Brass Meets Bronze 2 // May 10th & 11th 

 Friday, May 9th: Collector's Preview Night  

 Saturday: Sculpture, Jazz and The Big Night 
 Sunday: Sculpture and Early Evening Encore 

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Brass Meets Bronze is returning in 2014!
Do you have tickets for the main event yet?

Please mark your calendars for May 9th - 11th and help us celebrate Mother's Day Weekend with great sculpture and live jazz in the heart of MainStrasse Village! Éalso note, this year we're expanding beyond traditional bronze!

To help fuel the show, Maker's Mark has named BMB2 an Ambassador Event for 2014 and we've partnered with The Blue Wisp Jazz Club to perfect the musical selection.

Some of our talented artists include:

Christian Benefiel (Maryland)
Margot Gotoff (Cincinnati)
Shawna Guip (Cincinnati)
Celene Hawkins (Cincinnati)
Jarrett Hawkins (Cincinnati)
Leslie Daly (Loveland, OH)
John Leon (Cincinnati)
Ben Lock (Bowling Green, OH)
Boomer Moore (West Virginia)
Lincoln Mudd (Washington DC)
Felandus Thames (NY/Connecticut)

Tickets to the main event, featuring live glass blowing by Darren Goodman's Glass Experience and live jazz carefully curated by The Blue Wisp Jazz Club, come with one free adult beverage of your choice.

Click this sentence for tickets to the main event!

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The full BMB2 schedule includes:

Saturday, May 10th: Noon - 11pm
- The Maker's Mark Showcase: 7pm - 11pm
Sunday, May 11th: Noon - 6pm

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Thanks again to our sponsors & collaborators:
ArtsWave, The Blue Wisp Jazz Club, MainStrasse Village Association, Maker's Mark and the ParProjects team.

We're looking forward to seeing you there!
(more info is launching soon)

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Below, please find individual statements, by each artist, discussing their inspiration for work they'll be featuring in the Brass Meets Bronze exhibition.

Also, please remember the live music component of the show, organizing by Constella Festival, runs from 5:30 - 10pm on both Friday and Saturday night. We hope you find inspiration in the following paragraphs and look forward to seeing you at the exhibition.

Michael Everett ~ Cincinnati, OH

This particular body of work came about from two different sources. First, because I'm a non-driver, I walk most places and I started thinking "What if I lost the use of my legs? What would be a new way of becoming mobile without using a chair."

Secondly, several years ago during the Olympics, there was a leg amputee competing who was denied access to the Olympics because it was argued that his prostheses gave him an unfair advantage. It was after looking at his prosthesis and the idea of mobility that I started making drawings of wheeled figures. I did sketches mostly, then moved into casting bronze figures.

Margot Gottoff ~ Cincinnati, OH

Being a sculptor is my life-long passion. It is the essence of who I am. It is also how I explain myself to the world. It occupies my every waking minute -- thinking about the next piece I will do. At the same time, I may be excitedly awaiting the latest sculpture to come out of the annealing oven.

My influences come from the art I experienced while growing up in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Sculpture's power and substance are two aspects I learned to experience and appreciate from my father, a sculptor in his own right.

The beauty and complexity of the human form are the inspiration for everything I create. I use the body to convey psychological insights, to draw in my viewers, and to encourage them to interpret the underlying message in my work.

The many challenges of my medium, cast glass, continue to both test and excite me. Its luminosity and color continue to captivate me.

Celene Hawkins ~ Cincinnati, OH

We are fortunate to live in a country where we are largely insulated from the realities of Nature by our supposed ability to control and manipulate the natural world. In considering our dedication to the built environment, I've become very interested in the formal convention of "landscape" since it functions as an encapsulated form of Nature. It's a kind of consensual reality-- the depiction of what we think Nature, or a specific part of it, is like. In my art making, I intend to create a dialogue between what is real, what is perceived, and what I imagine Nature to be.

Much of my work is sculpture and installation based, but I've used the camera to document landscapes and specific elements of the natural environment for years. This has developed into a process whereby I use the computer to alter images and recombine them into synthetic landscapes. These pieces are developed from a variety of source materials--natural pattern, plant material, micro and macroscopic life, etc. Even though these are still images I try to imply the ferment of life such that these artificial environments appear to be undergoing change even as they are viewed.

