Friday, June 4th, 6-8 p.m.
Columbia Center for the Arts
215 Cascade St.
Hood River, Oregon http://www.columbiaarts.org/
Open Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Featured artists include Jim Diem, Sue Allen, Kestrel Gtes, Lam Quang, Beth Lyons, Nancy Houfek, Patricia Shypertt, Toms Royal, Arthur Higgins, Patricia Lyons, Kris Joy, David Sherburne and Tom Herrera.
Tom is finishing several new pieces for the
June 4th-27th show including
"Eastern Bell", "Dragonfly", "Honu" and "Tiki Man".
On Saturday, May 15th,
Maryhill Museum hosted the opening of the annual outdoor sculpture garden exhibition which is open through October 3rd, 2010.
Museum curator Steve Grafe led the curatorial walk with artists and guests on another beautiful afternoon among the flowering trees of Maryhill. Recent works by Northwest artists Jess Kelly and Jesse Swickard joined artwork carried over from last year's popular exhibit which includes works by Matt Cartwright, Francisco Salgado, Julie Speidel, Jeff Tangen and Tom Herrera.
Sponsors Bill and Cathy Dickson from Seattle were present for the the exhibition opening as well as for the museum's Best of the West Annual Wine Auction that evening.
Visitors to the garden might miss some details of this whimsical sculpture because the structure stands over 8 feet tall. From a slight knoll, however, one can glimpse the beans, lettuce, cheese and tomato wedges inside the large taco shell. In order to prevent distress to the beautiful peacocks of Maryhill during the exhibition, the bell's clanger has been temporarily dismantled but the bell's rich tone is actually quite soothing.
In addition to the "Taco Bell", Tom's "Queen for A Day" bench is included in the museum's permanent collection. The bench, funded by the Arthur G. Dunn Guild of Seattle, was created in 2007. Tom was inspired by Queen Marie of Romania's furniture collection found in the museum. As functional art, the bench welcomes guests to relax and enjoy the sculptures and beauty of Maryhill. The "Queen for A Day" has been featured in many photographs taken of, and by, visiting guests and well as in paintings by Northwest painter Jerry Fenter. Jerry's work can be viewed at http://www.jerryfenter.com/
I missed the exhibition at the museum but my afternoon nap atop Tom's "Fly Fishing on the Hood" was filled with dreams of the irridescent green and blue peacocks of Maryhill. BOB
With degrees in graphic and industrial design and certified as a Journeyman Boilermaker/Welder following a three-year apprenticeship at Chevron El Segundo Refinery, Tom has experience in metal fabrication, pipe welding and project management. He has also worked for a paperboard packaging design firm and an exhibit design firm in Seattle. Children's playground equipment design, surfboard/sailboard design, product illustration and building construction experience have also influenced his current work.
Tom creates custom metal work and art pieces for homes and gardens. His art is often functional, utilizing various types of recyled metals. Many of his pieces are also whimsical and, recently, he has incorporated musical elements into some of his artwork. Tom enjoys collaborating with other artists to incorporate ceramic and fused glass into his art.
When asked about his work, Tom responds with a quote from Norman Maclean's novella A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT..."All good things come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy".
I am very lucky to be able to observe his creative process every day.
BOB (and now JUNIOR)