Large and Public Works
“Arc of Peace” Albuquerque NM 2016
“Who Rescued Who?” Hobbs NM 2016
“First Love” Little Rock AR $16,900 2016
“Arc of Peace” Little Rock AR. Carti Cancer Center $15,000 2016
“Who Rescued Who?” Fort Worth TX $30,000 2016
“Watching It Grow” Grand Rapids, MI $30,000 2016
“Who Rescued Who?” Little Rock AR $30,000 2015
“Peace” Main Street, Little Rock AR $60,000 2015
“Peace” Geller Center, Fort Collins, CO $60,000 2015
“Conversation with Myself” Fort Collins Museum of Discovery $95,000 2015
“Who Rescued Who?” Broomfield Commons Park Dec 2013, Karen Garrity $19,000 2014
“Peace”, Broomfield Commons Park Dec 2013, Karen Garrity $42,000 2014
“Sending Peace” Denver, CO Feb 2013, Kurt and Michelle Anderson, $28,000 2014
“Arc of Peace”, Edmond, OK, October 2012 Randel Shadid, $19,000 2013
“Brotherhood” Witchita KS, , Marty Cornejo $19,000 2012
“Conversation with Myself” , Ada MI, , Pamella DeVos $95,000 2011
”Conversation with Myself”Vogel park, Little Rock,AR Andrea Gary $10,000 2009
“Peace” Evergreen, Colorado October, Sally Wandling $60,000 2008
Winner International Citizen Artist competition “Peace” one of 15 in the world selected
Best of Show “Conversation with Myself”, Art2c on Havana, Aurora Public Arts Program
3rd place “Peace”, art2c on Havana, Aurora, CO public arts program
ACLU award, Art to Change the World “Peace”, Grand Rapids, MI,
Best of Show, Gold Coast Art Show, Amdur Productions, Chicago 2011
Colorado Governor’s Art Show, Loveland, CO 2017
“83rd Award Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, Brookgreen gardens. Mrytle beach, SC 2016
Sculpture in the Park Show and Sale 2010-1016
Sculpture on the Riverwalk, Little rock Ar, Oct 2008- 2016
“All Creatures Great and Small” National sculpture society, Naples, FL Jan-Mar 2015
“Figuratively Speaking-3 voices” West Valley Art Museum, Peoria AZ, Dec ‘13-Feb ‘14
“Northern Colorado Invitational Sept 2013, FCMOA, Fort Collins, CO
“Sculpture in The Park”, Loveland, CO Aug 2013
“Sculpture at the Riverwalk”, Little Rock, AR October 2012
“Warriors and Unexpected Agreements”, July 2009 Longmont Firehouse Art Center
“Colorado Governor’s Show”, April 09
Warriors and Unexpected Agreements, July 2009 Longmont Firehouse Art Center
Colorado Governor’s Show, April 09 “Women with Wings” Perlow Stevens Gallery, Columbia, MO
“Light” Lakewood Center for the Arts Jan 09
Beyond the Obvious, Park City Ut, Phoenix Gallery, Dec 08
Perlow-Stevens Gallery, Columbia Missouri -Oct-Dec 2008
Unbridled Beauty Fort Collins, Co- 2008
Two-Woman Show, Aspen, CO – July 2007
“Deviant” – Art Formz, Miami, FL – May – July
One Woman Show– Walnut Street Gallery, Fort Collins, CO – May 2007 Serendipity Art Show and Sale, Arts Alive, Poudre River Arts Center 2006
Unexpected Agreements - Two Person Show - Fort Collins, CO, Museum of Contemporary Art – Summer 2006
“Passion of Color” 3 person invitational exhibition, Estes Park, CO – May 2006
“Pretty Pictures” 8 person juried exhibition, Barone Gallery, PA – April 2006
“It Figures” - Invitational: Denver Art Students League, Denver, CO – January 2006
Featured artist “Spotlight”, City of Fort Collins Television - September - October 2005
Art Show at the Enclave - 15 local artists - September 2004
Lines and Shapes, national show, Estes Park, CO – September 2004
Colorado Clay –16 ceramic artists, Golden, CO – July 2004
North American Sculpture Exhibition - April 2004
International Symbolist Art Show Finalist - 2003, 2004
Publications and Bibliography
Paperclay Art and Practice Featured artist by Rosette Gualt 2013 Pg 38
American Art Collector “Artist Focus” April 2013 pg 151
