Wednesday, September 13, 2006

This work by sculptor friend, Don Rambadt, 'Chance Favors the Prepared Mind' is a stunning example of his imaginative approach to sculpture, using 'found' scraps of metal and combining them into the most appealing works of art! Bravo, Don.

Don (in the red and white striped shirt) chats with another artist during the informal Friday afternoon, artist only viewing of the exhibition. The rest of the weekend gets pretty crowded!

I know I have mentioned my good friend, Ryan Jacque in entries here before. He is another graphite artist whose work I respect greatly and I was so pleased that Ryan made 'the cut' this year. His work, 'End of Summer' just about knocked the socks off of many of the attending artists. A fine work from a fine artist!

Artist friend Paula Waterman chats with Alice Eberhard, wife of friend Mark, near Paula's wonderful scratch board work, 'Whoopers', which was done as a result of a fine afternoon spent at the International Crane Foundation in central Wisconsin last September after the opening of the 2005 Birds in Art exhibition. Readers of this blog page might recall just about a year ago, my entries about that fun day and some images of some of the crane species housed at the Foundation.

Having some fun in the gallery, Lyn gives it her best shot at emulating Kent Ullberg's eagle. Works by friends, Joe Garcia (on the left) and John Banovich share wall space with Kent in the gallery. John's work was particularly interesting as it did not depict a bird species at all, rather the bird's eye view of a bounding herd of African buffalo - a truly unique approach to the theme of Birds in Art!

John Sharp is indeed a master carver and was honored several years ago with the Master Artist status by the Woodson during that year's Birds in Art exhibition. Believe it or not, this magnificent work is carved completely out of a single piece of wood with no additions or applied pieces. The variations you see in the 'finish' of the different parts of the work are all done through textural differences and stains. John carefully carves away all that is not needed to leave such stunning works as 'Parakeets', done last year and carved in Black Walnut.

This beautiful work by friend, Lindsay Scott, depicts a spot close to where she and husband Brian live in New Zealand.

This fanciful 'bird' by sculptor Thomas Hill, a Brit residing in San Francisco, drew great attention and brought many smiles to the faces in the crowd on Saturday. On the wall behind his work, you can just see my piece, 'Close of Day'.

On Sunday morning, friends Pete Z (left), Paula W and Lyn (in cap) and I headed back to the museum for one more look at the exhibition without the Saturday crowds. We stopped along the way at a marshy area to get some reference material, Lyn shooting with her fantastic 600 mm lens! All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and a terrific exhibition to see, if you are going to be anywhere near Wausau, Wisconsin between now and mid November. The next venue for the touring portion of Birds in Art will be at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, Colorado from November 29 through January 28. Go see it!

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