Sculpture by Hank Waddell Wins City Hall People's Gallery Vote
by Vincent E. Kitch
AUSTIN, Texas - The City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services
Office's Cultural Arts Division is proud to announce the People's Choice winner
for the first annual City Hall art exhibition vote.
Visitors and employees in City Hall cast votes for their favorite piece
during the month of January. [TSOS President] Hank Waddell's West Texas Beach Ball sculpture
won the popular vote among the 79 pieces in the 2005 exhibition. As the winner, the piece
will be purchased from the artist to become the first work in the City Hall permanent collection.
The public and media are invited to preview the new 2006 exhibition and meet
the artists at the opening reception on March 3, 2006, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the atrium of City Hall.
Over 100 local artists are featured in the 2006 exhibition, including Waddell and 20 others that were
in last year's exhibition.
West Texas Beach Ball charmed countless visitors who were enamored by its
natural textures as they came off of the elevator. Hank Waddell sculpted
West Texas Beach Ball from piece of mesquite as part of his Stump series
in which he utilized lower sections of trees that often have a severe curve
or deep crevices that cannot easily be made in to lumber. "I feel very
fortunate to find these 'stumps' and am happy to give them a new life. Most
pieces from this series would have ended up in a burn pile or chipper. This
particular piece is from the edge of a cattle trail, which was probably
stepped on regularly to give it all the deep crevices during its life," said Waddell.
For more information, contact Vincent E. Kitch, Cultural Arts Program
Manager at (512) 974-9310.
The natural textures in Hank Waddell's 'West Texas Beach Ball,' made of
mesquite wood, charmed many visitors as they got off the elevator.
Photo provided by the artist.
Borsheim Stone Workshop Was a Big Hit
TSOS member Kelly Borsheim recently (18-26 February 2006) hosted a stone
carving workshop with fellow sculptors Master Vasily Fedorouk of Ukraine and
Chicago and stone and tool supplier Myles Schachter of Kansas. Although we
finally had winter hit Texas during the first weekend of the workshop, all
participants were real troopers and worked outside on their stone projects
throughout the cold and/or rainy days, while we held lectures indoors.
We all made new friends and learned a lot about art concepts and creating
stone sculpture. And, of course, the conclusion of the event lead to near perfect weather.
Kelly Borsheimıs website is www.borsheimarts.com.
Vasily Fedorouk teaches Michael Sloan, Ruth Baker and Kara Kellogg how to
split stone at recent workshop sponsored by Kelly Borsheim in Cedar Creek,
Texas 27 Feb 2006. Photo by Kelly Borsheim.
TSOS member Philip Hoggatt carves a granite bench at Kelly Borsheim's stone
workshop in Cedar Creek, Texas. 24 Feb 2006. Photo by Kelly Borsheim
TSOS MEMBER & SCULPTURE NEWS
Joseph's Coat by Lisa Brummel
Joseph's Coat finalist for exhibit at Austin City Hall
Joseph's Coat, a sculpture of vitreous enamel, copper and steel by Lisa
Brummel, was recently selected by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
to be on exhibit in the People's Gallery in the new Austin City Hall from
February 2006 through February 2007.
The sculpture is the first in a series of what the artist refers to as "glass
tapestries." Colorful enamels were fused to strips of copper in a kiln
prior to connection to a steel armature. Steel balls were welded to steel
rods and attached to the armature to serve as loose threads in the garment which is designed to hang on the wall.
Above: "Joseph's Coat" by Lisa Brummel. Vitreous Enamel,
Copper and Steel. 36" Wide x 33" High x 4.5" Deep; September 2004. Photo and sculpture by Lisa Brummel
Ongis Mutan's Quote Selected for T Shirts
TSOS member Ongis Mutan's quote was selected by Montoya Sculpture & Supply
to be used on their XXXIII Stone Carving Workshop T- shirts:
"Stone carving is easy! It's the stone that's hard!"
Ongis received two T-shirts, a $25.00 gift certificate, and a bush hammer
reward. You can visit Ongis's website at www.mutan.com and Montoya
Sculpture & Supply at www.MontoyaSculpture.com.
Ongis Mutan is also the first Royal Stone Carver for the Texas Renaissance
Fair. Ongis has demonstrated stone carving for more than 400,000
people -- more than any other stone carver in the world.
Above: "Orange Crush", Utah Orange Alabaster, 22" x 29" x 7", 2005, by Mark Yale Harris.
Photo by Steve Yadzinski.
Mark Yale Harris Sculptures in Two New Galleries
TSOS Member Mark Yale Harris is pleased to announce two new galleries that
will be featuring his work: Weatherburn Gallery - Naples Florida and A Muse Gallery Columbus, Ohio.
Harris states, "I enjoy the challenge of working with permanent and natural
matter. Unlike other art mediums where one can add or delete, with stone,
one can only delete. The material often dictates to me the direction in
which the design is supposed to head. It is my belief that as we go through
life we can only create from that which we have, or are given. We cannot
replace what is lost or taken away, or that which we never had. The ability
to interpret and create beauty from what we have is the challenge and the
satisfaction I experience in creating my work."
Harris furthers, "As I move through the creative process of visualizing,
drawing, or forming a maquette in clay, I utilize a sixth sense through my
hands. I am able to draw upon the subconscious of my experiences and,
in-turn, interpret gesture, form, energy, pleasure, and pain. Alternating
between gesture and geometric form, depicting the contradiction we
experience in nature, awakening in the viewer an appreciation of the duality
in the world around us. The purpose of my artwork is to provoke a
perceptual, internal, and intellectual response: a visual that speaks to
life's experiences. To create symbols of universal connection and the
relationship that one has with others and with nature."
