Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bad Dogs, Roosters and the Garden

Busy, busy week! I had such a good time making a pack of "Bad Dogs" for the Spenard Farmer's Market on Saturday that I was laughing as I was welding their psycho eyes on their frenzied faces! But the best part was the reaction from the employees at the hardware store when I bought 4 lengths of heavy duty chain. They wondered what exactly I was chaining up and I said just a pack of wild dogs... I also made a couple of Roosters that sold quickly Saturday. One went happily home with my sweet friend and potter Kris Bliss. Kris' work can be found at galleries across the state. The welder gets plugged in first thing Monday morning and on the production list are a couple of baby "Steel Wool" sheep, another Rooster and a fun piece I've been wanting to make for a few weeks now...

The Alaska Botanical Garden Outdoor Art Show and 14th Annual Garden Fair was this weekend. After six years as the volunteer Outdoor Art Show coordinator, I passed my magic garden wand to fellow metal artist, Marieke Heatwole this year! One of my favorite events and absolutely the BEST venue to highlight outdoor sculpture. A favorite submission this year was a pair of Tori Gates hand crafted in wood by artisan Paul Button. The Gala and Show was even more fun by being able to assist rather than completely coordinate this year, freeing me up to socialize and enjoy the beautiful food and Moose's Tooth IPA on tap. The Show kicked off with the sold-out Thursday night Gala. There was abundant food, music, BEVERAGES and ART all under sunny skies. There were a record number of works with many selling the night of the Gala -all to support the beautiful Alaska Botanical Garden.

Derek and Gus helped with the Outdoor Art Show set-up
Ryan Morman's large steel and concrete sculpture gets unloaded -which was voted "People's Choice" for 2011. Congratulations Ryan!
Marieke Heatwole's found object and welded steel sculpture "Vinca."
Isolde Gibson'e hand formed clay sculptures "Raven Buddies" sold quickly! They were cleverly mounted on black PVC.
Steel and fused glass birdbath collaborative piece “Vampyroteuthis Infernalis Bird Sanctuary” by Thaddeus De Bois and Laura Mendola


Ann said...

Thanks for sharing some of the amazing art from the Garden Show, Cindy. Wow! What a stellar year!

Linda Starr said...

Those bad dogs seem somewhat friendly to me, love them; liked seeing how the clay sculptures were mounted on PVC, what a great show - with sculpture in the gardens.

Judy Shreve said...

Love your junkyard dogs! Each one seems to have his own personality! I don't know where you find the time -- you sure seem busier than possible! :-)

Patricia Griffin said...

Those dogs are BAD, in a good way!

Karen Tessandore said...

Oh my gosh Cindy, I LOVE those roosters! I'm probably partial because I'm one of those urban chicken owners :) Really beautiful work and so funny.

~ k