Sculptor show coming to Saffron Fields Vineyard
An original sculpture show combining ceramic, metal and wood is coming to a Yamhill-area vineyard.
Saffron Fields Vineyard will combine the works of three Oregon artists to exhibit "From the Crucible of Gaia: Forged, Fired and Carved" throughout August and September.
The vineyard's garden was designed by world-renowned artist Hoichi Kurisu, who also supervised construction of the Portland Japanese Gardens. Instead of a gallery or confined exhibition, the vineyard provides open space and natural beauty.
"The setting is exquisite. The land is just luscious," artist Katy McFadden said. "It's an amazing opportunity to show in this gorgeous setting and ultimately have exposure to groups of people I normally would not."
McFadden, who is based in Southwest Portland and teaches at Clackamas Community College, specializes in ceramics.
The two other artists have different specialties: Astoria-based artist Rick Crawford specializes in wood and other repurposed materials, while Phil Seder, originally from Eugene and a former instructor at Portland Community College, is a metalsmith.
Seder said he has spent the past six months preparing for this show.
Seder said one of his pieces is 7 feet long on one triangular side and is composed of old materials he originally bought for other works over the years.
"This piece called 'Negative Space' is a good example of something I really developed specifically for this setting, where there is a great deal of space to work with. I've been staring at these remnant pieces of metal from old works for literally 15 years. I didn't know what to do with them until I could have this setting," Seder said. "It's not something to fit in a living room."
The show will also contain a joint work, the "Gaia Bell," that all three artists had a hand in crafting through ceramic, wood and metal.
"It was a very harmonious collaboration," McFadden said. "It was exciting to put together the piece — new forms of collaboration that are starting to happen."
The show will be at Saffron Fields Vineyard, 18748 N.E. Laughlin Road in Yamhill, daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout August and September.
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