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Sculptors Take Their Show to the Malecón on Saturday
email this pageprint this pageemail usRoberta Rand - PVNN
February 05, 2010

The Artists of the 1st Annual Puerto Vallarta Sculpture Symposium will be putting the finishing touches on their sculptures this Saturday, Feb 6th on the Malecón - and YOU get to watch!
The Artists of the 1st Annual Puerto Vallarta Sculpture Symposium will be "takin' it to the streets" this Saturday, February 6th, when a forklift will deposit the enormous sculptures on the Malecón to be finished by nine sculptors representing six countries.

The public is invited to watch the sculptors put the finishing touches on pieces they've been working on since January 31. They can be observed at work on the Rio Cuale River Walk. All finished works will be up for sale at the end of the symposium on February 13th.

A Gallery Exhibition will takes place at PROYECTO 512 Gallery, Carranza 512, Zona Romantica, from now until February 12th.

The Symposium Sculptors Presentations will take place Centro Universitario de la Costa Universidad de Guadalajara, No. 203 Av University, Puerto Vallarta, February 9, from 7-9 pm.

Participating in the PVISS event are:

Manuel Palos - Manuel has over 50 years experience in custom sculpture, restoration and conservation projects. His work can be found internationally, from private commissions to major public placements. Originally from Zacatecas, Mexico, he worked on the restoration of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and has since been commissioned for several restorations to major landmarks in the San Francisco area. He is perhaps best known for the large, hand-carved "dragon" fireplace he carved for the home of actor Nicholas Cage.

Carole Turner - Educated at Portland State University, New York University, and the Pacific NW College of Art, Carole has an international reputation as a professional sculptor. Her voluptuous forms are primarily figurative-organically stylized. She most often works in clay, with her sculptures then cast in bronze. She has also realized many large-scale carvings in marble, granite and limestone. She was recently honored to have her sculpture, "Rhythmic Dancer" exhibited in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games.

Martin Distancia Barragan - Sculptor-in-Residence at Palos Talleres de Arte in Puerto Vallarta, Martin is a graduate of the School of Plastic Arts of University of Guadalajara. He is best known locally for his reconstruction of Los Arcos, the famous arches of the Malecon, after Hurricane Kenna in 2002. He has participated in more than 33 exhibitions.

Birgit Grapentin - Born in Germany, Birgit is now a citizen of Australia. Her organic sculptures are inspired by nature and the stones themselves. She first began working in clay, but soon became fascinated by stone. She says that working with stone allows her to feel texture, vibration and sound. She believes the final shape of her pieces develops through the "conversation" between her and the stone she's working with. She works primarily with pneumatic and hand tools.

Won Lee - Korean-born sculptor Won Lee lives and works in Toronto, Canada. When he is not working in his Toronto studio, he travels to China or Mexico to cast his figures in bronze. He is a highly prolific and energetic artist, despite being afflicted with polio when he was growing up in Korea. The effects of the disease have never stood in the way of his work, which includes among its influences the "existential" work of Giacometti. Lee's figures are focused on a holistic pattern involving texture and exaggerated mannerisms of scale and proportion.

Jose Carlos Cabello Millan - Jose was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1968. He graduated in sculpture from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has participated in monumental sculptural events in Spain, France, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Among the many honors he has received: the 2006 Victorio Macho Sculpture Prize and First Prize in the International Stone Sculpture Symposium in Rosario, Argentina.

Dana O'Donnell - Dana received her B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1987. She has studied at the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Students League, the Marble Institute of Colorado's Marble Symposiums in Pietrasanta, Italy and the Global Stone Workshop in Volterro, Italy. Her work is primarily abstract figurative. She describes her pieces as sculptural haiku. Her work can be seen all over the world.

Tom Allan - Tom has been making sculpture in stone since 1977. He teaches stone carving in Glasgow, Scotland, and also works in Carrara, Italy. He has organized two symposiums in Scotland, and has participated in sculpture events in Serbia, Canada, Hungary and Mexico. His work is in private collections in the USA, the UK and in Europe. He has also carried out several large-scale public commissions, including a statue of Pope John Paul II.

David Alejandro Martinez Bucio - David is a native of Mexico. He plays with shapes and textures, beginning with "dialoguing with the materials." He tries to incorporate cultural influences into his work. He lets his work follow the way of his life, drawing on his feelings ideas and dreams.

Prior to relocating to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from Colorado Springs with her dog, Bo, Roberta Rand worked as a magazine editor, web editor and marketing copywriter. She is also an essayist and author, whose book "Playing the Tuba at Midnight" explored the quirks of living single.

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