Yew Dell Gardens is the polar opposite of the landscape I usually site my art. Where I’m used to the flux and drama of the Ohio riverscape…at Yew Dell Gardens…man is the measure. It is a lovely and ordered experience walking around the various interesting buildings and admiring the skill of the gardeners. From a previous post, I have accepted an invitation to exhibit one of my works in Yew Dell Gardens’ 2nd Annual Sculpture in the Dell show. The opening night was as perfect as weather in our area gets which is so important to the success of a mostly outdoor show. Following are a few images of the 60 or so works on display. Yew Dell did a wonderful job placing the work, creating a nice printed program with map, artist statements, and price list.
Kentucky sculptor Meg White has three limestone works on display including this “Sea Lion”. Meg has built a solid reputation on her carvings and bronzes of animal subjects. She likes to incorporate the matrix of the stone as part of the work’s content.
One of my favorite works in the show is Tom Butsch’s “Warped Frame” which hangs from an unseen tree branch. It’s such a simple work consisting of aluminum tubes and steel cable. The center tube pivots in the slightest breeze and makes a nice tone when it strikes the frame. I like his statement about not wanting to create an object as much as providing an ongoing visual experience. Over the years, he has made many kinetic pieces.
Lincoln was born in Kentucky and this year we are celebrating the bicentennial of this event. This over-lifesize bronze bust is by Raymond Graf. I think this is one of the more compelling images of the great president I have seen. It sits on a nice limestone pedestal with the name “Lincoln” insribed on it. Graf’s bronze portraits are well known in our area.
Here’s the back of my scarecrow…like the red reflector butt cheeks? When I delivered this piece, the kitchen garden didn’t yet exist. It should be fun watching how this site changes over the two month course of the exhibition. What I didn’t show were all the people who attended this event. I have a habit of waiting for people to get out the shot before taking the picture! I have other Yew Dell Garden images and will try to post them as time goes by… www.yewdellgardens.org