MY 50+ YEAR ADVENTURE IN THE FINE ARTS
- SCULPTOR – ASSEMBLAGIST
The first exhibit I participated in was at age 13, while attending New York City’s High School of Music & Art, where I was an art major. The exhibit was a City-wide participation from all City high schools with art classes. AND my work was chosen from among thousands of participants. I was ecstatic … I remember the canvas depicted overlapping translucent trees. This was in the mid-1960’s.
In the early 1970’s my then partner and I went on to open Mill Valley Sculpture Works located in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. We specialized in “wood carving, stone carving, ceramic sculpture and mixed media.” Our students varied in age from teens to retirees … the common denominator was a passion to learn.
In 1975 through the next seven years, I was fortunate to work with Russell Hartley in the development of the San Francisco Archives for the Performing Arts [a museum, library and research facility dedicated to chronicling the theatrical history of the San Francisco Bay Area]. I got to work with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Symphony. We created exhibits at our location in Presidio Heights, as well as seasonal exhibits at the San Francisco Opera House. A great adventure!
Upon returning to New York in 1984, I set up my studio in Brooklyn and proceeded to create a new portfolio. During this time, I was fortunate to have two of my works chosen for permanent exhibit at 2021 L. Street, an office building in Washington, D.C., as well as receiving a commission for a site-specific work and was an artist-in-residence in San Antonio, Texas, where I created a dyptich measuring 6’ x 8’. I later went on to develop a studio in Long Island City, and a new clientele. It was during my Long Island City period that I developed a series of 8’ x 4’ constructions entitled “The Cartographer’s Dream”. These panels depicted imaginary aerial maps – as envisioned in the dreams of sleeping cartographers.
In 2009, Stephen Spiegel and I opened the Innovative Arts Gallery in Peekskill, N.Y. We hosted a variety of exhibits in our own space, as well as creating exhibits at Peekskill’s City Hall. Some of the flyers for the exhibits curated during this period can be viewed under the “Curator” tab. In February of 2011, the exhibit we curated at City Hall for Black History Month received State-wide accolades.
To fast forward this continuing adventure, a variety of events brought Stephen and me to Montreal, Quebec in 2011. Montreal has proven to be fresh and crisp and the inspiration for another studio which is located in the Mile End area and, yet again, I am in the process of developing a new portfolio.
This Gallery/Website features a variety of my works for you to view and connect with.
As you will see, I am always looking for “new frontiers” to explore.