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Little Rock Contemporary Art Examiner by Ruth Mitchell

Sculpt Across America Arkansas Workshop

March 12, 2:18 PM · Ruth Mitchell - Little Rock Contemporary Art Examiner

Registration is available to participate in a "Sculpt Across America Workshop" to be held at the KETZ Gallery, 705 Main Street, North Little Rock, in the Argenta Arts District. The workshop will feature instructions on portrait sculpting and will take place April 24th and 25th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day (1 hr lunch break daily.) The fee is $150 and the class size is limited to twelve students. This will be Arkansas' only stop for "Sculpt Across America" taught by Karen Cope, who is teaching the workshops from California to DC and back.


Workshop attendees will learn sculpting the portrait with a strong foundation and will learn how to get a good start every time by working on a solid process combined with naturalistic techniques to achieve the accuracy. Karen Cope will be teaching specific methods that will increase accuracy, focus on anatomy, process and modeling techniques with a naturalistic approach reminiscent of The Old Masters. Sign up now to secure a spot by contacting Rhonda Reeves at 501-350-4055 or email rhonda@canvasjunkie.com The first four sign-ups will receive a ten per cent discount. A required materials list can be found at http://karen-cope.travellerspoint.com/6/ To learn more about Karen Cope, visit www.CopeStudios.com


Sculpt Across America

To see the Article go to The Examiner.com


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From Santa Fe NM to Oklahoma City OK

March 30th & 31st 2010


Santa Fe was such a fun town with tons to see and do. below are a few more pictures taken on my last day dropping in on a few last Galleries and seeing some great scupture gardens~

Bufano_s_horse.jpg This is a Bufano piece.

The Santa Fe workshop was so much fun and it was great to be able to use the Ryder Studio and see the great work going on there. It was time to head over to Oklahoma City Ok, I was all packed and ready to head out of town and as I went to hitch up the trailer, I look down and the hitch has been stolen! UGH!

I have the small towing package on my explorer and those small locks are hard to come by that fit the smaller pin. So I picked up another hitch and a lock (that ended up not fitting either!) and hit the road an hour later than I expected leaving good friends Tim and Janelle waiting for me. We had a great brunch in Santa Rosa and really got caught up on years of happenings.

I had a long drive ahead of me and going 55mph with a trailer is slow so off I went. The drive was fun especially seeing so much wide open land, big sky and lots of factories




Here I am cruzing some dirt roads as I left Santa Fe and Just loved the line up of tons of Mailboxes~



I had to snap a quick picture of this funny sign I found along the way! It really made me laugh and look around to see if I saw any inmates escaping from the local prison! And obviously this has been an issue in the past or the signs wouldnt have been up!check_out_..e_NM_02.jpg

These huge "Road Coaches" would travel in packs of 10 to 15 in a row all huge and towing a car behind them as well. Looks like the Baby Boomers are out in force enjoying their retirements!

It was good weather and light traffic making for easy travels though It took me more than 8 hours to make it to Oklahoma City. Over the next couple of days I got familar with the city, headed over to City Arts Center at the fairgrounds to put up more workshop flyers and see the facility. The place is great with a huge gallery and fully equip cerramics department as well as painting and drawing studio rooms. I met tons of great students and artists and joined in on Glen Thomas's figure drawing Class. Glen is a local Sculptor and Artist who graciously invited me to join them where we did some fast and furious Gesture poses for 15-30 second quicksketches! It was a great exercise to losen up your hand and see gesture.

Then I headed over to the local Clay Supply Store called House of Clay who were having a portrait sculpting workshop in the main area of the store. Students were working from their imagination and following the Phillip Faraut method. It was great to see a sculptors working realistically and interested in the portrait! So I spent time there and posting around town to promote my workshop for that Tuesday and Wednesday.


After a few days I just didnt have enough sign ups to run the workshop so I headed to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

What an awesome entrance where a 3 story high, Dale Chihuly Glass piece greets you! Absolutely Amazing~

The detail of each blown glass piece and then the enormity of constructing and installing the piece was impressive by itself. Then you turn the corner and see an extensive display of his work that spaned more than 4 rooms!


