I am always touched when someone makes room in their personal space for my work, when they invite the energy present in the piece into their experience. When the work is collected as a commemoration of something special or even profound, I am further moved. Recently I had back-to-back experiences of a piece collected in commemoration, each with the same sculpture. “Flutter Dance” is it’s title. Three small bronze butterflies in a dance, a flutter I would call it, each beautifully patinaed at the foundry in contrasting but complimentary colors.
Six inches high, four inches wide, four inches deep, the butterflies dance in a spiral from the surface of a red rock, a little piece of Sedona. This sculpture will be cast in an edition of 35, the one pictured here is #1/35 and will soon be winding it’s way to Idaho! The couple that came into the gallery to collect this piece was so charming. This was their first visit to Sedona and they wanted a memento, a commemoration of their trip here.
The red rocks of Sedona have a lure. The landscape of Sedona is magnificent, a place like no other and the art work here is beautiful (if I do say so myself). Recently voted the number two art destination for small cities in America, second only to Santa Fe, the art here reflects beautifully the magic of our precious city and is a perfect something to take back home with you to remind and enjoy.
The couple looked carefully at the work in the gallery and found their attention captured by the little dance of butterflies. They left the gallery and the husband returned a few moments later. He asked about the piece and if the artist was local. I replied that, the artist is so local, she is standing right next to you!” To that he was delighted. I explained the process for creating the work and introduced him to several other pieces I have done. Soon his wife joined us and they decided this was the one they wanted to take home with them to Idaho. Now I was delighted!
I love meeting the people who are touched by my work and love to know that it is out there fulfilling my wish for it….nourishing and inspiring the hearts and minds of others.
In the next post I will share with you the story of Flutter Dance #2. Till then, spread your wings and let your colors shine!