Tuesday, September 1, 2015

8th Annual Yew Dell Outdoor Sculpture Show

August 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. was the opening for the
8th Annual Yew Dell Outdoor Sculpture show.
There were 45 pieces by 15 artist...
...and I'm happy to report that the quality is
WAY UP from the previous year.
There's not a single bad piece in the show -
definitely worth checking out!
The show runs from today until October 25.
 David Caudill was the 'featured artist' this year.
 Mike McCarthy sold this sculpture at the opening.  It was also 1 of 4 'Top Picks' by the Jury. 
 Karen Terhune sold a sculpture at the opening; I don't know if it was this Texas Limestone piece "Grace #57"...
 ....or "Affectionately Your".  (Maybe she'll sell both before it's over...)
 I was happy to see a strong body of work from Owensboro native Bill Kolok.
 John McCarthy really jumped scale with "Botanical".  His 3 new sculptures were all a pleasant surprise.
 I loved Caren Cunningham's "Super Stupa".  No doubt that it will find an appreciative home.
"Offering" by David Waltz was also one of my favorites.  (I'm not sure which was the 4th sale on opening night...and it might have been this piece?).
Someone tried out my "Bubble Bench" at the opening. 

Yew Dell Load In

After coming home from Meg's sculpture installation in Alaska, we had to hit the ground running to have everything ready for the 8th Annual Yew Dell Outdoor Sculpture Show.
 On Thursday August 20, we rented a 24' diesel flat bed truck from Thrifty Truck Rental in Louisville.  It was past dark before we'd finished loading it using my crane truck.
 Early the next morning, we had a 23 ton crane from JBB show up to load the pieces that were to heavy for my truck.  We have our favorite crane operator, Derrick Sheroan, back on the controls.
 The first piece to hit the ground at Yew Dell was my life-size stone figure "Testing the Waters".
 We set a contemporary stone trough and then this "Bubble Bench".
 My "River Boat Bench" was 1 of 4 'Top Picks' by the jury.  It sold at the opening.
 "Leafy Bench" was the last of my 5 pieces to get set in the gardens.
 Next, we installed Meg's "Cougar and Fawn".
 Meg's "Flight" was also 1 of 4 'Top Picks' by the jury.
...and the last piece to get installed was Meg's "Leda and the Swan".
(All photos Meg White 2015)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Granite Hand Installation

It finally quit raining long enough to allow me to install my granite hand sculpture in Cave Hill Cemetery.
 Cave Hill Monument Company had supplied the lettered base.  Here, they're drilling 2 holes for the 3/4" x 6" stainless steel pins.
 All of these pictures (except for the last one) were taken by Meg.  I watch as they clean out the holes with pressurized air.
 We did a dry run to make sure it fit exactly right.  We used Meg's crane truck for the delivery and installation.
 Then, Meg swiveled the sculpture out of the way so that Billy could apply the epoxy.
 We set the piece.  (More hands make for light work...)
 ...and this is the final monument in Cave Hill.  I enjoyed this project from beginning to end.
Meanwhile, back home...Skidoo is right on Meg's heels as she puts out goodies for the wildlife.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Alaska Day 7 - Homer and Russian River Falls

After we left Whittier, we headed south to Homer.
We got into Homer late and were lucky to get a room without reservations in July.
 On the trip down, we spotted this Moose cow right next to the road.  This was my first look at Moose in the wild (...and it was the only Moose that we saw on this trip). 
 Homer has this strange finger of land that goes out into the bay.  They call it "the spit".
 As we drove out onto the spit the next morning, this Bald Eagle kept pace with the car and then flew low right over us.
 We took a long stroll along the beach...
 ...just to see what we could find.
 As we left Homer and drove back north, we stopped at this rock shop and bought some Alaska rocks and other cool stuff.  The owner, Tom, was great to talk with - I recommend this place highly.
 Our last adventure on this trip was a 2.3 mile hike (in the rain) back to Russian River Falls.  By the time we got back there, the rain stopped and the sun came out.
 The Salmon were gathering in a pool below the falls
 Trying to get a picture of Salmon leaping up the falls is like trying to photograph falling stars - it happens too fast.  Meg got some great pictures, but this is the best I could do.  We stayed back there for a long time hoping that a Grizzly Bear would make an appearance - but no luck.
On the way back to Anchorage, we were treated to this full rainbow.  A great way to end the Alaska adventure.
 (...and, coincidently, we were treated to a full double rainbow over the studio in Kentucky when we got home.  I take my omens where I find them...)

Alaska Day 6 - Whittier

Actually, these first 3 pictures are from day 5...
 South of Anchorage, Meg wanted to stop briefly at Bird Creek to watch people catch Salmon.  July is when the Salmon are running upstream and every creek looks like this.  Everyone has 'Salmon fever'.
 It was getting late and we knew that we could go no further, so we took a chance on a left turn toward Whittier.  It was unplanned, but the best part of the trip.  You have to go through this 2.5 mile long, one lane tunnel that shares the space with an active railroad track.  You have to hold the wheel with both hands and drive 20 mph because the rails throw the wheels of the car back and forth.
 Our first glimpse of Whittier were the docks with this HUGE cruise ship docked for the night.  Whittier is exclusively a sea port and railroad terminal.  It has no gas stations or shops, and as far as I could tell, 1 grocery store and 1 restaurant / bar inside the only hotel, the Anchor Inn, (and we were lucky that they had a room for us).
 This is Whittier.  Everything was built by the army in WWII.  The large building on the left is a derelict ruin abandoned after the 1964 earthquake.  The large building in the middle houses 85% of the town folks who make their living off fishing, charter boats or the railroad.  The place has a strange "vibe"; I don't know if it's the glacier looming over the town, the large creepy abandoned building or the only means of escape is a long, narrow tunnel that is only open once every hour and closed at night.  The running joke about the tunnel is becoming a P.O.W. - a Prisoner Of Whittier.
 After breakfast, we decided on the "26 glacier tour" with Phillips Cruises and Tours.  They took about 200 people out on a large catamaran.  There were waterfalls everywhere!
 This is a mountain goat with a small herd of deer; strange to see a mix of different species hanging together.
 This Lion's Mane Jellyfish was a first for me...
 ...as were these Steller Sea Lions.
 Out in front of the glaciers were Harbor Seals hauled up on ice flows.
My favorite part of the wildlife spotting were the large numbers of Sea Otters.
 Of course, lots of glaciers to see.

 We got 'up close and personal' with some, and saw a 'calving' as a large piece sheered off and fell into the water.
 If you're inclined to see Alaska's glaciers, better do it soon.  They're disappearing fast.  They pointed out places where you could see how much they've receded in the last few years - unbelievable!
The last stop was a colony of Black Legged Kittiwakes.  I was very happy with the emphasis that the captain gave to wildlife viewing.  It was an excellent experience that I'll remember for the rest of my life.  I totally recommend this if you plan on going to Alaska.