Take summer ‘art walk’ at Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek

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Take summer ‘art walk’ at Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek

Take summer ‘art walk’ at Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek

ORINDA — In Eileen Fitz-Faulkner’s garden, it’s like an all-year Easter egg hunt.

Amid grass and trees lie colorful giant egg sculptures as well as others in their permanent home.

Fitz-Faulkner’s hen and tomato sculptures are among several to be featured by Bay Area artists at the 23rd annual Sculpture in the Garden on June 17, at the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

“It’s such an artistic space already,” the Orinda resident said of the Walnut Creek facility. “They do a really nice job hosting an opening party and exposing the public to the garden and the artists’ work there.”

The sculptor has been displaying work at the annual show since 2008, first showcasing her eggs, then eventually featuring birds and figurative work.

Fitz-Faulkner, who’s taken welding and mosaic classes, blends a variety of techniques to create her sculptures that include encasing a sturdy wire frame with concrete that she covers with hundreds of colored tile pieces.

“It’s like putting a puzzle together,” said Fitz-Faulkner, who has worked on set design for high school and community theater productions. “One of my biggest strengths is knowing which materials I need to make what I want to create.”

She said the sculpture garden show is an opportunity for the public to see “what would make their space beautiful.”

“The sculptures add a little bit of color and a spark of surprise and discovery to the garden when you see it,” said Fitz-Faulkner, whose sculpture “Runaway Fashion” will adorn the Orinda Library plaza for a year beginning this summer.

“The Sculpture in the Garden show is what I consider one of the coolest events of the year anywhere,” said Gretchen Bartzen, executive director of the Ruth Bancroft Garden. “When you offer this amazing garden of rare and unusual shapes and textures as inspiration to over 50 talented sculptors, you are rewarded with a rich variety of ideas and imagery, from the whimsical to poignant.

“It is especially fun to talk to the artists about their motivation, their medium and their background on opening weekend,” she said. “We find that many of our members and friends make sure they visit the garden during the show every year. That’s why this year we extended the show for an extra month.”

Artist Ted Bayer has three pieces of stone sculpture — all carved from different types of Italian marble — that will be on display. Two are in the juried sculpture show, and the third is part of the “art-walk” garden showcase.

One of the juried works is a white Carrara marble female figure named “Moonlight Meditation,” and the second is a female torso carved from white marble with violet-colored veining named “Violet.”

The sculpture in the “art-walk” is an abstracted heart: “Change of Heart,” carved from gray-blue Bardiglio marble, Bayer said.

“As an artist, I always like to display my sculpture, especially works that I have recently completed and that have not yet been presented to the public,” Bayer said.

“I enjoy showing my art at the Ruth Bancroft Garden and have done so for many years. It is such a beautiful location to display sculpture, and visitors always marvel at the perfect setting for viewing and appreciating art.”

Bayer continued, “It is also valuable to get a sense of what resonates with those who love art, and provides an incentive for me to keep producing art — something that is just so much fun to do. Since I sell some of the works that I display, there is also a value to having that as a forum.

Bayer said it is also a chance to get together with fellow artists and see what new works they are producing and to reconnect with them.

If you go

WHAT: Sculpture in the Garden

WHEN: June 17-Aug. 13; opening reception 5-8 p.m. June 17

WHERE: Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek

INFORMATION: www.ruthbancroftgarden.org

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Published at Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:08:43 +0000