|New Sculpture||1000-Year Rain/ 100-Year Flood||Loveland Commission Awarded|
|Special Exhibitions in 2014||In Memorium||"Red Fox" wins award|
|Africa 2012||Published||2014 Exhibition Schedule|
|Chinese Copies Stopped!||Reproductions in Crystal||New Loveland Arts Web Site|
This Rosetta profile ran in the December 2013 American Women Artists e-newsletter.
by Nicole Cardoza
Copyright 2013 American Women Artists
AWA Master Signature
In the world of professional art consistency is highly valued. Consistency demonstrates the development of an artist's style or signature. According to Kim Barnett, owner of Oregon's Bronze Coast Gallery, this signature style is the most difficult thing for an artist to achieve. It is unique and instantly identifies a work's creator. Barnett believes sculptor Rosetta, an AWA Master Signature member, has this instantly recognizable signature style. "Her work is stylized and on this geometric plain, and still anatomically correct - very few people can create realistic sculpture that is so interpretive," Barnett says.
"I didn't want to play with dolls..."
Rosetta's work almost entirely depicts animals, but she says that growing up in the suburbs didn't allow her much exposure to the wildlife she found so fascinating. "Much to my mother's chagrin I didn't want to play with dolls, instead I carved animals out of soap and made paper sculptures" Rosetta remembers. "It was always just there - art, sculpture, animals.
Rosetta credits her father for recognizing her artist talent early on and enrolling her in drawing and painting lessons. In college Rosetta chose to study graphic design, a field she made her living in for 21 years. Sculpture remained a personal passion and Rosetta continued to sculpt and even began casting her work in bronze, after taking a class through her local community college in Marin, California.
Rosetta calls it a natural evolution from her graphic design work to her sculpture. Type-setting, trademarks and logos previously done by hand were slowly being made obsolete by computers, but Rosetta was able to translate her aesthetic from design to sculpture. "The work I was doing required you to distill shapes down to their simple essence with as little detail as possible - so the way I stylized my sculpture came out that way as well," says Rosetta. In 1985, after she won an annual competition at the National Sculpture Society, Rosetta began to invest more of her professional time in sculpture. "That award let me know I could do sculpture that I love and people would respond to it," says Rosetta.
One of the top bronze artists of her generation...
For many gallery owners, like Barnett, Rosetta was something of a pioneer in bronze sculpture and is now considered one of the top bronze artists of her generation. "Rosetta was an anomaly - she wasn't doing realism, instead she had this stylistic approach to representative art," Barnett says. "It is much easier to follow the crowd but she really made her own way.
Rosetta believes the art world is more open to women than when she began her career almost 30 years ago, and changes to the art world will reflect the redefinition of traditional gender roles.According to Barnett, there was a time when realistic Western art seemed to be the only thing gallery owners and collectors were interested in purchasing, a genre dominated by men.
"At the time I started in Colorado, sculpture was all western wildlife and dominated by men," Rosetta recalls. "I felt shut out until I realized that my work didn't belong in those Western shows and organizations that hardly had any women artists." During those early years of her career, as she gained more recognition for her work, Rosetta was invited to exhibit alongside of the founding members of American Women Artists. "I was very new to the scene and so grateful for an opportunity to show with really good artists," Rosetta says. "I believe it helped my career get going".
Artists often create in solitude and each creation can be a very personal thing to the artist, so it can be difficult for an artist to appreciate the value and benefits of association, community and networking, according to Rosetta. "Showing with high quality artists can give newcomers legitimacy and encourages them to strive forward in their own work," Rosetta says.
Rosetta's work can be seen at Cape Cod's Blue Heron Gallery, Bronze Coast Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon, Wilcox Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Cornerstone Gallery of Fine Art in Salt Lake City, Utah, Howard Mandville Gallery in Seattle, Washington, Evergreen Fine Art in Evergreen, Colorado, Frank Howell Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and she is a featured artist in the book Art of the National Parks published in June 2013.
