Mosaic Sculpture, you ask? Isn’t that flat art?
Our program this month will include a demonstration, audience participation in
creating a new work of art, and a slide show of a mosaic artist’s works.
Caryn Brown, an outgoing publicly acclaimed professional artist, will be
bringing some of the tools and materials she uses when creating her three
dimensional mosaics. By attending this meeting, whether you’re a
woodcarver or a bronze sculptor, you may learn something that will find a
place in your work.
“From my early childhood I was compelled to create art. I fell in
love with color. Tempera paints to acrylics and finally to oils,
painting was my constant companion and passion. This drive eventually
led to an art scholarship to the University of Tulsa. There I discovered how
to refine my organic paintings, providing more structure to my work.
“The discovery of mosaics came from a combination of
travel and dusty bookstores in my 20s. This ancient art form was
fascinating in the fact that it was organic with its jagged edges and wide
range of materials, and yet it was based in structure and color… a
combination of my experience to that point. I was intrigued. By playing with
different concepts and approaches, including inlaid mosaic furniture and
handmade tile hanging pieces, I was able to define a new approach to mosaics
which generated buzz and excitement in the local market.
“Upon returning to Tulsa after 8 years in Kansas City I
have broadened my resume to include larger installations and a pursuit into
sculptural pieces. Many are detailed, personable creations tailored to a
client’s needs and space. Often these works contain historical
references, public input and support, and even community workshops to complete
the projects. I am told that my work is different from many in the fact
that my painting background is evident and there is a certain thoughtfulness
in each piece. I thrive on this feedback and inspiration and continue to
experiment in blending fine art detail with the timeless art of mosaics.”
Call someone who you haven’t seen at an OSS meeting
lately. Caryn is driving from Tulsa to share her knowledge and her art.
Let’s provide a big crowd. That’s at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May
11, at Contemporary Arts Center in the Fairgrounds. And bring
sculpture to share! Keep
thinking in 3 dimensions!!
Details and entry forms were sent May 2 to all active and
recent former OSS members. From Jim
Franklin: The potential of this show is enormous. We need
as many members as possible to enter what could turn into a very successful
annual summer show. The exhibit will occur at the peak of summer
vacations and there will undoubtedly be large crowds in Pawhuska, thanks in
large part to Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Mercantile. Larry Waid has
put together a postcard invitation to our show. These will be available
for sending to our patrons, friends and family members. We hope each of
you will attend the opening on July the 15th
in Pawhuska. We will also be inviting our members to demo their skills during
the show. If interested, contact Jim or Larry. More information will be
available in the very near future.
who has been apprenticing with wildlife sculptor Jocelyn Russell, sent us
pictures of some of the 15 life-size pieces installed at the Audubon
Zoo in New Orleans April 25. The
elephants were created in Jocelyn’s studio in Washington, then enlarged at
Synappsys Digital Services in Norman and cast at the Crucible.
The Norman work portion of the process started a year ago and was
featured in The Oklahoman’s May 1 issue. The
lions and meerkats were finished at Art Castings in Colorado.
(For more information, see Jocelyn’s website, wildlifebronzes.com.)
the Crucible in Norman, OK.
was a busy month for Harold Holden.
On the 20th, he and Mike Larsen were honored in a 2-man show
at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. (Both
artists had previously been inducted into the Hall).
On the 22nd, Harold was inducted into the Hall of Great
Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
He is now one of only 10 artists to have been inducted – and the
first Oklahoma artist – since the award’s creation in 1955.
Interestingly, everyone honored there that night was presented a
“Wrangler statue” – sculpted by Harold Holden!
From the April 23 Oklahoman:
“Many lifelong connections have been made through this museum, and
I’m honored to be here,” Holden said.
“It seems a little strange to be receiving one of my own sculptures,
but I’ll take it.”
Johnston’s "Hope" piece will be formally dedicated
on May 18th along with the completion of the Garden of Remembrance at
Clarehouse, 5:30-7:30 pm, 7617 S. Mingo in Tulsa.
She did at a David Rankin Watercolor Workshop in Tulsa, April 24-27th,
and has two pastels on display at the “Wild Fork” on Utica Square.
Pamela Winters had fun doing a sculpting demo at the
RS Hannah Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX, at the artist reception in April.
The WAOW Show continues through June 3rd.
She is working on a piece entitled “Anna’s Chickens.”
TOSS news from Larry Waid: Due to the
number of opportunities to enter shows during the summer/fall months,
sculpting workshops, summer projects and vacations, TOSS is taking a workshop
break until September. However, thanks to the efforts of our members, we will
still be actively promoting and recruiting so when we meet for our next
session we might have a new crop to share sculpting with. Brittany
Morgan is leading the way promoting and offering sculpting workshops to
of us are entering the OSS/PAO show so will get to visit, see each
other’s’ work and cheer one another on.
Morgan, Catherine Johnston, James
Wallace and I entered the Bartlesville Art Show. James and I both won
Honorable Mention awards. A very good show.
will be traveling to Loveland in May to spend 2 days helping do patinas on 7
pieces of my work to bring home. Will deliver another at the same time. Sandy
and Pat Regan will be coming back
through Loveland from their visit to California to pick up Pat's work and
maybe one more of mine, if it is ready.
Catherine Johnston and I will be traveling to spend 5 days in June with
Kristen Abramson and Jocelyn Russell sculpting "Big Cats.” We are
looking so forward to it!
update of our new directory: the second phone number listed for Jim
Franklin is his cell. (His
studio phone “is no longer.”) …Former member and past president Virginia
passed away on April 16.
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1979 as a non-profit corporation devoted to the education, appreciation and
creation of three-dimensional art.
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The Oklahoma Sculpture Society was established in the fall of 1979 as a
non-profit corporation devoted to the education, appreciation and creation of
The newsletter deadline is the
20th of each month. Please send your
news to Dru Marseilles,
1708 Sandpiper Drive, Edmond, OK 73034 (405-341-6570) - or e-mail it to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Dues are $35 each calendar year; $15 for students or those out-of-state members wanting only
the newsletter; $50 for supporting members.
Please send to OSS Treasurer Neal Willison, 3612 N.W. 19th
Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73107.