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Did you hear about 'International Sculpture Day'? It was observed locally in Brooklyn...

DAVID F. ASHTON - In Brooklyn on International Sculpture Day, Alisa Looney displayed her work, Body Memory, enameled glass on steel. It portrays my life history, she told us. Saturday evening, April 27, Portland joined in with cities around the world to celebrate all kinds of dimensional art. In Inner Southeast, artists and their guests celebrated International Sculpture Day in Brooklyn at an event called "Sculpture NOW!"

The worldwide driving force behind it was the International Sculpture Center; but, locally, the event was hosted at Solid Industries, LLC, at 1810 S.E. Franklin Street, by "Pacific Northwest Sculptors" (PNWS).

"Sculptors in the Northwest have always produced a unique and diverse body of work; but Portland, in particular, has grown to be a recognized hub in the industry, these last few years," remarked the owner of Solid Industries, Jesse Pierson – a Board member of PNWS.

One of the artists showing works was metal sculptor and enamellist Alisa Looney, who reminded THE BEE that the first two "Sculpture NOW!" had been held in Sellwood, although last year's gathering was in Vancouver, Washington.

"It's important have an 'International Sculpture Day' to bring awareness to the public of sculpture," Looney said. "Here, we introduce our art form to people who might be interested in sculpting, or having sculpture made for them or to display as public art."

For those who are interested in sculpture, and want to try it, PNWS welcomes beginners – and many artists will lend them tools, and show techniques, according to Looney.

To learn more about sculptors and their work, go online – www.pnwsculptors.org


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