Rosetta notes: When the city of Dowagiac, MI called in 2009 (they had purchased a Lion sculpture from me years earlier) and said they wanted some running cats for a long strip next to the railroad tracks, I knew that it had to be cheetahs. Depicting three stages of the cheetah's famed running style, I'm told that the conductor on the local Amtrak run points out the racing cats to the passengers on board as they approach Dowagiac Station.
This is the sculpture I created for the W.O.L.F. sanctuary fundraiser, Waltz for the Wolves. I will be donating 20% of any sanctuary generated direct sales of this piece (at the retail price of $4400) to W.O.L.F.
A friend who had spent a good bit of time working in Alaska tells of seeing wolves from a helicopter on several occasions. He said that the pack would be running through the snow in single file with the alpha male or female (they traded off) leading the way, “breaking trail” for the others. It was the perfect name for the running wolf pose I had chosen to express the wild beauty of this fascinating creature.
© 2013, Edition of 24, 11”x 19”x 7.5”
In reviewing some video I had taken at an Animals of Montana photo session, I was struck by the cougar's form during one split second of a leap and a pounce going after a piece of chicken. The Cougar is so fluid and graceful, I really enjoyed capturing this typically feline motion, with a little more interesting prize than a tossed chicken leg. The bronze on granite base measures 11"x 18"x 13".
If you look at the second and third photos in the “Africa Again” slide show above, you will see the inspiration for this new sculpture. I just fell in love with these cheetahs as they honored us with the classic cheetah family pose: Mom sitting on a termite mound to scan the savanna for dinner, surrounded by the kids, only interested in play time. Through all of my previous Africa safaris I had futilely scanned the landscapes for termite mounds with cheetahs on top. This sighting started out like so many others, with the cats mostly hidden in the grass where they were resting. But our patience paid off as Mom finally got up, walked to the mound and jumped up on top, followed by all three of her cubs. It was the highlight of the trip for me and I just couldn’t resist doing this sculpture to immortalize the experience.
Edition of 24, 12"x13"x13" on granite base.
“Tika II” is an enlargement (10.5 “x 12.5”x 5”) of my mini cat, Tika, and was my Quick Draw piece for the 2012 Western Rendezvous of Art in Helena, MT where #1 of the edition of 35 sold at auction. Tika is one of my studio cats, the friendly one who thinks that everyone who visits the studio has come to see her.
On Friday the 13th, September 2013, the location of our studio one block from the Big Thompson River suddenly lost its charm. When we received the mandatory evacuation order Thursday morning, the swollen river’s water had only reached the far edge of the parking lot across the street and, since it hadn’t progressed far enough to touch the buildings there by evening, we weren’t really very worried. Just to be safe, however, we had taken everything possible off the studio floor and even turned off the power to our unit.
It was quite a surprise, then, the next morning when we heard that the river had carved two new channels, one to the north and one to the south of the original, and the north one was flowing down our street! We couldn’t drive there as the whole town and several counties were cut in half by the raging river, so we walked down the bike path to check the studio. We could tell that by the water/mud line that the whole parking lot had been under water, but it had receded enough for us to get through the mud and into the studio. The water had stopped right at our thresholds! There was a thin film of dried mud that had seeped in under Mel’s roll-up door, but that’s all!
Our friends across the street didn’t fare so well with one to three feet of water and the residual mud in their businesses. And word soon spread about terrible devastation all along the Front Range as all of the rivers and streams coming down out of the mountains had become raging torrents, destroying thousands of miles of roads, thousands of homes and bridges all the way to Nebraska, killing 9 people, and leaving thousands more stranded in mountain towns, to be evacuated by helicopter. It has been surreal for us, coming through this at home and studio unscathed when so many around us have lost so much.
I was honored to have been selected, from a field of 143 applicants, as one of five finalists for the commission to create a sculpture at Loveland’s exit from I-25 to Hwy. 34. The final selection was postponed from September 12 due to the disruption from our huge 1000-year flood! The decision was finally made on November 21 and my “Loveland Totem” was not it. The deciding factor was size and impact, as the VAC selected a fabricated steel piece 50 feet tall and 100 feet long. No way could I compete with that size in a bronze casting! Scuttlebutt has it, however, that the VAC would like to find another spot in Loveland for “Loveland Totem”, so this may not be the end of it . . .