Southwest Art, “The Human Experience” Featured artist article, March 2009, volume 38, Number 10 Pgs54-57 2009The Healing Path, “Women with Wings”, May/June 2007, Issue 76, pg. 24-25
Sculptural Pursuit, “Creative Process of Paperclay”, winter 2005, vol. 4, no. 5, pg. 42
Sculpture of the Rockies: 97 Contemporary and Traditional Artists , Hardback, 208 page F&W Media, Incorporated, December 03, 2009 pgs 8-9
The Ticket, Fort Collins Coloradoan, “Make a New Tradition of Father’s Day – Women with Wings exhibition”, June 14, 2007
ArtScape, Gallery, Museum, Art District Directory, 2007 issue, pg. 109
ArtsAlivewire, “Women with Wings”, January 2007, volume 3
Journey, “Focal Point: Lorri Acott-Fowler, Artist”, September/October 2006, vol.1, # 2
The Ticket, Fort Collins Coloradoan, “Artists Get Down and (sometimes) Dirty at Annual Studio Tour”, September 15, 2006, cover artwork
Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale, “Biography Book”, August 2006, pg. 53
The Ticket: Spotlight, Fort Collins Coloradoan, “Kindred Spirits”, July 7, 2006
Pottery Making Illustrated, “Feet of Clay, Legs of Steel”, September/October 2005, vol. 8, no. 5, pg. 17-20
Lectures, Workshops, and Professional Experience
“Sculpting in Paperclay” by Lorri Acott, Guarda, Switzerland, Sept 2013
“Sculpting in Paperclay” by Lorri Acott, La Meridana, Tuscany, Italy Sept 2011,2013, 2014
“Paperclay Sculpture” by Lorri Acott, Sedona Art Center, Sedona AZ – 2009 - 2014
“New ideas in Paperclay” by Lorri Acott. International Paperclay Symposium. Laguna Beach, CA
“Changing Perceptions with Paperclay” by Lorri Acott, Colorado Art Educators Conference, Breckenridge, CO – Oct. 08 Sculpture
American Raku Workshop, University of Denver, Jan 09
Northern Colorado Potter's Guild, Ft Collins CO – August 2008
Sculpture workshop, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO – July 2008
Art Teacher, Poudre High School – 1995-2008
Women with Wings pilot project, Fort Collins, CO, September 2006 – July 2007
Sculpture Class, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO – July 2007
Sculpture Class, Sculpture Depot, Loveland, CO – July 2007
Fort Collins Parks & Rec, “Experts Talk”, Fort Collins, CO – June 2007
“Opening Speaker for Alan Cohen, “Evenings with Extraordinary People, Ft Collins, CO – May 2007
Through the Eyes of the Artist” CSU Continuing Education – April 2007
Women At Noon Speaker Series, March 2007
FCMOCA Sculpture Workshops, Fort Collins, CO – Summer 2006
Televised Pathways to Art Presentation, Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO
Robert is a fourth generation South Carolinian and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree. One of Robert’s major influences was the yearly trip with his family to Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. This influence can be seen today in his love for classic realism. The works he creates evolve from day to day interactions, stories his children and wife share with him, and his love of mythical, whimsical characters. “I strive to bring forth, out of the cold clay or metal, the grace, courage and inner strength of the male and female, the tender innocence of the child and the indomitable spirit of God's creatures”.
The relationship between humans and animals can be seen in a number of his works. In each piece, it is very important for him to focus on the smallest of details: from the placement of a hand; strands of hair blowing in the wind; to the eye contact between the subjects. In his view, it helps bring the sculpture to life and completes it. In conjunction with his sculpting, he shares his knowledge by teaching classes to adults who have inspired to create and mentors to children and young adults.
His studio is located in Parker, Colorado where he currently works and lives.
