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Sculpture Festival Show & Sale 2019 Table of Contents 2019 Participating Artists Listed Alphabetically 3 - 55
2019 Participating Galleries 56 - 59
Artist Selection by Donna Valdes 60
SculptureTucson Organization 61
Sculpture Festival Show & Sale Sponsors 62
Bronze, edition of 18 14” x 24” x 12”
Preferring wildlife, Abernethy idealizes his subjects in ways that leave a powerful and lasting impression. He wants viewers to come away with reverence for the animals he represents.
Salt Lake City, UT
Steel 40” x 57” x 21”
Anderson plays with bold and heroic forms with an eye towards visual puns and minimalist design. His metal works are made in a range of scales and for a variety of contexts.
Constructed willow, crocheted yarn 23” x 19” x 20”
“I am a mixed media fiber artist, combining fiber with wood, recycled garment fabric and most recently with fused glass. I am a builder using native sticks and wood to build my sculptures which are filled with crocheted webs and found objects.” 5
Cave Creek, AZ
Carved granite, steel element, ebonized carved wood base 13” x 32” x 5”
Bayless transforms materials from their original use to something transcendent. He views his role as an artist as “one who creates beauty by redeeming, rebirthing or repurposing the simple, the overlooked, the mundane.
Bronze, stone base 24” x 13” x 9”
Bayne is fascinated and motivated by what she sees in other cultures. “My hands, tools, and clay are where it all begins. Art speaks volumes for those without a voice.”
Steel 54” x 20” x 20”
“My art is made from new steel combined with recycled engine parts, bicycle parts and other pieces. I enjoy the problem-solving aspect of creating works of art using recycled materials.”
Fragmented Bust Planter 5
Stoneware 14” x 9” x 7”
Berlin’s sculptures combine hyper-realistic techniques and surreal subject matter representing his explorations of the human subconscious. He describes his work as “psycho-sexual, organic and anatomical while being simultaneously repellent and magnetic.” 9
Resin, steel, copper 35” x 22” x 18”
"I’m quick to opt for form over reality but an artist must struggle against making art so personal that the audience wonders, 'What did he mean by that?' The trick is to constantly challenge the work’s ability to explain itself."
Port Orchard, WA
Cast and fabricated bronze 8’ x 8’ x 9’
Boysen's materials are selected by a twist, a bend, a crumple—as if returning to a natural state. He views art as being "all about mystery, stealth, and transformation that combine to reveal the dynamics of existence.”
Black Canyon City, AZ
Cast bronze, mounted on hematite rock 29” x 12”
Using North American wildlife as a subject, Burke creates “animals from extremely decayed desert wood.” These realistic animal forms are cast from mesquite in fused pewter, bronze or clay.
Bronze, paint, mirror 16.5” x 10.5” x 5”
Cannon's narrative art has been compared to comics and is influenced by Catholic themes of sex, politics and philosophical meandering or “whatever else seems appropriate.”
Bronze 5” x 5” x 5”
Carollo uses the figure as a departure point to explore the space between the physicality of the human body and what his materials can express. “For me this process is addictive, and I never tire of what a figure can be or say." 14
Powder coated steel 12” x 14” x 10”
Influenced by endless travels on the open road, Caron is inspired by the shapes and spaces he sees—and in his artistic practice—he lets his hands become extensions of his mind much like he does when riding.
Grass Valley, CA
Trafficking in Tangents
Fabricated and painted steel 24” x 16” x 33”
“When I began painting my work years ago, I found that color opens a doorway to a more intimate exploration of abstract form. It is my hope that my sculpture evokes some combination of surprise, intrigue and wonder.”
The 4 Winds Of Chief Rain In The Face
Found object assemblage 38” x 32” x 7”
Descant scours flea markets, thrift stores and alleys—gleaning and using parts from the Golden Age of American manufacturing. He is a self-taught “Severe Re-Constructivist” working in assemblage and specializing in what he calls “Western Futurism.” 17
Steel, fused glass 88” x 28” x 6”
Eisner fuses dozens, sometimes hundreds, of pieces of glass and steel elements, into one solid, coherent whole. He is inspired by “the stark forms and colors of the natural world.”
