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Carving out a new career

Vevay sculptor Catanzaro
opens new gallery
full of boxing inspired pieces

By Konnie McCollum
Contributing Writer

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.

Tony Catanzaro

Photo by Kim Aldridge

Tony Catanzaro’s sculptures
give “junk” new life.

Tony Catanzaro, 58, has opened Tony’s 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 boxer.

Tony catanzaro Sculpture

Photo by Kim Aldridge

This 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, I’m 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 sold.
Tony’s 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 Catanzaro’s unique sculpture work or Tony’s Art Gallery, call (812) 427-2918.

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