Sculpture in the Garden, 2020
Sculpture in the Garden is the annual art show and sale that marries stunning sculptural art with the natural sculptural beauty of the Garden. This year’s show will feature the works of over 15 renowned Northern California artists who work in a variety of mediums. A visit to the Garden during the the summer Sculpture Show will be a delight for the senses.
The Sculpture Show runs through Sept. 1 and is FREE with your paid Garden admission. Become a member and get Garden admission free all year.
All of the art pieces are available for purchase, so you can bring the magic home to your own garden. After your visit, vote for your favorite sculpture in the “People’s Choice” category.
The nursery will also have a variety of smaller works of sculpture and art from local artists available for sale during this period. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork help support the Garden. Thank you for your support!
To see a slideshow of the artist’s works click here.
For a video preview of this year’s show, click here.
Read each artist’s bio below.
Summer will fly by so plan your visit today!
Opening Night Twilight Stroll
Join us for a special twilight tour of the sculpture exhibit in the Garden. There will be two tour sessions. Space is limited so get your tickets early.
Friday, July 17
Tour 1: 5pm – 6:30pm
Tour 2: 6:30pm – 8pm
Tickets: $20 Members / $25 Non-members
All Sculptures are available for purchase at the Garden beginning on July 17th. Sculpture and art items purchased online must be picked up at the Garden or in some cases, private delivery and installation arrangements may be arranged with the artist. Shipping not available.
Read about all this year’s participating artists below. (click on the plus sign + to open each artist’s bio)
I’ve been a practicing sculptor since 1975 and have art exhibited throughout the Bay Area. I have a Master of Architecture from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Artistic Experience includes:
Practicing Sculptor (1975-present)
Walnut Creek Art Commissioner (2010-present)
Bedford Gallery Advisory Board (2007-8)
Diablo Regional Arts Association (Past President)
SCULPTCAST Conversations about Sculpture (Host/interviewer)
Artistic Signs of Walnut Creek (Partner)
San Ramon Valley School District Student Art project Juror (2013-present)
“I work to create fanciful impressions of the world with colorful flair. My work is often playful, exuberant and humorous.”
A lifelong passionate maker of objects, I enjoy using various mediums to bring life to my art. My current focus is on concrete and steel creations usually painted or covered in fine mosaic of glass or ceramic. My art is sometimes whimsical, colorful, social inquisitive and often amusing with connections to the natural world. The ability to sculpt and shape my work by hand gives me a lot of satisfaction as I smooth a piece to life.
Trained at UC Davis in Design, I worked in Visual Merchandising for over ten years. Studies at CCA in Oakland focused my work on sculpture, Industrial Design and fine wood working. With the construction of Frogpark, a fanciful outdoor playground in Oakland CA, I rekindled my love of sculpture. That became the start of a new era of art in my life. Now primarily working in concrete, I sculpt figures, large fruit, eggs, animal sculptures as well as create murals to enliven garden and living spaces. My work can be seen throughout Northern California in variety of Exhibitions and private collections with public works in Napa, Los Altos and Orinda.
While not trained formally as an artist, Dustin considers himself to be a “natural born” artist with an intense drive to create. For many years he had experimented with concrete and all of its versatility. But in late 2015 the designer discovered a new love of ceramics which came from the process of taking a pot designed for concrete into commercial ceramic production. “The Point Pot,” as the geometric piece is called, was the bridge from one medium to the next. Once the Pandora’s Box of ceramics was opened there was no going back. Dustin’s ceramic work swings from the polar opposites of biological/organic forms to simple geometric lines. Like gardening, ceramic techniques present an inexhaustible array of choices and paths for exploration. His personal garden is part laboratory, botanical garden, filled with art, sculpture and experiments.
For 20 years, Beth Hartmann has been a sculptor and arts organizer. Having begun sculpting in fibrous materials, she soon moved to sturdier metal, cement, and plastic constructions and installations. She finds sculpture more connected to daily life than 2-D art.
Currently she is the lead artist in Sebastopol’s Sculpture Jam–a loose collective which creates and installs public sculpture. The group is self-funded, though under the umbrella of Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and often donates pieces for placement in Sonoma County locations. In the past, Hartmann has curated, chaired, installed, and juried shows in California and Oregon locations.
Her work is in the collections of the City of Sebastopol, Hisako Eto of Osaka and Kobe, Tran Turner of Oakland CA, Susan Scott of Ventura, CA, Julie Green of Novato, CA, and others. Some awards include fellow status at Jentel Artist Residency, as well as awards during exhibitions from Manuel Neri, Phil Linhares, and Rachel Osajima.
