Four of my sculptures, ,"High Country Totem", my brand new "BFF (Best Feline Friends"), "Cat Nap" and "Balancing Act", were happy to be included in the Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale at the Loveland Museum and Gallery (503 N. Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO) from September 26 through November 2. They were available for in-person viewing at the Museum and for online viewing and sales at www.governorsartshow.org. Many exhibitions are being presented online only these days so this was a welcome opportunity to actually see the work in person with the added convenience of online purchasing. The Museum followed recommended mask, distancing and limited occupancy protocols for this show as with all of its offerings.
Since early 2020 we have all seen many planned events cancelled or moved online. My planned exhibition schedule has been no exception but all of our artists’ organizations have done a wonderful job of keeping the artwork visible, one way or another.
Here are some of the changes in my show schedule due to this unprecedented situation:
"Single Mom" made a "live" appearance at the National Sculpture Society's New York Gallery in their "Visions of Spring" exhibition. With limited in-person viewing, the closing date was extended and the entire show could be viewed on the NSS web site. It was a lovely show and I’m glad that so many were able to enjoy the beauty of Spring through Art at a time when uplifting experiences were especially appreciated!
An Exhibition at Indiana University's Kokomo Downtown Gallery that fell victim to the shut-down was one entitled "The Elephant in the Room" which I was very much looking forward to participating in since the theme was "relationships and dependencies between humans and animals." This exploration has been the subject of four of my recent sculptures so I was thrilled when two of them, "Ancient Truth" and "Cat Nap" were selected for the show. Since the university had to close the gallery down, the live show was cancelled but it moved online to their web site and Instagram @downtowngalleryiukokomo.
You can browse the entirety of an outstanding exhibition of artworks in the online show "Making Their Mark: American Women Artists" presented by the Booth Western Art Museum. You will find it at americanwomenartists.org under Exhibitions and I think you'll find it a delightful adventure in exceptional paintings and sculptures by the finest women artists in the land. This, too, had been planned as a live show at the Booth Museum which had to be cancelled due to the shut-down but the online version is still delightful. Also follow the American Women Artists on social media for awards announcements and weekly features from the show. I was honored to have my newest sculpture, "Balancing Act", accepted into this outstanding exhibition.
Loveland’s iconic annual Sculpture in the Park show and sale for 2020 has been postponed until August 2021. In the meantime their web site is featuring a new Gallery showcasing much of the sculpture that would have been in the show this year and is for sale there. Visit sculptureinthepark.org/gallery for a virtual art experience and shopping opportunity.
In an effort to find more places to show my work with in-person venues limited, I have been posting images regularly on Instagram. I think I’ve shown just about all of my work there by now so going forward I won’t post as often but do check periodically @rosettasculpture for news and new work.
Sadly, the R.S. Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX has fallen victim to the current economy and closed their doors. Thankfully, all of my other wonderful galleries are open and welcoming visitors with proper health safety protocols in place. So if you have the chance, stop in to Bronze Coast in Cannon Beach OR, Wilcox in Jackson WY, Mountain Trails in Santa Fe NM or The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs CO.
In 2019 we lost a dear friend and cherished colleague, stone sculptor Monty Taylor. Though our mediums were different, we shared a love of animals and a desire to capture their spirit as much as their form in our sculptures. The sparkle in Monty’s eye revealed his kind heart and wry sense of humor no matter how hard he tried to hide behind a cantankerous exterior. He is sorely missed by his many friends and the art world that was just beginning to discover his talent and his lovely stone animals. To help send him on his journey with love and encouragement, I created this pewter medallion and cast three for his wife (our dear friend, Melissa) and their two children.
Originally published in 2013, I have revised my book, Rosetta Sculpture - Sculpture by Rosetta, Sculpture Photography by Mel Schockner, every year, adding my newest pieces to each new edition. Self-publishing in Blurb allows me to order small quantities at a time so that I can order revised ones each year with the new material. The latest one is $75 but a few copies of past editions are available for $62 each. Hard cover with dust jacket, it currently has 48 pages showcasing most of my work with stories about each piece and a 2-page version of my life history.
"River Antics" received the Interpretive/Abstract Award at the Artists For Conservation 2000 International Exhibit of Nature in Art in Canada.
At its 2020 Annual Online Juried Art Show, the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center once again acknowledged that it is worthwhile to allow limited edition bronze sculptures more than three years old into their exhibitions by awarding my "The Challenge" an honorable mention this year. I'm grateful for the chance to show some of my "oldies but goodies" that have sold and won awards whenever they had the chance to be seen.
As soon as "Balancing Act” was finished, it immediately won two very nice awards at it’s first show. The 2019 Artists For Conservation Annual Exhibition in Vancouver, Canada, gave this piece both “Best in Show, Sculpture” and a “Medal of Excellence”, only six of which were awarded.
The prestigious Patricia A. Bott Award for Creative Excellence was given to “The Hunters” at the Society of Animal Artists’ 2018 Annual Exhibition at the James Museum of Western Art in St. Petersburg, FL. (See photos in NEW SCULPTURES below.)
