2011 SculpTour

 


Bright Ideas 2 by Lori Sturgess

Bright Ideas 2 by Lori Sturgess
Sponsored by Georgia Natural Gas

Bright Ideas 2 was inspired by the artist's enthusiasm for solar energy as a viable alternative energy source. She thought it would be interesting to demonstrate the wonder of solar energy with a figure reaching skyward while holding up a solar panel. As a result of holding the panel in the proper position, the figure is coming up with lots of new ideas. The piece is constructed of scrap steel and perforated sheet metal. The sculpture weighs 200 pounds and its dimensions are 8.5'x2.5'x2.5'. Cost to purchase – $5,000


Lori Sturgess

Lori Sturgess has been creating and designing her whole life. She has a rich background in restoration and hand-painted linens. In 2009, she began exploring new techniques of color application to a variety of recycled and repurposed items.  Her interest in sustainability marks a total shift to three- dimensional work. She hopes her works will inspire green initiatives in communities around the country. Sturgess is a Georgia native, currently residing in Roswell. Visit the artist's website at www.recenteredpieces.com.

 


Free Spirit by Jennifer Freeman

Free Spirit by Jennifer Freeman

Free Spirit, as the title implies, is meant to depict a free and joyous woman delighted by life. The sculpture is created from fiberglass and cement substrate, partially covered by mosaic. It weighs 60 pounds and its dimensions are 4'x4'x4'. Cost to purchase – $8,000


Jennifer Freeman

Jennifer Freeman's focus is in the creation of fine art mosaics including two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces for both the private and public sectors. She has studied the art of mosaic in Italy and has exhibited in fine art shows and galleries.  Freeman is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and resides in Johns Creek, Georgia. Visit the artist's website at www.mosaicodyssey.com.

 


Arachnid by Damon Lusky

Arachnid by Damon Lusky

Inspiration comes to Damon Lusky from memory of childhood toys. "You know when you see something and you have that moment of reflection and you feel a smile on your heart," he says, "I think that's what I'm shooting for." Arachnid is around knee tall and 10 feet in diameter. It weighs approximately 200 pounds. Cost to purchase- $2,400


Damon Lusky

Damon Lusky began his journey as a metal artist as a self-taught practical welder and blacksmith.  Over the years, he has broadened his range to include participation in local art shows, one-man exhibits, and showcases in local galleries, businesses, and residential settings. Lusky resides and operates Studio 308 in Dawsonville, Georgia. Visit the artist's website at www.studio308.com.

 


Prayer Booth by Dylan Mortimer

Prayer Booth by Dylan Mortimer

Prayer Booth plays on the idea of faith in the public realm. By morphing a telephone booth into a prayer station, the piece invites viewers to participate, or at least think about, the concept of prayer. It fuses humor with seriousness in order to ask questions about faith in public. Prayer Booth has been displayed in Kansas City, Chicago, Baltimore, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque (Iowa), New York City, Jackson (Tennessee), and Olathe and Lawrence, (Kansas). The piece is constructed of aluminum, vinyl, and plastic. The sculpture weighs 100 pounds and its dimensions are 110"x21"x24". Cost to purchase – $3,000


Dylan Mortimer

Dylan Mortimer has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Kansas City Art Institute and a master 's of fine arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has created public art installations in nine states, including the cities of New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit the artist's website at www.dylanmortimer.com.

 


Intrusion by Harry McDaniel

Intrusion by Harry McDaniel
Sponsored by Ippolito's and the Cunninghams– Dick, Penny, Addison, and Amelia

Intrusion is an exploration of the interactions and energy created by pushing three large irregular forms very close together. The composition conveys a sense of tension between the three sections. The matching curvature of the gaps between sections draws the viewer's attention into those spaces. The middle section, differently finished from the other two, seems to be forcing its way between them, thus the title. The piece is constructed of steel, aluminum, and powder coat paint. Intrusion weighs 600 pounds and its dimensions are 7.5'x 9'x 4.5'. Cost to purchase – $17,000


Harry McDaniel

Harry McDaniel has always enjoyed creating and constructing. He has taken a few arts classes, but is largely self-taught. In recent years his focus has been on outdoor sculptures in aluminum and steel. He has commissioned works in a dozen public spaces from Maryland to Florida. McDaniel resides in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit the artist's website at www.HarryMcDaniel.com.