- Portraiture – Earline Heath King
- Florence Academy of Art
- Florence, Italy – Robert Bodem
- Figure – Lincoln Fox
- Portraiture/Figure – Rosie Sandifer
- Figure – Rosalind Cook
- Sculpture Design – Garland Weeks
- Sculpting the Head – Eugene Daub
- Relief Sculpting – Eugene Daub
- Figure Sculpting – Valentin Okorokov
- "Philip S Miller"- Philip S Miller Park, Castle Rock, CO
- "Cocky"- University of South Carolina Columbia, SC
- "Best Friends"- Denver Academy. Denver, CO
- "Clueless"- Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, SC
- "Felix Doc Blanchard"- Three-figure sculpture commemorating his life as a boy; Heisman trophy winner at WestPoint, & decorated Air Force pilot, Bishopville, SC
- "Jonah and the Whale"- Shandon Baptist Church Columbia, SC
- "Joy"- Still Hopes, West Columbia, SC / Philip S Miller Park, Castle Rock, CO
- "Good Foundations"- Denver Academy, Denver, CO
- "Water Ride"- Orangeburg Department of Public Works, Orangeburg, SC
- "Everyday Heroes"- Bunch Park, Summerville, SC 2003
- "Block Party"- Helen Lynch Memorial Children’s Hospital of Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC 2003
- "For Wind and Waves"- Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina 2000; Hammond School, Columbia, South Carolina 2001 (2 of 3); Azalea Park, Summerville, South Carolina 2002 (3 of 3)
- "Antebellum Angel"- South Carolina Governor’s Mansion Christmas Tree, Columbia 2002
- "Castle in the Sky"- Edisto Public Library, Edisto, South Carolina 2002
- "Pleasant Dreams"- Hammond School, Columbia, South Carolina 2000
- "Leap of Faith"- Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, Columbia, South Carolina 1999
- "Knickerman Golfer"- Bermuda Run Country Club, Bermuda Run, North Carolina 1999
Greetings! I'm Tim Appel, fine artist and sculptor. I was born in Edgerton, a small town in western Ohio and raised on a dairy farm surrounded by acres and acres of land. It was a great place to spend a childhood. Daily adventures with my dog would lead us through the woods and fields—me with my drawing pad and Queenie with her enthusiasm. We would return at sundown with many pencil sketches and a pretty decent collection of stone arrowheads. As long as I can recall, I've always loved to draw. But I wanted to challenge myself—and this passion for 2D evolved into a desire to try my hand at creating 3-dimensional figures and environments. To my surprise, what I had considered to be a challenge, came quite naturally to me, and soon I was developing my own unique style.
After graduating from high school, I traveled east to New Jersey to pursue an education at Joe Kubert Graphic Arts School, where I majored in drawing and comic book art. My work experience encompassed many stages of the art business from paste-up in advertising agencies to illustration for a newspaper publisher to freelance work for DC and Marvel Comics. For many years, I was employed full time as head pressman for a small print shop. I now concentrate solely on my artwork, trying to make a living doing something that I love. I live in western New Jersey with my wife, Maryann, and our cockapoo, Mini.
Art was always there…
An artist tends to recognize when ART became an “AH - HA” moment to one’s being. Mine was in a required liberal arts course at St. Olaf College, when I took a sculpture course with Dr. Arnold Flaten in 1967. It wasn’t a clay or metal class, rather hacking away on a nice walnut log he handed me. Going to college for art, back in that era, wasn’t what the expectations were for me. So after graduation it was onto architecture school, at the University of Minnesota, with Dr. Ed Sovik’s guidance. What a great era that was studying under Ralph Rapson.
Architecture was terrific, especially realizing, today, that I was doing large sized sculptures. Apparently I was good at it, being chosen to work with Liebenberg, Kaplan, & Glotter as a student intern, later to get a job with Jim Browning at Collins Engineering and Stevens Construction Company. I even designed a public sculpture in an apartment complex for them.
When I reflect back now though, I was fortunate to grow up in a family with a very artistic mother, whose uncle was an accomplished painter, and with my father whose family owned a chain of hardware stores. He taught me all about tools, hard work, and varnishing boats (back then only wood – there was no such thing as fiberglass) which was a spring ritual after the snow melted. So as a kid I was more than fortunate, I was blessed to have had these many influencers in my life.
Another huge element to my designs is my involvement in the marine industry. I’ve had the very fortunate opportunity of working with some of the greatest naval architects and boat builders in the world, from Herreshoff to Morgan. There really is a difference between a boat…and a beautiful boat.
My sculptures are generally wood, yacht quality finished (as my father would expect), and with the “lines and flow” of architectural design. Sometimes you’ll even find a little “wonder” of working with a live medium.
“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- SOFA in Chicago
- Art Basil in Miami
- Art Palm Beach Show
- Baltimore Art Show.
In addition, I am now an international artist with 2 sculptures in a Green Project by Patel Architecture in China.
