Soles of Haverhill Shoe Sculpture Tour

Soles of Haverhill is a community celebration of shoe manufacturing & design’s important role in Haverhill’s history, highlighted by the public display of painted shoe sculptures throughout downtown.

Soles of Haverhill Shoe Sculpture Tour

Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830, United States

Created By: Creative Haverhill

Tour Information

Soles of Haverhill Shoe-la-bration 2009

The inauguration of Soles of Haverhill in 2009 featured 14 wonderfully painted and designed shoe sculptures by local artists. After presentation to the community at the 2009 July 4th fireworks display, the shoes were relocated around the community. Organizers produced and distributed posters and a sculpture trail map to promote community understanding of the themes, artists, and historical links. The sculptures were sold at auction in October 2009, raising more than $40,000 for local non-profits nominated by the shoe sculpture sponsors. Many of the shoes remain in the community to be enjoyed by residents and visitors.

Sculpture Design for 2014

The Red Shoe inspires “A Story with Style” (click to enlarge)

The shoe sculpture form for 2014 was inspired by a shoe in the Buttonwoods Museum collection. The “inspirational” shoe was made by the Hazen B. Goodrich Company for the World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago World’s Fair) in 1893.

The upper part of the shoe is red silk and the sole is made of leather. The Louis–style heel is made of wood and wrapped in red silk. The shoe is embellished with a gold-tone metal buckle and gold-colored see beads stitched to the bow detail.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Title: If the Shoe Fits Artist: Susan Blim Sponsor: After School Access Art Club, Haverhill Public Schools Location: Broadway
Title: "Sole Sisters" Artist: Sharon Welch Sponsor: Pentucket Bank and Girls, Inc. Location: MVRTA Parking Garage
Title: "A Weitzman Family Affair" Artists: Stuart, Jane, Rachel Weitzman and Elizabeth Persing Silver Sponsor: Stuart Weitzman Location: Hamel Mill Lofts, Locke Street  
Title: "A Vibrant Sole" Artist: Jeff Grassie Sponsor: Trinity EMS Location: Columbus Park
Title: “Fishy Fashionistas” Artists: Elizabeth Persing with Consentino School Students Sponsors: Haverhill Public Schools Discovery Club and the STARS Residency Program of MA Cultural Council Temporary Location: Riverfront Park (Behind... Read more
Title: Shoe Town Artist: Rob Sardella Sponsor: Location: Bethany Homes, Inc at Pheonix Row
Title: "Haverhill's Music History" Artist: Alan Pearsall Sponsor: Trinity Episcopal Church Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, White Street
Title: "Queen Slipper City" Artists: Maria Fontaine, Elissa Dawson Sponsor: Location: Haverhill City Hall, Summer Street
Title: "Pentucket, Place by the Winding River: Artist: Elizabeth Persing Sponsor: Pentucket Bank Location: Pentucket Bank
Title: "Ya Gotta Haverhill" Artist: Rob Sardella Sponsor: Dentist Dr. Alan M. Gonick Location: Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water Street
Title: “A Flourishing Future” Artist: Rob Sardella  Sponsor: Pentucket Bank Temporary Location: Pentucket Bank Stadium Branch (Rt. 97) Final Location (2016): Harbor Place
Title: “The Sole of Education” Artists: Marc Mannheimer, Jaclyn Marr, and Adam Dorgan Sponsor: Northern Essex Community College Location: NECC Haverhill, Campus-Side Entrance to Tech Center (Tech Center parking off Rt. 110 and Kenoza St... Read more
Title: "Pheonix, 1882" Artist: Mimi Johnson Sponsor: Haverhill Fire Dept. Credit Union Location: Haverhill Firefighting Museum, Kenoza Ave.
Title: “Morning Slipper” Artists: Michael Glowacki and Jill Barry Sponsor: Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home Location: Cogswell School, South Elm and South Main Sts. (Rt. 125)
Title: “Seymour the Lion” (See more with the Lions) Artist: Dawn Evans Scaltreto Sponsor: Haverhill Lions Club Dedication: In memory of Kenny Parker, a noble Lion, gone much too soon Location: Greenleaf and South Main Streets (Rt. 125) ...


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