 


Deconstructed Bolt by Andrew T. Crawford

Deconstructed Bolt by Andrew T. Crawford

Deconstructed Bolt is a result of the artist's intensive study of mechanical movement, the craft of drafting, and machinery design. Directly referencing the techniques of collage, this piece looks as though it has been cut apart and rearranged creating a playful gesture in an otherwise stationary object. The sculpture is fabricated of galvanized steel and weighs 190 pounds. Its dimensions are 89"x 12"x 12". Cost to purchase – $8,000


Andrew T. Crawford

Andrew T. Crawford works primarily in bronze and iron, transforming everyday objects into metal in order to remove them from their normal environment and play with their visual and thematic associations. Crawford's studio, Andrew T. Crawford Ironworks, is located in Atlanta, Georgia, where he resides. Visit the artist's website at www.ironisking.com.

 


Sunbeam II by Sydney Atkinson

Sunbeam II by Sydney Atkinson

The sunbeam itself is hope, a new day breaking the darkness and bringing a stronger day. Sunbeam II denotes strength. In this case, the beam is fragmented, showing that even the strongest can be taken apart and reshaped. What was once a straight line now dances in a spiral toward the sky. The piece is constructed of painted steel and weighs 300 pounds. Its dimensions are 5'6"x 21"x 27". Cost to purchase – $3,000


Sydney Atkinson

Sydney Atkinson, a Georgia native, received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Atlanta College of Art and his master's of fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of the Arts in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has traveled extensively, teaching and participating in visiting artist programs. Atkinson has participated in several public works installations as well as shows and juried art exhibitions. He currently resides in Woodstock, Georgia.

 


Dreams of Flying by Harry Zmijewski

Dreams of Flying by Harry Zmijewski

Picasso, the famous Spanish artist, once said, "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."  The artist was intrigued by this statement and formulated the design of Dreams of Flying using a creative process much like that of a child: fresh, clean and, simple. The sculpture is constructed of reynobond with a steel frame and mount. It weighs 65 pounds and its dimensions are 72"x48". Cost to purchase – $7,000


Harry Zmijewski

Harry Zmijewski received his master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Crankbrook Academy of Art.  The artist relies on life experiences to influence his art-making process. He states: "I depend on my knowledge and awareness of the natural world to inform me, my compassion to forever guide me, and my sense of humor to liberate me." Zmijewski currently resides in Buford, Georgia.

 


Amne by Harry Zmijewski

Amne by Harry Zmijewski

Amne is a Tibetan word that represents a tall cloth-covered pole with tassels at the top. They are located in villages, monasteries, and parks, among  other places. These poles are symbolic and made to protect the people where they are located from harm. In the artist's version, he has used recycled car bumpers to form the contemporary abstract sculpture that resembles the Tibetan amne. The piece weighs 500 pounds and its dimensions are 15'x7'x7'. Cost to purchase – $10,000


Harry Zmijewski

Harry Zmijewski received his master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Crankbrook Academy of Art.  The artist relies on life experiences to influence his art-making process. He states: "I depend on my knowledge and awareness of the natural world to inform me, my compassion to forever guide me, and my sense of humor to liberate me." Zmijewski currently resides in Buford, Georgia.

 


Sticks 7 by Dennis Primm

Sticks 7 by Dennis Primm

Sticks 7 was inspired by the seventh anniversary of the Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford. Each stick represents one year of the art colony. Every stick is as unique as the years spent at Tannery Row; some sticks are long and represent good years; others are shorter and represent tough years; and the "in between" lengths represent the average years. This piece is constructed of metal and weighs 200 pounds. Its dimensions are 7.5'x3.6'x 2.6'. Cost to purchase – $5,000


Dennis Primm

Dennis Primm is a local metal artisan, creating and residing in Buford, Georgia. His strong Hawaiian roots are ever present in his creations as he transforms rigid iron into peaceful, flowing pieces reminiscent of island breezes and ocean waves. Primm is a member of the Tannery Row Cultural Arts Center in downtown Buford. His works can be seen at Tannery Row as well as at various businesses around historic Buford. Visit the artist's website at www.tanneryrowartistcolony.com.

