PETER LAWRENCE GALLERY in Gaylordsville, Conn. announces the First Annual Sculpture Exhibit and Culture Fest with works on display by locally, nationally and internationally recognized sculptors. This fun-filled cultural event will also include musical entertainment performed by Broadway stars, jazz musicians and local talent over the six-week event. The Sculpture Fest will run May 12 to June 17, 2012.
There will be two exhibit areas: the inside gallery and the garden. In addition to sculptures and entertainment, the Festival will have a rotating selection of local artisan delicacies available over the six-week period–including chocolate truffles, hand-made in the French tradition by Carol Monnerat Artisan Truffles of Branford, Conn. as well as heavenly cakes baked with all natural, allergen-free ingredients by Izzi B’s of Norwalk, Conn., and more. There are two country gift shops adjacent to the gallery: The Basket Shop and the Carriage Barn, which sell New England Americana, and the shops will be open to all.
The events will take place on each Saturday and Sunday from May 12 through June 17 and on Memorial Day. There will be no entertainment or food vendors on Fridays, but the gallery and the gardens are open for viewing. There is no charge for events or viewing Sculpture Fest 2012.
The Inside Gallery will host an eclectic grouping of smaller works by Suzanne Benton–listed in Who’s Who of America and Who’s Who of American Artists–an international artist whose works are in private collections worldwide.
Also hosted will be Dalton Ghetti, a Brazilian-born pencil sculptor whose work is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England; Jage, a contemporary artist and winner of a “Best in Show” award in 2010 in Providence, RI; Michael Johnston, an artist who uses recycled electronics to build futuristic, steampunk-style sculpture; Justin Perlman, an internationally trained sculptor and winner of the Marquis Who’s Who in American Art Reference Award; Derek Uhlman, recently accepted into the Copley Society of Art, an award-winning sculptor who likes to push the envelope; and Patricia Warfield, recognized nationally as a consummate artist, who is constantly experimenting with a wide variety of media.
The outdoor sculptures will be situated in a roaming four-acre garden along the Housatonic River. The garden itself has been on the Mad Gardens Tour of Conn. and the Sherman Garden Club tour on several occasions. On display in this beautiful rustic setting will be monumental works by Jan Abt, a German-born sculptor based in New York who creates abstract figurative pieces inspired by Picasso, Henri Moore and the ancient Greeks; Jennifer George Andrea, a kindergarten teacher by day and a large-scale sculpture artist in the off hours; Cindy Booth, a Hudson Valley artist who creates large-scale copper and steel sculptures “beyond the thinking mind”; David Boyajian, an acclaimed master sculptor, founder of The Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield, Conn. who creates monumental works that are both conceptual and rationally accessible; and Steven Brooks, an award-winning architect turned sculptor who loves the physicality of creating forms and shapes with his hands.
In addition, there will be outdoor sculptures from Margie Cohen, who is transfixed by creating whirling, spinning and rolling sculptures out of steel; Jim Felice, a master restorer and award-winning creator of sculptures that, in his use of scrap matter, redefine the use and purpose of industrial materials; Denis Folz, an intentionally styleless artist whose works are informed by Van Gogh, Max Ernst and Andrew Wyeth–Folz leaves it to the viewer to define his work; Lannie Hart, whose sculptures evoke nature, religious images and cultural references with a strong feminine point of view; Peter Holmberg, whose works can only be found in a private collection, will make his first public exhibition at Sculpture Fest 2012; David McNeil, a former police sketch artist, now seeks to construct abstract shapes from nature created by a living thing and to capture its energy in its form; M. Meken-Silvestri, an award-winning, fused-glass artist who works with delicate fragments to create solid works that sparkle and dazzle. Richard Pitts, a professor at FIT in New York City and a multi-media sculptor who constructs abstract sculptures as metaphors for the natural environment; Judy Rowley, who currently uses debris from Hurricane Katrina as the substance of her sculpture to pay tribute to the resilient spirit of the people of the Gulf Coast; and Marcia Spivak, who is one of the pre-eminent metal horse sculptors in the country.
Peter Lawrence Gallery is located at 703 Kent Road (Route 7) in Gaylordsville, Conn. and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm, or by appointment. For more information please contact Peter Lawrence Scalera (203)746-5533, visit sculpturefest2012.com or email email@example.com.