The fire at River Studio on November 23rd, 2016
Gifts, Grants and GoFundme
These 3 “G”s represent the generosity of so many patrons, friends, family and the community at large who have joined together in the efforts to raise a new River Studio out of the ashes from the tragic fire that destroyed Andrew’s casting studio. To date a total of 85% of the estimated construction costs have been collected. A giant leap forward was made through the efforts of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce benefit that took place on March 3rd at Ventfort Hall. Envelopes containing checks in every amount continue to arrive in the mail as well as the contributions online through the GoFundMe Rebuild River Studio campaign.
We are grateful for each gift we receive. You have all touched our hearts and that kindness fills us with inspiration and the courage to forge ahead! says Andrew.
Measurements and sketches have been given to our friend Bill Kelly of Meadowwoods Pedestals who will draw up the plans needed for the permitting process. Once spring finally arrives in the Berkshires and warmer temperatures prevail, cleanup of the site will begin. The goal is to have the shell of the building up by next winter so that interior work can be done during the colder months and casting can begin again by spring of 2018.
15 Foot Other Side of Eden Commission Continues…
Andrew’s sculpture Other Side of Eden has proven to be one of his most popular and intriguing works. Originally cast in 1980 in a 22″ version (edition sold out) Andrew, always seeing the work much larger, on his own created and cast a 62″ version in 1991 in an edition of 9 (4 left in this edition). In 2003 a 37″ version was commissioned by a patron in an edition of 12 (4 left in this edition).
This work holds a very special place in Andrew’s heart as it was the very first sculpture that ‘appeared’ to him completely finished…in his mind’s eye. As many of you know Andrew’s career started in a ballet studio drawing dancers, both in motion and at rest, just as his artistic hero Degas did before him. Andrew had already begun to sculpt, but would still visit the studios and draw the dancers. One night a male dancer completing the last grand jeté of a series crashed into the studio’s wall. Andrew had in that moment a flash of inspiration, and actually saw the dancer going through the wall.
Finally, 35 years later – this magnificent work will be brought to life in a monumental version thanks to supportive (and thrilled!) patrons Thomas H. and Mary Steffek Blaske in Ann Arbor Michigan. This fifteen foot work is expected to take a year to complete.
With all the excitement of this large commission, there is burgeoning interest in the other current versions of this sculpture. One 37” version is being purchased by patrons in Paris and one 62″ version is to be installed this fall at the new BMC Cancer Center in Pittsfield, MA.
Andrew has set a target date of May 2016 for the work to be finished in bronze. He anticipates that the making of the rubber molds of the clay will take up to a month to complete and by the time the entire sculpture is covered, there will be over 55 individually separate molds! The bronze casting will begin after Labor Day and it is his hope to have all the sections cast and ready to assemble before the snow flies.
We’ll keep you updated on all the progress of this colossal sculpture!