Then you walk into this long narrow room where the glass ceiling is realitively low where his work is suspended above you creating a pluthera of color, shapes and light. A mesmerizing effect~


There was also this great visiting Exhibition of Jason Peters Anti Gravity work. Where you enter a dark room lit by these tubes that twist and turn and appear to go on forever and thru the floor and ceiling but its an illusion with mirrors. Its a really excellent illusion and pretty trippy to walk thru as you duck under and around these large tubes.awesome_sp..llusion.jpg

The Museums Collection was good but what really drew my attention was this excellent small relief bust of a puddler by Meunier.

and this life-size figure "man with child" by Eric Fischel.

As well as this excellent Marble Portrait

The was a nice O'Keeffe too As well as some modern work as well.

Then I headed to explore the city more and visted Bricktown their touristy area with all kinds of shops, pubs, resturants, and a stadium with a cool sculpture of Johnny Bench.

I was very surprised to see how little traffic this place has! I had no problem parking or getting around especially thanks to my trusty GPS!
downtown_o..ity_001.jpg Downtown OK City, Ok

So as I explored the town I found this huge First Presbyterian church that was built old school style with an almost byzantine catholic look. I went to a Sunday service to check it out. There were tons of stained glass windows and even a rose window(though the pictures below dont show it well, it was very impressive). I saw a ton of this during my time in Europe but didnt expect it here!First_Pres..ral_007.jpgFirst_Pres..ral_002.jpgFirst_Pres..ral_009.jpgFirst_Pres..ral_010.jpg

After that I had a fun breakfast at the Waffle House. It was so full of characters! the waitresses yelled oders at the cooks who then made fun of the waitresses as they repeated the orders back at the top of their lungs. this was an old school place where you sat at a long counter where you watched them cook your food as they performed! It was so funny everyone just watched them banter back and forth and the food was flying! Man they cooked fast and furious and had fun too.


Something I still dont understand are these weird squiggly lines in the middle of the roads and have no idea what their for but they are all over Oklahoma City.

And I have to mention the wind. It was crazy windy the entire time I was in town to the point where the wind set off my car alarm 3 times in one night and it definitely made driving with a trailer interesting! Overall I really enjoyed Oklahoma City, seeing the city and meeting all kinds of fun artists and people.


Thank YOU Oklahoma!


A public piece in downtown OK City.




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Santa Fe NM, Workshop

March 20th & 21st

Santa Fe NM, greeted me with a ton of snow! This was the evening before the workshop...


And this is the morning of the workshop


It took me 35 minutes to scrap off over 4 inches of snow and my doors were so iced shut, I had to pull really hard to get the drivers side door open to turn the engine on and defrost the car from the inside out! It took some time then I had to hitch up the trailer. I drove very slow to say the least, not being able to see any street lines!


This is what I saw on the snowy drive to The Ryder Studio on Saturday



Check out these massive Icicles! they were just about 4ft long!


Check out the car dealers who have to clean off all these new cars~ eek!

The snow looks so cool covering these Metal Animal Sculptures they sell all over Santa Fe~ The snow doesnt look like its going to melt any time soon.


Tony Ryder let us use his studio ~ Thank YOU Tony! What a Great space!

This is Raven, our humble model


John preparing his portrait armature.

This was taken on day one where sculptors are building out a flat profile to lock in the truths from the profile silhoutte and then will find their widths off those found truths.

Here John and Niya have established widths by day two and are diving into the features after locking in their proportions & small shapes.


Joy & John had never sculpted before and Niya is self taught and check out their awesome focus sculpting!


This is John's first attempt at Sculpting ~ Awesome Job!

And this is Joy's first attempt of every doing anything artistic and first time of even touching clay! Well done Joy!Joy_s_Sculpture_003.jpg

.We ate lunch at the Second Street Brewery and I had my first Buffalo Burger ~ YUM!



