Geyserville Art & Wine Festival is July 31
Geyserville continues to celebrates the arts July 31 with its first Art and Wine Festival, sponsored by the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce. It came about almost by accident.
Artist and curator Victoria Heiges and her husband Larry owned a getaway home in Geyerville for years before retiring here full time. She was on the ground level of San Rafael’s rotating sculpture installation and art fair, and now brings that energy and love of art to Geyserville.
A few months ago, the Heiges came to a Geyserville Chamber of Commerce meeting and volunteered to organize an outdoor sculpture installation.
In classic Geyserville fashion, a committee was formed, and it soon decided to celebrate the sculptures with an outdoor art fair.
“Put on Your Red Dress, Baby”
by Arthur Comings
I use a variety of materials from industrial America. Some — such as lighting components and fasteners — I buy new. For many of the colors and shapes and textures I work with, however, there are no commercial sources. Things for sale in antique stores and flea markets generally have a shopworn, picked-over feeling, and I don’t feel comfortable working with stuff that someone else already perceives as interesting or nostalgic or otherwise salable. So I keep my eyes open. Sometimes an old non-franchised hardware store or a general store out in the country will still stock some classic object, something reminiscent of the ways that tools and materials were used back when people expected things to last and rarely threw anything away.
Generally the materials that I use have been part of some well-built object that was loved and valued and respected until for some reason it could no longer be used for its intended purpose. You can find such things anywhere: washed up on the beach, atop a pile in a scrap-metal yard, peeking out of a dumpster, or placed lovingly out on the curb by someone who just couldn’t bear to mix them in with the household garbage.
After cleaning up one of my finds, I may immediately disassemble it. More often, I let the whole piece rest until I have a sense of its particular qualities and how they could integrate with other objects that I have stored in my studio. I have wonderful pieces that have been sitting around for years, waiting to be part of some yet undreamed-of combination. Other things demand to be worked with as soon as they hit my workbench. A few pieces have so much individual power that I may never find the precise materials that will complement them.
Each piece that I show is typically the result of many months of trial and error, and intense evaluation: What colors and shapes and textures and densities work together best? Does a certain combination bring out previously unheard-of resonances? How does it speak? What does it say? Is it new? Will it last?
Arthur Comings and his sculpture
“Put on Your Red Dress, Baby”
by Bruce Mitchell
DIVAN’s reinforced concrete skin was hand-trowelled over an armature of 5-1/2″ thick polystyrene foam. The finish coat of mortar was pigmented and stained to give it the look of weathered river rock. The foam core reduced the weight of the piece to approximately 475 pounds, which makes it possible to install it without a crane. 38″h. x 43″w. x 72″l.
Making art is something I absolutely have to do. It fills my life with a delight like nothing else. What makes that experience so fulfilling for me is exploring the connection between my feelings for the material and the sense of discovery that happens in the making of an object. My primary focus is to use my experience, instinct and intuition to visualize an intrinsic shape within the raw material that relates to its own unique personality, responding to the changing rhythms of positive and negative spaces that
emerge as a form develops. My intent as an artist is to draw upon nature and my excursions into dream worlds and the unknown by giving life to that experience through the language of sculpture.
“Man” by Jeff Owen
My technique is brute force, decide-at-the-moment.
My creative process emerges with patterns. I incorporate patterns into all of my sculpture. Taking one piece of steel, adding to it, or deleting from it, then ending when the sculpture encompasses all of my creativity, this is what charges up my artistic energies. When my creative force is flowing, I work on a sculpture to completion. It is finished when the creative flow ends.
I have been an artist all my life. I am fascinated with engineering and architecture. The shapes of metal, its patterns, textures and grains; all entice me to create. My ability to cut and weld metal allows me to create any art I desire.
My aspiration is to create sculpture that is unique, something that no one has done before. I resist conformity and mass production. My art is as individual as I am.
Los Olmos by Edwin Hamilton
I have been building with stone for 27 years and am enamored by the silent dignity and mass evoked by this material. In the course of my travels I have become intrigued by the presence conveyed by this material on those who encounter it and have developed a particular skill set, steeped in craft, which has allowed me to capture in sculpture what seems to give such a universally powerful experience.
My latest works are inspired by simple forms found in the natural world reimagined in complex assemblages that aspire to be a part of this stone continuum that continues to captivate.
Los Olmos by Edwin Hamilton
“90% Oscar by Kenyon Lewis
“90% Oscar” The sculpture is 9′ H x 32″ W x 18″ D.
The material is colored concrete with an armature consisting of 2″ x 4″ metal. Base concealed with bonded firebrick.
When I first conceived the Oscar figure, I imagined it in ceramic. I specialize in large ceramic and glass work. The largest section of the Oscar is not much bigger than the tile I made for a project installed at Union Square in San Francisco. Due to logistics, colored concrete became the material instead of clay. The notion that things are not always what they first appear to be can be amusing. If Oscar had a head he would appear to be what he is. Funny how actors who pursue an Oscar spend a lifetime pretending to be someone else.
“Man on the Verge of Total Fragmentation”
by Judson King Smith
The impetus for my sculpture making is a reverence for entropy, decay, dilapidation, corrosion & rust.
My work has evolved from a fascination with urban ruins, graveyards of technology, industrial archaeology, obsolete machinery, abandoned buildings, ghost towns & shipwrecks. These influences are tempered by my recent years of living in the woods, which have introduced organic elements of the cycle of life & death, natural, human & animal forms.
Judson King Smith with his sculpture
Joe Styles sculpture “Totem”
Man’s greatest aspirations are to create an item that assimilates to the elements of nature and reflects the spirit of man. Totem is about land, light, seasons, and time. The artist’s concepts were to study Sonoma County’s natural beauty, and the changing colors of the season. The rusted steel is representative of the soil and the life that grows from the riches of this area. The polished chrome is used to capture and mirror the surrounding seasonal colors, and the changing light during the day. Material and forms are cleverly folded together to create a sundial element. The faceted sides of Totem capture the hours of the day, and the chrome accents create the grounded shadows
I approach art making with a desire to provide a visceral experience of the impermanence of technology & the gradual & inevitable breaking down of our synthetic world by natural forces. I am particularly interested in exploring our identity as humans through history & evolution: with the influence of nature, technology, culture & religion.
Working with industrial & natural materials I transform what I see into objects & environments of aesthetic & raw expression.
Local Healdsburg artist and business owner Mark Harris was chosen to judge the juried art show. Twenty two artists were selected for the Geyserville Celebrates the Arts fair, held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, July 31.
Fun and funky food trucks will be at the event, featuring Sift Cupcakes, Ultra Crepes and Charlie Bruno’s Chuckwagon BBQ. Locally made world class wines and beer from Cloverdale’s Ruth McGowen’s will be available for purchase.
More about where to find these sculptures: www.geyservillecc.com.
The art and wine festival will be held at the Geyserville Visitor Plaza, 21080 Geyserville Ave. Lots of street parking is available, with overflow parking at the Park & Ride around the corner on Hwy. 128.
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