Heather Sodereberg-Greene began working in her father's bronze foundry when she was a child and, by the time she was 3 years old, had her first exhibition — where she sold more than 30 sculptures.
Vicki Lynn Wilson was 16 when she started a sculpting apprenticeship in bronze and stone. Sue Taves began sculpting in 1994 and just started working with large stone in 2006.
And Amyas Maestas, who learned to sculpt at his grandfather's side, was only 12 when he submitted a whimsical bronze sculpture two years ago to Lake Oswego's Gallery Without Walls.
On Saturday, Maestas was on hand to accept a People's Choice Award for "Amyas & Soleil," which now sits at First Street and Evergreen Road as a permanent part of Lake Oswego's public art collection. Many of the other artists were also on hand to talk about their work — all part of an "Unveil Your Art!" celebration that welcomed 15 new pieces to the city's downtown core.
Art lovers of all ages attended the event, which started with food, a drawing rally and other related activities in Sundeleaf Plaza before heading out for a series of docent-led tours. The new sculptures represent a wide variety of subject matter and media — from gypsum, glass and recycled steel to polyurethane, bronze and wood.
Wilson's "Fortress," located at the corner of First Street and A Avenue, was fashioned from hydraulic cement over a steel frame. But its most fascinating ingredient is "clinker bricks," which have a charred appearance and feature irregular shapes and textures. Wilson calls the piece "a pedestal and an entry point — a support for a material investigation."
Tavas used Columbia River basalt and Alaskan snow marble to create "We Are Water." Located at the corner of Third Street and A Avenue, it explores the fluidity and repeating patterns of water. "I enjoy capturing the movement of water in rigid stone and watching the stone appear to move as the light changes on the surface," she says.
And then there's "Waddle."
One of the most popular sculptures on Saturday's walking tours, the 122-inch-tall duck now resides in the greenspace at Third Street and Evergreen Road. Artist David M. Musgrave used intersecting carbon steel plates to create the playful piece's fluttering wings, webbed feet and tuft of feathers. Musgrave says he loves to play with scale and color, and it shows.
Lake Oswego's award-winning public art program is unique in that 15 new pieces are loaned to the City each year and remain on display for two years as part of a rotating exhibit. The Gallery Without Walls also includes pieces purchased by the City for its permanent collection; all together, more than 70 public sculptures now make their home in Lake Oswego.
For a walking map or more information about the Gallery Without Walls, go to www.artscouncillo.org or call the Arts Council of Lake Oswego at 503-675-3738.
— The Review