It’s all about sculpture at anvil arts avery

Right now, all activity and energy at Anvil Arts, is focused on preparation for the summer celebration, a “Garden Party” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21 and 22. Sculptures, the artists who create them and this unique arts destination will all be celebrated during the upcoming Garden Party, and everyone is encouraged to come enjoy the art-filled festivities. The weekend event is a wonderful time to experience art in a beautiful setting with refreshments and conversation.

Artist Ethan Peverall will be stopping in to play and displaying his handmade metal tone drums. Visitors will see the work of seven sculptors, new works in progress in Bill Brown’s studio and enjoy a relaxed opportunity to learn about the artists and artworks, hopefully finding work to start or add to their collections.

All works displayed are available for purchase and Liz is always happy to share information about the sculpture as well as assist with development of private, public and corporate collections as well as site consultations.

“It’s all about the sculpture,” the Browns said, and their commitment is evident as sculptures are selected and thoughtfully sited throughout the garden and gallery. Flowers bloom around a work in stone, which exhibits strength and grace in its open arch of stacked river rock, created by Carl Peverall. Under the Japanese Maple stands the work of Tinka Jordy, a serene sculpture in clay called “Safe Harbor,” a female figure joined by a small flock of birds.

Though the expansive outdoor area focuses on work mainly intended for use in the private garden, courtyard or commercial and public settings, the gallery presents work intended to enliven interiors. Stepping inside this space, it’s hard not to be drawn to a tall standing work in cast glass by Rick Beck. In front of the large sliding glass door is a blue and purple toned, cast glass sculpture that looks like a tall spoon with arms. Beck’s glass sculptures are being highlighted this summer and the collection includes his cast glass figures, large utensils for the wall and a dramatic showpiece call “Winged Rocker”.

Work in the gallery includes pieces in cast iron and stone by Tripp Jarvis, who just returned from the International Iron Casting Symposium where he was an invited guest sculptor. Bill Brown has several of his steel sculptures on display as well as his new paintings, acrylic on canvas and panel. Figurative clay works by Tinka Jordy will soon by joined by other works in clay by guest artist Christine Kosiba.

“I am excited to share the work of our August feature gallery artist,” Liz Brown said. Kosiba works in hand-built clay turning her interest in the natural world, animals and the human form into expressive sculptures richly textured and some interpreting hares and foxes to owls and mice. Some of her work incorporates found objects and some are single pieces or groups of figures. Kosiba will be featured during the month of August and will be having an Artist Talk on Aug. 4.

Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden & Gallery represents sculptors, Carl Peverall / stone, Tinka Jordy / clay, Bill Brown /steel, Tripp Jarvis / cast iron and steel, Don Reitz / clay, Beau Lyday / reclaimed metal and Rick Beck / glass, along with August guest artist Christine Kosiba works in clay. Sculpture is always being celebrated in the garden and gallery, and Anvil Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and summer Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.