Fiber clay, mixed media
Feder’s sculptures are a quirky mix of movement, color and emotion. Her protagonists are lively, empowered and “guaranteed to make you smile.”
Flower Face-Head Series
Carved aspen, acrylic paint, metal leaf, wax, steel stand 25” x 15” x 6”
"My carving style is inspired by iconic images found in folk, tribal and outsider art.” Frank’s unique style belies her serious concerns for the complex relationship between humans and nature in this modern age.
Tango Takes Two
Steel, bronze 91” x 86” x 24”
Frederick is a retired equine veterinarian who captures the essence of movement in animals and researches endangered species both local and foreign to represent all in steel.
Bronze, stone base 25” x 14” x 6”
"It is my passion to create horses, ravens and birds of prey in action, using bronze and steel to design three-dimensional forms. I want to capture that moment in time with a gestural feel, incorporating the energy and personality of the creature." 22
Bronze 10” x 5” x 2”
“We come to earth through remnants of ancient memories, a wisdom awakening in nature’s life cycle of beauty and decay.” Greenburg recreates flowers, leaves, woven webs in bronze as a way to mediate on the beauty of the natural world. 23
Venus de Metasl
Steel 5’ x 24” x 16”
Grondin is inspired by the shapes, textures and colors of his materials, both found and fabricated. He has been awarded several public art installations throughout the southwest region.
Fury of Possession
Steel 15” x 12” x 12”
Harris captures a feeling of balance and harmony with hand-forged steel. He focuses his work on desert birds and animals that explore desert life.
Drain Shelf #4
7” cast iron drain cover, flameworked glass, steel, plywood 13” x 10” x 11.5”
Hecker is interested in temporality, using water as a metaphor for the transience of life. “Water falls from the sky, supports life here on Earth, and evaporates away back up to the clouds.”
Porcelain, glazes 15” x 9” x 9”
“My art challenges the status quo to help create a society that thinks more critically and skeptically. It entices with realism, life size scale, and flashy glazes that change under different types of light while harboring internal secrets and surprises.” 27
Shakti Yoga - Reverse Bow
Bronze 5” x 6” x 9”
Like the Renaissance sculptors who inspired her, Johnson works from the human body, modeling the figure in clay and casting it in bronze from wax.
16 gauge sheet steel, 22 gauge copper and aluminum flat wire 5.5” x 10.5” x 13”
Jones’ sculptures trick the eye with the mastery of their materials. By focusing on a powerful human icon of American livestock, Jones appeals to “our human role in the circle of life and the abundant relationships within nature.”
Roller Rink Revival
Acrylic paint on cast bronze 4’ x 9’ x 3’ installation
Kjorlie’s sculptures are character studies with open-ended, hammy narratives that occur to him during their construction. He describes his scenarios as “ranging from the indulgence in dysfunction to the identification of stereotypes.” 30
Bronze, granite base 16”
“Sculpture, science and medicine have always been intertwined as part of my life’s work as a physician.” Kraft ‘s sculpture explores his ideas about the human form and uses a variety of materials from bronze, paper, and cement.
Eucalyptus wood, aluminum and copper base 12” x 16”
“Wood is a sensuous material like flesh and bone. Trees are the growing force of the natural world made visible; and desert trees like mesquite and eucalyptus are survivors of extremes. I seek out the bones of these survivors— downed and dead, uprooted in a wash or burned husks from a fire. They have a story to tell of their life.”
Marstall’s stylized human figures are sculpted from solid molten glass using only hand tools and a 2200 degree furnace. He creates “narratives expressed through gesture, emotion, and symbolism.”
Common Bonds Steel, bronze 21” x 14” x 6”
Morbillo mastered casting and fabrication techniques through years of work with the Shidoni Foundry. His in-depth knowledge and the incorporation of cast glass elements illuminate his metal sculptures with brilliant color.
Cast iron 24” x 18” x 18”
Nicholson features completely original sci-fi busts, traditionally sculpted in bronze, iron and aluminum. These sculptures are “a morphology for a potential evolution of the human form.”