Our Noble Sculptors out to our well deserved lunch break! John, Marty, Me, Niya, Krista, and Raven. What a great group never short of conversation and laughs!

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056 - Copy

Niya deep in concentration while sculpting~

I couldnt go to Santa Fe without hiting the Hiking trails. I ended up fairly locally at the Dorothy Stewart trail.

A short 2mile hike that took alot longer because the trails were covered in snow and had turned icy and slushy. The Trail was absolutely gorgeous and I found myself taking tons of pictures!




and check out the curly Q's off this plant~



Check out this awesome View!

I'm a sucker for snow trees and shadows!

I really enjoyed the hike and made it well in the slushy icy snow right up until the end when I hit an icy patch going down hill and ate it bigtime! I was laughing so hard I didnt manage to take a picture of my water bottle found in a tree! The Hike was fun and beautiful and not too long because I could tell the elevation was getting to me~



So overall Santa Fe NM was a great success! Once I got a better understanding on how to get around the city and thanks goodness for my GPS or else I'd be in texas before I knew it! I really enjoyed the city and of course the many many many galleries on Canyon road as well as all to see in Downtown Santa Fe. I was surprised to see at Sage gallery that they are showing the original clay sculptures to "Pre-sell" the piece before its bronzed which helps the artist and the gallery gage the works interest before investing in all the bronze costs. An interesting approach~

Thank YOU Santa Fe NM!




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Boulder Co to Santa Fe NM

March 15th 2010 : Journal and Travels

I really loved Colorado. The landscape was beautiful. The weather changed on a dime so there was never a boring moment. The locals say if you don’t like the weather… wait 5 minutes. They did express how hot the summers get thou.

Here’s The Foot of the Mountain Motel I spoke of! Adorable little place that many mentioned most locals have stayed at just before they decided to move to Boulder.

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Boulder Co to Santa Fe NM 002


Cute tub and table outside with the mountains as the background and the stream to hike along.





nothing like a full bath! Just need some bubbles~


enjoying my free continental breakfast and blogging in the morning~


And I have to mention how many funny ol’ men came up to me at gas stations and around town to say…”young lady, those are some pretty small tires on that trailer there. I hope you don’t plan on going far.” And of course I tell them my plans and they give me a long breath out, shake of the head and say “Have you had your bearings packed real good?”. So I gave in, took my whole rig to The Spring Works Shop and they took pity on my “Barbie Trailer”
barbietrailer.jpg(a name even the women called my trailer) Snow_in_Cedar_City_UT.jpg (I bet that barbie trailer is more secure than mine Ha!)
They packed, greased, cleaned, whatever they do they did it, and now hopefully old men all over the nation will be happy. ~Probably not but I tried~


Now this is not from colorado but I never got a clear picture of theirs- If you have one send it to me and I'll post it here~ untill then this gives you the idea!


So something I found amusing was their street names that were many times numbers…such as Avenue 17 ¼ , 17 ½ , 17 ¾ etc… . Yes this made me laugh and it definitely served a purpose I had to find out. I asked around…”So What’s the deal with these street numbers with halves and quarters etc..” Many told me they were mile markers from the state line which made some more sense until I got to the REAL answer from a funny guy at a gas station. He said, little lady, those mile markers tell everyone exactly how far away WE are from Utah!” I said Utah! Is it THAT important? And he gave me a very funny look and said YES! I cracked up and still can’t believe they’d break it down to a ¼ of a mile.

So here are just a few of the tons of public bronze sculptures I found along the main streets of Grand Junction Co...



Some things I saw along the drive To Santa Fe NM...

Check out this stadium~

Tons of factories...

A gorgeous ride with wide open land


My drive to Santa Fe was great. Good weather and a straight shot down I-25. A long slow ride with my trailer but I stopped in Colorado Springs to meet up with a good friend Jen MacKay who I hadn’t seen in years! We took a nice long lunch and caught up on all our lives.


another gas station surprise! whats..

Las Vegas New Mexico! really?




