“Made in Stone”, an exhibit of stone sculptures produced by members of the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center of West Rutland, Vermont, will be on exhibit at the AFA Gallery through March 26.
The works on exhibit, by a dozen artists, demonstrate a wide variety of styles and techniques, from the hammer and chisel used as Michaelangelo did, to the diamond saws of contemporary artists. The history, inherent beauty and transformation of this ancient medium is reflected in these modern sculptures of stone.
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center is a year-round program of workshops, residencies and symposia, with studio space to accommodate sculptors founded in 1987 at the Vermont Marble Company in Proctor, Vermont. Initially comprising two three-week summer workshops, the program was inspired by the sculpture studio environment in Carrara, Italy, where artisans work alongside beginning and professional sculptors. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center is now located on 200 acres of former marble quarrying and marble manufacturing facilities.
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center offers workshops for beginners to mature professional artists. Sculpture instruction ranges in subject matter from reductive processes in stone, wood and plaster to additive techniques in clay, bronze, welded steel and more. Artists-in-Residence are invited to the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center for one to two months to create sculpture and interact with the arts community. Ongoing programs include partnerships with organizations in Peru, Kenya and China. Opportunities for independent work are also available as space permits and may be reserved on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
More information about the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center can be found at their website at http://www.carvingstudio.org.