The first person to explain to me how to design sculpture while considering the source of light was TSOS member Jim Thomas. At his foundry one afternoon, he showed me how he made undercuts in hair and clothing so that no matter where the sun was in the sky, the sculpture would still have shadows that helped to distinguish the form. Later, in a workshop, West Coast sculptor Eugene Daub referred to this and other techniques as adding "color" to sculpture. Outlining the lips (as shown in the sculpture above) creates edges that catch the light and help to define the mouth.
"Martin Luther King",
resin casting by Richard Blake;
not a part of Brookgreen's
collection, but on loan as a
part of their "portraits" exhibit
photo by Kelly Borsheim
Contents on this page include:|
- A Visit to Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
- Bouguereau is Back
- January Social in San Antonio Followup
- Member News
- New Coaching Forum for Sculptors
- The Power of the Web/Dear Editor
A Day at Brookgreen Gardens
photos and text by Kelly Borsheim
In May 2002, I found myself in Summerville, South Carolina, to exhibit in the Sculpture in the South show. It was a nice show and a wonderful experience (and yes, I sold 2 stone carvings). My sister Amber had driven up from Florida to visit with me for a few days and after the exhibit, we headed up to Huntington Beach State Park to camp out for a couple of nights.
Why Huntington Beach? Besides it being the most deserted beach I may have ever been on (at least during the times we walked it), it is almost directly across the road from Brookgreen Gardens, home to over 900 sculptures (550 in the gardens alone). Located between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island on US 17 South, South Carolina, Brookgreen and Huntington Beach are about 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach (and 2 hours north of Summerville).
In 1930 philanthropist Archer Milton Huntington and his wife, sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, purchased over 9000 acres, including a former rice plantation. The properties border the Waccamaw River and extend to the Atlantic Ocean, part of a stretch of coastline called the Carolina Lowcountry. In 1931, Brookgreen officially became the first public sculpture garden in the US (opened in 1932), starting with eight donated works from the Huntingtons' collection and growing quickly with their new vision. Since then, the Brookgreen Collection has focused on American representational figurative sculpture and today is still actively adding to its collection.
The sculpture gardens are about 300 acres in the heart of this preserve and include works from over 300 artists. The public works are in permanent mediums, primarily bronze and marble, but I also saw other stone materials, as well as cast lead and aluminum. Many of these creations are showcased in lovely landscaped "rooms", some more formal than others. Various rooms feature centuries-old oaks, as well as dogwood, magnolia and palmetto trees, and a large variety of flowers and native plants. People love this blend of art and nature. In fact, each day, the Welcome Center lets you know what's currently blooming.
Brookgreen also has a program called The Center for American Sculpture that is intended to "foster an active appreciation of the sculpture collection as a living asset of value to a national audience." This program includes changing gallery exhibitions (including joint exhibits with the National Sculpture Society), an annual sculpture symposium, Master Classes, a Sculptor in Residence program, and research facilities. Brookgreen Gardens' Vice President and Curator of Sculpture Robin R. Salmon is also the administer for The Center for American Sculpture.
One of TSOS's longtime members who is very familiar with Brookgreen Gardens is Lubbock's Garland A. Weeks. In fact, he will be the Sculptor in Residence for 3 weeks just prior to his teaching a Master Class titled "Problem-Solving in Sculpture Design with Garland Weeks." Per the course description: In a unique approach, Garland Weeks provides instruction in modeling, composition and character interpretation, working with a model and using examples from the Brookgreen sculpture collection to illustrate these points. At least one hour each day will be spent viewing and discussing works in the sculpture gardens. Each student will create an 18-to-24-inch-tall sculpture during the week.
The workshop, held this year from May 5 through May 9 (M-F), offers something unique. In Garland's own words:
. . . there is no other workshop available in the US where the students can utilize the collection of over 500 sculptures by actually crawling around on and physically and visually analyzing the designs and compositions of verifiable "American Masters." We study surface modeling techniques, as well as anatomy and drapery by actually looking at the real sculptures rather than referring to photos in a book.
I had contacted Garland because my visit to Brookgreen was not as long as I had originally intended. My snapshots were taken (in not ideal lighting - I apologize) without benefit of note taking. I had planned to return the next day, sans sister, to take more time to study and sketch. As luck would have it, we both ended up leaving the campsite together that next morning. I thank Garland for supplying me with the identifying details to match each photographed work. He also prefaced his letter to me by saying, "Please encourage TSOS members to visit Brookgreen at any time of the year, not just to attend my workshop - it is the visit of a lifetime for serious sculptors!" I hope you enjoy this small taste of Brookgreen and that you will take Garland's advice.
