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WMHT-TV: AHA! A House for Arts!
 

Kurt Warner (with camera) and producer Matt Rogowicz
set up a shot
with Andrew at River Studio

WMHT-TV, the PBS station that broadcasts out of Albany, NY brought its show "AHA! A House for Arts" to Andrew's River Studio this October 7th. AHA! features the stories of artists, makers, and creative institutions in our local region and across the country celebrating all things creative and featuring everything from the traditional to the innovative.

Matt Rogowicz, producer of AHA! for the weekly program and Kurt Warner, independent filmmaker arrived on a beautiful fall day to Andrew's studio in the Berkshires. With the foundry furnace fires roaring the team jumped right into filming Andrew pouring molten bronze into ceramic shell molds for the large This Man Who Flies at his casting studio. After exploring the other parts of the process that take place in that building, the filming continued back at the barn studio to capture the other stages of the sculpting process – from original sketch and working with a model (there was a live model present) to rubber molds, pouring waxes, wax chasing, bronze chasing and the final step of patination (they filmed Andrew creating a patina on the second casting of Echoes, photo on left).

The beautifully filmed episode with Andrew aired on November 19th, and the entire show is now posted to their website and can be found here (Andrew's segment is first).


 

Roughing in the head

 

Second layer of clay on the wall

Other Side of Eden
Commissioned at 15 Feet

Andrew's sculpture Other Side of Eden has proven to be one of his most popular and intriguing works. Originally cast in 1980 in a 22" version (edition sold out) Andrew, always seeing the work much larger, on his own created and cast a 62" version in 1991 (edition of 9 with 4 left). In 2003 a 37" version was commissioned by a patron in an edition of 12 (5 left in this edition).

This work holds a very special place in Andrew's heart as it was the very first sculpture that 'appeared' to him completely finished…in his mind's eye. As many of you know Andrew's career started in a ballet studio drawing dancers, both in motion and at rest, just as his artistic hero Degas did before him. Andrew had already begun to sculpt, but would still visit the studios and draw the dancers. One night a male dancer completing the last grand jeté of a series crashed into the studio's wall. Andrew had in that moment a flash of inspiration, and actually saw the dancer going through the wall.

Finally, 35 years later - this magnificent work will be brought to life in a monumental version thanks to supportive (and thrilled!) patrons Thomas H. and Mary Steffek Blaske in Ann Arbor Michigan. This fifteen foot work is expected to take a year to complete. We will, of course, keep you all updated on Andrew's progress on this exciting commission.

'Pointing up' the back upper half

 

Sparks flying!

   

The top half returns to River Studio for the next steps!

 

 

Echoes

At Open Studio 2014, Gallery director and Andrew's wife Patricia did the honors of unveiling Andrew's most recent bronze: Echoes – a work that the artist had sketched in Chicago last October, a day after drawing in the company class of the Joffrey Ballet.

Echoes is an edition of eight (though number one has sold) and the next in the edition is currently on schedule to be cast at River Studio's foundry, so Patricia is now taking orders for the next sculpture in this edition!

Click on the image to see the dimensions, editions and price.


 

Tango!

Andrew's recent sculpture Tango! (click to see larger) made its debut appearance at a special benefit for Ventfort Hall on June 21st. For now, you can see these works here (click on each picture to see the dimensions, editions and price), or at our gallery in Lenox, MA.

The work features a pair of dancers passionately embracing in the midst of a tango dance and measures 23"h x 23"w x 8"d (and is an edition of 8). It is mounted on an elegant walnut and black marble base.

 


 

Sunshine & Moonlight

Two new sculptures - and a new sculpture category: "Jugglers, Jesters and Musicians!" Many lovers of Andrew's work have exclaimed over previous works such as The Juggler, Jester, Rapture, etc. and with the addition of these new works Andrew has decided to set up a new category in his online Sculpture Gallery to showcase works of this type. For now, you can see these works here (click on each picture to see the dimensions, editions and price), but stay tuned - we'll have the new category up and 'browse-able' soon!

 


Three Different Note card Sets!

Andrew is now offering 3 different note card sets: a pastel series featuring Angels, a series of bronze Dance Sculptures and a pastel series based on sketches created in Dance Studios. These make excellent gifts to share your love of Andrew's work with friends. Call the studio with questions or to order!

(Click here to see a slide show of Andrew's Angel Pastels)

(Click here to see a slide show of Andrew's Dance Pastels)



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