As a master craftsman, Roger has a unique set of skills. He thinks like an engineer with an appreciation of the arts. Using nature as his
inspiration, he blends these two fields of study, engineering and art, to meticulously design and craft hand made limited production kinetic wind sculptures. Roger is mostly self-taught and works in many materials. He
says working in metal and wood are very similar and allow him an endless palette of design options. He has a restless mind and a neverending need to create. If you ask him what he does, he’ll say, “I make stuff”. Published, award winning, grant worthy, highly acclaimed and recognized, stuff.
Roger lives and has his studio in Scotts Valley, CA. He is in business with his wife, Tina.
Stan Huncilman was born in Indiana. After graduating from high school he left home with no particular destination in mind. His travels led him to stints as a welder in the shipyards of Louisiana and as a machinist in a Vermont foundry. Not long after leaving Vermont he joined the Peace Corps and headed to Ecuador. It was there among the snow capped volcanoes that he began his love affair with mountaineering. He eventually moved to San Francisco to study art at San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Art Institute. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the Art Institute in 1984.
Learning to ‘let go’ of loved ones is a lifelong challenge full of inspiration! My brother Craig, who passed away from cancer at the young age of 38, had an obsession with dolphins. In his home, he had anything and everything ever created that depicted dolphins of all shapes and sizes.
Shortly after this tragic loss and in his honor, his girlfriend had a pool installed that was embellished with a blue border tile each with faint little jumping dolphins. At first glance of this pool I knew instantly what my creative side wanted to express.
It was that exact moment, the journey began! A five foot free standing dolphin was created.
It may not have always been my thoughts to be a mosaic artist, but after my first dolphin and much encouragement from friends that have stood with me through all of life’s changes I embraced the challenge to continue to create.
As an artist, after one project was completed, my mind never stopped thinking of what the next creation could be – of course, bigger, better and more. Why not enormous running horses….wild and free! From that came the rearing horses… I completely lost my mind…and found my own expanded artistic ability in the process!
Some lessons you literally stumble over in the process of learning them. Serendipity definitely describes how the sun happens to hit the sculptures at different times. It sparkles and dances through the hours until it slips into the final moments of sunset- my personal favorite time of day.
I hope that you will find the same playful, fun-loving spirit that embodied my big brother’s personality in each of my custom crafted mosaics made with loving memories. Success for me is that you enjoy them as much as I did in creating them!
Diana Markessinis is a California based sculptor known for creating hybrid forms of the natural and the architectural. Primarily manipulating metal to mimic chosen attributes of plants and trees, Markessinis explores the human experience on the natural world and visa versa. In 2007 she received her Masters of Fine Art in sculpture from California State University, Fullerton, CA and her undergraduate degree in sculpture from West Virginia University (2003), attending special workshops at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, in Maine. Currently living and working in the Bay Area.
I’ve been building things my whole life. Always encouraged to repair rather than replace, I became mechanically inclined at a young age. Born with an allergy to text and a youth filled with the great outdoors, I have always gravitated towards shape, sound and movement.
I was first drawn to metal by my grandfather, the pipe-fitter. Intrigued by his metal finesse, and surrounded by his many projects, I was lured in. Witnessing the magic of molten metal dancing around him and staring at its fire, something was indelibly burnt into me.
Following in his footsteps, I apprenticed in a large pipe fabrication shop and spent years as a pipe-fitter. The ease with which large pieces of metal could be formed into limitless objects fascinated me, and metal working soon became a passion. These years of metal fabrication gave me a firm grasp of steel. I unfortunately found the conventional uses littered with boundaries.
Urged to apply my metalworking skills to art, I produced my first sculpture. This new found form of expression was exhilarating. I had stumbled onto the creative freedom that I was searching for. Having now spent the better part of my life working with steel, I am incurably hooked. Its strength and versatility afford me the liberty to take a piece in almost any direction.
My art is about life. My sculptures are a combination of the past and present. I have a deep affinity toward the materials I work with, a sense of emotion for what the material was originally used for and now what it will become in my hands. These thoughts direct me on my path as I work. My sculptures emerge with patterns. I take one piece of steel, add to it, delete from it, add to it. I am constantly discovering. When a sculpture contains all of my creative energies, I am done. My technique is brute force, decide-at-the-moment. The interesting shapes and textures of metal; the patterns and grains; all entice me. I am fascinated with form. My aspiration is to make sculpture that is completely unique, to resist conformity and mass production. My art is as individual as I am.
Born in Romania, raised in Israel, and living in the San Francisco bay area since 2007, I consider myself a true woman of the world. It is these experiences that have influenced and inspired me in my art.