Zach Smith-Johnson is a sculptor and artist blacksmith living in the mountains of North Carolina. His first show was at the Nth Gallery of Boone in July of 2013. Before that he spent three years working every day to "get a better understanding" of steel prior to allowing the public to see. In just a few short months his work has been shown from the hometown galleries of those mountains to San Francisco's premier modernism fair FOG. Since May 2015, he has been represented by Reinert Fine Art and Sculpture Garden Gallery.
He is a native of those North Carolina mountains, where he grew up snowboarding, kayaking, and traveling forgotten roads on his motorcycle. That connection to nature, to the wind and to the earth is expressed is his work. Primarily made with steel and cooper he gives new twists to age old blacksmithing techniques. His work is whimsical, emphatic, and honest, speaking to both the consciousness and the heart. Many of his pieces derive from his love of the woods and the garden: expressions of life.
Alice Kiderman (nee Bondar) is a Russian-born artist who lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
"My life is a direct reflection of the roller-coaster of events in my life - both tragic and happy. The impacts of these emotions, dormant or suppressed for years, are the images and shapes seen in my work. They reflect the gradual awakening of the spirit, which becomes an entity of its own.
My work is a blend of the realistic and the abstract in shape, though I believe that the abstract is just an extension of the world around us. It is my hope that my sculpture evolves emotions and projects the victory of the spirit... untamed."
Mountains, rocks, and stone have always fascinated me, since they are some of the few authentic relics we can touch and embrace, which are the "messengers" of the history of our planet. Similarly, craftsmanship in stone, a natural material which is an indispensable part of Earth, is something I've been passionate about preserving in this era of fast moving and fast created objects of Art. We don't seem to have the time it takes. The process of creating art forms in stone is one of the most ancient ways of "preserving" history of our planet and the process hasn't changed much. It is and has been ecologically responsible and environmentally safe -using what Earth offers us- stone with the help of some of the most ancient tools - hammer and chisels.
My work is about translating the human emotions into a three-dimensional visual sculpture. The focus is on the beauty and complexity of the humankind, rather than the ugliness and misery. The goal is to "touch" the viewer, to connect through sculpture with his/her inner feelings, memories and send him/her on own path of exploring one's own emotions.
The works represent the feminine and the masculine, the yin and yang, the moon and the sun - which could produce either dichotomy or harmony. The deciphering is for the viewer to undertake...
Alice is represented by Reinert Fine Art in Charleston, SC, as well as Mishin Fine Arts gallery in San Francisco, CA., Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee, WI., 1Point 618 Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, Malton Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and Aaron Gallery in Washington,D.C.
Akron Children's Hospital - Akron, OH (2015)
OZ Center for Performing Arts - Nashville, TN (2013)
Vacuum Systems International, Inc. - Cleveland, Ohio (2008)
Lake View - Private installation - Cleveland, Ohio (2007)
The Putnam Sculpture Endowment Collection, Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, Ohio (2005)
The Putnam Sculpture Collection, CWRU, Cleveland, Ohio (2005)
Vacuum Systems International, Cleveland, Ohio (2008)
Featured Artist/Solo Exhibitions
"JACL Fellow - Cleveland, OH (2014-2015)
"The Art of Women", Curated by Sylvia Rombis. Malton Gallery- Cincinnati, Ohio (2014)
"TRIFECTA", Beachwood Arts Center - Beachwood, OH (2014)
"Hudson Fine Art Company", Hudson Ohio(2013)
"Abstract Sculptures Exhibit" - Jasper Center for the Arts, Indiana(2013)
"Made in Stone: Human Journey Through Time" - Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio (2012)
"Retr-O-Spective" - O Gallery, Beachwood, Ohio (2012)
"Stone, Wood, Oil. Water" - Cuyahoga County Library, Beachwood, Ohio (2012)
Christine Frechard Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2011)
"On the Wall, Off the Wall" - solo show, O Gallery, Beachwood, Ohio (May-June 2011)
"Reflections of the Mind" solo show 1Point 618 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio (September 2009)
"Pursuit of Happiness" show, Malton gallery (October 2009)
Metropolitan Galleries "Dichotomy", Cleveland, Ohio (2007)
Aaron Gallery, 2-person show. Washington, D.C. (2006, 2007, 2008)
