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LQAF Gallery Spotlight: Susan Zalkind

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Susan Zalkind is an Arizona resident and stone sculptor who grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts at the mouth of Taunton River.  Having received a BA from Boston University and an M.Ed. from Northeastern University, she then moved to California, where she began her long journey of developing tools, techniques and artistry of alabaster carving.  

“I hand gather all my own stone, rare gem-quality Alabasters from deposits all over the Southwest United States. This full palate of exquisite color and figure, ranging from deep reds and light pinks to yellows, greens, purples and blacks and whites, has never before been gathered together in one collection. The spirit of my work begins here, out in magnificent wilderness, hand gathering each piece, carrying it over rubble piles and down canyon walls.”–Susan Zalkind

Susan is one of the only Alabaster Carvers today that design contemporary sculpture creating a variety of genres that now live in a multitude of art collections. They are honored over the 40 years of their pioneering artistry winning awards all over the Country.
In 2017, Zalkind won The National Association of Women Artists’ Margo Harris Hammerschlag Award for Direct Carving ($5,000), given biennially to an American woman sculptor whose process is direct carving. It is based on a body of work demonstrating a commitment to the form. The final decision is based on artistic excellence. All work must be original with a minimum of 75% produced by direct carving.  Works are juried by arts professionals; this year the jurors were Ayami Aoyama and Barbara Segal.

Susan made her first appearance at the 35th La Quinta Arts Festival, where her work received wide admiration. 

Visit her LQAF Artist Gallery to see more of her sculptures and carved pieces.