My work has been included in 17 of the 18 annual “Art of the Animal Kingdom” exhibitions at the beautiful Bennington Center for the Arts in VT, the Bennington has purchased two of my sculptures for their permanent collection and this year they have invited me to be the Featured Artist and Juror for the show! I will jury the show via the internet in February and then we’ll attend the opening June 14. Several of my sculptures will be included in the exhibition, which will be up until August 24, and my work will be featured in all of the show’s publicity as well as the cover of the very handsome catalog they produce for every show. Needless to say, I am thrilled and honored!
Every Spring the members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group participate in an Unveiling event that features a presentation of new work by their chosen artists. On the evenings of May 2, 3 and 4 there will be an unveiling every half hour at a different gallery, creating an unparalleled experience for the many visitors who make this show a destination every year. I was the featured sculptor at Bronze Coast Gallery for this event several years ago and will be again this year. I have a very exciting new and different sculpture that I will be unveiling at 6 pm on Saturday, May 3rd!
David Wagner, freelance fine art curator specializing in nature art and author of American Wildlife Art will be presenting another invitational “Feline Fine” exhibition in November of 2014 titled “Feline Fine II - Art of Cats”. I was in the first incarnation of this traveling exhibition in 2002 and 2003 and now have been invited to participate in this new one, which I know will be spectacular, as David is an expert on the artists doing the best work today and has a working relationship with museums and other fine art venues across the country. More details as they become available.
A very sad turn of affairs: In May both of my 14-year-old studio cats succumbed to kidney failure, two weeks apart. They had been an integral part of my studio life for over thirteen years so the loss is deeply felt. I have decided not to have animals in my studio any more. It’s very different and will take some getting used to, but their memories will remain and I’m sure that I’ll continue seeing them out of the corner of my eye when I’m least expecting it.
The newest medium size of my popular “RedFox” sculpture has been awarded the Edith H. & Richman Proskauer Prize for non-traditional sculpture at the National Sculpture Society’s 79th Annual Awards Exhibition. It was selected for the honor from forty-five works (chosen from 474 submissions) on display in the Jennewein and Noble galleries at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
Editing scores of my photos is keeping the wonderful experience alive. For two weeks
in June, along with other animal sculptors and assorted spouses and friends, I spent full days in Land Rovers experiencing the pure bliss of observing wild African animals living their normal lives in the splendid freedom of their home territories.
My fifth photo safari (my fourth led by exceptional guide Peter Lindstrom of Hoopoe Safaris) progressed in Tanzania from Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks through the Ngorongoro Crater, culminating in five magnificent days in tents on the Serengeti. The whole experience was enhanced by Peter’s extensive knowledge of, and passion for, everything African: the animals, the people, the flora and the land, and his enthusiasm in sharing it all with “the troops”.
How many times does one have to answer “No” to that question before deciding that it’s time to “have a book”? So this year I created one, mainly to serve as a portfolio of my work with a little insight into my life and the inspiration for my creations. I self-published it on Blurb so that I could order just a few at a time, which makes them rather expensive, but I’m not trying to sell them for profit. I just want them for collectors and for anyone who wants to pay $62 (just to cover the cost.) Rosetta Sculpture - Sculpture by Rosetta, Sculpture Photography by Mel Schockner is hard cover, 12” square and 38 pages with a dust jacket.
A beautiful new book, “Art of the National Parks”, debuts in July. Featuring both historic and contemporary National Park paintings and sculptures, this premiere volume covers eight of our National parks and my work is included in the section for Yellowstone/Grand Teton section, along with 11 other artists. I have six images of my work included with a very nice article written by Susan McGarry. Wilcox Gallery in Jackson, WY, is hosting an exhibition of the artwork featured in that section of the book, along with a book signing event and debut of this beautiful volume on July 18. I will be in attendance along with most of the other artists and the show will be up until August 1st.
The Spring issue of the National Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Review Magazine was accompanied by an impressive 14-page “Profile” on me and my work. The writer, Jodie A. Shull, did a masterful piece of writing, covering everything I feel is important about my life and my work in a beautifully written prose, and Germana Pucci of Sculpture Review put together a great layout that delighted even this ex-graphic designer.
