DIMENSIONS 2017 – Polymer Clay

Polymer clay is the new kid on the block. It’s only been available on the market as an art medium since the early 1980’s. Since then it has evolved as a serious contender in the art world, recognized by art galleries and museums everywhere. It’s a versatile medium with a wide variety of uses, from jewelry making and functional art to hyper realistic figurative sculptures.

procsimple-8Two artists will be showcasing their polymer clay creations at DIMENSIONS 2017. Line Labrecque uses polymer clay on glass to create whimsical and functional sculptures. She also creates colourful relief work on wood panels. She will be offering a unique workshop experience on Sunday, October 22nd where guests can create beautiful rose caned earrings. Line is a master at creating cane designs which will also be available in the Gift Shop at DIMENSIONS all weekend.procsimple-17

Maria Saracino on the other hand is a figurative artist who sculpts realistic characters in polymer clay. She then uses textiles and resins to finish her sculptures. This year she will be showcasing her historical and elaborate Father Christmas Figures as well as entertaining us with a storytelling hour where she will talk about the History of Father Christmas. Don’t miss that on Saturday, October 21st at 2:30pm.

DIMENSIONS 2017, October 19-22, Horticulture Bldg., Lansdowne Park

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DIMENSIONS 2017 – The Statuary Artists

“The art of sculpture is eight times as great as any other art based on drawing, because a statue has eight vspiritquest.jpgiews and they must all be equally good.”

These words were spoken by Benvenuto Cellini in the 1500’s. This is true for all sculptural mediums but especially for the statuary artists. From small intricate pieces to bigger than life statues, each sculpture is highly work intensive. Hand sculpted in plastisial, a fatty clay or wax, the work has to be perfect because the next step is to create a rubber mold of the original. Once the mold is cured and opened, the original sculpture is destroyed. The mold is then ready to accept one of the plasters. You will find three artists at DIMENSIONS 2017 who work in either Aqua-resin, Hydrostone, HydroCal or Drystone.

 

fullsizeoutput_352cHow the plaster is finished is also unique to each artist. Some artists prefer a more transparent finish and use wax pigments, while others use spray or oil paints.

Check out the different styles and different finishes presented by our statuary artists, Rosemary Breault-Landry, Dominique Dennery and Dennis Burnside.

DIMENSIONS 2017, October 19-22, Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park

Aqua-Resin is an easy to use, non-toxic sculpting resin. This water-based composite material can be used in casting and molding, and is primarily used with fiberglass reinforcement.

Hydrostone is the strongest and hardest gypsum cement available. Used primarily in tooling and high quality art object applications. This is an extremely wear-resistant material.

Drystone is a fast-setting gypsum cement that provides strong, durable casts without the need for dryers, when mixed at the recommended use consistency. It also provides an environmentally-sound alternative to resin-based products. 

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DIMENSIONS 2017 – The Blacksmith Sculptors

Metal art or the trade of blacksmithing as a high quality, creative and affordable art form has beprocsimple-11en growing and establishing itself in our modern society.  We’re pleased to announce the addition of two new members who have devoted themselves to this exciting medium. Their work will be haprocsimplerd to miss, but look for the amazing metal sculptures of Chris Banfalvi and Tick Tock Tom at DIMENSIONS 2017.

Chris Banfalvi creates a world full of elegant steel-based life forms and Tick Tock Tom creates scrap metal sculptures from broken machines and discarded technology.

Make it a date night and bring your spouse or significant other to our opening reception on Thursday, October 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Meet the artists and discover the amazing world of sculpture.

DIMENSIONS 2017, October 19-22, Horticulture Bldg., Lansdowne Park

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DIMENSIONS 2017 – MIXED MEDIA

You’ve heard of mixed media and you’ve heard of multimedia art. What’s the difference?

In visual artmixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium has been employed.  Multimedia art, on the other hand combines visual art with non-visual elements, such as recorded sound, literature, drama, dance, motion graphics, music, or interactivity.

At DIMENSIONS 2017 you will come across the “mixed media” of four incredible artists who each work with different mediums and in very different styles.

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Beth McCubbin’s figures use a combination of concrete, steel and other mediums to capture human movement and emotion.

Edna Lemyre looks for a structural connection between nature and the human form creating procsimple-16balance with colour and humour.

Many of you are familiar with Gordon Wright’s stone sculptures, procsimple-14but this year he adds two mixed media pieces that have a jazzy musical element, combining wood, metal and found objects.

So much to see and do and learn at DIMENSIONS 2017.

Join Us !!

October 19-22nd, Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park

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A Big Thank You to our Sponsors

imagesWe want to take a moment during this Thanksgiving weekend to thank our sponsors. These are the businesses who support and encourage the arts and individual artists in our community through their patronage.

