in the Dell
Yew Dell Gardens
to hold regional art show
give event a publicity boost
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (June 2009) From the time she
was a young child, Meg White has been driven to create sculpture. So
far-reaching is her talent that she was chosen to be a co-chair for
an art-inspired event at Yew Dell Gardens.
by Don Ward
Miss Jessel, is based on
a character from the
Henry James novel,
The Turn of the Screw.
I cant imagine doing anything else,
said White, 46, who principally sculpts small and monumental-scale limestone
works and limited edition bronzes. I am fascinated with the ability
to work out ideas on a large scale and see those ideas become reality-particularly
in public venues.
White, who grew up in the suburban neighborhood of Silver Hills in New
Albany, Ind., is a self-taught sculptor. She produces mostly large pieces
of artwork, preferring wildlife and figurative sculpture.
I particularly like to do sculptures that have a narrative context,
When creating a sculpture, many different things inspire White such
as nature and literature. She often gets ideas while working on other
sculptures and considering variations of those pieces.
In 1991, White discovered stone carving at Don Lawlers studio.
From there she began to experiment and create wildlife and figurative
works on a full-time basis.
White and Lawler are married and own Lawler-White Sculptor Studios Inc.
in Stephensport, Ky. When Lawler donated a piece of sculpture to Yew
Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Ky., the couple became aware of what the
gardens have to offer in terms of horticulture and artistic expression.
Believing the gardens to be a perfect spot for an outdoor sculpture
show, they contacted Executive Director Paul Cappiello and Assistant
Director Karla Drover about playing host to such an event. They
gave us the honor of co-chairs for proposing the idea, said White.
The Second Annual Sculpture in the Dell opened May 30 and runs through
Aug. 2. More than 60 pieces will be displayed throughout the grounds
by more than 20 regional sculptors and glass artists, with eight of
them new to this years show.
One new really great feature is that this year the show includes
several Barney Bright bronze pieces recently cast from Mr. Brights
original molds, said Leah Whitmer, Director of Marketing and Development
for Yew Dell Gardens.
A private opening reception was held May 29 for Yew Dell members only.
There are so many people who garden, and those who think they would
love to have sculpture in their gardens, said Yew Dell Gardens Executive
Director Paul Cappiello. But there are many who do not know how
to use sculpture in their gardens to the best effect. Displaying sculpture
at Yew Dell provides ideas and connects gardeners with artists in the
Organizers thought the first years event would garner a small
group of Yew Dell members and individuals acquainted with the artists.
They were surprised when hundreds came for the opening weekend and Yew
Dell had more than 4,000 visitors in over two months, said Whitmer.
The success of the event was due in part to having White and Lawler
as co-chairs, Whitmer said. They lent a lot of credibility and
got the quick attention of sculpture and art lovers throughout the region,
she said. I think it is truly one of the most unique art events
in the area.
Whitmer also believes there is no other event that showcases garden-appropriate
art. Any gardener who thought of himself as an art lover had the chance
to discover a unique piece that would enhance their garden perfectly
and learn how to situate the artwork in their own gardens, she said.
Many sculptors look for an opportunity like this as well,
said Cappiello. Some of the artwork is quite large, requiring cranes
to move it, so such an outdoor setting is perfect to display the sculptures
and bring exposure to them.
All of the artwork is new each year, said Cappiello. We provide
new venues, and things to see, at Sculpture in the Dell. This
has become a wonderful community event.
Proceeds from Sculpture in the Dell go to the artists and to Yew Dell
Gardens future growth and programs. We exist only through
the support of a strong membership base, an active volunteer corps of
more than 300 and a wonderfully supportive larger community, said
Yew Dell Gardens is a 33-acre public botanical garden and horticulture
resource center. Yew Dell is extremely focused on education and
research. Every event we have is conceived to offer people an opportunity
to learn along with us, said Whitmer.
All artwork is available for purchase. Regular admission during the
week is $7 per person or $5 for seniors.
For more information, contact Yew Dell
Gardens at (502) 241-4788 or visit www.YewDellGardens.org.
Meg Whites sculptures can be viewed at www.SculptorsTwo.com.
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