In it’s debut showing at the 2018 Bighorn Rendezvous, “Spirit Brothers” was honored with the President’s Choice Award for sculpture. This was the third year for the Northwest Rendezvous Group’s annual exhibition to be hosted at the beautiful Brinton Museum in Big Horn, WY, and the third year in a row that my sculpture has won this award, newly created when we moved to that venue. It is a great honor, considering the exceptionally high quality of all of the work showcased in this annual exhibit.
My “At The Waterhole” has won the Lester and Virginia Clark Memorial Award at the 2018 Breckenridge (TX) Fine Arts Center’s Annual Juried Art Show. I am grateful that this year they waived the “no more than 3 years old” requirement for sculpture in response to my objection to that policy where limited edition bronzes are concerned.
Having been accepted into all four exhibitions to which it was submitted, “Ancient Truce” started off by winning TWO awards at the first exhibition to open, the 2017 Bighorn Rendezvous, Northwest Rendezvous Group’s annual exhibition at the beautiful Brinton Museum in Big Horn, WY: The President’s Choice Award, chosen by the president of NWR and the curator of the Brinton; and an Award of Merit, chosen by the NWR artists in attendance.
The next exhibition to show “Ancient Truce” was the Artists for Conservation 2017 Annual in Vancouver, Canada, and there it was awarded “Best in Show” for sculpture AND an “Award of Excellence”! (This is the second year in a row that my entry won “Best in Show” for sculpture in this prestigious exhibition.) And on top of it all, “Ancient Truce” has also been included in the AFC 2018 Calendar - another great honor!
Lynx Lookout was created to apply for a commission for a University, based on their Lynx mascot’s characteristics of "Adventurous, Bold, Active, Clever and Confident." Though I didn’t get the commission, I was happy to have this new piece to finish in bronze to join my other American wild cat sculptures.
7" x 9.5" x 4", Edition of 24, © 2020
I usually do a small study of a new sculpture to easily be able to make major changes to establish the basic form, pose and flow before I do the sculpture the size I intend to cast in bronze. It is in the larger version that I refine the forms and surface treatment. If it seams feasible, I will often go back to the original "3-D sketch" and refine it to match the larger one and cast it in bronze or pewter. This little (5.5" x 4" x 3") pewter "BFF"” is such a study, mounted on a solid 3" cube of Travertine stone.
5.5" x 4" x 3", Unlimited Edition, © 2020
Having had the pleasure of sharing my life with many sets of two cats at a time, I can attest that they are not always “best friends”. However, when they are, it is a pure delight to watch them enjoy each other’s companionship in play, sleep and mischief! The beauty of the feline form is enhanced when their flowing curves and joyful expressions are doubled.
This is the clay original for my newest creation. Once the foundries open for business again, the bronze will be available on a round granite base with a turntable.
17" x 11.5" x 9" Edition of 24, © 2020
For a long time my interest in sculpting animals allowed no room for the use of the human form as the subject of my art. However, there came a time that my interest in human/animal relationships started to show up in my ideas for sculpture. As the fourth piece in a series I have done on that theme, this image brings my thoughts about those relationships out of a historical context into a more personal, present day realm. This peaceful, mutually comforting scene is one that I know a great many of us relate to.
10" x 10.5" x 13", Edition of 18, © 2019
The inspiration for this sculpture was simply the elegant beauty of a relaxed cougar reclining on a graceful fallen tree. But as the title, “Balancing Act”, implies, this cat is faced with more challenges than simply managing to stay perched on that small branch, with the balance of nature disrupted over so much of his range and the fallen tree hinting at the loss of appropriate habitat.
9.5" x 17.5" x 4.5", Edition of 24, © 2019
To most Native American tribes, the wolf is a powerful spirit and family member. Different tribes had somewhat different beliefs regarding their relationship with wolves, from ancestors to spiritual guides to providers of sustenance to siblings and best friends to participants in sacred ceremonies and magic. But all involved a reverence for and spiritual connection with their lupine brothers. Though they drew parallels between themselves and the members of the pack as strong, successful hunters, neither had interest in hunting each other. Wolves don’t see humans as prey and Native Americans believe that killing a wolf is like killing one of them.
14" x 18" x 12", Edition of 18, © 2018
When our wonderful veterinarian, Dr. Stephanie Romm, retired recently, the other doctors and staff at the Blue Sky Animal Clinic wanted to give her a special retirement present: "a sculpture of her favorite office cat by her favorite sculptor.” Dr. Roberts, the instigator of the gift, said of Dr. Romm and the gift, “She has been an inspiration both personally and professionally to so many people. I know she will treasure this always.” Hopefully this sculpture will remind her not only of the beautiful Bengal, “Glenn” but also the seven of our cats and the countless other animals she cared for over the years.
20" x 29" x 23", Edition of 18, © 2018
One hunts for fun and profit; one hunts for survival.
