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LQAF Gallery Spotlight: Ken Newman

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Ken Newman is a talented bronze sculptor, based in Idaho. From small intimate birds to life-size figurative sculptures, Ken Newman’s narrative evolves, as he travels every year with Debbie ~ Sculpting on the Road.  For almost two decades, these travels and the connections, both personal and professional, have great significance on who Ken is as a sculptor.

His wildlife and figurative sculptures have been juried into over 65 museum and art exhibitions and are in private and public collections throughout the US and Canada.

Exciting updates from his recent newsletter:

“After six non-profits and governmental agencies vied to take ownership of The Last Whistle, the Jury Foundation committee gifted the sculpture to The Saginaw Art Museum, in Saginaw, Michigan. “It is exciting and I am very happy it landed with us. It tells the story of so many people in our community,” said museum director, Stacey Gannon. “We are designing a spot with café tables outside in front of the sculpture gallery. The sculpture will be placed so it can be viewed 360 degrees, with landscaping and engraved paver walkways”. Installation will take place just before Labor Day, with the dedication on August 31st.

The Last Whistle

The Last Whistle by Ken Newman

The fundraising effort (selling pavers and donations) includes a limestone pedestal, landscaping, lighting, and tables. The pavers will pay tribute to each person’s own “Blue Collar” worker, for details visit here. The museum is also partnering with Delta College to build a humanities lecture series around “The Last Whistle” and the new mural painting in the museum’s Artisan Wing called “Where We Live”. Just before Memorial Day we had the opportunity to meet with community members and labor union officials and are excited to participate in the dedication on August 31. A free community picnic will be held on the museum grounds to welcome and honor The Last Whistle to Saginaw.”

Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized Birds in Art annually, seeking to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Two- and three-dimensional artworks in all media other than crafts and photography are eligible. Approximately 100 works are selected by a jury review of digital images.  Newman will present Mischief and Plunder as part of this special exhibition, September 7– November 26, 2017.

Mischief and Plunder – Bronze Magpies. Source: Ken Newman’s Instagram post in Jackson, August 2017.

The lost wax process in casting bronze is time consuming, each of his bronze sculptures are cast at a professional full-service foundry and are inspected by Ken, even the smallest castings. His signature patinas involve traditional acids, which are applied by the foundry under his direction.  Over the years, Ken continue to explore different materials including; steel, carved wood, marble and stone.

Ken Newman is an elected member of the New York based National Sculpture Society, the Allied Artists of America, the Society of Animal Artists and the Audubon Artists.  He has won awards at fine art festivals and enjoys exhibiting at La Quinta Arts Festival

See more of his art at his LQAF Artist Gallery.