Monday, April 17, 2017

Kickstarter Follow-up

Dear Art Lover,
Bronze chasing metal work for sculpture Kickstarter project     Two years ago, I held a Kickstarter fundraiser to cast into bronze many of my wax sculptures that I created when I left my home studio in Texas and began attending an art school in Florence, Italy.  Years later, I could not stand the idea of losing all of that work just because the market dropped out (and/or maybe it was my fault for not keeping up with the marketing end of my business once I got to Italy).  The fundraiser was successful in that we raised the money for the foundry.
     However, the foundry did not live up to its word, entirely.  As the deadline neared, it was clear that they were not going to finish my work.  My regular foundry had retired and while I got quote from several others with whom I was familiar, I chose to work with another family run foundry I had known and worked with for years.  However, these folks are also sculptors and in the end, they chose to prioritize their own project over those of their clients.  I ended up picking up my unfinished bronze sculptures.  So, the waxes were saved as bronzes, but the work was not entirely finished.

Bronze chasing metal work for sculpture Kickstarter project

Bronze chasing metal work for sculpture Kickstarter project

     I spend the recent holiday weekend chasing bronzes.  This means that I carved my sculptures, removing bronze sprue connection points and investment mold pieces.  It was a lot of work on 28 individual sculptures.  Next will be to straighten out any bends in the metal so that the bas-relief sculptures lie flat, drill holes for mounting, clean them from all fingerprints, and then John and I will add the patinas (coloring) and protective covering, then mount to the stone bases, where appropriate.
     One perk of the timing for this trip back to Texas is that I arrived in time to see the famous bluebonnets.  I hope that you enjoy these images and thanks for sharing in the art journey.
     If you would like to buy a “Ten” or a “Valentine” bronze sculpture from the Kickstarter fundraiser, or any available work, please contact me:

Texas bluebonnets with butterfly
Butterfly enjoying the Blue!

Texas bluebonnets with Bee feeding
Bee Feeder - Texas Bluebonnet

Texas bluebonnets
Wild Boar Path?

     I will be leaving Texas in less than a week and traveling to Florida to help my baby sister celebrate her marriage.  After that, I will be traveling to see more family in North Carolina and Virginia before arriving at Don Elliott’s Franklin Barry Gallery on Monday, May 15.  I hope to see you there, or later in Austin, Texas, for a visit [see event information below].

Monday, May 15, 2017:  Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
The Franklin Barry Gallery aka The Frame Shop, Indianapolis [normal gallery hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.]; 617 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana  46204;  Tel.  317.822.8455
Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 2017:  Austin, Texas
Rue Artsier presents LiberArte event spettacolo!
Friday, May 19, 2017   from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 20  from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where:  615 W. 7th St., 8th Floor, Austin, Texas 78701

Lists of artists:
Luis Rico- Mexico
Adrian Moraru- Moldova
Leandro Klapputh- Buenos Aires
Maria Fotaki- Greece
Denis Chernov- Moscow
Kelly Borsheim. Austin & Italia

I hope to see you!



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