When a hunter targets the most magnificent male lion he can find, he is not only needlessly killing an awesome creature and removing those superior genes from being passed on to future generations of lions, he is also sentencing the present cubs of that lion's pride to death by the next male lion to move in and take over the duties of pride patriarch.
12" x 12" x 12.5" Edition of 18, © 2017
I was moved by tales told by African natives of their ancestors who lived off the land and shared the scarce resources such as water with the wild predators. The predators had prey they much preferred to humans and the humans had no concept of killing predators for fun or profit. This sculpture, though more allegory than reality as these two would most likely not have shared the waterhole at the same time, elicits this feeling of guarded but respectful coexistence that worked so well in a simpler and more sincere time of sustainable living on this planet.
7.5" x 24" x 24", Edition of 18, © 2017
An old fence post makes the perfect vantage point for this elegant feline to survey her territory.
14" x 8" x 8" Edition of 24, © 2017
This is a half-size version of my popular “Library Cat” sculpture. I find that lots of people love both cats and books, often have both on a lap at the same time (as do I), and so relate to this familiar image.
5" x 10" x 6" Edition of 35, © 2017
No one who has ever watched river otters at play would dare say that animals can’t frolic for the pure fun of it! These river otters are enjoying their watery playground, swimming around and over each other and churning the water into splashing pillows and fountains of foam. This is Nature’s manifestation of the pure joy of living.
7" x 19.5" x 11" Edition of 24, © 2017
I know that we all get many, many solicitations for donations to very worthy charities and we have to limit the ones we support to the group that speaks most loudly to our hearts. I limit most of my giving to animal causes and though I do send money often, I would really like to support these causes with donations of my sculpture as that conveys a more personal connection with the animals. However, such donations don’t do much good unless the organization has a means of turning the sculpture into much needed funds. Therefore, I’m always happy when I have a way to put my art to work where my heart is.
I’ve checked with a number of wildlife organizations that have said they could use the sculptures to fundraise and therefore have put them in my will to receive much of what will be out there when I pass. I’m honored that one of them, World Wildlife Fund, has run a Profile article on my work and my support in their November 2015 magazine. While I’m still here, however, I do whatever I can when the opportunity presents itself. Wildlife artist members of Artists For Conservation, based in Canada, have been supporting conservation organizations through sales of our work since the AFC's inception and I am proud to have been honored with the "AFC Conservation Artist Award for artistic excellence and dedication to conservation" in March of 2014 and to be included in the article titled "Healing Art, Aid for the Animals of Africa" in the National Sculpture Society’s "Sculpture Review" magazine in Spring of 2015.
I regularly donate sculptures to the W.O.L.F. Sanctuary and Cheetah Conservation Fund fundraising auctions and participated in a Society of Animal Artists online sales show benefitting the African Wildlife Foundation and a Friends of the National Zoo “ZooFari” fundraiser with a donated piece. I look forward to more opportunities to support wildlife conservation organizations with my art.
"59th Annual Exhibition Tour", Society of Animal Artists, Evelyn Burrow Museum, Hanceville, SC
"Visions of Spring", National Sculpture Society Gallery, NYC
"59th Annual Exhibition Tour", Society of Animal Artists, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT
"Making Their Mark: American Women Artists", The Booth Museum, ONLINE ONLY
"The Elephant in the Room" IU Kokomo Gallery, ONLINE ONLY
"CAFA 2020" Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, ONLINE ONLY
"2020 Online Juried Art Show", Breckenridge Fine Arts, ONLINE ONLY
"Fellows Invitational", National Sculpture Society Gallery, NYC
"Society of Animal Artists 2020 Members’ Exhibition", Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ
"Colorado Governor’s Art Show", Loveland Museum Gallery, Loveland, CO
"Associate & Non-Member Show", Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, NYC, ONLINE ONLY
"Artists for Conservation", Vancouver, BC, Canada and Tour
"Endangered", Art4Apes ONLINE ONLY
"Brinton 101 Miniatures", The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY
When Chapman University emailed saying that they needed another Panther sculpture, but this time they wanted a “mother and child panther” for a new residential complex on campus, I was thrilled to create this depiction of the strong and tender relationship between this beautiful and powerful feline and her dependent cub.
Now I’m equally thrilled that I will have that same sculpture in my home town! It was selected to be placed in the new section of Benson Sculpture Garden across the street to the south of the rest of the Park. It was permanently installed in time for Sculpture in the Park 2015.
Since I’ve shared “In Memoriam” here when our last three kitties passed, it’s only fair that I share the good news that we are thoroughly enjoying a new Maine Coon kitten, “Cameo”, who came to us mid July, 2016. She’s a real sweetheart, affectionate, inquisitive, goofy and playful with a very loud purr and the luxurious coat, ear tufts and hugely fluffy tail (and rapidly increasing size!) typical of this wonderful breed.
As with Misty, Tara, Tika and Jasmine, Sammy’s ashes are safely tucked away in my Artist’s Proof of her sculpture. She posed for this snap shot with her sculpture in 1998, just as she had so patiently posed for me while I sculpted it the year before, obviously basking in the attention. We do so miss them all.