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.



2013 Biennial Exhibition

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 ametalsoul Studio will be exhibiting work in the upcoming 2013 Biennial Exhibition at the Perspective Gallery; in cooperation with the New River Land Trust.

LOCATION: Perspective Gallery, Squires Student Center, VA Tech
DATES: October 2 to November 7, 2013
JUROR: Michael W Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts, Charleston, South Carolina     Jeffrey W. Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions Virginia Museum of Fine Arts   Robin Scully Boucher, Perspective Gallery Curator,
Art Programs Director for Virginia Tech’s Student Centers and Activities Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
This event is sponsored by  2013 New River Art the exhibition will be hosted by the Perspective Gallery in cooperation with the New River Land Trust


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Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival

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ametalsoul Studio will be exhibiting work in the upcoming Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival

 LOCATION: Port Warwick’s Styron Square, 3100 William Styron Square, Newport News, VA

DATES: October 12-13, 2013
This event is sponsored by the Port Warwick Foundation
The Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival is in its 9th year and is the Virginia Peninsula’s premiere outdoor juried art show. The Festival has over 100 selected artists who come from all over the United States, live music, food vendors, and a children’s pavilion sponsored by the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. The Festival draws over 6,00 people and art sales totaling over a million dollars since its inception.

 Produced by The Port Warwick Foundation

The Port Warwick Foundation is a public non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with the purpose of organizing and managing regional arts and entertainment events located at Styron Square in Port Warwick, Newport News, Virginia. Currently the Foundation hosts the Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival, held on the second weekend in October of each year, the Port Warwick Summer Concert Series, a free outdoor series of concerts held each Wednesday evening from May through August.

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Sculpture Now 2013

As most of you already know, Hurricane was juried into the Sculpture Now 2013 show at the Honfleur Gallery in Washington, D.C. The show was sponsored by the Washington Sculptors Group.  It was really a pleasure working with Beth Ferraro, the Creative Director of the Honfleur Gallery, and Philadelphia-based curator, Florcy Morisset.   The Honfleur put on a fine show, and the reception was a great success. The gallery was overflowing, with an interested and excited crowd that was willing to engage with the art. It was well worth the two back-to-back round trips to D.C.

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