Danville Chadbourne - Recent Works
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 18, 7-9 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: March 18 - May 6, 2006
Live Oak Art Center, Columbus Texas
Gallery hours: Wednesday & Saturday 10 - 2. Thursday & Friday 10 - 4 and by appointment
Contact: Pat Johnson at (979) 378-2872 for more info
In 1848, Scotsman Robert Robson built a castle on the river and began providing homes to local and itinerant artists. Today, creative spirits can rejuvenate at the Live Oak Art Center, housed in the historic Brunson Building. Established in 1954, the center promotes the arts for local talent, emerging artists and established Texas artists alike. The Live Oak provides workshops for all ages, hosts rotating exhibits and maintains an outstanding permanent collection.
We have come a long way from the first meeting fifty years ago in Betty Lee Walker's living room to being recognized in last September's issue of Texas Monthly as one of the best small town art centers in Texas and the recently released Art Guide of Texas published by the University of Texas Press.
The Live Oak Art Center is located just off the town square in historic Columbus, Texas, located at IH-10 and Hwy 71 in central Texas. With 80 historical markers, beautifully restored homes, centuries old Live Oaks, and a past as colorful as the wildflowers lining the roadway.
The Live Oak Art Center will present recent works by San Antonio sculptor Danville Chadbourne, opening March 18, 2006. The exhibition will feature works in clay and wood, including both large and small-scale sculptures and a new body of wall-mounted ceramic works. The exhibition will also include several large-scale outdoor ceramic sculptures on the grounds. It will run through May 6th.
Known for his craftsmanship and use of primal materials such as wood and clay, Chadbourne's work is often likened to a body of cultural artifacts. The visual and ritual impact of these beautiful objects is made more complex by their provocative, poetic and often paradoxical titles. They are, in essence, monuments to irrational ideas and human impulses.
Danville Chadbourne was born in Bryan, Texas in 1949. A resident of San Antonio since 1979, Chadbourne taught at the college level for 17 years until he devoted himself in 1989 to working full-time on his artwork. Chadbourne has been featured in over 50 one-person shows and numerous group exhibitions. His works are included in many public and private collections across the nation.
Above: "The Unstable Truth of Relative Values"
by Danville Chadbourne; Year made: 2005-2006; Medium: acrylic on earthenware & plywood
Portrait sculpture of Mark Twain, by Beth Schoen
Bronze, limited edition. Photo by Tracy Stark.
Stacy Deslatte show in Shreveport, Louisiana
TSOS member Stacy Deslatte has an upcoming exhibit at Shreveport's Coolspace Art Center. This will feature some of her recent stone sculpture. The exhibit is a two-person show with photographer Byron Gates, Jr. The show is tentatively titled "Stone and Light" and will run from April 27 through June 10. There will be an opening reception April 27.
Above: "Quizzical Rascal," bronze, by Suzanne McBride
came out of the foundary in 2006. Photo by Suzanne McBride.
Quizzical Rascal is raising eyebrows!
By Suzanne McBride
Quizzical Rascal, the latest bronze sculpture from TSOS member Suzanne McBride at SMCB Studios is
gathering attention from curious viewers! The 19 x 19 x 11 bust of a horse sports an exotic stone-like patina with a
red base topped by cream-colored veining. However, certain parts of the mane have been polished back to reveal the raw
metal, and the combined effect raises lots of eyebrows. "How did you join the metal and the stone?" they ask.
Suzanne smiles impishly and replies "foundry magic." Then she reveals the truth, that the whole piece is metal, and the
stone-like finish is the result of chemicals, heat and various brush-application techniques.
Other bronze sculptors who have experimented with or embraced stone-like patinas are likely to have encountered
similar questions. They may also have encountered resistence to using the colors, too! Suzanne continues to meet
people who reject a bronze sculpture unless it wears a brown or black patina with minimal polished highlights because
"that's what's traditional" for bronze. "Many of my pieces could be finished in the traditional way, and I'm always glad
to meet my client's wishes," Suzanne says. "However, I'm interested in the interplay of realism and abstraction, of
natural and manufactured. And so I have a realistic horse's head and neck adorned with a playfully draped mane that
only vaguely resembles hair, and the whole animal looks likes he's been sculpted from natural materials until you notice
the metallic shine."
Named Quizzical Rascal for the turned head of the animal, and the rakish forward-falling mane,
Suzanne's newest work will play a prominent role in all her exhibitions throughout the year. To view samples of
Suzanne's work, visit her website at www.smcb.com or call her studio to make an appointment for a private showing.
512.847.8122 email: email@example.com
Above: "The Guardian" by R. David Mattiza Bronze;
24" h x 9" w x 9" d İ2004 Photo credit Tamara Ritchie
R. David Mattiza Bronzes at "Hope and Harmony for Humanity"
TSOS member R. David Mattiza will be exhibiting his bronzes in the 1st annual "Hope & Harmony for Humanity" Celebrity Fundraiser benefiting The Native American Chamber of Commerce. The three-day event includes a concert by Willie Nelson, a golf tournament and a powwow.
David is part Crow Indian, a member of the chamber and looks forward to promoting those persons and companies involved with this event. On exhibition at the "Hope & Harmony for Humanity" Fundraiser, The Woodlands, Texas March 22-24, 2006.
Sculpture by Vincent Villafranca
Right: "Robot Consciousness" by TSOS member Vincent Villafranca. The robot bronze is 26" high by 24" wide. It is comprised of over 40 individually cast components that were welded together. The Boston Terrier (which acts as the robot's vehicle) is life-sized. It is part of the Fantasy/Sci-Fi gallery on Vincent Villafranca's Web site,
Photo by Vincent Villafranca.
Raku Sculpture by Rabia Clark
Left: Minoan Snake Goddess, raku clay, acrylics, 24 1/2" tall, 8" wide, 1995, artist and photo: Rabia Clark.