Opus Gallery "All Women - All Art". Cleveland, Ohio - 2005, 2006
Juried Exhibitions (Selected)
"Interpreting the Abstract", Valley Center for The Arts - Chagrin Falls, OH (2014)
Zanesville Museum of Art, "69th Annual Juried Art Exhibition", Zanesville, Ohio (2013)
Archived Artists of Western Reserve, "Seeing Green", Cleveland, Ohio (2011)
Spiritual Exhibit - Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio (July 2011)
Butler Museum of American Art, (February 2009)
Valley Center for the Arts. Chagrin Falls, Ohio (2005*, 2006)
The Sculpture Center. Cleveland, Ohio (2005)
The Fine Arts Association. Willoughby, Ohio (2005)
Thrive Gallery. Cleveland, Ohio (2004)
Fairmount Arts Center. Russell, Ohio (2000*,2002* )
Exhibitions and Fund - Raisers (Selected)
Art Expo, New York, NY (2014)
"Work of Women", Malton Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (2014)
Spectrum International Art Fair, Miami, Fla (2013)
Art Show, Saratoga Springs, NY (2013)
Gallery Rochester, Rochester, NY (2013)
Parallax Art Fair, London, UK (2013)
Art Expo, New York, N.Y. (2013)
Art Cares Benefit, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio (2013)
Cleveland Artists Foundation, Cleveland Creates, Lakewood, Ohio (2011)
"Art Cares" Cleveland, Ohio (June 2011)
American Diabetes Association, (April 2008, 2009)
Larchmere Gallery (Invitational). (September, December 2007)
Opus Gallery - (July 2007)
Art Collinwood - (July 2007, 2008)
Atmosphere Gallery - Sculpture Garden, (summer 2007)
Valley Center for the Arts. (Invitational) Chagrin Falls, Ohio, (2007)
"JAR Show" - The Galleria, Cleveland, Ohio, June 2006
"Women as Objects of Art" - Studio 324, Cleveland, Ohio, (spring, 2006)
Sculpture Garden Exhibition - Atmosphere Gallery, Tremont, Ohio, (2005)**
Cleveland Bar Association - spring 2005, fall 2005 Shows
Earthworks Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio (2000**, 2001**, 2002**)
Art Walks, Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio (2000**, 2001**, 2002*, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Lawrence Fund-Raiser (2002) **
Ratner Fund-Raiser (2002) **
** work in private collections
Work in private collections in California, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, Wyoming
Remembered in Stone - (December 2014)
Dubois County Free Press - (April 2013)
"When Stone Speaks" Sept 2012
"Canton Museum of Art offering exhibits that push boundaries,", Akron Beacon Journal (Sept. 2012)
"Human Journey in Stone" CoolCleveland.com - YouTube (Sept. 2012)
The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection Catalog 2012
Sun Courier, March 2008
"Cleveland Jewish News" July 2007
"Cleveland Business Connections" May 2007
ART (Artist Review Today), Cleveland, Ohio March 2006
"Art of the Day" 2006
Art Collinwood (web publication) July 2007
Since the introduction of the limited edition bronze sculptures by D. E. McDermott in 1986, he has received extraordinary attention and his sculptures have been included in collections throughout the world. Working with figurative themes, simplicity of design, and elegant presentation, his sculptures invite the viewer’s eyes to return again and again.
He uses the highest quality bronze casting techniques available and finishes the pieces with true patinas.
McDermott was born and raised in New York. Largely self-taught, among one of his earliest artistic influences was his personal contact with the great animal sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington. Prominent among his formal studies was his work with the California sculptor and teacher, Richard Miller. McDermott lived in Spain where he maintained a studio for several years.
The large sculpture, “Youth”, was commissioned in the city of Valencia, Spain for its Exposition. The “Joy of Dance” sculpture is on permanent display in Shinji, Japan. The 8 foot high “Dance of Life” was commissioned as part of a $200 million expansion of Central DuPage Hospital in Chicago. This bronze, placed upon a 7 foot granite pedestal rises 15 feet in a four story high atrium and is the artistic centerpiece of the hospital’s new Women and Children’s Pavilion.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation commissioned a large version of 'Rejoice' for their public collection. The Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford Medical Center installed a life-size bronze in their Central Garden Court. The insurance firm LISI Inc acquired seven bronzes for their corporate offices in San Mateo, CA. The Global Summit of Women, held in Hanoi Vietnam, selected three sculptures for its Award Presentation Ceremonies.
The sculptures were presented to the Ministers of Barbados, Mexico and South Africa for their outstanding achievements in public and private partnerships advancing women and girls.
