A second place award went to The Beggar at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery exhibition Art in the Hills. Landa King, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts Texas Lutheran University, was the juror. She commented:
Sensitive to the wood, in this case Mesquite wood, the viewer feels the weight of the beggar as possibly the beggar bears the weight of the World. Beautiful execution of “oneness” between the sculptor and the medium.
H17″ W11″ D11.5″
The Thinker earned a second place award at the 2014 Texas Society of Sculptors/Georgetown Public Library. The juror, Kris Whitfield President of the Round Rock Arts Council, stated:
The tipping of the hat and the expression on the face makes him look deep in thought. I love the elongated neck and arms which is such a contrast to Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’.
H22″ W6″ D9″
Don Simpson is a photographer and instructor. He recently took a series of photos of Gwaihir a sculpture over fourteen feet tall. To create the photographs, he used a technique called HDR, High Dynamic Range imagining. You can contact Don Simpson at: Donaldbsimpson@gmail.com or 512.591.7728.
Don has given us permission to use the photos in the soon to be published “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”.
We hope you enjoy the photos.
Gwaihir is a mythological eagle in the “Lord of the Rings.” He is key to the success of The Fellowship of the Ring that sets out to save Middle Earth from the evils of Mordor. Gwaihir saves the wizard Gandalf the Gray from the Tower of Isengard and when Mount Doom erupts, he rescues the Hobbits, Frodo and Sam. Without this eagle, the salvation of Middle Earth was lost.
Gwaihir is currently on loan to the Georgetown Public Library in Georgetown, TX.