Salisbury Sculpture Show picks 14 new pieces

  • Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Teak Bench Watcher is a powder-coated aluminum and teakwood piece byJim Collins of Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Teak Bench Watcher is a powder-coated aluminum and teakwood piece byJim Collins of Signal Mountain, Tenn.

SALISBURY — Gov. Pat McCrory gave the Salisbury Sculpture Show a shout-out in December when he tapped former Mayor Susan Kluttz to head the Department of Cultural Resources.

McCrory called the sculpture show “extremely innovative.”

“Maybe that’s an idea we can borrow throughout the state of North Carolina,” he said.

Salisbury’s annual outdoor public art event continues this year with the selection of 14 pieces to be installed April 4 and 5. Private donations, public grants and entry fees fund the project, which is in its fifth year.

The Public Art Committee, part of the city’s Community Appearance Commission, recently chose winners from 41 submittals in six states.

“I thought we had a very good crop to choose from,” said city planner Lynn Raker, who came up with the event in collaboration with Barbara Perry.

Most of the winning selections were created by artists whose work has appeared in the show before. Two artists — Hugh Bryant of Greensboro and Bob Turan of Earlton, N.Y. — are new this year.

It costs about $20,000 to put on the show, including $1,000 stipends for each sculpture chosen. The stipend helps cover the cost of transporting the artwork to Salisbury and compensates the artist for having a sculpture out of inventory for nine months, Raker said.

Funding comes from the N.C. Arts Council grassroots grant ($4,250), a 25 percent commission from sale of two pieces in 2012 ($6,000), show entry fees ($400 each) and private donations.

Private benefactors bought two pieces in 2012.

If you’re particularly fond of “Oak Leaf Horizon” by Jim Gallucci, the arch-shaped sculpture at the corner of Fulton and West Innes streets, you can visit the artwork in its new home at Rowan Hospice House on Statesville Boulevard.

Private donors also purchased “Jeremiah” by Roger Martin, a piece from the first sculpture show that stood at the corner of Liberty and Main streets.

Several other former Sculpture Show selections remain in Salisbury, including “Cattail Bridge” behind the Norvell Theater and “Pipeline,” which customers walk through at the city’s Customer Service Center.

Two artists have donated their pieces to the city, including “Circles” by Jozef Vercauteren at Wells Fargo Bank and “Helix Tower” by Carl Billingsley at the corner of Liberty and Lee streets.

The 2012 Salisbury Sculpture Show stayed up longer than usual for the benefit of nearly 500 participants at the N.C. Main Street Conference, which Salisbury hosted last month. Many conference-goers raved about the show, and several said they hope to start a similar event in their town.

Locations for the 2013 Sculpture Show have not been determined. Selections are:

• Ancient Vessels, cast iron by Carl Billingsley of Ayden

• Life Geometric, steel by Hugh Bryant of Greensboro

• Teak Bench Watcher, powder-coated aluminum and teak wood by Jim Collins of Signal Mountain, Tenn.

• Sunflower Gate II, galvanized steel by Jim Gallucci of Greensboro

• Rosa Parks Bench, powder-coated steel by Jim Gallucci Greensboro

• Return of Spring, copper by Gary Gresko of Oriental

• Cloud, stainless steel and bronze by Hanna Jubran of Grimesland

• Sunburst, stainless steel and bronze by Hanna Jubran Grimesland

• Resting Moonflower, Colorado mule marble on base by Susan Moffatt of Chapel Hill

• Triangle Tango, welded corten steel by Bob Turan of Earlton, N.Y.

• Ring Ling, steel by Jozef Vercauteren of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

• Go Take a Hike, stainless steel by Davis Whitfield VI of Mountain City, Tenn.

• Winding Out, cedar, steel and clear preservative by Robert Winkler of Asheville

• A Few Degrees from Plumb and Square, fiberglass and polished aluminum by Bill Wood of Fairfax, Va.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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