The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan is the largest cathedral within the United States and is a cultural hub for the arts, hosting exhibitions, concerts and literary readings. My over life-size “Bobcat” was included in this prestigious venue with other animal sculptures by National Sculpture Society members.
The exhibition traveled from the Cathedral to the lovely 170 acre Naples Botanical Garden in FL which has hosted frequent sculpture exhibitions throughout the grounds to complement the variety of subtropical plant life. The gardens did suffer minor damage from Hurricane Irma the week before the exhibition arrived but still provided a lovely setting for the sculptures.
I’m very excited and honored to have been featured in an exhibition at the Loveland Museum Gallery (January 30 through April 10, 2016) along with four amazing sculptors: Jane DeDecker, Glenna Goodacre, Kathleen Caricof and Kirsten Kokkin. Curator Maureen Cory describes the exhibit, “Momentum: Women Drive the Arts in Loveland” this way:
“The city of Loveland is inexorably tied to the history of art production. The cultural and
economic roots of the city are invested in sculpture and bronze foundries. Both men and women
artists participated in the development of the art-economy, and continue to contribute in
meaningful ways. This exhibit will describe the ways in which women were critical to the
development and define their long-lasting impact. This exhibit will display the work of 5 women who, within a challenging cultural framework, were and continue to be influential in the development of Loveland as an art center and for creating a reputation for excellence in art for which Loveland is known.”
The January 28th Museum Members’ Opening Reception was a smashing success with some patrons commenting that it was “The” place to be that evening and the “best ever” show at the Museum. The February 12th public reception with demos by Jane Dedecker, Kirsten Kokkin and myself was met with equal enthusiasm. It has been a truly exceptional exhibition and we are all grateful to the Loveland Museum for showcasing five very different bodies of work by Glenna Goodacre, Jane Dedecker, Kirsten Kokken, Kathy Caricof and myself in what has proven to be a wonderfully appealing exhibition and elegant show catalog.
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 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 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!
At the 2016 new venue for the Northwest Rendezvous Group’s show weekend, “The Bighorn Rendezvous” at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, WY, I was delighted that my “Breaking Trail” received the “President’s Choice Award” for sculpture, selected by the president of the NWR and the Director/curator of the Museum. This was quite an honor considering the high quality of all of the artwork in this show.
Artists for Conservation comprises a membership of 500 of the world's most gifted nature artists from 27 countries, across five continents. Of these artists, 145 were juried into the AFC’s 9th annual exhibit opening on September 29, 2016 in Vancouver, BC and online. I received the great honor of "Best in Show" for sculpture among all of these amazingly talented artists, for “Awakening Pride”, which is in the online-only exhibition due to weight restrictions for the live exhibit.
Part of Denver’s 2016 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, the Colorado Horse Council’s Equine Art in the Park event is a juried showcase for paintings, photography and sculptures “celebrating the spirit of the horse.” It was a wonderful surprise that my first horse sculpture, “Friesian Fantasy”, was awarded 1st Place for 3-D art.
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
Climbing a tree or slinking along the ground, this feline embodies pure flowing motion.
5" x 1" x .75" Unlimited Edition, © 2018
Of all the cats I’ve been privileged to share my life with over the years, I don’t think any one of them could resist curling up in a box, any box, but especially one that is just barely big enough.
4" x 3.7" x .75" Unlimited Edition, © 2017
We think our new kitty, Cameo, is beautiful (and cute) so it was an easy decision to select her as the subject for my Quick Draw sculpture at the 2016 Bighorn Rendezvous show at the beautiful new Brinton Art Museum in Big Horn, WY. The patina reflects Cameo’s muted calico coloring that the Maine Coon breeder called “cameo” coloring.
3" x 10.5" x 3.5" Edition of 35, © 2016
An incident on safari in Kenya inspired this sculpture and gave me an excuse to sculpt a vervet monkey whose real life models provide many hours of entertainment around so many safari camps in Africa. One soon learns not to have or leave any food within sight of these little imps but it wasn’t until Suzanna showed up at sundowners, chuckling, with the remains of her shredded paperback in hand that we realized that anything left unattended was fair game for these mischievous simians.
11.5” x 8.25” x 5” Edition of 18, © 2016
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 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.
In 2015 I donated sculptures to the W.O.L.F. and Cheetah Conservation Fund fundraising auctions (both resulting in subsequent sales for which I have sent the organizations a sales commission) and in 2016 I’m very excited that the Society of Animal Artists is partnering with the African Wildlife Foundation for an online sales show, “Out of Africa”, where the AWF will receive 40% of all sales receipts. So far this year I am donating a “Settled In” bronze to the W.O.L.F. Gala fundraiser on June 11 (www.wolfsanctuary.co) and a pewter “Siblings” to Friends of the National Zoo for their ZooFari fundraiser on May 19 (http://nationalzoo.si.edu.) I hope that there will be many more such opportunities to support wildlife conservation organizations with my art.
"Society of Animal Artists 58th Annual Exhibition Tour": (The Hunters)
Until March 15
The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ
April 6 - August 25
The Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
Bronze Coast Gallery "Spring Unveiling Show", Cannon Beach, OR (Cat Nap #1)
"Looking West: an Exhibition Highlighting Works by American Women Artists", Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO (River Antics)
"Sculpture in the Park", Loveland, CO
"86th Annual Awards Exhibition", National Sculpture Society, Brookgreen Gardens, SC (Cat Nap)
"59th Annual Exhibition", Society of Animal Artists, Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (Settled In)
"Artists for Conservation Festival", VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver, Canada (Balancing Act)
"A Tradition of Excellence: American Women Artists", R.S. Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX (On the Fence)
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.
A life-size "Reach For The Sky", patinaed black to match the other five Rosetta panthers on campus, was recently installed in front of the Harold Hutton Sports Center at Chapman University in Orange, CA.
The online CODAworx (Collaboration Of Art + Design) has a competition every year to select the top art/design projects in 10 categories and my entry of all of the Panther sculptures I’ve placed at Chapman University made it into the top 100, one of 15 projects selected for the Education category.
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.
by Nicole Cardoza
Copyright 2013 American Women Artists
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.
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.
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.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.