to join others in Yew Dell display
in the Gardens
returns to Crestwood gallery
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (May 2010) William Duffy began
to draw at an early age. He realized he had a special gift that he used
to sketch Popeye cartoon characters and Marvel comic book figures, but
it was his later love for stone that really inspired him, artistically.
For as far back as I can remember, I was fascinated with drawing,
said Duffy, a Louisville native. Even though drawing became one of the
greatest joys of his life, he wanted to know how his work would appear
in a three-dimensional form.
He graduated from the Louisville School of Art with a degree in painting
but soon turned to sculpture. I love sculpture because it is tactile,
he said. It draws the viewer into getting physically involved
with the piece.
Katherine Hepburn pieces are
among the sculptures created by
Louisvilles William Duffy. His work
will be on display May 29 through
Aug. 1 at the Sculpture in the
Garden outdoor gallery exhibit
at Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Ky.
Duffy will be participating in Yew Dell Gardens
third annual Sculpture in the Dell. An invitation-only opening reception
will be held on Friday, May 28, for Yew Dell Garden members. Artists
such as Duffy will be available to comment on their work. Hors de oeuvres
will be served by Wiltshire Pantry and a cash bar will be available.
Opening weekend for the public is May 29-30. This sculpture show will
run through Aug. 1. Regular admission fees for Yew Dell will be charged,
and all artwork is for sale.
Last year, we sold 35 pieces, said Leah Whitmer, director of Marketing
and Development for Yew Dell Gardens.
Duffy creates his artwork from various medium including stone, wood,
steel and paper. His favorite medium is stone, preferably alabaster,
because it is a softer stone and easier to carve, he said.
He often encourages viewers to touch his artwork, the exact opposite
of what they are used to. His sculptures have rounded, angular, smooth
and textured surfaces, inviting the viewer to think about them. He blends
African, Egyptian, Oceanic, Eskimo and other zonal art imagery into
his work to portray the human bond that exists between everyone.
Sometimes its just the random shape of a rock that reminds
me of something. At other times, the rock has a feel that
beckons me to pull a specific form out of it. And then sometimes I begin
with an idea or form that I want to create in the stone.
Returning artists include David Caudill, Meg White, Don Lawler, Brad
White, and Caren Cunningham. Among the new artists this year are Brian
Newton, Debby Levine and Rowland Jones.
The display will also feature five Don Lanham sculptures
dating from 1946-1984. Lanham was a contemporary of Barney Bright, attended
the Louisville School of Art, worked at the Louisville Speed Museum
and was one of the individuals responsible for beginning the St. James
Art Fair. Lanham died a few years ago, and Whitmer believes the pieces
of his work on display at Yew Dell Gardens are some of the last pieces
of his work that will be available.
Artwork will be displayed throughout the gardens in venues specifically
chosen by the artists.
This years show will include more than 70 pieces in a wide
range of materials and styles, Whitmer said. The event will feature
more than 20 local and regional sculptors and glass artists. A jury
comprised of local art experts aided in choosing which sculptures to
include in the display.
Included will be artwork from two local high schools so that art
lovers in the area can get a first glimpse of the areas up and
coming artists, Whitmer said. The work of The Louisville Glass
Art Society will also be on exhibit.
As part of Yew Dell Gardens master planning efforts and generous
donors, a new structure will be unveiled that will serve as a visitor
welcome center and museum-quality garden shop, said Whitmer. The shop
will carry unique and useful products from local and regional artists
The new center will officially open during the opening weekend of Sculpture
in the Dell. In addition to welcoming and tracking visitors in a professional,
efficient way, it will improve our ability to develop our membership
base and will eventually become a reliable source of earned income for
Yew Dell, Whitmer said.
Last year, Duffy had a small sculpture on display in the Gheens Barn.
This year he will have for sale a white marble piece entitled Morning
For more information contact Yew Dell Gardens
at (502) 241-4788 or please visit www.YewDellGardens.org.
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