guide category, ahead of guidebooks for Jamaica and the South Beaches of Rhode Island.

Spatial Thoughts on Sculpture by Bill West
It is not surprising at all that Phil Epp was a finalist for his sculpture "The Blue Sky". What a vision he had for creating this public art piece. It really comes together both design and message. When I saw this, I was instantly drawn to it, I still am!

Phil Epp sculpture
"Blue Sky" by Phil Epp
The Blue Sky sculpture near Centennial Park in Newton created by Phil Epp is one of the finalists for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art competition organized by the Kansas Samplers Foundation. The public-selected top eight art wonders will be announced Oct. 31. Voting ends Oct. 15.
Crystal Hoffman/Newton Kansan