"http://www.stamfordplus.com/stm/information/nws1/publish/News_1/index.shtml - News</head> : Arts Published: Sep 6, 2018 - 2:19:49 AM


Local artist donates sculptures to Ives Concert Park

By Western Connecticut State University





Font size: Small Big
Email this article
 Printer friendly page
Share this article:
facebook del.icio.us Yahoo! MyWeb Digg reddit Furl Blinklist Spurl
Buy the "As seen on" mug


IMG_3904.JPG
contributed photo
DANBURY, CT - April Herbert, of Pound Ridge, New York, has led an interesting life and has found a way to pay it forward. Almost 40 years ago, at the age of 45, the mother of three saw a small advertisement in the New York Times promoting a four-day welding course at the Somerstown Gallery in Somers, New York. Herbert had always loved the arts, but had “never found my medium,” she said. When she mentioned the course to her husband, he told her that if she didn’t take it, he would take off from work and take it himself. So she did.

The course ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during a heatwave that year — around 1978 — and Herbert came home looking like a chimney sweep each day, she said. But she loved it and had finally found her medium. “I rented some welding equipment and began working in my backyard, where I promptly set my grass on fire.”

IMG_3891.JPG
contributed photo
Looking back now, as she approaches the age of 85, Herbert laughs when recalling how a four-day course resulted in a prolific career as a sculptor.

“I saw a bumper sticker once that said ‘Welders Make the Greatest Lovers,’” Herbert recalled. “It’s because everyone is so helpful and nice. They generously share their techniques.”

IMG_3910.JPG
contributed photo
That generosity apparently pays forward, because Herbert recently donated seven sculptures to Ives Concert Park on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, many of which went on display to the public for the first time this weekend.

Herbert describes her sculptures — made primarily of oxyacetylene-welded steel that comes in 4x8 sheets, brazed metals and some found objects — as contemporary or anthropomorphic. “My pieces often look like nature or birds, but that wasn’t usually the intent,” she said. “I like my work to be open to free interpretation and ‘the eye of the beholder.’”

IMG_3898.JPG
contributed photo
Born and raised in Manhattan, Herbert later moved to Mount Kisco and Pound Ridge, where once she began sculpting, she became a member of the Katonah Museum Artists Association, the National Association of Women Artists, the Pound Ridge Art Guild (which she served as president), the Stamford Art Association and Ridgefield Art Guild.

Her work has garnered numerous awards, including Third Place for Sculpture at the New Canaan “Spectrum” Show; First Prize for Sculpture from the Stamford Art Association; First Prize for Sculpture at the Bedford Art Show in Bedford, New York; Best in Show at the Ridgefield Art Guild Annual Juried Show; and the Amidar Award at the Silvermine Guild’s prestigious Art of the Northeast show.

IMG_3890.JPG
contributed photo
Herbert estimates she’s created nearly 300 pieces in her career — 60 of which are in private collections and five of which were commissioned works.

She says she’s “hanging up the welding torch” to enjoy traveling and life in South Carolina, where her new medium is art photography based on nature, travel and manipulated images. Herbert already has won awards and sold several pieces of her new artistic endeavor, which is no surprise to those who know her.

“I’m thrilled at finding a nice home for some of my work,” Herbert said. “Ives Concert Park is so beautiful. I’m really excited that my pieces will be displayed there and wish I could be there to see it. In my dreams, this is the kind of place I’ve always wanted my sculptures to go to.”

For more information, contact Ives Concert Park at info@ivesconcertpark.com or (203) 837-9226.




© Copyright by ConnecticutPlus.com. Some articles and pictures posted on our website, as indicated by their bylines, were submitted as press releases and do not necessarily reflect the position and opinion of ConnecticutPlus.com, Canaiden LLC or any of its associated entities. Articles may have been edited for brevity and grammar. Photos without a credit line are "contributed photos".





Note: We reserve the right to delete posts at any time if we decide that they are offensive or distasteful.
CURRENT HEADLINES:
First County Bank Foundation Grants $310,750 to Stamford Nonprofits
Silvermine celebrates the season with two weekends of holiday sales—and beautiful, unique items from artists and artisans
Former Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara joins Sacred Heart University
First County Bank Foundation Grants $31,427 to Greenwich Nonprofits
LAA presents annual new members show

Top of Page








ConnecticutPlus.com is part of the Canaiden Online Media Network.
Connecticut Plus Online | Stamford Plus Online | Norwalk Plus Online | Canaiden.com | Best of Norwalk | Best of Stamford | Hauterfly Magazine | SummerCampPlus.com

Copyright ©2005-2010 Canaiden,LLC All Rights Reserved.