Arrived around 7pm in Santa Fe and my GPS took me on a crazy long windy road through this residential area that had “Speed Humps” every 20 ft. It made a tired Karen Grupmier! I made it to the Main street again and found my Motel 6 got settled in. By the way… my other Motel’s have been exemplary but this one has a funny smell, the TV is all snowy and the WiFi I’m paying for is not connecting period and I have no cell service in my room! UGH! So I’m on the edgy side right now.





March 17th 2010 Hello Santa Fe!


Today, I switched motels and am in a much better place with solid WiFi and phone connection and a great room! Thank goodness

You know you're in a New Town when the street lights are sideways!

Cool line up in front of the Railway~



shops shops shops and tons of jewlery and pottery on every turn~
Sculptures around town

UGH! Taxes are coming up soon!


Samon swimming up stream!


snow still found all over town in the shady areas even on such a sunny hot day as today~

The main cathedral in town~

And check out this lady all ready for St Paddy's Day today~
HA! Us Irish really represent~ EEK! turquoise and kelly green really dont go well together

But Either way Happy St. Patricks Day!



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Boulder CO 2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop

March 13th & 14th

I headed out early March 12th from my lovely Motel 6 in Grand Junction, which I have to mention was an excellent deal at $22.13 a night! (What a Deal!) It was clean, quiet and comfy and there is plenty of parking for my trailer! Woohoo~

The drive was good and I ended up taking the I-70 to Boulder because they had cleared the huge Rock that had fell in the road and they reopened one lane for us all to pass through.


The drive is so beautiful and the landscape changes so much I find myself stopping to take tons of pictures though these dont do it justice, I had to post them anyways.









And You know you're in a small town when the lights are hanging!


Traffic was light and I even slowed down to see the crater the boulder had created in the road...and I couldnt see a thing! How disappointing after all that build up on the news! I finally stopped around 2pm in Frisco for lunch at this cute cafe called The Log Cabin Cafe.

Across from that was their towns Historical Museum and Park




Where of course I was out again in my flips in the snow!
Oh well, I got to boulder in good time and Met up with Michelle from the Classical Art Academy. She has a great thing going there and a really fun space to work in. We unloaded the trailer and I checked in to my Super Cute Motel called the Foot of the Mountain Motel. Small but perfect for me and right at the creek with the mountains as a backdrop! Sooo Beautiful and perfect for my morning walks. There's great trails and pathways for walking and hiking all over Boulder!

Saturday morning the workshop began with 5 very energetic and fun Sculptors who dove in head first as only one of them had any real experience in sculpting the portrait. Beginners are wonderful because they have NO bad habbits!


Our Awesome Model Dave is an Alaskan American Indian and was and excellent model for our portraits.
We stopped at Murphys Cafe for lunch and check out the Menu! Bison Burgers! Woohoo~

Murphy's Cafe had a Classic Car Couch to crash on too!

After the workshop, I headed out to see the town and ended up at The Pearl Street Mall. What a fun Main Street that is full of shops, Galleries, Restaurants, live entertainment and Sculptures!







The kids play ground here is a bunch of rocks! they were having a blast climbing all over them~

Living Sculptures too!




Sunday was a blast sculpting because I could tell they had come under the spell of Clay! They were addicted! They had established the structure and proportions the day before and today the dove into the features and details. I demo'd a bit more on some modeling techinques and how to structure a eye, nose mouth etc.. and of couse I preached standing back and Drawing!!!!



THe Academy had great space for us to stand back and plenty of elbow room! this studio is shared by many talented artists






They are really getting the hand of it and had a blast. They're standing back to get the big impression, using silhouettes and Drawing Drawing Drawing on clay and with clay! That night I got to meet Michelle Philip's family as we went out to the best pizza place in town called Protos Pizza. What an excellent end to a great weekend.

My Noble Sculptors and Me! Henry, Karen, Michelle, Dave, Maggie, and Mel. (Unfortunately Amanda went home sick for the 2nd day)

Thank YOU Boulder, Colorado!


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