A stunning big new book, "The Red Fox in Art", has just come out by retired college instructor and renowned author of scholarly tomes about American sporting and wildlife art, John Orrelle. I am honored to be prominently represented in this beautiful volume with Mel's great photo of my Red Fox bronze. It's a large (11.5"x11.5") volume with 358 pages full of historic and contemporary paintings and sculptures of the Red Fox. If you are at all interested in this iconic animal and its representation in art, this book is a must have, by John Orrelle, Skagit River Press.
|Jan. 11 - April 5||“Art and the Animal” National Tour, Society of Animal Artists, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ|
|May 2 - May 3||Unveiling Show” Bronze Coast Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR|
|May 3 - July 7||Art and the Animal” National Tour, Society of Animal Artists, Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville, GA|
|June 14 - Aug. 24||
“Art of the Animal Kingdom XIX” Bennington Center for the Arts,
|Aug. 8 - Aug. 10||“Sculpture in the Park” Loveland, CO|
|Nov. (dates TBD)||“Feline Fine II - Art of Cats” Traveling Exhibit (details later.)|
You can imagine how chagrined I was to discover very cheap, poor but obvious copies of several of my sculptures (Running Cheetah, Seated Cheetah, Cougar Bench, The Leap, Vigilance and Panther) selling on eBay, attributed to “world famous sculptor Milo.” EBay does have a mechanism by which you can have an item removed from the site if it infringes your copyright, but if the lister contests it, they will put it back on unless you show evidence of filing a court action.
The seller, a Mr. Parviz Noghrey, contested all of the removals and re-listed the items (under several of his company names: Think Bronze, European Bronze, Landmark One Gallery, etc.) My lawyer had informed him of the copyright infringements and he was well aware of my work and that he was selling unauthorized copies, so I enlisted the services of copyright specialist Kay Collins, in Fort Collins CO, to file suit in Federal Court in Denver and serve Mr. Noghrey in New York.
The violations of my copyright were so obvious that Mr. Noghrey decided to settle out of court and a Stipulated Injunction was filed under which he agrees not to sell (or cause anyone else to sell) any more copies of any of my work. Along with part of my lawyer’s fees, he sent us his remaining inventory of infringing items and gave us the information about the shop in China where he purchased them. Of course, there is no “Milo” world famous sculptor - just a copy shop that will reproduce anything (probably from photos on the internet) that they think they can sell.
I had the metal in the Chinese copies analyzed and it is basically brass (copper & zinc with traces of other metals thrown in.) Yellower than the slightly reddish silicon bronze we use here in the US, some of the practical differences are that it is more brittle, the zinc can leach out and leave the metal spongy and susceptible to disintegrating, and it doesn't take patinas well so they appear dead compared to the ones we can achieve on our silicon bronze.
If anyone sees an obvious copy of one of my sculptures (not just someone copying my style) I would really appreciate hearing about it!
The French crystal company, Baccarat, has produced three of my existing small sculptures in crystal. The first, introduced for Christmas 2008, was “The Leap”, which they are calling “Panther,” and they have since released my “Misty” as “Misty the Cat” and my “Panther” as “Lying in Wait Panther.” They are available from Baccarat and Neiman Marcus.
Loveland’s Office of Creative Sector Development has launched a great new web site, www.lovelandarts.org. Check it out! It offers FREE artist and business listings, FREE access to post and view listings on the Events Calendar and FREE Creative Classified ads to all Loveland artists and creative sector businesses. This is a GREAT resource for local artists/ businesses, for those considering locating here and for those planning to visit Loveland and interested in finding out what our creatives have to offer.
Those of you with smart phones can also scan this microsoft tag. You need to upload a microsoft tag app on your smart phone and then you can scan it. It won’t take you to the site mentioned above, but will tell you about many amazing things going on in Loveland, with an emphasis on the arts.
405 8th Street S.E. #15 Loveland, CO 80537
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Photography by Mel Schockner
Last Updated: February 13, 2014
All artwork © 1985 - 2014 Rosetta