New RiverArt Biennial 2013

We no sooner got home from Port Warwick than it was time to head up to Blacksburg. I entered “Well, Kiss My Sweet Ass,” the first of the Slightly Contained Horse series, in the New River Biennial 2013 at the Perspective Gallery on the Virginia Tech Campus.

This is a highly competitive show. “Well, Kiss My Sweet Ass” was one excited girl to be able to strut her stuff in the beautiful Perspective Gallery amongst some very impressive art that pretty much spanned all mediums.

As many of you know, this is a new series and I am interested to see how this scale will be received and show. When we walked up to the gallery and saw her standing there in the front window, I breathed a sigh of relief. She was simply hot and I could tell she knew it. It felt like this little 16-inch tall horse filled the room! There is something about this scale that is working on more levels than I understand.

I could not describe this show any better than Curator Robin Scully Boucher did:

“The artists chosen for this exhibit had to pass muster from three very competent jurors: Michael Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts, Charleston, South Carolina; Jeffery Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and Robin Boucher, Art Programs Director, Virginia Tech Student Centers and Activities.” [fancy_link link=”http://perspectivegallery.blogspot.com/2013/10/new-river-art-biennial-2013.html”%5DPerspective Gallery[/fancy_link]

This was the first time out of the gate for “Well, Kiss My Sweet Ass,” and she was awarded the First Award of Distinction – VT Arts Center! Let me tell you this is one happy little filly. Thanks to all of the judges, the support staff, and Ms. Leslye Bloom, who had a way too much fun with this little horse’s name.

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Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Show

Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Show

Debi Ernst called a few months ago and invited me to bring some horses to the Ninth Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival. All of the usual issues and concerns about an outside show jumped into my head. But, after a bit of checking around, I decided to just follow my heart and do this show.

Port Warwick is beautiful and everything Debi promised. All of the art and artists were top notch, and we were happy to be there, showing off the horses, meeting some old friends, and made some new ones.

This was one of the first chances to bring the Slightly Contained horses out and show them off. Like their bigger and smaller sisters, these horses were received by the folks of Port Warwick with lots of excitement and enthusiasm. I take this as another indication that this new scale nicely fills the void between the Expansive Horses and the Contained Horses.

The show was judged by Jeffrey Harrison, Chief Curator of the Chrysler Museum. This man loves art and was the most engaging judge I have ever met at a show. He not only wanted to see the art, he wanted to hear the back-story behind it. Jeff did not skimp on the time or energy it took to view each piece of art and learn about so many different artists. Hurricane did not shy away from Jeff’s scrutiny. She stood tall with that little cock of her head; she knows she is one hot-ass girl. It paid off yet again; she won the Walt Whitman Sculpture Award. Congratulations, Hurricane!

Thanks to Debi, Jeff, all of the staff, and the other artists who made our time in Port Warwick so sweet. These folks went above and beyond to support us, and all of those horses we showed up with.

Black Cadillac’s New Home

TEW Gallery recently sent me a picture of her in her new home in Australia! I am sure she is enjoying the amazing view from Dan & Veronica’s beautiful home. My thanks and appreciation to Dan & Veronica for bringing “Black Cadillac” into their collection and giving her such a fabulous home. I trust she will be well behaved and bring much enjoyment to her new owners.

Center In the Square

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Center In The Square
Roanoke, Virginia USA

Installation Date
September 2013

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This art installation is a collaboration between Center in the Square and local metal sculptor, Dave Wertz. It is a rich and exciting example of what can happen when a large foundation, Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, comes together with a local artist. Together, they have created an art installation project that supports the themes and concepts behind the historic renovation of Center in the Square. Now, in addition to the amazing aquariums that offer us an insight into the beautiful underwater world of fish, we have an art installation that will intrigue and excite the imagination and creative energy in all who visit.

 

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Wertz says he started making fish many years ago simply because his son is an avid fly fisherman. “I wanted my son to believe that I really was an artist, so I made something I knew he loved — fish.” The fish series proved to be very popular. Like everything, though, the fish designs had to grow and change — from the original, realistic Steelheads of the Pacific Northwest to the present abstractions of colorful and whimsical tropical creatures that suggest far-flung exotic places. Each fish is an original: a one-of-a-kind piece of art. They are hand fabricated from hot rolled carbon steel and then painted and patinaed as only Wertz can do. These fish look as if they have just finished a long hard migration. Let’s just say, getting some personality out of a fish can be a challenge, and from the look of these fish, Wertz has figured it out.

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