Last month, sculptor Sid Walesh won 3-D First Place in the Women In The Visual Arts “Artistic Visions II” state-wide exhibition at the Armory Art Center. The show opened on March 30th and runs until Wednesday, May 2, 2012, which means not much time is left to see “Sea Spirits,” his award winning piece, and “Hurricane” another large ceramic sculpture.
Sid has been a sculptor by avocation for over thirty years, working in wood, stone, and clay, and has been exhibiting his work for the past thirteen years in juried exhibits in South Florida. His abstract sculptures – primarily ceramic pieces which often incorporate wood components – have won numerous awards and are in private collections throughout the United States. A Signature Exhibiting member of The Artist’s Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County, he studied art at Palm Beach State College, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and Kere Place in Racine, Wisconsin.
“I started college at Case Western Reserve University wanting to be an engineer and ended up with an MBA from the University of Wisconsin,” the artist states. “My early life experiences provided a foundation for me to carve my own path through life.” His knowledge of engineering is evident in the complex designs and constructions he creates. He points out that two eyes are hidden in his “Sea Spirits” piece. One can be seen easily, but the other is in view only when you look through an opening.
“I try to create unique sculptures that prompt the viewer to figure out not only what it means but also how it was made.” He goes on to say, “My art is inspired by the dramatic texture of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, the abstract sculptures of Henry Moore, and the kinetic art of Marcel Duchamp. In creating my sculptures, I build on a thought or message. Each piece clearly says something to me, and my challenge is to convey that message to the observer.”
Communicating about art is important to him. He is a founder of Miami’s prestigious New World School of the Arts, has had an extensive career in Art Education, Art Administration, and University Administration, and has taught classes in Clay Sculpture and Ceramics at the Boca Raton Museum’s Art School since 2002. Make sure to see his work at the Armory, and for now enjoy the slide show of his impressive sculptures.
Correction: This is not the last week for the “Rite of Spring” exhibition at the Midtown Gallery in Palm Beach Gardens as reported earlier this week. It will be running until mid June, and gallery hours have been changed to Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
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