Fabricated Corten steel 9’ x 6’ x 6’
Steel has enabled Ortega to translate gentle arcs, rolling waves, tapering geometries and hard angles into interconnecting forms. His sculptures impart “a sense of place, calm and order to our collective environment, and most of all to inspire others to better this world.” 36
Bronze 24” x 10” x 10”
Inspired by the beauty of nature and the human form, Orzech creates bronze and stainless steel sculptures that highlight human joys and struggles.
Carved concrete, mixed materials 20” x 10” x 6”
Residing in Tucson, Arizona, Prata creates concrete and mixed media works. His sculptures are spontaneous and inspired by music.
Ceramic 40” x 22” x 6”
With a life-long devotion to mythology, Raine’s work arises from what she describes as the "mythic mind.” She creates archetypal work representing the interdependency of personal growth and universal evolution.
Gears of Thought
Welded steel bicycle sprockets 32” x 24” x 24”
Welding scrap metal parts to construct his figurative sculpture, Riche captures “the incredible complexity, strength, grace and power of the human and animal forms in hard and unyielding materials.”
Hand-built clay, pigments, glaze, lusters 8” x 15” x 5”
Richmond’s animal forms play with observations of human behavior. “Human likes, dislikes, virtues and foibles transform the expressions of lions, tigers and bears... and sometimes an animal is just an animal.”
Agata Alabaster 15.5” x 10” x 4.5”
Rockwell responds to the uniqueness of his materials by creating organic forms. He feels the “flaws and imperfections” of the stone bring beauty to the finished pieces.
Moebius Jelly Donut
Steel, stainless steel, stained glass 99” x 84” x 64”
Rosano's metal and glass forms are concerned with beauty of line, craftsmanship, and strength.
Fired clay with patina 8” x 5” x 3”
Drawing on his love of figure drawing, Rosenzweig’s interest naturally evolved into 3-D clay renderings. Exploring the tactile quality of clay provides a new and rewarding way for Rosenzweig to pursue his “fascination with people and the study of human nature.”
Clay 8” x 5’ x 7”
Sánchez views the human figure as both her subject and protagonist. She puts fragments of the body into new rhythms and compositions, so her sculptures feel like they “pass through and emerge from the walls, just as we cross borders to live, experience, evolve or survive.”
Sculpture 16” x 18” x 16”
The Shangraw's very physical and sometimes dangerous process starts with a chainsaw or various grinders and finishes with many hours of sanding. Each piece begins with a log form and is carved to create delicate, free-form, flowing sculptures. 46
Got your Goat!
Ceramic 25” x 20” x 20”
Smith's whimsical and often surprising ceramic works “create a sense of emotional attachment by intertwining figures into slightly recognizable situations.”
Oak, white alder, polymer, parakeet feathers 22” x 17” x 9”
Merging low fire clay with natural objects, Suda blurs the lines between synthetic and organic forms in ways he feels evolve the potential of what a contemporary sculpture is and can be.
Water, glass, silver chain 11” x 3.5” x 18”
Timan calls his work “Potential Sculpture” because it refers to “the energy inherent in stillness—something so many of us have forgotten in this busy culture of ‘cultural kinetics’ which is constantly focused on doing and doing and doing.” 49
Wood, artifacts 18” x 11” x 3”
Wagner is an assemblage artist who constructs her work from found wood, minerals and artifacts. "As the parts and pieces inch closer together, they form connections and begin to dialogue. At that moment, I know the work is born."
Jemez Pueblo, NM
Cast glass, acid-stained Limestone 27” x 9” x 5”
“My lifelong study of sculpture has manifested itself in an evolving work that reflects my cultural identity and aesthetics as an American Indian living in 21st century America." Adrian Wall is trained as a stone sculptor but works with clay and bronze as well. 51
Fabricated and rusted steel 80” x 35” x 30”
Wallis works in a range of scales and materials, making sculpture that reflects his interest in the fundamental power of shape, balance and form.
Phoenix Nest Bowl
Found objects, forged and welded 18” x 33” x 27”
Weisenfeld is an artist-blacksmith who transforms found metal objects, farm implements, machine parts and old tools into plants and animals. “My recent work has been aquatic; fresh and salt underwater tableaus that show the circle of life and highlight environmental issues.”
