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From Start To Finish

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Published on Oct 12, 2014

Do they have sculpture exhibits in heaven?
If so, then this show at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in 2013 was good practice.

The show "From Start to Finish" featured the work of the Florida Sculptors Guild. It was my pleasure to participate in the show, make a few new friends, commit offenses against sobriety during the reception and roam the heavenly sub-tropical gardens. Established in 2008, the Guild is a diverse non-profit organization with members at various levels of experience. The Albin Polasek Museum is the former sculpture studio of the late Albin Polasek located on a lake in Winter Park.

The title of the show embodies its theme. Each sculpture was accompanied by a printed description with photos of the process used to create it. The methods and materials of sculpture are diverse. Materials included bones, paper, fired clay, plastilina, bronze, plaster, ceramics, steel, stone, wood, fabric and wood branches. Methods varied from direct modeling (which is how I made my piece) to more complicated processes such as "lost wax" bronze casting. Pieces varied greatly in size. The intent of the sculptors varied as well. Marla E's playful work included a sign inviting people to touch and rearrange it. Linda Brant's work flows from deeply held beliefs about our relationship to other forms of life. The exhibit space was small but this shortened the distance between the viewer and the work, making the experience more intimate. Less formal. The work was good and the presentation unusual. This may be why curator Rachel Frisby reported that the show was more than well received. It was a hit.

This "short" makes the business of holding an art show look easy. But what we see here is really the tip of the proverbial iceberg. A lot of people pull hard - very hard - for longer than any accountant would advise to hold an event like this. To maintain a museum like this. To run a guild. All that remains from the show are a few leftover postcards, a line on the resume and the sense of having scored a point on the side of reason, humor, irony and creativity in a world struggling to survive its childhood. It appears that the last word in the story of this show is mine. I hope you enjoy it.

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