September 15 Committee previews Oasis fire prints
August 31, 2013, The Herald, Sponsors of the prints that will be sold in conjunction with the September 15 Firefighters’ Picnic on the Square and the Oasis Fire Fund drive met at Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder’s office Friday morning. Available to look at and to review were the 17, 13” by 19” glossy prints of photos taken of the Oasis fire on June 21, 2013.
Sponsors of the Oasis fire prints look them over at Mayor Keith Snyder’s office. From left are Dave Schonauer, of Illinois American Water; Snyder; photojournalist Jim Grimaldi; Andi Hake, executive director of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce; Brian Bergen, executive director of the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership; and Ellen Burbage, member of the Oasis board. Not available for the photo was sponsor Greg Basford, Heritage Packaging.
The prints, which will sell for $10 each, will be available as long as there is interest. The cost of the initial release of 500 is being paid for by community leaders and businesses, thus all sales proceeds from the initial offering will go into the Oasis Fire Fund.
Committee member Mike Fak said a preliminary showing of the prints at several recent events showed a strong interest in several of the prints with all receiving at least some attention.
“We have an idea which ones we will sell more copies of but you can never be sure. ” Fak said. The print run is flexible with increases in production of whichever prints receive the most interest being no problem for Lincoln Printers, a sponsor and the company that is doing the prints.
The prints will make their debut at the September 8 Legion Post 263 breakfast buffet and a respectable quantity will be available for purchase that morning.
The prints will also be on display at the Lincoln Art Institute on the square with several dozen other photos of the fire also on display. Patrons will be able to buy the prints at the institute throughout September. Other locations where the prints can be purchased will be announced later.
The committee hopes that the demand for these prints will exceed the initial printing and that several more runs of the prints will be needed.