Most recently, his completion and installation of five seven foot high bronzes, commissioned by the University of Arkansas, for the entrance to their new state-of-the-art Faulkner Performing Arts Center on the Fayetteville campus.
Josephine Pratt was born and raised on a farm in eastern North Carolina. Jo grew up with a love for art and dance. She left the farm to expand that love of dance by studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, earning a degree in Dance Performance.
After a fulling career in performing and teaching dance, Jo continued to intertwine her interest in art and dance by creating her own original dolls. Her doll-making led to a desire to redirect her creativity to a new area which became her passion: figurative sculpture.
As only someone who has been trained as a dancer can sometimes do, she is able to translate the essence of a dancer's movement and expression into sculpture that has breathtaking beauty, while portraying a dancer's technique accurately, a frequently missing component in contemporary sculpture. In her works, the language of the body comes alive in three- dimensional reality - the culmination of her creative dream.
Still intensely enthusiastic about sculpting, she maintains studios in Florida and North Carolina and commutes between them with Dan, her husband of over forty years, who together have raised sons, Jim and Steve.
b. 1968, Cincinnati, Ohio
Currently lives and works in Bloomfield, Michigan
Educated, trained, and employs both left and right hemispheres of the brain
- Bachelor’s Degree in design from Stanford University, CA
- Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, CA
- MBA Degree from University of Michigan
A rising artist, Laura Testé transitioned to art full-time after discovering success through figurative bronze sculptures. Her works include sculpture, ekphrastic poetry and painting. Art enthusiasts of the U.S. and France are beginning to recognize and collect her pieces. Most recently the Arthur Secunda Museum of Clearly University selected to display the first edition bronze of “Glorious” on a semi-permanent basis.
As a university student, Laura paired her aptitude for art and mechanics. She embraced the cross pollination of design and engineering at Stanford University, studying with world recognized professors in both technical fields and fine arts. It was also in California on the Stanford Rowing Team that Laura attributes her absolute captivation with the female form and athleticism. The thousands of hours she spent rowing on the San Francisco Bay gave her an unshakable appreciation for the grace and energy of the human anatomy.
Laura’s sculpting style of lithesome limbed figures often catch her figures mid-swirl with a bloom of fabric. The structural challenge of creating an ephemeral moment out of a decidedly solid media is a perfect expression of her diverse passions.
Raised in rural Lebanon Ohio, Laura grew up with ordinary people accomplishing the extraordinary. Seem
Laura Testé creates bronze figurative sculptures, ekphrastic poetry, and impressionist oil paintings.
- Laura’s bronze lithesome female forms embody the strength and athleticism of dancers. She captures motion with her interpretation of billowing garments and taught muscles. She works with two foundries located in SE Michigan.
- Laura’s impressionist paintings of Southern France’s light and atmosphere lure viewers with surges of color. For 20 years, she has spent several weeks each summer near the villages of Ste. Maxime and Grimaud – capturing landscapes of Provence and the Mediterranean coastline.
I offer vibrant impressionist paintings that will part the seas or that will respectfully kiss the ring of a room.
I offer agile figurative bronzes to be the siren call, the crescendo cymbal crash, or the quiet concluding couplet.
On painting, consider an unguarded moment in the sun of Southern France. I am surrounded by occasions worth painting, particularly as I savor the landscape of Provence or the ports of the Mediterranean. I capture these mere winks in time in vivid oils. The memory is no longer trivial but present and lasting. Moments create my paintings and I trust that my paintings create moments for others.
On sculpting, I am currently immersed in the beauty of the female form. The flow of muscle, bone, and material is a confluence of elegance and power. As a former collegiate athlete, I fully appreciate the attention, rigor, and control required of dancers and athletes. My most recent sculptures manifest the lithe lines of dancer during a moment of quiet preparation or peak exhilaration.
I love it.
William H. Turner and David H. Turner, father and son, share a talent of capturing the beauty and motion of wildlife in bronze. Their native land, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a peninsula surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, is rich in wildlife and is a continuous source of inspiration for their work.
Established in 1983, Turner Sculpture, near Onley, VA serves as their studios, foundry and gallery, where most of their work is displayed. To date they have created more than 400 different limited edition bronzes and more than 50 large public commissions found throughout the United States.