 


Catching the Wind by Gregory Johnson

Catching the Wind by Gregory Johnson
Sponsored by Law Office of Richard Yoon

Catching the Wind features a girl running while she gets a kite into the air. It is meant to remind children to play outdoors, to be active, and that the simple things really can be fun. The artist hopes it will inspire children to play outside. The piece is constructed of bronze on a granite base. It weighs 225 pounds and its dimensions are 96"x26"x36". Cost to purchase – $11,250


Gregory Johnson

Gregory Johnson's focus is on the figurative. His works include an impressive list of historic and military memorials, portrait busts, and education and garden sculptures. Johnson was born in Chicago and now resides in Cumming, Georgia. Visit the artist's website at www.gregoryjohnson.biz.

 


Ribbon Dance by Jennifer Freeman

Ribbon Dance by Jennifer Freeman

Ribbon Dance is intended to capture the essence of the art of ribbon dancing. The piece is constructed on a hand-built fiberglass substrate, covered with mosaic, and weighs 80 pounds. Its dimensions are 5'x30"x 30". Cost to purchase – $6,500


Jennifer Freeman

Jennifer Freeman's focus is in the creation of fine art mosaics including two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces for both the private and public sectors. She has studied the art of mosaic in Italy and has exhibited in fine art shows and galleries.  Freeman is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and resides in Johns Creek, Georgia. Visit the artist's website at www.mosaicodyssey.com.

 


Magic Rain by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva

Magic Rain by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva
Sponsored by the Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau

In Magic Rain, a monocycle represents equilibrium and balance. The umbrella was included to give a feeling of rain, even on a dry summer day. The sculpture is constructed of welded steel and weighs 150 pounds.  Its dimensions are 134"x34"x18". Cost to purchase – $15,000


Gus and Lina Ocamposilva

Gus Ocamposilva studied murals at the Massena School of Barcelona and painting at Barcelona University.  He works as a team with his wife, Lina; together they share a passion for art and have installed colorful works around the world. The Ocamposilvas' creations are inspired by a world filled with cultural diversity and plenty of color, represented by their homelands, the Andes and the Tropics.  Since 2006, they have installed 23 juried public arts projects across the United States. They reside in Clearwater, Florida. Visit the artists' website at www.ocamposilva.com.

 


Sunset by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva

Sunset by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva

Sunset represents the feeling that everything is new again, after one day is over and a new one begins. Seeing the sun fall below the horizon makes the artists feel as though they will discover a whole new world when the new sun rises. The piece is constructed of welded steel and weighs 200 pounds. Its dimensions are 84"x 120"x 22". Cost to purchase – $18,000


Gus and Lina Ocamposilva

Gus Ocamposilva studied murals at the Massena School of Barcelona and painting at Barcelona University.  He works as a team with his wife, Lina; together they share a passion for art and have installed colorful works around the world. The Ocamposilvas' creations are inspired by a world filled with cultural diversity and plenty of color, represented by their homelands, the Andes and the Tropics.  Since 2006, they have installed 23 juried public arts projects across the United States. They reside in Clearwater, Florida. Visit the artists' website at www.ocamposilva.com.

 


Mother & Child by Eluisa Altman

Mother & Child by Eluisa Altman
Sponsored by Peoples Bank & Trust

Mother and Child represents the child as an extension of the mother. As the child begins to slip away, the mother stretches her arms as far as possible to hold on to her. The sculpture is minimally detailed but is meant to portray a strong family feeling. The piece is constructed of resin and weighs 78 pounds.  Its dimensions are 33"x31"x12.5". Cost to purchase in bronze – $15,000


Eluisa Altman

Originally from Brazil, Eluisa Altman immigrated to the United States in 1968 and became an American citizen in 1981. She studied at the Art Students League and Hastings Academy of Art, both in New York. Her sculptures have won numerous awards and she has had commissioned pieces on display in New Jersey, Missouri, and Washington, D.C. Altman currently resides in New Jersey.

 

Many thanks to all of those who helped financially support the 2011 Suwanee SculpTour.
You've helped make Suwanee a more colorful, interesting place to live and visit.


Granite Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Ippolito's Italian Restaurant
Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau

Terracotta Sponsors

Advocate Financial Group
Web Industries Atlanta

Friends of the Arts

Burnette Renovations
James Davenport
The Dixon Family
Scott Dovel Family Foundation
Alesha Giles – In memory of Judy Giles
Jeannine and Ed Haynes
Eric and Linnea Miller
Kevin and Sara O'Brien
R.J. Wagner & Co., Inc.
Rob and Cathy Rohloff
Urban Collage