For more information about Brookgreen Gardens, visit their Web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 1-800-849-1931. For information on the Sculpture in the South exhibit (May 17-18, 2003), please visit: www.sculptureinthesouth.com or call (843) 851-7800.
Bouguereau is Back
by Theresa Bayer
Pre-Raphaels were frowned upon in my
Art history classes when I went to school.
And Bouguereau, that Cupid-painting guy
Was obsolete. They said it wasn't cool
The way he painted chubby rosy cheeks
And blushing maids and gallant Romeos.
It's vapid-sickly sweet, they said. It reeks;
It's mushy drivel. Stupid cameos
Of nymphs and satyrs rushing all around
With faces looking flushed, and yet so pure.
Their draperies go floating up and down-
It's more than modern critics can endure!
But critics come and go. Their exit brings
A smile to Cupid, waiting in the wings.
January First Friday Social
by Valencia Mills
The wine and cheese social at the San Antonio home of our new TSOS President Gilbert Barrera on January 3, 2003 was a wonderful way to begin the new year! A tour of the Barreras' unique family estate gave TSOS members an opportunity to learn more of Gilbert's plans for the sculpture show he plans to host in May. Gilbert wants to make this show an annual event and announced that Texas Sculptor of the Year, Edd Hayes, will participate. Gilbert's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Barrera, were also there to generously offer the use of their beautiful and distinctive home for the show.
The evening coincided with the First Friday, San Antonio's monthly arts open house. There was a glass-blowing demonstration at the new San Antonio location of Garcia Glass owned by Gini Garcia, glass artist and longtime friend of Gilbert's. There was a chance to check out architectural renderings and funky furniture at the show in the Blue Star Arts Space. Dinner at the Blue Star Brewery, owned by another Barrera family friend, concluded the visit. TSOS members who made it to San Antonio were: Nancy Cardozier, Bob Coffee, Bob Brooking, Mary Paige Huey, Bobby Pearl, Meredy Crisman, Ken Burns, Lanny and Patti Ross, Arye Shapiro and Valencia Mills. Justine Nygren, former ASC student, also attended.
President Barrera would like there to be an every other monthly social for the membership. He needs a social committee chair. If you would consider being the chair, hosting a social or professional studio tour please contact Gilbert Barrera at 210-696-9813.
TSOS is beginning to assemble information for future publication of a TSOS Directory. Please send a current (or favorite) photo of yourself as well as a listing of your works on display. Please list title, location, medium. Slides and photos would also be appreciated. Mail them to "Directory c/o TSOS, PO Box 49291 Austin, TX 78765-9291.
Member news is sent in by you the members (contact editor for submission guidelines).
Rockport Center for the Arts
Mary Paige Huey will be the featured sculptor along with two painters during the month of April in the main gallery of the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, Texas. The opening reception will be the evening of April 12 and all TSOS members are invited to attend.
Caracol by Mary Paige Huey. African Onyx. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Three stone sculptures by Huey were also represented in the "Currents" exhibition at The Center for the month of December. They included "Just Resting," Italian alabaster, and "Caracol," African onyx.
"I see London, I see France . . ."
New TSOS member Cowboy Billy had a piece, "Tease," included in the juried exhibition "I see London, I see France . . ." a nationwide juried exhibition with underwear as the theme, at the ARC Gallery in Chicago this past December. The mixed media work consisted of cement and jockstrap. Photograph (regrettably!) not available.
TSOS member John Michael's art website, www.johnmichaelART.com, has just been updated.
Other Sculpture News
Omitted from the December issue of The Third Dimension was mention of the pre-Sculptfest party on November 2nd. Sculptfest chairperson Marla Ripperda suggested that the participants have a get-together on the evening before the big day at the Umlauf, and Nancy Cardozier volunteered to host the gathering in her home. About thirty artists, volunteers, spouses and significant others enjoyed supper and camaraderie. Among the various dishes, the "piece de resistance" was hot dogs, to the surprise of Rey Alaniz, president of TSOS. But such hot dogs! The succulent sausages were the hit of the evening. Especially popular with those who traveled from other towns the day before Sculptfest, this party may become an annual event.
