Thursday, June 23, 2011

Stone sculpture carving workshop from Zimbabwean artists in Gibsons

Hello Sunshine Coasters,
Gibsons Rock’N Art Gallery will host two very fascinating and far-traveled artists for two weeks in July!

We are really excited that the two famous carvers Patrick Sephani and Passmore Mupindiko from Zimbabwe will visit us from July 15-31. They are currently exhibiting their stunning stone sculptures in several art shows in Europe and will attend their annual "Zimsculpt" exhibit at Vancouver's Vandusen Botanical Gardens following their stay on the Sunshine Coast.

We are thrilled that we could secure these two Zimbabwean artists to teach a sculpting camp for kids and a sculpting weekend workshop for adults with local sculptor Don Watson at his Gibsons' Rock'N Art studio in July:

Sculpting Camp for kids grade 4 and up July 18-22 from 9:00-3:00 ~ fee $180
Sculpting Workshop for Adults on July 23/24 from 10:00-4:00 ~ fee $250
Live Carving & Charity Event on July 30/31 from 10:00-5:00 ~ entry by donation; children free

Interested? Contact or Birgit Breuer 886-6591

Participants will learn step by step how to create a sculpture: sketching, drawing, clay modeling, stone sculpting with the teacher's help and writing of their artist statements & biography with the optional sale of their created pieces at a big charity & live carving event on July 30 & 31. We have also invited local established First Nations master carvers to exchange their various sculpting techniques and cultures during these events.

Here are some interesting facts about stone sculpture from Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe actually means "Great House of Stone". Sculpture from Zimbabwe is also referred to as ‘Shona Sculpture’. The exuberance of the work, the vast varieties of stone, and the great skill and imagination of the sculptors has led to many years of major exhibitions worldwide; which have been greeted by extraordinary critical acclaim.

Zimbabwean stone sculpture, despite the political and social upheavals across the country, remains a truly contemporary force, combining successfully with an ancient cultural heritage. The art is direct, powerfully human and is often extremely beautiful.

There are over 200 different minerals found in Zimbabwe. However, the native stone sculptors can only work with about 12, using their hand tools. The entire sculpting process is done by hand!

“Picasso was an admirer of early Shona sculpture; now evidence is surfacing that he was influenced by it, too.”—Town & Country Magazine, London
“This art has meaning. This art is imbued with extraordinary, intense spirituality. It will get in you and work on you forever.”— Frank McEwan, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

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