. Create a work to augment your portfolio, gallery presentation or exhibition.
. Develop skills to quickly finesse the human face from a rough block of stone.
. Learn basic direct stone sculpture techniques using simple hand tools.
. Learn the fundamentals of three-dimensional portraiture in stone.
. Come away with a work for the gallery, home or landscape.
. No previous direct stone sculpture experience required.
Award-winning sculptor and author DJ Garrity will be conducting a four-day sculpture workshop at Chicago Botanic Garden. The artist currently divides his time between France and The Aran Islands in the West of Ireland and is the former Sculptor-In-Residence of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Garrity developed the hands-on workshop at Mount Rushmore as an interpretive training program in collaboration with the National Park Service and subsequently conducted the workshop at botanic gardens, museums and art associations from coast-to-coast across America.
The Rhythms Of Stone Workshop is derived from the book of the same title by the artist based upon creative journals documented during the in situ creation of the portrait of Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi within Columbia River Basalt at Portland, Oregon. The artist will be conducting two workshops in the States during 2013, the first at Chicago Botanic Garden followed by Tower Hill Botanic Garden in the Boston area. For more on the artist visit www.djgarrity.com.
Chicago (June 2013) — Morpho Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Organic Synergy featuring the work of Nancy Pirri and Kathy Blankley Roman. Featuring a blend of acrylic paintings and sculptural works, this multimedia exhibition will highlight the careers of both women, while also debuting their recent work.
An opening reception will be held Saturday June 15th, from 6 – 9 pm.
Organic Synergy will run from June 14th – June 19th, 2013.
Kathy Blankley Roman is an abstract artist who primarily works with acrylics combined with various dry drawing media. Her tendency to an earthy palette is influenced by her exposure to pictures of the cave paintings at Lascaux and Altamira as a child. While Roman has been drawn to the arts throughout her life, her retirement in 2011 allowed her to experiment with new techniques and mediums. Her works are often described as serene, with a sense of calm and depth that draws the viewer in. She was awarded a Top Ten Artists Award in 2012 from the Abstract Artists Gallery’s Annual International Abstracts Competition and was recently featured in Sue St. John’s book “A Journey into Abstracts -Vol. 4,” a collection of forty contemporary artists in which each describes the step-by-step process of creating their featured works.
Nancy Pirri is a sculptor that emphasizes the sense of earthiness and antiquity associated with the medium. Her work epitomizes woman’s struggle to find emotional balance and the complex roles that women take on. A randomized but controlled application of colored slips and intermittent firings enhance the textures of her sculptural pieces, strengthening their tie to mother earth and the intricate patterns of the earth. To this end, Pirri is noted for her use of the soda firing technique, which intrigues her because of its random and uncontrollable flashes of color and orange peel surface. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Pirri now resides and works in Chicago. She was recently hand-selected for the Art of Human Rights event for Heartland Alliance, and is currently represented at Gallery Guichard in Chicago and Studio b in Three Oaks, MI.