Tag Archives: sculpture

Renwick: No Spectators: the Art of Burning Man

I enjoyed a bus trip yesterday to the National Gallery in Washington D.C., with a couple of side trips. My favorite was to the Renwick Gallery, near the White House, which has up an exhibit of sculptures from the Burning Man festival held each August in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Absolutely phenomenal. It will be up until January 2019. Put it on your schedule!!

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Veterans Impact Project


Yesterday I was on a hill above downtown Richmond at the Virginia War Memorial doing some plein air painting. It was a lovely fall day and the views were stunning! A swimming and/or triathalon event was going on at the river, folks were running along the paths training for the marathon, and a fire engine crew was doing carry and rescue drills up and down the hillsides!

You may remember the Veteran Impact Project that I wrote about in my June 29, 2014. It’s now on display at the War Memorial! It will be on display thru October  and additional posters and information about it’s creation are on view inside the Memorial Museum. Make an opportunity to visit, and you’ll be fascinated at the detail in the sculpture. Thanks to Art on Wheels and James Robertson, local sculptor, for this remembrance of our defenders of freedom.

Veterans Impact Project

Yesterday I visited the third annual Art and Culture Expo here in Richmond – 75 art, performance, heritage and community groups. There were 24 performance throughout the day and interactive booths with the best of Richmond on display. If you didn’t get to it this year, put it on your calendar for 2015!

My daughter was there for Da Capo, a children’s musical education group whose choirs she accompanies.  I was providing support, and getting a taste of what’s going on around town.  I also was particularly interested in an effort Art on Wheels has had in the work for several years – their Veteran’s Impact Project. Our own neighborhood artist and good friend, James Robertson, built the ballista that was used by veterans and their family and friends to hurl representations of objects of significance to veterans against a clay panel. The panels were then cast and mounted. This was the unveiling of those panels!  They will eventually be on permanent display.

Marvels of Virginia Beach


Spent some time in Virignia Beach recently with our younger daughter and youngest grandchild and caught a couple of the local attractions! With the summer crowds gone, the aquarium was a pleasant place to take a young toddler – lots to see and touch. I loved the large fish and turtle tanks, and even saw a couple of alligators up close!

The Neptune Festival was happening, with large sand sculptures along the boardwalk. The prize winners were under a tent that required waiting in a long line to purchase a ticket, which we skipped. We did brave the chilly ocean wind long enough to check out the impressive untented sculptures.

Off-season – check it out!

Meadow Morph Days 2 & 3

After three days of harvesting, in the hot sun and chilling rain, the raw material for Patrick Dougherty’s stick sculpture is at Lewis Ginter!  Over the rest of this week volunteers will be stripping off leaves as Patrick begins to layout the design.  Look for them on the field beyond the rose garden, above the lake.  My stint is done for this week – I’ll be back ‘on the job’ next Tuesday.  Stay tuned!

Meadow Metamorphosis

Let the sculpture begin!  During the month of May, Patrick Dougherty will be building a ‘stick’ sculpture on the grounds  of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, with the help of Garden volunteers.  Today was our first day ‘on the job’!  We were harvesting maple and sweet gum saplings. Stay tuned as the adventure continues!!