I have been working with clay as a medium for my art during the past 11 years, focusing primarily on hand-building techniques typical to various cultures and geographical areas. My professional background as a social anthropology researcher, along with my lifelong passion for traveling, my fascination with ancient cultures and traditions, ethnic tribal art, and the rich Jewish heritage to which I belong, all manifest themselves in my work. Additionally, I view nature as my main muse—I often collect leaves, rocks, and tree barks, and take photographs of boulders, tree trunks, and flowers as I walk my dog, to later mimic in my pottery. These passions, interests, and life experiences of mine, all reflect in my work and can be seen in my usage of various different color palates and distinct textures.
I have been a member of OVCAG (Orchard Valley Ceramic Art Guild) since 2009, and a member of Gallery 9 in Los Altos since 2015. My work has been displayed and sold in various venues throughout the bay area in places such as Filoli Gardens, Gallery 9, the Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery, Triton Museum of the Arts (museum store), the Pacific Art League, the Palo Alto JCC, and more.
I currently live in Palo Alto with my husband of 21 years, my three wonderful children, and our sweet dog!
We are Ernest and Lois Rich,
our path has led us from rural
North Carolina where we blacksmithed and woodworked, to Greensboro, NC. There we helped found Lyndon Street Artworks and co-owned and operated the Artworks Collective Gallery. In 2009 we completed our first project in The Bay Area. Our studio is in Richmond, California where we specialize in creating one of a kind functional art pieces and sculptures.
I am an artist and craftswoman. I strongly embrace an aesthetic that embodies beauty, joyfulness and superior craftsmanship. I love working with my hands and making my artwork unique. I feel art should be beautiful, imaginative and engaging. It’s my goal to create work that energizes the space it inhabits. I especially enjoy making large-scale work for exterior spaces and gardens.
About my work
My sculptures are Glazed Low Fire Ceramics. All of my work is hand built using a special clay body that I have formulated especially for me by my supplier. The work is built in sections, glazed and detailed and fired in the kilns in my studio. Building, Firing, Glazing and Detailing. It all starts with the clay…
Rossella Scapini (Rox) is a sculptor and painter whose artistic experience spans from fine art restoration to cinema set construction. She has lived and worked professionally in Europe and the United States. As a sculptor she works extensively with clay and plaster, foam, resin, wax, bronze and anything than can be modeled. She is also skilled in life casting and mold making. Her painting experience includes acrylics, oils and water colors, various techniques for faux finishes, decorative painting, frescoes and mosaics techniques.
After working as an art restorer and fresco painter in her native Italy, Rox moved to Spain, starting a professional career as a set decorator and prop maker for museums, cinema and advertisement, in productions such as “The Perfume: History of a Murder” from director Tom Tykver (Cloud Atlas, Run Lola Run) and the Gaudi museum in Reus, Barcelona. She moved to California in 2007 and begun working for the internationally renowned Artworks Foundry, using the ancient technique of lost wax to cast her own sculptures in bronze.
Born in St Charles, Missouri in 1956, Clayton Thiel received his BA in sculpture from Maryville University in 1979, then came to California to study with Peter Voulkos and Joan Brown at UC Berkeley. At San Jose State he studied with David Middlebrook and Stan Welsh receiving an MFA in 1985 (summa cum laude). He has been a full-time professor of Sculpture (clay, stone, and bronze) and Teacher of Art History, and Design at Chabot College in Hayward, CA since 1990. Thiel’s work has been shown widely in exhibits and galleries across the country, and he has received numerous commissions from private collectors.
Clayton Thiel has been passionately making sculptures for over 40 years. He came to the San Francisco Bay area to study with renowned sculptors like Peter Voulkos and Manuel Neri. While sculpting, Clayton has also been teaching and lecturing for the last 30+ years at colleges and other institutions.
Internationally respected Artist Clayton Thiel reports: “My work is often categorized as surrealism/visionary – calling on the unconscious dream world and bringing it into play through each piece of work. What I admire about surrealist artists of the 20th century is that they took the most improbable combinations of dreams, memories and reflections, and made them appear possible.” Making beautiful art is my passion and my life work – I am so blessed to pass this on to my students.
I am a not a trained artist, but ever since I was 9 years old, when my grandmother taught me to
sew, I have made things with my hands. For most of my working life I was a screen printer.
In 1999 I enrolled in the very first welding class taught by Michael Sturtz at The Crucible in
Berkeley. Since then I have continued to create works in steel focusing on using discarded
industrial scrap. Con-currently, I devote much of my time to cultivating mushrooms.
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