May 21, 2020
We are unable to install the 2020 sculpture entries in downtown Cloverdale but hopefully installation will happen soon.
As an alternative to the installation of the 2020-2021 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail, now on hold, we have created a “Sculpture Trail Flip Book” as a preview, which can be viewed online at https://cloverdalesculpturetrail.org/test-flip. Determined to keep the Trail alive and interesting to the public sequestered at home, The online tour of the Trail includes 11 new sculptures selected before the unwanted guest, COVID-19, arrived on our doorstep.
The online tour was also created to preserve 16 years of sculptures in Cloverdale, and to support the sculptors waiting for an installation date.
The book includes images of the sculptures, size and composition of sculptures, artist statements and sculpture statements. The book was created in anticipation of the new sculptures gracing the downtown streets of Cloverdale when the virus guidelines permit. The date of physical installation will be published online at the Sculpture Trail website: www.cloverdalesculpturetrail.org.
“Sculpture Trail Flip Book” URL: https://cloverdalesculpturetrail.org/test-flip
Wait for the flip book to load and then click the right arrow to access the controls and begin the virtual tour. Use the controls beneath the preview to navigate through the sculptures. The X (or your escape key) changes it to full screen and also closes it.
When we are able to install the new sculptures, the value and beauty of our public art will again be on display in downtown Cloverdale. You can also download the PDF brochure and peruse online or in print:
Before the virus outbreak, 11 new sculptures were selected to be installed on April 30th in downtown Cloverdale, which had to be put on hold. So, the Flip Book was created in anticipation of the new sculptures gracing the downtown streets of Cloverdale when the virus guidelines permit.
The Flip Book includes images of the sculptures, size and composition of sculptures, artist statement and sculpture statement. The book will remain online until the sculptures are installed
All of the sculptures in this exhibition are for sale with the exception of the permanent sculptures; Without a Shot, The Big Red Candy Apple and Shadows of Eternity. For information on purchasing, please email Janet Howell at JHFA@comcast.net
For the past 20 years, I have been working on a variety of projects for Civic, Corporate, Business and Residential clients, integrating art into architecture as well as designing free standing two and three dimensional pieces that create a sense of encounter and engagement through visual distinction or interaction.
As an artist, I find inspiration and fuel for creative expression by contemplating the world around me. My inspiration is enhanced by concepts introduced by contemporary science, social issues, politics and cultural diversities. I use abstract and figurative interpretations to convey messages and emotions with sensibility, combining control and passion. Vibrant and luminous colors converge in an elegant harmony, bringing unity to chaos. Having an eclectic approach to design, I feel comfortable flowing from dramatic subjects to whimsical and humorous themes. With years of experience, I acquired a set of skills working with a variety of materials and art creating techniques. As a basic principle, I create public art with flexibility, allowing and welcoming the projects stake holders and community's input and participation.
ABOUT THE SCUPLTURE
After TUBBS is a symbolic sculpture representing the building blocks in the effort of recovery after the TUBBS wildfire destruction in Santa Rosa.
The sculpture is executed with left over wood blocks from rebuilding my house and studio. The blocks are painted with outdoor grade paints and assembled to each other with bolts. It stands about 6' high, 4' wide and 4' deep. Weight is about 350 lb. standing on a 5' x 5' wood frame.
Robyn Spencer-Crompton and Peter Crompton are a well-known husband and wife team. They collaborate on many creative projects ranging from theatre design to fine art. Peter specializes in the sculptural form and Robyn in mosaic surface design. .
Together, they have created a body of work that blends formal beauty and metaphorical power.
When planning a project we first brainstorm, which leads to research, then moves on to Peter fabricating the sculptural base. Together we cover the form with fiberglass mesh and concrete with polymer additives. At this point we decide on the surface that speaks best for the piece. If it will be a textured concrete work, Peter takes charge, or if it is to be a mosaic surface, Robyn completes it.
Often Peter sculpts a scaled down version in clay. We then make a latex mold, which enables us to produce smaller cast concrete version of the larger sculptures. Some of the smaller mosaics are made using these casts.
ABOUT THE SCUPLTURE
German artists Albrecht Durer’s print, ”Knight, Death and the Devil” of 1513 and the horses of Saint Marks in Venice were the inspiration for Peter’s “Knight. Robyn completed the sculpture with gold leaf mosaic art, reflecting the iconography of Durer, chess and medieval themes.
Size: 103” high x 60” wide x 60” deep
Composition: Concrete with gold leaf mosaic
Cynthia has investigated sculpture and performance for the past 20 years. Her work combines fabricated steel, cast bronze and iron elements with silk, wood, beeswax and fire. All of which are "poetic and graceful, intuitive and intimate much like a dance of the body" the movement of the iron on the paper and the artist. Her work is inspired by organic forms, urban structures and hybrids of these forms. Each piece is a result of marks, gestures and multiple layers of decision making.
Cynthia was an Assistant Professor at LSU and a guest artist at numerous universities throughout the U.S, she has presented her work internationally at The College Art Association, International Sculpture Center, and numerous International Conferences for Cast Iron. Handel's work has been exhibited and performed in Wales, England, China, Italy and the USA. She has participated in artist in residencies in Wales, Italy, England, CA, MN, WY, MT and NM. Cynthia maintains a studio in Montana and California.
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
Scale: 8ft. x 4 ft x 4ft. - Composition is Steel
Blue Swan came about as I was walking in Yellowstone, these beautiful white swans came floating by in early spring. The sky was this intense deep blue color and the piece became this deep intense color. I hope to create a sense of calm and place when people look at the blue screen piece. My hand and mind created this swirling, curved form much like the necks and movement of the swans.
Residents and tourists alike applaud the fact that Cloverdale’s small town charm is now updated with sophisticated sculptural diversity unmatched in Sonoma County. Each year the streets are lined with an array of playful and provocative sculptures. The 2019-2020 Cloverdale Trail has on exhibit 19 sculptures by respected sculptors and most of it is still up so you can visit, while respecting the social distancing rules. What better way to spark your Imagination than with this impressive exhibit of public art?
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