"Sursum!: A Coaching Forum for Sculptors"
Marla Ripperda is hosting a monthly get-together the first Sunday of the month in her home on Lake Buchanan. The meeting will include lunch and an hour meeting with a professional facilitator. The next one will be March 2nd beginning at noon. Limited to 10 persons, it costs $15 to cover the cost of lunch and to pay the presenter. Our "Coach" is Sue Hart, Marla's friend and neighbor. Visit Sue's website at www.highest-vision.com for an introduction to Sue and her methods. Your check is your RSVP. Please mail $15 to Marla Ripperda, 508 Lakeshore Dr., Burnet, TX 78611.
Editor's note: Articles and photos from The Third Dimension are posted on the website (www.tsos.org/artnews.htm) after each newsletter comes out. This means that by submitting to the newsletter your articles of interest you can often get free exposure on the Web! Which is not to say you should not pay the nominal fee for your own page on tsos.org (contact webmaster Kelly Borsheim at firstname.lastname@example.org for details). As the first two Letters to the Editor show, you may see rewards and surprises.
Letters to Editor and to the Membership
I am happy to report that the TSOS website has resulted in a sale for me. From the link that TSOS provided, the client visited my web page, looked to see what else I had available, and ended up purchasing one of my smaller pieces. I am slowly and gradually building up internet sales. My sales have mostly been from a popular internet auction, but now clients are beginning to purchase directly from me.
I need to tell you what happened all because of the TSOS Web page. A few days ago I received an E-mail from my cousin Jaci, whom I haven't seen since she was four years old. She is now forty-three and living in London. She was looking for her father's brother on the internet. Both her father and her uncle are my uncles. Jaci typed in her father's name "Golokow" and pressed search. Up came the TSOS Web page where I have sculptures inspired by my grandmother Pearl Golokow whose name is mentioned under the pictures of the sculptures. Not knowing who I was, she E-mailed me immediately, and asked me if I was a member of her family, and if so, to please send her any addresses I had of any Golokows who might be related to her. I sent her all the addresses I had in my address book and mentioned that I was trying to find out in what year and on what ship our grandmother had come to Ellis Island. Through the addresses I sent Jaci was put on the track of a cousin she never knew and whom I only met once when he was about nine. She forwarded to him my letter asking about our grandmother's arrival on Ellis Island. He went on the internet and found the ships, the dates of arrival, the ages of our grandmother, my mother, our two aunts, some cousins, and an uncle, as well as the information that my grandmother along with her three babies, (my mother, 6 months old, my two aunts ages 2 and 3 years), had only two dollars in her pocket upon arrival. The final upshot is, within two days of receiving my cousin's e-mail (from London), the family is now e-mailing and calling back and forth, telling stories about relatives, asking questions about family history, and looking for relatives who have disappeared. A re-union is being discussed. And all because of Kelly's Web Page. Oh yes, the cousin I haven't seen since he was nine, is a landscaper and wants to have a sculpture garden on his grounds as a tribute to our grandmother. And he wants my sculptures with her stories. Pretty neat story, I think.
TSOS would like to put together a directory which make locating materials and equipment in all sculptural media less of an ordeal. The Directory is being organized by Maria Retzlaff and Richard Von Hatten, both of whom have very busy lives beyond TSOS. I am asking for your help in this enormous task. If you have any time to give them, please e-mail one or the other of them to offer a few hours out of your busy schedules. Also, if you have any favorite suppliers in your medium that you want to be included on the list, please e-mail Maria or Richard and include the name, address, phone number of the supplier. If your source has been particularly helpful or accommodating, include that information, also. We don't want to copy the phone book. Rather, we want to put together a Directory which will be responsive to our needs. There might be other tasks that you could do connected with this project. Please ask Maria or Richard how you can help. Maria Retzlaff, email@example.com,
512-371-0748 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear TSOS members,
I have been working to help Craig and Scotty at Armadillo Clay to build their well-established ceramic supply store in Austin to include sculpture supplies. They are interested and eager to do this. To be a successful venture, though, they need to know what kinds of supplies sculptors in central Texas WANT. I ask you to PLEASE help them help all of us by calling them whenever you need supplies to see if they carry it or add it to their list of requests. Don't be shy -- if it relates to your creating art, CALL them. Part of helping the arts industry in Texas is making life easier for artists. One of the ways to do this is to have supplies available whenever we happen to need them. Armadillo Clay may be reached by calling 512-385-7311 or visit them in person at 3307 East 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78702 or online at www.armadilloclay.com
Thank you for the support of the arts in Texas!