Sculpt: Expression in Three Dimensions

“Muse” by Laurie Vail
"Vestiges" by Bill Leigh and Chayo Wilson
“Vestiges” by Bill Leigh and Chayo Wilson

Above: Sculpture by David Mylin

Update: Special thanks to Scott Hewett of the Columbian for his article about this show. (Link)

Join us in April as we celebrate sculpture with a group show featuring small works by six local artists.

April 7-29, 2017

First Friday Reception
April 7, 5-9pm

Sam Cobb
Jenny Ellsworth
Bill Leigh
David Mylin
Laurie Vail
Chayo Wilson

Monday, April 24th is the third annual International Sculpture Day (#ISDay), founded by the International Sculpture Center (ISC) to support the mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Our hope is to build toward an annual celebration of sculpture in Vancouver.

For more information about International Sculpture Day, visit:http://www.sculpture.org/isday/

Sam Cobb is a kinetic sculptor and automaton advocate. As a child, her obsessive mind needed to know how things worked and were made, which led to many hours of taking clocks and appliances apart, and sometimes putting them back together. After a period working in film creature effects and a run on SyFy Channel’s first season of FaceOff, Sam decided to focus on art from the perspective of the tinkerer/craftsman. She now creates moving sculptures using a wide variety of media, with a focus on craft.

Jenny Ellsworth is a recycled metal artist who sees the piece in the parts she reclaims. How simple or complicated the expression appears depends entirely upon the viewer. For more information, please visit: fairyforge.com

According to Bill Leigh, “Because of not having any background in art, initially my art work was a result of what I could see in the shape of the metal. Yesterday I picked up a piece of curved metal, and it made me think of legs of a runner.” Bill uses materials currently on hand to bring concepts to life.

According to David Mylin, “Most of my work consists of welded mild steel human figures. I build a steel armature and layer it with scraps of metal. In size the figures range from 8 inches to 10 feet tall. Everything is made from scraps of metal that I have collected. I also do metal faces that hang on the wall although most of the pieces are freestanding. Some of the work is painted, some are raw exposed steel, and other pieces are finished with a clear lacquer. The type of finish depends upon the subject. They weigh from one to several hundred pounds.”

Laurie Vail has “been using metal and driftwood together for a couple of years. The steel figures are created by melting and forming steel welding rod using oxy-acetylene gas welding techniques. Often the shape of the driftwood suggests the piece, as in ‘The Dancer.’ Other times the ideas for the sculptures are generated more from a state of mind.”www.laurievail.com

According to Chayo Wilson, “I have been forming things from clay since I was a small girl. I am named for my Costa Rican Grandmother, who also worked with clay. I moved to Portland, Oregon from the Bay Area 12 years ago, when my years of caregiving for invalid parents and raising children began to ease up. Portland stands for a huge new chapter and focus in my Art. I am inspired by the beautiful nature to be found here in the Pacific Northwest and I translate that essence into the clay. I am inspired to create timeless art or ancient Treasure. I am thrilled when a piece looks like it has been dug up from the past. Check out my Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Chayoceramics/ or go to http://www.pnwsculptors.org/ or www.chayoceramics.com