Stephen Palmer

Stephen Palmer / Fish Sculpture "Dexter"

I was born in California and raised by a poet and a painter. Pottery, batik and photography all engaged me, but through most of my adult life, I worked in glass. In recent years, I branched off into mixed media sculptures, making award-winning "fish". The structure of my fish sculptures begins with vintage crutches, paddles or boxes and then filled with found objects and wired together. Each one-of-a-kind sculpture is named. Crutches historically symbolize pain and healing and their use for my fish represents what humans are doing to the oceans and the fish of the world. By using vintage pieces for the fish insides, it is my hope that the resulting recycled fish will lead to a better understanding of the harm we do by throwing still-useable things out.

Prudence Quam / Bear Fetish The Zuni Indians of New Mexico are well known for carving natural stone into animal figures called fetishes. A fetish is believed to bring good luck and symbolic power that will protect its’ owner. Traditional subjects include bears, bison, birds, frogs, turtles, corn maidens and more. Artists also carve wild and domestic animals from other geographic regions. Of “protective and healing” animals, the bear is the most important. There are also “protective and hunting” animals. The carving tradition is passed down through Zuni families. Prudence Quam is from a famous carving family and has her own beautiful and recognizable style.
Prudence Quam
Mustafa Kachchaf arrow

Mustafa Kachchaf / Parallel Lives

Mustafa was born in Essaouira, Morocco. From an early age, he was very interested in his native city‚s art. In 1999, he traveled to France and then got a job offer to work as an artistic welder in Barcelona, Spain. There he learned many diverse welding and painting techniques. At the same time, he continued to develop his own artistic voice, creating his own sculptures. Next was the Canary Islands School of Art where he graduated with a degree in sculpture. Recently he married and relocated to Boston.

Charles Gibbs/Copper Bird
Imagine you have encountered a strange creature that begs closer investigation. You discover it is fashioned from metal parts, wires and tubes and objects that look like junk. The creature is even more mysterious now, an intricate web of metal which comes together in a way you have never seen before. The longer you stare and dissect the creature with your eyes, the more satisfied its creator, Charles Gibbs, is likely to be.

"From a very early age I was interested in metalworking, like since I was five years old," recalls the self-taught metal sculptor. It just held up a great fascination with me. I remember as a young child seeing a Native American silversmith at a museum in San Francisco and I was just entranced by what this guy was doing."
His obsessions made Gibbs different from all the other kids. "I think my earliest aspiration of life was to be a blacksmith, rather than a baseball player or something like that! I was a little unusual in that respect! Even as a very young child, my father had a workshop and lots of tools in it and I started off hammering little weapons and thing out of nails and bits of wire - you know, just pounding away with hammer on anvil, shaping things. Just loved the whole process."

Marilyn Jenney


Marilyn Jenney / Pas de Deux

Marilyn didn't discover her passion for sculpting until she was close to retirement age. She says that her only regret is that she didn't start decades ago. All her life, she has loved cats. One day, inspired by American Indian hand carved fetishes at Handworks Gallery, she purchased an 8-pack of Ivory soap. With a small pocket knife, she began carving and found bunnies, cats, kittens, turtles and birds hiding inside each soap bar. In 2010, she began sculpting classes and learned the art of building sculptures using wire armatures and plasticine clay. She studied motionless human models in the classroom and her very active yet elusive cats at home. Her resulting pieces are cast in bronze and aluminum.

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