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EXPLORE ~ Art at the Source
June 2–3 and June 9–10, 2018

Jun 1, 2018


By Su McMurtry

This year, I am searching Art at the Source for 3d works. I have found everything from the lovely and inspiring to the truly amazing. It’s going to be a really cool experience to visit the neighborhoods in Sonoma County seeking out the variety of lovely sculpture it inspires.

Yvonne GiamborneFirst I am going to see the kinetic jewelry of Yvonne Giamborne-Martin. She describes her work as including mechanical elements as she strives to create miniature kinetic sculptures that can be worn. She works in precious metals and incorporates natural stones. I think I will have to leave my credit card in the car or better yet, at home!! (2060 Blucher Valley Rd, Sebastopol)

Rene Dayan-WhiteheadNext I want to see the work of Rene Dayan-Whitehead who describes her stone sculpture as expressing the movement and shapes of dance. Her forms express movement, juxtaposing the softness of movement and the hardness of the stone. Her works are somehow luminous. Perhaps it’s the material she works with, but I can’t wait to see them in person and to ask her how her work seems not only to be moving, but also to glow. (3520 Bloomfield Rd., Sebastopol)

The work of Laura Ames (see above) is ceramic sculpture, garden sculpture, functional sculpture and raku ware. She has a whole series of “rockin lizards” which seem very whimsical and fun. I love the look of her raku pieces, with the very special iridescent finishes created by firing the work in an open fire pit. Her garden sculpture combines all kinds of unusual and even unrelated creatures, but also seem very whimsical. Seems like a good place for many smiles. (8899 Green Valley Rd. Sebastopol)

Joann CassadyThe work of Joann Cassadyis remarkable in the far-reaching variety of what she creates with clay, from very traditional and elegant bowls, pit fired, carved, Raku & naked clay, to sculpted clay and busts of people that look her very playful raku fish series. She also makes garden art. Seeing is believing this MUST SEE artist! (5990 Vine Hill School Rd. Sebastopol) on Facebook is best.

Zach FrescoFinally, off to Santa Rosa to see the most amazing sculpture of all. This is the fantastic kinetic sculpture of Zach Fresco. Based on his web site, Zach Fresco recommends visiting in the afternoon when the breezes are blowing for the best views of the movement. His work is very beautifully engineered, super creative, beautiful lines and a tremendous variety of movement. He has two series, called “Circle Series” and “Chaos Series”. They are aluminum and/or stainless steel, so they glisten while moving in the breeze. As a child Zach dreamed of being a wizard and doing magic, but ultimately studied chemistry and technology. He states, “ It seems to me that science is indistinguishable from magic understood, and technology is indistinguishable from magic used.” you MUST see this in person a photo will not do it justice. (366 Laguna Vista Rd. Santa Rosa)

This will be a very exciting tour and I can’t wait to be fulfilled and amazed.


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