My work is usually, regardless of material, created by rendering many elements and later assembling them into larger structures. This construction method, which involves repeated motifs at various scales, taps into one of my other fascinations: pattern, particularly as it constitutes a distillation of Nature by its translation into ornamental forms. Referencing Nature in wallpapers, textiles and other decorative motifs, I think we seek to reconnect with the natural world. My work is intended to engage via its confectionary quality, yet reveal subtle elements of discontinuity and entropy. Fragmentation, changes of state, pattern decay, re-growth, and accretion all define my language of making.

Jarrett Hawkins ~ Cincinnati, OH

Language and its structures convey and contain information. Many methods are used to record this material, but retrieval and interpretation are often inaccurate or ambiguous. With my sculpture, I've been trying to establish a syntax, my own personal visual language, on the basis of concepts that are as irreducible as possible. It is a visual language of physical objects, established by my exploration of the natural mechanics of human vision.

I am enthralled by our ability to translate the sensation of vision into a pragmatic understanding of 3-dimensional space...we find our way around pretty well using a sense we mostly take for granted. My goal is to provide contemplative objects and spaces, which provoke to consciousness the wonder of this process.

My sculpture can be viewed in terms of geometry or mathematics- minimum surfaces, topological transformations of form, etc. There is an inherent beauty in these processes that also occurs in the larger natural world, e.g. the shapes of erosion and accretion or the meander of a stream or river. My approach to creating this work is that there is both an ideal set of forms and an ideal process for achieving those form relationships. When it works, every step taken in establishing the form is irreducible, so there is this very clear point at which I know I am finished.

John Leon ~ Cincinnati, OH
I have been a professional sculptor since 1980. I work in bronze, stone, wood, and occasionally in ceramics and resins. In addition to the sculptures I create for the sake of creating, I also execute commissioned work that has ranged in scope from over-life-sized monuments, to portrait busts, to hand-held awards. I range from finely detailed realism to a variety of abstract styles in bas-relief and in-the-round. I am capable of sculpting any subject matter, as my portfolio may well attest to. The themes that make up most of my creative body of work are music, musicians, nature, sports, portraits, and the female figure both nude and draped.

The reason I make sculpture, rather than working in some other art form, is that I am intrigued with the juxtaposition and arrangement of forms in three dimensional space in order to express my ideas. That is where the joy is in my working--after I have had an inspiration I revel in creating planes, curves, lines, and textures, not to mention the open spaces in and around the piece. In this way my thoughts and feelings are given tangible form.

Ben Lock ~ Bowling Green, OH

My work originates from a combination of ideas and influences that range from nautical form and the sea to Hot Rods and American culture. Through a balance of abstraction and representation the work addresses issues of class, relationship, and journey.

Recent sculptures investigate the use of classic or vintage found objects contextualized in a relationship of abstract form and implied function. Through subtleties of form and material implication, these sculptures demonstrate and embrace specific aspects of middle class, blue collar, do it yourself America.

I hope to capture and reveal a sensibility to which one can relate.

Robert "Boomer" Moore ~ Morgantown, WV

Over the past eight years, a body of cross-disciplinary work has evolved. This work stems directly from being a parent. Work that combines many of the same influences and traits found in my utilitarian pots. More conceptual and sculptural in nature, these pieces predominantly have gained their identities from concepts of utility, pacification, and environments stemming from being a parent. As a new parent, I was submersed in new forms and ideas of utility. Ideas bounding from breast-feeding to the same toys I looked at when making pots. However, I found myself looking at toys not as playthings but rather as pacifiers and their importance that infants/kids place upon these objects. Objects that define a child's learning environment and personality traits. Personalities defining us as individuals and how we interact and learn from our surrounding environments. Observations of my son and daughters interaction within these same environments, has led to a series of work describing their growth and individual traits.

I have always been a process oriented individual. The ability to utilize my passion for diverse material processes and fabricating methods, has allowed me to created a body of work that showcases a sense of playfulness, craftsmanship, and personality. Materials and ideas combine to create a sense of engagement and interaction with the viewing audience.
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Thanks Again.