Emmy and Academy Award winning sculptor Wesley Wofford works from his private studio in the National Forest of North Carolina. Wofford Sculpture Studio LLC, a 2,300 sq. ft. facility, is nestled with his home on a mountaintop in Cashiers. The studio is always filled with sculptures at various stages of completion, the large commissions occupying the same space as the portraits, commissions, gallery pieces, and maquette studies for submissions. He continuously participates in both indoor and outdoor exhibitions throughout the country. Wesley organized a sculpture park within The Village Green near his home, which he was the curator of a Permanent Collection and three Biennial Invitational Exhibitions. In 2015 he curated an Inaugural Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at The Bascom in Highlands, NC and was awarded Signature Status with The Portrait Society of America. He is an elected member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Portrait Sculptors Society of the Americas. In 2016, Wesley was elected a Fellow in the National Sculpture Society, a distinguished honor in his field, and was recently invited to join the Board of Directors. Wesley’s sculpture is recognized on a national and international level with various awards and publications celebrating and featuring his work.
Wesley is originally from a small rural southern town in Georgia and displayed an artistic talent at an early age. He enrolled in Valdosta State University’s BFA Program on a competitive art scholarship, but after several years of study decided to leave and head for Hollywood, California. Infatuated with hyperrealism, Wesley pursued work in the motion picture industry creating realistic people and animals. His obsession with advanced translucent silicones led him to develop his own formulas and techniques, which in turn catapulted him to the forefront of his field. Wesley has worked on over 75 motion pictures and television shows. His credits include A Beautiful Mind, Hannibal, Batman and Robin, The Rock, and Collateral. He has personally worked with such actors as Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Chow Yun-Fat, and Russell Crowe.
He has been featured in numerous magazine articles and television coverage and has received many awards, including an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as an Academy Award.
In 2002, Wesley became dissatisfied with the medium of film and moved to the mountains of North Carolina with his wife and two children to pursue Fine Art Sculpture full time. He still works on the occasional film to "keep a fresh perspective on both his sculpture and his psyche", but spends most of his time completing both public and private commissions as well as pursuing his own compositions.
- Pellett Master Sculptor Resident- 2018 Brookgreen Gardens
- Elected Fellow-National Sculpture Society
- Elected Signature Status-Portrait Society of America
- Elected Member-Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Professional Member-Portrait Sculptors Society of the Americas
- Board of Directors 2015-2017-The Bascom: A Center for The Visual Arts President’s Council- Brookgreen Gardens
- International Sculpture Center
- Figurative Sculptor’s Community
- Tri-State Sculptors Association
- American Medallic Sculpture Association
- Nebraska State Capitol- Lincoln, NE
- Wade Hampton Golf Club-Cashiers, NC
- The Summer Chapel-Cashiers, NC
- Clemson University- Clemson, SC
- Columbus State University- Columbus, GA
- The University of Nebraska- Lincoln, NE
- The University of Georgia-School of Veterinary Medicine- Athens, GA Emmy Hall of Fame- North Hollywood, CA
- The Southern Highlands Reserve- Lake Toxaway, NC
- Sculpture for New Orleans- New Orleans, LA
- Intercontinental Hotels Group Corporate Headquarters- Atlanta, GA Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce- Lone Pine, CA
- Holiday Inn- Multiple Locations Nationwide
- Holiday Inn Club Vacations- Kissimmee, FL
- The Village Green- Cashiers, NC
- Kemmons Wilson, Inc.- Memphis, TN
- Summit Charter School- Cashiers, NC
- Wake Forest-Rolesville High School- Wake Forest, NC
- Dawghouse Grill- Savannah, GA
“Visions of Venus”
Zhou B Art Center Chicago,
IL April 20th 2018
“13th International ARC Salon Competition” Online Sculpture Finalist for “21st Century Graces”
Hallandale Beach, FL
February 17-March 17, 2018
“A Blessing of Animals” Naples, FL
October 2017- January 2018 “A Blessing of Animals” New York, New York June 10 - September 10, 2017
“ArtFields 2016” Lake City, SC
April 22-May 1, 2016
The Artist’s Gaze “Seeing Women in the Twenty-First Century”
