Monday, 26 October 2015

#683 Florida . . . birds, alligators, fish, and art

Earlier this month Trish and I were in Florida attending the opening of my Retrospective 
at the Bonita Springs Center for the Arts.  For more info, go to blog #680, posted Oct. 5.

While in South Florida we spent time in the Everglades and went fishing in the Florida Keys.
As usual, when we can enjoy free time, we stay as far away from urban areas as we can.
Below, are images, notes, and memories of a great week spent in beautiful  South Florida.
You will notice only one image of the fishing adventure . . . we were too busy catching fish to take pictures!

Below, while photographing birds in the Everglades, this big guy appeared!

Above,  Trish enjoys a cold one at a beach bar on the Gulf Coast in sunny Florida.
Below, I'm taking my morning coffee and photographing birds outside our cabin door at the fish camp in the Florida Keys.

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Blog, text, photos, drawings, and sculpture . . . © Sandy Scott and Trish

Monday, 19 October 2015

#682 "Mallard Duet" New Outdoor Installation at Brookgreen

Earlier this month Trish and I were at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina and attended the 
National Sculpture Society's 82nd Annual Awards Exhibition and the Brookgreen Board of Trustees meeting. 
Brookgreen is home to the largest and most important collection of American figurative sculpture in existence. 
For more information regarding this post,  please see the previous blog.

A  highlight of the recent visit to Brookgreen was the new Low Country Waterfowl Exhibit. 
Last spring, I saw the ponds, landscaping, walkways, etc. under construction and was excited to see the exhibit 
completed and inhabited by the 8 waterfowl species who are now residents of the new aviary.
The 8 species are Wood Duck, Redhead, Hooded Merganser, Northern Pintail, Ruddy Duck, 
Blue-winged Teal, Fulvous Tree Duck, and Black-bellied Tree Duck.

I was delighted to see my sculpture, "Mallard Duet" installed outdoors in the new waterfowl aviary!
The piece has been in Brookgreen's collection for many years and had previously been exhibited in one of the indoor galleries called the Offner Center . . . named after the American sculptor, Elliot Offner.

It was a thrilling experience to see "Mallard Duet"  amidst all the waterfowl and the installation ranks among my 
favorite all-time presentations.  Simply put:  It could not be displayed in a more appropriate setting!
Thank you, Robin Salmon:  Curator of Collections and Bob Jewell:  President and CEO of Brookgreen!  

Below, are images of the new waterfowl aviary and the "Mallard Duet" installation.

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Blog, text, photos, drawings, and sculpture . . . © Sandy Scott and Trish

Monday, 12 October 2015

#681 NSS 82nd Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens

Last week, Trish and I were at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina and attended the
82nd Annual Awards Exhibition of the National Sculpture Society which will be on view until Nov. 1.
The juried show features the figurative works of 57 contemporary sculptors and features a variety of subject 
matter and media and represents the diverse styles, backgrounds, and disciplines of NSS members.

Fellows (FNSS), Elected Members (NSS), and Associates make up the levels of sculptor membership of the organization, which is international in scope and appeal.  Hundreds of artists apply to the juried competition which offers awards, medals, and thousands of dollars in cash prizes.  For more info contact:

The Jury of Selection, comprised of two NSS members and one curator, chose the 57 works from hundreds of entries.
A separate Jury of Awards convened after the show was installed and selected the prize winners.

Below, are images of my entry, "Ancient Passage"  with the catalogue remarque.
Last week I was informed that "Ancient Passage" won the Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award
for a realistic sculpture done in the classical tradition.  I'm delighted to receive this meaningful award . . .
I met Marilyn Newmark shortly before her death and have been an admirer of her work for many years.

Artist's Remarque:
"Our Morgan gelding was used as the model for "Ancient Passage".  My goal was to idealize the animal and
 create a powerful image.  I am preoccupied with modeling horses and consciously stylize my designs.
My obsession with modeling horses continues to lay a thorough foundation for my art, just as playing scales
does for a musician.  In my opinion, horses and the human figure are the most difficult subjects to transform
 into a visual expression - perhaps it is because they are both so beautiful".

For information about all of the additional awards and medals, go to the NSS website.
There will be an awards ceremony and celebration on Oct. 31st at Brookgreen.

National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group of America's most prominent sculptors.
Its members have created much of this country's public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s.
It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in America and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century.

Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931 and today is a National Historic Landmark and Museum with the most extensive collection of figurative sculpture by American artists in the world.

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Blog, text, photos, drawings, and sculpture . . . © Sandy Scott and Trish

Monday, 5 October 2015

#680 Sculpture News: Retrospective

Below is a link to a Facebook post from Center for the Arts Bonita Springs.

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Addendum: Sandy Scott: A Retrospective

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

26100 Old 41 Road
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
(239) 495-8989

Sandy Scott: A Retrospective

● October 2 - December 31, 2015
● Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 2015, 6pm-8pm
● This show opens in conjunction with a campus wide Open House
● SANDY SCOTT: A RETROSPECTIVE is a major traveling museum exhibition comprised of a retrospective range of 45 or more sculptures and 35 etchings and drawings. Sandy Scott received her formal art training at the Kansas City Art Institute and later worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry. She turned her attention to etchings and printmaking in the 1970’s and to sculpture in the 1980’s. This exhibition will include a diverse, retrospective range of castings and clay models by Sandy Scott, and be accompanied by a selection of her etchings and drawings. The exhibit will demonstrate the breadth and depth of Scott’s subject matter and treatment through sculpture, etchings, and drawings.

Join us for the opening reception on October 2, plus a campus-wide Open House featuring artist demonstrations and artwork displays throughout our campus.

SANDY SCOTT: A RETROSPECTIVE is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. Serving as Curator/Tour Director is David J. Wagner, Ph.D.

Select Saturdays during the exhibition, the Centers for the Arts offers free Family Activity Days for children and adults. Families enjoy a quick guided tour of this fun and educational exhibition and complete art projects.

October 3 & 17, 2015; 1:30-3:30pm
November 7 & 21, 2015; 1:30-3:30pm
December 5 & 19, 2015; 1:30-3:30pm

Graciously Sponsored by

The Sansom Foundation