Posted by: groundsforsculpture | March 20, 2011

Artists in Action is Coming Soon!

By Cassandra Demski, Curator of Education

Artist Autin Wright demonstrating Patina finishing

Visit Grounds For Sculpture on Saturday on March 26th for a special, day-long event that happens only once a year: Artists in Action!

The Motor Exhibits Building is home to 22 private artist studios and is normally closed to the public. Artists in Action is a wonderful opportunity for patrons to tour this building, view studio spaces, see artists working on their creations and hear a live music performance! This is the only day of the year that this building is open to the public, so mark your calendars: Artists in Action will take place on March 26th from 11am-4pm.

This year, at least 10 artists will open their studios and display their work. In addition, there will be demonstrations throughout the day, featuring artists working in many different media: armature building, clay and wax techniques, digital imaging, patinas, woodcarving, plaster bandage vessels and masks and more! Live music will be performed from 12-3pm by local artist, Jim Gaven.

Mike Gyampo. Photo by David Steele


Fred Morante. Photo by David Steele


To highlight the spring season of Adult Art Workshops at Grounds For Sculpture, there are two special events planned for Artists in Action day.

From 12 to 2pm, watch sculptor Gyuri Hollósy as he demonstrates how to model a bust. You may be inspired to participate in the “Artist-in-the-Park Series: The Art of Modeling a Bust Workshop,’ which takes place on Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Students will make a clay portrait bust using modeling techniques. GFS Artist-in-the-Park Gyuri Hollósy, the 2009 recipient of the Shaun H. Miller Award in Sculpture will instruct on how to incorporate facial details based on personal photographs in order to make the work a true portrait. This four-session workshop is designed for students of any skill level and the fee includes all materials for making a bust armature, 20 lbs of modeling clay, and use of artist’s tools during the workshop. Limited spaces still remain! Call 609.586.0616to register now or visit the Domestic Arts Building information desk during Artists in Action to register.

From 1pm to 3pm, join artist Margareta Warlick for a drop-in adult workshop and create reverse mosaic stepping stones using “Hypertufa,” a lightweight concrete mixture. This is one of several techniques Margareta will be teaching in the upcoming Artistic Gardener Workshop, which takes place on Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21, June 11, 18 and 25 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. In this workshop, students will make a different art object for their gardens each week. Margareta is an artist and master gardener, who will explore working with concrete, simple photography, mosaics, water features, bamboo and other natural materials. While making garden art, students will combine living plants in some of these projects. Limited spaces still remain! Call 609.586.0616 to register now or visit the Domestic Arts Building information desk during Artists in Action to register.

Want to see finished products? Docent-led tours will be offered at 12noon and 2pm featuring sculptures at GFS created by artists who are participating in Artists in Action. These tours may feature works by artists such as Mike Gyampo, Bruce Lindsay, G. Frederick Morante, Eric Schultz and more! Please meet the Volunteer Docents at the Visitors’ Center 10 minutes prior to the tour’s start time.

Hope to see you all at this action-packed event!


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