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Visit FeministFuturist in February!

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Artists: Freedom Baird, Amy Borezo, Nadine Boughton, Linda Leslie Brown, Marisa Chentakul, Julia Daviy, Magda Fernandez, KSpace (Karen Meninno and Carolyn Wirth), Brenna Leaver, AK Liesenfeld, Linda Price-Sneddon and Genevieve Quick

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 8 | 6–9 pm
FeministFuturist attire encouraged!

Young Futurist Spaceship Workshop
Saturday, February 22 | 11 am–1 pm

FeministFuturist Fashion Forum
Wednesday, March 11 | 6:30–8 pm
(Snow date: March 18)

Read more here!

Evelyn at Chesterwood

Evelyn Longman Batchelder was Daniel Chester French’s studio assistant for several years, when he worked on the commission for the Lincoln Memorial. Their relationship was a close one, as shown by this portrait of Evelyn in the Chesterwood studio. Though this portrait was never carved in marble and exists in rough plaster, Longman’s keen expression is evidence of her perceptiveness, and reveals why others so valued her skills as a designer and sculptor. She was, supposedly, one of the last visitors to the Chesterwood studio in Stockbridge before French’s death, and her ashes may (or may not) be scattered there.

Evelyn received many commissions of her own during a long career, including the monumental “Genius of Electricity,” and more intimate and poignant work like two grave markers in the Lowell (Mass.) cemetery:

https://wirthsculpture.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/evelyn-longmans-lowell-monuments/

Not exactly sculpture…

But I’ve always felt that animation and sculpture share a third dimension. I’m really enjoying Queens of Animation. New to me is he bio of Felix Salten, author of Bambi. Just in time for deer season 🙂

Margaret Foley’s Mrs. Cleveland

Margaret Foley, one of the eminent American sculptors in Rome during the last quarter of the 19th century, was a very popular portraitist. Her skill in modeling low relief, and her accuracy in delineating facial features, could be a mixed blessing for the subject. Mrs. Cleveland apparently preferred other portraits in which an artist gave her a more pleasing, neoclassically influenced visage. cmoa.org

Visit me at Chesterwood October 19th

I’ll be working on a life size portrait head in clay as part of my demonstration at Chesterwood, in Stockbridge, Mass. on Saturday, October 19th from about noon until 4. This inspiring historic site was the studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ll be working as French would have sculpted, in wet clay with tools that haven’t changed very much in 150 years.

(The small head above, about 1/4 life size, is an imaginary portrait of Louisa May Alcott).

https://www.chesterwood.org/calendar

New memorials for changing times in New York

https://hyperallergic.com/520420/simone-leigh-wangechi-mutu-kehinde-wiley-and-vinnie-bagwell-in-the-running-for-new-central-park-memorial/

Come see me at Chesterwood Oct. 19th

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I’ll be doing a portrait head demonstration in the main studio at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Mass. on Saturday, October 19th. This magnificent landscape and historic home was the working studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and much other notable work. Don’t know who I’ll be sculpting yet–maybe DCF himself!

Stay tuned for more information–hope to see you.

A Wedding Album re-released

My friend, writer and filmmaker Carolyn Jacobs, made this short film as part of her AFI program back when we were all young and hopeful. It won a Golden Trailer award, even! Take a look…

Tiny Erato

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Erato, the muse of romantic poetry, is often shown with a lyre and wreath of roses in her hair. This 6-inch goddess was once a decoration on an elaborate Ansonia clock, and is made of spelter. Spelter, while sometimes used merely as a synonym for zinc, is often used to identify a zinc alloy. Early twentieth-century Art Nouveau and Art Deco figures and lamps were often made of spelter. The metal has been used since about the 1860s to make statues, tablewares, and lamps that resemble bronze. I re-patinaed Erato using Puritan bronze and gold highlights, mimicking contemporary French bronzes.

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My Etsy shop is back up and running

Having a great time fitting wings today!

I just listed a few of my small-to-medium size sculptures, plus I’m selling select items from my personal collection and also tools and materials. Check back from time to time to see what new gems I’ve added.