Sculpture in the Garden, 2019

sculpture show in Ruth Bancroft Garden

Sculpture by Richard Starks, “CT-23”

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 Richard Starks and eight other renowned West Coast artists.  A stroll through the Garden during the Sculpture Show will be a delight for the senses.

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 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!

Summer will fly by so plan your visit today!


Opening Night Party: Saturday June 29, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Attend the Sculpture in the Garden premiere event.  Meet the artists and enjoy music, wine, appetizers as you are the first to see this year’s show.   For more information and to purchase tickets

Ongoing Show Dates, June 30th – September 1st during regular Garden hours


Read about all this year’s participating artists below.

Richard Starks

Artist Statement

For more than 50 years, working metal into imagined shapes has been my fascination. All the sounds, the sparks, the flames, and the smells of metalworking were my inspiration to get started. Watching the molten puddle while I form a new weld is a hypnotic experience for me. A flame or arc around five or ten thousand degrees can’t help but grab your attention.

Working with stainless steel, mild steel, and aluminum has given me an appreciation for their characteristics – some similar and some totally unique.

Some of the shapes I create now are inspired by the various things I dreamed up when I was a youngster. I spent endless hours doodling with pencils and pens. I made shapes in the dirt in my back yard, or in the sand at the beach. Sometimes I would even carve shapes in watermelon, or in chunks of cheese, then draw them with paper and pencil before happily devouring them. Later on in school, I took drafting and drawing classes where I learned formal techniques in visualizing and drawing shapes. Most of my work today originates from imagined shapes I have created in my mind and in my sketchbook.

All my work is TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welded because of its quality and strength – it’s the best. Many artists teach themselves how to weld; I learned by taking many classes in high school and college. I’ve also worked as a welder and metal fabricator for many years. All these experiences have heightened my ability to shape and weld the forms I imagine.

Viewing a finished piece is always a revelation. The sanding process blends all the surfaces and edges together so that the shape looks like it has been carved from a single, solid metallic chunk. Walking around the new sculpture and checking out all the different views is an exciting experience. When asked which of my works is my favorite, I always answer the same way: “The one I’m working on right now.”

More than 30 years of teaching metalworking techniques and skills to high school students have given me a lot of inspiration to create new sculptures. So many shapes, and so little time to build them: I can’t wait to get started on my next project.



Joe Bologna

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)



Eileen Fitz-Faulkner

“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.




Douglas Heine

Born in Vallejo, CA Graduated Solano J. C. attended C.C.A.C. in Oakland and the College of Marin. Worked at Mare Island Naval Yard on Nuclear Submarines. Spent 25 years working at U.C. Berkeley, twice in the art dept; first with Peter Voulkos in charge of the foundry in the late 60’s, then ran the sculpture shops in the 80’s.

Worked 15 years in Astrophysics making experimental scientific equipment for two
Nobel Laureates, Luis Alvarez and George Smoot.

Worked in Italy for one year doing scientific experiments at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory. Taught six marble carving workshops In Carrara Italy, twelve drawing workshops in San Miguel de Allende Mexico and many figurative clay workshops in Berkeley.

Made all the marble and bronze work for the chapel at Marin Catholic high school.
Two bronze fountains and a marble baptismal font at St. Hilarys in Tiburon. Public art can be seen at the Embarcadero Bart station in San Francisco and at Solano College in Fairfield. The city of Orinda owns two large sculptures. I have work in
private collections in the Bay Area, Italy, Mexico and Boston.

For a more extensive view please see www.art13.gallery.

Roger Heitzman

From the beginning of Roger’s career in the 1970’s, he has been attracted to the technical challenges resented by curvilinear forms as they are displayed in various art mediums. For years he focused on mastering these skills while working primarily in solid wood. The technical competence he gained over the next fifteen years freed him to explore the visual composition of his work by using other materials. It has been the use of these materials such as metals, contrasting woods and plastic composites, that he found a much more versatile pallet that is allowing him to explore are in motion through the use of accents and details. He strives to craft art while offering a unique visual expression that enhances yet transcends function.

Roger’s work has been on display at over 25 galleries throughout the country and photos of his work have been published in more than 30 books and magazines such as Schiffer Publication Series, Taunton Press Design Books and American Craft and Fine Woodworking magazines. He lives in Scotts Valley, Ca.


David Mudgett

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.  Staring at the fire, and witnessing the magic as the molten metal danced around him has indelibly burnt itself into me.

Following in his footsteps, I was fortunate to serve my apprenticeship in a large pipe fabrication shop and spent years as a pipe-fitter.  The ease at which large pieces of metal could be formed into limitless objects fascinated me, and the metal soon became an affliction.  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.

David Mudgett


Mark Oldland

“Inspiration is the motivation for what I do, what I make. The very seed of that plays backward and forward through time, uniting human makers through decades, centuries and perhaps even aeons.”



Colin Selig

My artwork explores the boundary between sculpture and sustainable design. The objects I create range from benches and other site furnishings to human-scaled biomorphic sculptures. My aesthetic is modern, abstract and organic, with a sense of whimsy.

My desire to work exclusively with used materials led me to develop a patented process to repurpose salvage propane tanks, a readily available source of pre-curved steel. My work is eco-friendly from start to finish. I begin with regionally sourced scrap tanks, an abundant material due to strict regulations limiting their service life. I carefully dissect the tanks and reassemble the pieces, while doing no additional reshaping of the material. Repurposing has a dramatically smaller carbon footprint than recycling because the source material is reused in its current form. Each object I create contains 99% post consumer reused content. I believe my site furnishings are among the greenest available.

I have done extensive research to ensure the comfort of my seats. The combination of curved seat and curved backrest provides good lumbar support for a wide range of body sizes, an ergonomic advantage over traditional benches with flat seats. I consider many of my functional designs to be prototypes created with volume production in mind. Along with a utility patent I have been granted a series of design patents.

The whimsy in my work engages people of all ages and backgrounds while its durability and inherent ecological message make it ideal for the public realm.  As an artist my hope is to inspire others to consider new possibilities for reusing materials.



Patricia Vader

Patricia Vader is a California-based metal sculptor specializing in public art, with sculptures displayed in cities and parks nationwide. Her first public artwork, Wheely Whirly Peacock, was purchased by the City of Orinda and has become a landmark. More acquisitions by American cities followed as well as commissions for public art.

Creating site-specific, large-scale sculptures has been her focus and passion ever since. Living on a windy hilltop in a rural area near San Francisco she is fascinated by kinetic art. Her Dutch origins explain her love and use of bicycle wheels.

See Patricia’s work at: patriciavader.com

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