Maryland Hall Drawing and Sculpture Co-op Group Exhibit

Martino Gallery, 2nd floor

Drawings, paintings and sculpture by adult students in Maryland Hall's drawing and sculpture co-ops. 

The tradition of Cooperative Workshops (Co-ops) at Maryland Hall has been a part of its mission for over three decades.  Weekly Drawing and Painting Figure Co-ops on Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings provide professional models, offering an opportunity to study the human figure from life in a relaxed, professional environment.  These workshops are non-instructional sessions where adults with a wide range of experience and background in the arts can work independently in a collegial atmosphere.  The Sculpture Co-op is a weekly venue for stone, wood and clay sculptors. Artists with a varied experience work independently side-by-side, sharing knowledge and skills. It is open to artists who can work without an instructor.

Artists with drawings and paintings in the exhibit include:  Scott Chapman Sandy Cohen, Ken Cosgrove, Gabrielle DeCesaris, DaNeal Eberly, John Eden, Kim Farcot, Marian Figlio, Sue Goodman, Susan Jurow, Lee Klopp, Susan Picard, Noelle Pruitt, Leslie Sater, Jim Sayler, Hope Schroeder, Anne Sieling, Bogusia Thoemmes, Gerry Valerio, Louise Wallendorf and Kristin White.  Artists with sculptures in the exhibit include:  Barbara Cantor, Nancy Cosgrove, Herb Lieberman, Myrna Siegel and David Wilkinson.

Exhibit Statement:

Michelangelo said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

There are many paths available to the artist when creating a sculpture. With the direct carving method, the artist sees a shape or subject in a naturally occurring rock, and carves and refines that shape into a finished work.  Generally there is no sketching or other planning involved. In another variation of direct sculpture, the artist visualizes a piece in his mind and then begins to carve it from either a natural or quarried piece of stone.

Other sculptors prefer to fully develop their vision of the finished piece before starting to carve.  This might involve drawing and redrawing, making a clay model, and then transferring the sketch to the stone and starting to carve. Or it could be more simple, involving a piece of paper, a pencil or pen and a marker  or grease pencil to transfer to the stone.

Stones available to sculptors range from easily-worked soapstone to denser stones such as granite. Alabaster and marble are popular for sculpting. Although most stones are in earth tones, there is a translucent alabaster that is a lovely orange color. It’s temperamental to work with because of its occlusions and tendency to crack, but the results are stunning.

The path to a finished work involves tools large and small, from hammers and chisels for initial shaping to rasps and files to refine the shape. Finishing involves sandpaper and patience.