Sept. 19 Sculpture Demonstrations in the Library

Five accomplished Texas sculptors will demonstrate varied creative techniques in the Lobby of the Georgetown Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. The demonstration is open to the public free of charge, and will be a friendly and informal come-and-go event where attendees can observe and talk with the artists as they work and explain their process.

Mary Thrasher Griffin will be demonstrating two methods of sculpting in wax. After teaching music for 27 years, she traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and studied sculpting techniques. In 2014 she had a one-woman show of 82 pieces. She says, “Years of teaching and my love of music forged my work as a sculptor. I strive for lyrical rhythms and expressive form and movement. Concentrating on figures and portraits, my goal is for each piece to tell its own story through expression, form and movement.”

Joe Kenney, a bronze sculptor, will demonstrate two methods of creating fine art bronze sculpture from tabletop to monumental size: clay sculpting to bronze casting, and 3-dimensional digital sculpting to 3-D printing to bronze casting. Since 2005, 27 pieces of Mr. Kenney’s sculptures have been or are scheduled for installations in museum, public, educational and religious settings.

Dar Richardson will demonstrate how to hand build with terra cotta clay.  Creating with terra cotta clay can be accomplished at any age and any skill level. Dar says, “Creating with clay is fun. I enjoy showing what is involved in working with clay.”

Marla Ripperda will be demonstrating built-up cement sculpting, and explaining how this medium is appropriate for garden applications as well as fine art.

Linda Wilde is a mosaic artist who works mainly on 3-dimensional pieces.  She will demonstrate scoring and cutting glass, using different adhesive types and creating a sculptural mosaic.  Her work is shown in galleries in Austin and Fredericksburg.

Relations, by Linda Wilde
Relations, by Linda Wilde

All of the artists welcome questions during the demonstration.

All five of the participating sculptors have work on exhibit currently in the Texas Society of Sculptors 8th Annual Show, which runs through Sept. 25 in the library.

The Georgetown Public Library is at 402 West Eighth Street. For more information, call the library at (512) 930-3551.

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