Michelangelo once said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” The artists of the Vancouver Island Sculptor’s Guild have been hard at work at this task and the fruits of their labour will be on display in an upcoming exhibition entitled, Transformations.
The name of the show references the transformation that occurs in a piece of wood, stone or clay when the sculptor goes to work on it, turning it into something new. It also reflects the transformative effect of the process of art-making on the artists themselves. As Vancouver Island Sculptor’s Guild president David Hunwick describes, “we are literally transformed by the things we create.”
The opening night of this prestigious group show will give fans of sculpture in Victoria the chance to see artworks exhibiting a huge range of styles and materials, as well as speak to the artists themselves. After enjoying a sophisticated evening of refreshments and socializing at the Sculpture Studio, anyone interested in learning more about the transformative process of sculpture can return the next two consecutive weekends to observe live demonstrations of wood carving, stone carving, moulding and casting techniques, and clay sculpting methods.
The Transformations exhibition is the most recent show put together by the sculptor’s guild, a non-profit artist’s society that aims to bring sculptors a place to share their ideas and inspire each other, as well as put on exhibitions and other events. The guild hosts regular shows and studio visits.
This exhibition will feature works by local artists Daniel Cline, Ted Piers, Jan Johnston, Audrey Vaneer, Linda Lyndsay and David Hunwick.
Along with live demonstrations, the second weekend of the exhibition on Aug. 6 and 7, also marks the beginning of the guild’s sculpture trail project at the Horticultural Centre (formerly known as Glendale Gardens). Six outdoor sculptures will be on display, and the group intends to add six more in the spring to create a permanent outdoor exhibition.
“In my opinion, sculpture is always enhanced when placed in nature,” says Hunwick. “To be able to place a sculpture against the backdrop of the most beautiful colours; textures; light and shadows, only serves to enhance our attempts to imitate nature itself."
Whether placed within the beauty of nature or an art gallery setting, the sculptures in this exhibition are sure to have a transformative and inspirational effect on the viewer. M
Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild exhibition
The Sculpture Studio ( 211 Harbour Road)
Opening Night reception, Friday, July 29, 6-8pm.
Demonstrations: Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 4 pm and
Aug. 6 and 7, 11am - 4pm.
By Kelly Dunning