out a new career
opens new gallery
full of boxing inspired pieces
VEVAY, Ind. (August 2006) Both local residents
and visitors strolling through the streets of Vevay, Ind., will experience
a real delight as they watch a local sculptor take seemingly useless
scrap material and create amazing works of art.
by Kim Aldridge
give junk new life.
Tony Catanzaro, 58, has opened Tonys Art Gallery,
205 Liberty St.. It is situated between Main and Market streets in downtown
Vevay. The shop features sculpture and other art by Catanzaro and oil
paintings by his father, a New York City artist.
Catanzaro, an engineer, began sculpting after getting laid off from
his job. The company he worked for was involved in a corporate takeover,
and after 18 years of service, the former New Yorker was a casualty
of restructuring. But he did not let that get him down; instead, Catanzaro
decided to do what he has always wanted to do, which was to create sculptures.
I got the idea because my father is an artist, he said.
He uses a variety of materials in his creations, including scrap wood,
metal and brick. He also works with old hot water heaters, which he
will cut up and shape. A number of his suppliers include friends and
welders from his former job.
Some of his creations include a mother and child, which have brick faces
and feet, and a heavyweight boxer. The boxer, which stands six feet
and five inches tall, is one of his favorite pieces. His inspiration
for that sculpture came from his son, James, a paramedic and amateur
by Kim Aldridge
piece by Tony Catanzaro
sits outside his studio in Vevay.
Catanzaro has considered doing a medic as his next sculpture,
once again because of James. Apparently, his son is also a soldier who
will be joining U.S. Special Forces.
From sunrise to sunset, From sunrise to sunset, Catanzaro can be found
sitting outside his home and gallery working on his artwork. Almost
daily, he welds, cuts, brazes and shapes his creations. Currently, Catanzaro
is working on several tables. He has created round tables using steel
and bits of brick. Each work he does is unique; not one piece will ever
be identical to another. For one table, he used a wooden beam dating
back to the year 1832 to create the artistic piece.
It takes as little as a week and a half or as long as two and a half
months to finish each piece.
Normally, Catanzaro simply gets an idea in his head or starts working
with the material he has available and comes up with each creation.
He has numerous pieces ready for sale in his gallery.
He wife, Peggy, is supportive of his new career. Of course, at
first we were concerned about everything, but as long as he is happy,
She added that one benefit of his new job is he does not have to go
to the factory and put in those long days anymore. It is nice
to have no pressure while I am at work.
They are both pleased with the way his creations have caught on and
are rapidly becoming popular. Several of his works have already been
Tonys Art Gallery is actually part of the First Friday event in
Vevay. At this social gathering, which involves several other art galleries,
visitors and art enthusiasts can gather together to enjoy coffee, cake
or wine and hang out at tables and simply socialize.
The next First Friday will be held 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 4, and anyone
interested in art or just socializing is welcome to attend.
For more information about Tony Catanzaros
unique sculpture work or Tonys Art Gallery, call (812) 427-2918.
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