SVC MOVING FOuRTH
by the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
Now – end of Dec. 2018
Merriam Webster: moving
a. : producing or transferring motion or action
b. : stirring deeply in a way that evokes a strong emotional
Synonyms: affecting, emotional, impactful, impressive, poignant,
Related Words: eloquent, expressive, meaningful, significant;
The Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen is moving right along—growing, changing, evolving as a group as well as individually as artisans. To celebrate the diversity of our work and our growth as we move through our fourth year as a chapter, we bring you SVC MOVING FOuRTH at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.
We are pleased to announce our members’ exhibition at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg. It is an honor to join them in celebrating their 25th Anniversary while we mark our 4th. Fine craft by our members in a variety of mediums will be on display in the Romberger Gallery from October 1, 2018 through January 3, 2019. All are invited to the opening reception Saturday, October 20 from 3 to 6 pm; refreshments will be served.
The Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen is an organization of dedicated artisans who create contemporary and traditional crafts of the highest standards to promote the aims and purposes of the Pennsylvania Guild. The mission of SVC is to promote an appreciation of artistry and craftsmanship in the craft mediums, provide educational and networking opportunities to members and the community, to assist members in marketing their craft through education and peer reviews, and to educate, preserve, and advance the creativity of our youth through craft.
January 8 – April 1 Miniature to Monumental by Richard J. Summons
Rick Summons creates fascination works of art, both naturalistic and surrealistic in bronze, aluminum, stainless steel, gypsum cements, stoneware, porcelain, bonded metals and stone.
Rick’s enchantment with Eastern North American wildlife, both aquatic and terrestrial, developed from childhood on the family’s Southeastern Pennsylvania farm. This interaction has led to his passion for sculpting bas-reliefs, which are available in bronze, bonded metals and stone.
His 3-dementional creations in lost wax bronze involve an ongoing theme called “meadowsongs”; playful compositions of turtles, toads, koi, beetles, crickets, etc. Converted into bronze and presented on marble and granite, they become unduplicated and in-duplicable originals.
Rick produces works for individuals, corporate and nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions, which include medallions, awards, life size human and animal figures, portraiture, public art installations, and restorations of decorative interior/exterior architectural elements.
Rick is represented by fifteen galleries in seven states and his national advertising can be seen in “Sporting Classics Magazine”.
The Casting Process
Cold cast bronze, also referred to as bonded bronze is the blending of bronze powder with a binder or adhesive. Because we are using actual bronze powder, the finished appearance simulates that of “hot cast” bronze.
The original relief design is modeled in clay and captured in a flexible mold. The fluid bronze mixture is poured into that mold and allowed to cure. Burnishing the surface of the cured casting with varied grades of steel wool exposes the resplendence of the metal. In some cases the surface is aggressively oxidized with metallic salts to produce a patina of “weathered” bronze or verdigris.
Verdiris patina will become more noticeable in humid conditions, but will not adversely affect the beauty of the patina.
Other powdered metals and powdered stone can be used in castings, each exhibiting their own properties.
To maintain and enhance the richness of your casting, lightly dust and polish with any commercial furniture polish pre-applied to a soft cloth.