On Thursday I got a call from my friend Trish Williams who invited me to go with her to the preview night at SOFA. (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) Wow, what an offer: great company, fantastic art, free wine and appetizers… how could I refuse? I love going to the SOFA show, there is so much incredibly inspiring art in so many different mediums. Here are just a few of my favorite artists:
Steffen Dam- This artist makes these incredible scientific looking specimens in glass, often looking like botanical or sea creature forms. This collection looked like jars of jelly fish, I LOVE jellies!
Barbara lee-Smith- beautiful quilt-like imagery which I think is painted and fused lutradur with stitching. Breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.Karen Halt – these are small dresses made from muslin with graphite drawings on them. The finished dresses are coated in beeswax making them hold their shape. Ms Halt often has paintings accompanying these dress forms with imagery that relates to the garment usually including animals like monkeys, birds and squirrels.
Geoffrey Gorman (left) an artist that makes animal sculptures capturing life like movement from driftwood, canvas and found objects. Woodrow Nash (right) makes beautiful life size African figures from clay with beautiful patinas and designs.
J Paul Fennell (left)- exquisitely carved wood forms. Dennis Lee Mitchell (right)- incredibly realistic tree and bark sculpture made from welded clay.
On Sunday I went back for a second viewing with my son, who I knew would appreciate many of the sculptural forms in the show and a live glass blowing demonstration. I am so glad I went a second time because I saw pieces I had missed on thursday night when it was more crowded.