Sirona Fine Art: Hallandale Beach, FL
February 21-March 22, 2015
“Miniature and Majestic” Solo Exhibition Sirona Fine Art: Hallandale Beach, FL November 15-January 11, 2014
The National Sculpture Society- 81st Annual Exhibition
Brookgreen Gardens: Pawley’s Island, South Carolina
August 16-November 2, 2014
“Beneath the Surface”
The Bascom: Highlands, NC
May 24-August 17, 2014
The Bascom Instructor’s Exhibition 2014
The Bascom: Highlands, NC
January 18-April 13, 2014
Sculpture for New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
March 2013-March 2015
Tampa Tampa, FL March 7-9, 2013
West Chelsea Artists Open Studio
New York, NY
May 10-13, 2012
Spazio 522-Solo Exhibition Chelsea, NYC
May 3-July 14, 2012
The National Sculpture Society- 76th Annual Exhibition
New York City, NY
February 16-May 29, 2009
Pawley’s Island, SC
June 27-August 23, 2009
Stamford Downtown Sculpture Exhibition
June 2009-September 2009
Asheboro Downtown Sculpture Show
January 2009-January 2010
Sculpture in the Riverwalk
January 2008-January 2009
Exposed-Nudes in Art 2007 Litmus Gallery
Portraits-Public and Private
The National Sculpture Society
New York City, NY
March 2003-June 2003
Culturally Speaking Journal-June 15, 2017
“A Blessing of Animals, A Juried Exhibit at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, NYC”
Story By: Cornelia Seckel
Make-Up Artist Magazine- Aug/Sep 2016
“Free State of Jones”
Story By: Joe Nazzaro
The Laurel- August, 2015
“Carving His Niche”
Story By: Donna Rhodes
The Art of the Portrait- August, 2015
“Conference Review 2015”
Wesley Wofford Receives Signature Status
Fine Art Connoisseur- July, 2015
Story By: Jeffrey Carlson
Fine Art Connoisseur- February 19, 2015
“Revisiting the Gaze”
Story By: Jeffrey Carlson
Fine Art Today- November 20, 2014 “Large or Small, A Strong Presence” Story By: Jeffrey Carlson
American Art Collector- October 2014
“Looking out, Looking in”
ArtDaily- October 29, 2014 “Solo exhibition by figurative sculptor Wesley Wofford Opens at The Bascom” Fine Art Connoisseur- August 14, 2014 “Coming Soon: National Sculpture Society Awards Exhibition” Story By: Jeffrey Carlson
Fine Art Today- August 7, 2014 “Last Chance: Dramatic Figures by Wesley Wofford” Story By: Jeffrey Carlson
Legacy- August 2014 “Beneath the Surface”- Cashiers Artist Inspires Emotion Through his Art
Story by: Lily Knoepp
International Artist Magazine- August/September 2014
“16th Annual Award Winners Showcase” Story by: Krystle Stricklin
Cashiers Chronicle- May 21, 2014 “Wofford Exhibition at The Bascom”
Sculpture Review- Spring 2014 “Red” Story by: Lois Swirnoff
Cashiers Chronicle- August 28, 2013
“See Balestiere sculpture in the making on Labor Day at the Village Green”
Story by: Kelly Donaldson
World Herald Bureau, Lincoln, Nebraska- August 2013
“N.C. sculptor will make bust for the Hall of Fame”
Story by: David Hendee
The Highlander- May 30, 2013 “Wofford to lead sculpture workshop at Bascom”
American Art Collector- July 2012
“Finding the Form-Collecting Sculpture”
WNC Magazine- March/April 2011
Story by: Anna Rice
Sculpture Review- Fall 2009
“To the Movies and Back: A Sculptor’s Education” Story by: Jodie A. Shull
ARC Salon Competition-2018
Finalist in Sculpture- “21st Century Graces”
Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition- 2017 Finalist for a Self-Portrait-“American Love”
Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition- 2016 Finalist for a Commissioned Portrait in Sculpture-“A. William McKee”
Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition- 2014 4th Place for a Commissioned Portrait in Sculpture-“Al Balestiere”
Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition- 2014
Exceptional Merit-“Alvin Saunders Johnson”
Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition- 2013
3rd Place for a Commissioned Portrait in Sculpture-“Chuck Lorre”
Caldwell Arts Council- 2010
25th Annual Sculpture Celebration
Judge’s Award-“The Realization” Judge-Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler-Director-NC Museum of Art
The National Sculpture Society- 2009
76th Annual Exhibition Awards
The Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award for a work by a young sculptor.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences- 2005
Technical Achievement Award-For the development of a special modified silicone material for makeup appliances used in motion pictures
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences- 2004-2005
Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Mini-Series, Movie or a Special
“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”- HBO