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I have been traveling
recently and want to share with you some of the exciting experiences that
I have had with my favorite avocationsculpture. In late August, Acting
Executive Director Mary Catherine Johnson and I visited Seattle. We were
joined by two of our West Coast directors, Michael Johnson and Bryan Ohno,
for a spectacular day of art. First we saw the location and plans for the
Seattle Art Museums new sculpture park, slated to open in 2006. They
have a great piece of land right on the water. The International Sculpture
Center has committed to hold a major conference in Seattle to celebrate
the new park and to place a conference closer to our many West Coast members.
of the day was a reception hosted by the Bryan Ohno Gallery for local
ISC members. More than 50 people attended. We explained what was happening
with the ISC, talked about the Seattle conference, and fielded questions
from participants. Everyone had a great time. We came away with a list
of willing volunteers and left our Seattle members with a warm feeling
about the ISC.
We also took time
to visit one of the Northwests premiere private collections and
to tour the studio of a world-famous glass artist. It is so much fun to
see wonderful collections and meet the very interesting people who have
put them together. I am very impressed with the entire Seattle arts scene
and cannot wait to return.
Just last weekend,
my wife and I visited Dia:BeaconWOW! The Dia Foundation recently
opened a new museum in an old factory right on the Hudson, about an hour-and-a-half
north of New York City. It is a huge, open, well-lit space. They have
first-rate sculpture displayed in a most pleasing surrounding. Once again,
I cannot wait to return and would urge you to plan a visit soon. We also
managed to squeeze in two studio visits, as well as trips to several galleries.
My conclusion is
that art in general, and sculpture in particular, is alive and well. The
weak economy has certainly had a chilling effect on many artists however
I have talked to many others who are busy and optimistic about the future,
and I very much agree. I urge you to check out whats happening through
this magazine, through our Web site www.sculpture.org,
and by getting out and about to look at art and meet artistsits
good for ones soul.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
Seeks New Executive Director
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