Paperclay, wire 9.5” x 4” x 3”
Wit and whimsy intertwine in Wilking’s work, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with clay. She sees each piece as “a kind of fever dream inspired, in part, by current events, and, as a whole, by my desire to create objects unlike anything ever seen before.” 54
The Three Graces
Bronze relief 13” x 11”
Zlotnikoff’s classical figurative bronze sculptures express her “inner vision of the inherent and universal strength and beauty of humanity in the human form.”
— Tucson, AZ
Bronze 20” x 18” x 10”
Ahearn is a figurative artist who primarily works with live models, mastering the details of the body and clothing to capture a single moment. “Human emotion is so captivating to me. I spend countless hours trying to evoke this through my work.” 56
Steel 81” x 35” x 8”
Brewer’s sculptures draw upon his fascination with pop culture that tell a story while pushing towards abstraction. “I have an insatiable desire to create, to explore, to understand. I work with my hands. I work with my head.”
Ceramic, steel 70” x 20” x 10”
Colorful and relatable, Vogt desires his vertical menagerie of abstract and figurative forms to simply be “something to stop and visit while strolling through your garden.”
Salt Lake City, UT
Bronze 30.5” x 12” x 10”
“I like the strength and flexibility of metal. I weld my figures out of steel. It’s similar to constructing a three-dimensional puzzle.” Young’s limited-edition pieces use planes, angles and textures to capture the grace of the human form. 57
— Scottsdale and Tucson, AZ
Highland Park, IL
Santa Fe, NM
Cast bronze 19” x 9.5” x 2.5”
Budish’s ambition is “not to sculpt a photograph in bronze” but to move in a “new and unique direction in representing the human form and the multitude of special creatures surrounding us, exploring the unique attitude, emotion and personality of each.” 58
Bronze, steel 60” x 23” x 12.5”
The foundation for Gordon's sculpture is the balance of historical influences, the casting process and her love for the beauty of horses.
Just For Fun
Painted steel 29” x 11” x 32”
Kasten’s steel sculptures are a playful mix of whimsy and modernist composition. “The challenge of sculpture is blending the perfect balance of proportion, weight, and shape to captivate interest from every perspective.”
Steel, rust, paint 103” x 25”
Inspired by petroglyph sites all over the Southwest, Weigel designs and produces two and three-dimensional steel sculptures.
ARTIST SELECTION This year, SculptureTucson is honored to have Donna Meyers Valdés as the juror for the 2019 SculptureTucson Festival Show & Sale. Ms. Valdés brings a wealth of experience not only as a passionate advocate for artists but as an avid art collector in her own right. She has curated and juried art exhibitions for venues such as the Mesa Art Center, Tempe Center for the Arts as well as galleries in Phoenix, Chicago, and Mexico.
Donna Meyers Valdés
For the past ten years, Ms. Valdés has served as Director of Xico, Inc. a nonprofit arts organization promoting the cultural heritage of Latino and Indigenous people of the Americas. In addition to providing studio and exhibition space, artist-run workshops and other opportunities for artists, Ms. Valdés catapulted Xico's success with initiatives such as "Say Yes to the Press" a mobile art program to serve school districts in Arizona and their Annual Art Auction & Dinner attracting over 500 community supporters and raising funds for artists' programs. Ms. Valdés shares SculptureTucson’s commitment to help artists find ways to exhibit their work and make a living at their profession:
"We want to find and create professional development opportunities for our artists, so they can gain more entrepreneurial knowledge and exposure. It’s wonderfully gratifying to work with community partners such as SculptureTucson to support our growing artist base locally and nationally.”
Artists were selected for the SculptureTucson Sculpture Festival Show & Sale through a competitive call to artists, publicized nationally. Additional artists were also invited by the SculptureTucson Board of Directors. 60
Board of Directors Barbara Grygutis Stephen Kimble Jeff Timan
Advisory Board Steven Derks Terrol Dew Johnson Moira Geoffrion Consultants Liz Hernandez Ryan Hill Design & Technical Support Barbara Grygutis Sculpture LLC Katie McCann
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