Sculpture Month & Garden Tour
Throughout the month of May, the first annual Canyon Road Sculpture Month, Canyon Road Contemporary Art is proud to highlight different artists each weekend, with a demonstration each Saturday. Visitors will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see sculptors in the process of creation, culminating in a road-wide Sculpture and Garden Tour on the final weekend.
On May 4th we will be celebrating the sweet and cheerful ceramics of Kari Rives. Educated in Boston, she began her career as an expressionist painter, and she has not forgotten these roots even as she concentrates on sculpture. Her animal figures retain a painterly feel through the softness of her touch on the clay, and through the many layers of glaze she applies. We invite you to experience for yourself the richness of their expression and personality.
On May 11th we will show two glass artists, Doug Gillis and Lydia Piper. Doug’s work involves layered glass plates mounted on a neutral backing. Some pieces have lengths of wire, screen, aluminum, and other unexpected materials within, creating interesting reactions with the colored and clear glass which captures them. Others focus on colored glass and the shapes that can be created through layering. The silver backdrops allow light to pass through the pieces and be bounced back to the viewer, creating a captivating interplay of light and shadow. Though also using the method of kiln-formed glass, Lydia Piper’s work is quite different. Often vessels of a kind, her pieces are created flat; rods of solid-colored glass are fused together with slices of her colorful glass bricks. These two-dimensional pieces are then draped over molds in the kiln to give them their shape; some are simple and classic bowls, and some are wild and lively, looking almost as if they could be fabric. Her highly pigmented color blocking creates a powerful response to the more liquid inner designs of her pieces.
On May 18th we will be featuring the work of an artist with whom we have had a 24-year working relationship, Molly Heizer. Long recognized as a major contributor to American folk art, her “totems” and “kachinas”, which pay creative homage to the symbols and characters found in Native American history, are collected all over the world. The wisdom of these animals and spirits is not diminished by their whimsy; they teach us lessons about protecting the earth and the animals while making us smile with their innocence and joy. We are lucky to have represented her for 24 years.
On the last weekend of May, on May 25th, Sculpture Month will culminate with the Sculpture and Garden Tour. We are proud to present two artists for this exciting event: the dynamic duo of Lorri Acott and Adam Schultz. These married sculptors, owners of Dream Big studios in Loveland, CO, will demonstrate the “lost wax” method of bronze casting. They have shown their work at CRCA in recent years, and will create an interesting and informative experience while creating large-scale sculpture live in the gallery.
Please contact Nancy Ouimet at 505-983-0433 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.