DIMENSIONS and The National Capital Network of Sculptors depends on the support provided by our sponsors. fullsizeoutput_346aThis year we want to thank our new sponsor, Moosehead Breweries for supplying the beer and glassware for our vernissage.

fullsizeoutput_346dThank you also to Judy Faulkner and Faulkner Real Estate for your continued support of our organization.

Last but not least, a big thank you to our long standing sponsor, Estate and Financial planners, The Millar Corporation.fullsizeoutput_3532

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DIMENSIONS 2017 – The Great Pumpkin Challenge

If you attended DIMENSIONS last year, you’ll remember meeting James Cook who was carving pumpkins in the main entrance. This year James has challenged himself to carve 150 pumpkins! James is an ephemeral artist. There are many forms of ephemeral art, from sculpture to performance, but the term is usually used to describe a work of art that is not a lasting object and is usually not shown in a museum or gallery. His work includes sculpting in snow, sand and ice.  And now . . . pumpkins!

procsimple-19As a multimedia artist, he explores anything that can turn a shapeless object into a shape. Even words. Drop by DIMENSIONS 2017 on Friday, October 20th at 2:30 for a reading of his poem “Rude Awakening”, the inspiration behind one of his pumpkin carvings. He will also be sharing some tips and tricks to carve your own ephemeral art and how to extend the life of your pumpkin carving. Perfect timing for Halloween.

DIMENSIONS 2017, October 19-22, Horticulture Bldg., Lansdowne Park

 

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DIMENSIONS 2017 – The Ceramic Artists

Ceramics or pottery refers to a process of forming, firing or baking and glazing or decorating a mixture of clay and other materials, then re-firing it to harden the glaze. The three ceramics are earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. All three are represented at DIMENSIONS 2017.

Though ceramic sculptures originated in ancient times, artists are still drawn to the medium for its delicate and versatile qualities. Our talented artists work in a variety of styles, using handcraft traditions to put a contemporary spin on their creations.  We encourage you to come meet our ceramic artists and to view their fantastic selection of sculptures for sale at DIMENSIONS 2017.

Here’s a little peak at the ceramic work available at DIMENSIONS 2017, October 19-22nd in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. See you there!

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DIMENSIONS 2017 – The Wood Sculptors

It’s believed that the first wood carver was Adam. That’s how long wood carving has been practised. Over the centuries wood carving has undergone many changes but has never died. Coaxing a figure out of a root or branch, carving a detailed image, sanding, smoothing, varnishing – these tactile senses come alive under the talented hands of a wood sculptor.

 

You’ll find some elements of wood in many of the sculptures at DIMENSIONS 2017, but look for the two artists who make wood their primary passion, Anna Zaccardelli and award winning wood sculptor Jim Lawrence.

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DIMENSIONS 2017 – The Bronze Artists

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When you visit DIMENSIONS in a couple of weeks, make sure you check out the bronzes. This is highly skilled work and we are pleased to have several bronze works on display this year. The process from original clay sculpture to finished bronze can take several months of painstaking work, but the end result is truly beautiful.

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Make sure to look for Dominique Dennery and her mesmerizing sculpture Medusa Bleue.  Walk through the aisles and soon you’ll come across eight magnificent bronzes by WorldView Studio Artists, Janet MacKay and Mitchell Webster. Their inspirational bronzes are full of movement, yet they lull you into a world of Two Alone 2serenity.

DIMENSIONS 2017,

October 19-22

Lansdowne Park, Horticulture Building

Celebrating Canada with over 150 sculptures!

 

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DIMENSIONS 2017 – The Stone Sculptors

Several sculptural mediums will be represented at DIMENSIONS 2017 and one of the most classic is stone. Carving stone is probably one of the oldest art forms. From very small ornamental stone sculptures to the large historical, religious or mystical pieces. There are no real limitations to which type of stones can be carved. Some of the more popular stones include Soapstone, which is soft and available in many different colours and textures. Alabaster is slightly harder but is still relatively easy to sculpt and comes in a beautiful variety of colours and internal grains. Limestone is a sedimentary stone, difficult to polish but artists can incorporate very intricate details. Marble is more difficult to manage but has a fantastic finished look and was favoured by many of the masters.

At DIMENSIONS 2017 we will be showcasing the work of almost a dozen stone sculptors, but their work is not limited to the stone mentioned above. Look for the beautiful iridescent qualities of Selenite and the subtle variations of Italian, Brazilian and Kenyan Marble. Each artist uses different techniques and they definitely approach the stone in different ways, either pulling an image or an emotion from the hard surface.

Here’s a little sneak peak at just a handful of some of the stone work that will be showcased at DIMENSIONS 2017. October 19-22 at Lansdowne Park, in the Horticulture Building.

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