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News from Cheryl D Garcia's Great Metal Works

The Great Metal Works
Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia   
April 1st, 2015

“Brittilaria” at Britt Festival Grounds

Cheryl has been working on one of the most ambitious and inspired sculptures of her career.  Ten years ago during the first Spring after she moved to Jacksonville from Ashland she was hiking in the hills around town when she first happened across a small clan of the lily family, the Frittilaria.  With a half dozen or so members in Southern Oregon, they each share a brilliant red bell like flower.  None of them stand more than a foot high and one of them only occurs in the Jacksonville Woodlands around the Britt Festival.

When Cheryl returned to her studio instead of picking up her grinder and getting back to the artwork she was working on she pulled out her sketchbook and sketched the blossomed subject with colored pencils.  Years went by and lots of poppies came and went.  Each year when Spring came around and the Frittilaria would bloom, Cheryl would revisit the sketch in her notebook.   It was truly an idea waiting for it’s time and place to come.

While working on one of her larger California Poppy installations, Cheryl’s clients Sean & Sonya asked her what other flowers she had created.  She mentioned the sunflower, thistle, columbine and corn stalk at Walker Elementary School in Ashland, the Bolander’s Lily at Red Lily Vineyards, the Perrier Jouet flower at C St Bistro in Jacksonville and the one flower she had always wanted to create. That frittilaria from her sketchbook.   Without hestitation Sean said “We want the first one if you ever create it!”, and the idea was starting to become reality.

When Sean and Sonya moved to Texas, it seemed like that the idea was destined to remain a dream.  Until one evening last year while Cheryl was attending a concert up at the Britt Festival Grounds and saw the perfect place.  A place where art, music and natural beauty could all meet in combined harmony!

Sean and Sonya loved the idea of giving back something so beautiful to their second home of Jacksonville and asked Cheryl to approach the Britt.  Thanks to the leadership and vision of Donna Briggs and the entire Board of the Britt Festival this dream is about to come true!

You are invited to the dedication of the latest public artwork by Cheryl D. Garcia on Friday, April 10th 2015 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM on the Britt Festival Grounds in Jacksonville, Oregon. Jeff Kloetzel will welcome everyone with music, celebratory miniature cupcakes and cava will be served.  We hope to see you there!

 


“Eternal Spring” Spiral Staircase Sculptural Profile 

Three years ago a couple stopped by the Jacksonville studio of metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia and requested she design a spiral staircase for their home. Cheryl recommended that they purchase and install a kit but they insisted on her being the artist and persisted in their request.  After a long patient wait the sculptural piece “Eternal Spring” was installed in their airy and light filled home in February.

St. Mary’s School
Art Mentorship Program 

As a girl Cheryl always dreamed of assembling the pieces of metal she discovered in the desert canyonlands.  Thanks to the support and encouragement of her family and teachers she was able to develop her inner vision into the metal artist she is today.  Cheryl cares deeply about giving back that support and encouragement through mentorship programs that inspire the next generation of artists.
Of course Cheryl said “yes” when the faculty at St. Mary’s School in Medford asked her to demonstrate her cold steel methods to their art students as part of an “Artist on Campus” Spring student workshop series.  St. Mary’s students will have the opportunity to see Cheryl work and ask her questions about her art.  Faculty, parents and the entire student body will also have the opportunity to interact with Cheryl’s selected sculptural works exhibited in the campus community garden through May.

A Farewell to Louis Colisimo 
The well loved and respected Rogue Valley Glass Artist Louis Colisimo passed away in December.  Many of you will know Louis from his Red Oak Glass in Central Point or will have seen his exquisite work at Kaleidoscope Pizza in Medford. Louis’ students knew him through his infinite enthusiasm, patience and constant encouragement.  Cheryl and Louis were longtime friends and collaborated on the artistic floor lamp below.  The world has lost a passionate and caring artist, he will be missed by our community.

Interview Insight

 Oregon Lifestyles Television’s Terri-Lynn Kalhagen visited the Great Metal Works to interview Cheryl D. Garcia and document her creative process.  Here is the segment they filmed that will be appearing on stations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
 
 
 Cheryl’s MessageThere was a time when I felt compelled to finish an art project the same day.  Today my projects take weeks and sometimes months to complete.  The growth and development I have felt on every project leads me to reflect to the returning Spring.  Since my most recent show at Red Lily in May 2014 I have been creating two amazingly huge projects which have taken all of my time and attention.

“Spring Eternal” was my first ever sculptural spiral staircase.  At a story and a half the assemblage consisted of 46 separately hand made precision fitted pieces.  An enormous effort that combined serious fabrication and artistic vision, the functional artwork astounded even me when I finally saw it fully assembled for the first time.

My second Winter project was “Brittilaria”. This sculptural installation is one of my largest yet and closest to my heart.  The project again challenged me to create, build and explore new tools, methods and techniques.  The completed multi-element work will be installed at the renown music venue at the Britt Festival Grounds here in Jacksonville.  I hope all of you will attend this very special public dedication ceremony on April 10th as we celebrate the natural, cultural and historic treasures of Jacksonville.
  
Of Interest

Britt Festival

St. Mary’s School

Jeff Kloetzel

Kaleidoscope Pizzeria

SO Artists Resource

South Stage Cellars


Audubon Society

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Metal Fest 2014 – Celebrating the Metal Arts

Students learn blacksmithing with CCC instructor David Curl.

Students learn blacksmithing with CCC instructor David Curl.

 

Local and regional metal arts practitioners, Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery & Public House are collaborating to produce Astoria’s first Metal Fest event – Saturday, July 19, noon to 9pm, at the Fort George Lovell Showroom and Brewery.

blacksmithing at Clatsop Community CollegeThe festival will highlight metal artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest and a diverse range of techniques including blacksmithing, bladesmithing, and fabricating in metal. Participating artists include: Vern Wilson, sculptor; Lynn Gledhill, President of the Northwest Blacksmith Association; Mike Neely, Mark Moshofski and David Curl, professional blacksmiths and more.

Artisans will demonstrate their techniques, display their work and offer work for sale. In addition, artists are donating original work for a live auction of work that will be displayed in the Fort George Lovell Showroom gallery. Proceeds from the auction and a percentage of sales will be donated to Clatsop Community College to help support its new blacksmithing three-course sequence beginning Fall Term 2014. Registration for the first course in this series, Blacksmithing I (BLD199) is now open at www.clatsopcc.edu/register.

Live music and a BBQ by the Fort George Brewery will be available throughout the event.

Please direct inquiries to: Lucien Swerdloff, 503-338-2301; [email protected]

 

May News and Events from Cheryl D. Garcia!

The Great Metal Works
Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia   
April 30th, 2014

“Pulse” at Red Lily Vineyards

Experience an awakening of your senses and the renewal of Spring with Cheryl D. Garcia and “Pulse“, a selection of fine metal art debuting at Red Lily Vineyards.  The metamorphic colors and curving metal of the “Pulse” works complement Cheryl’s regal ten foot tall “Bolander’s Lily” sculpture and twelve foot bottle tree both on permanent display on the Red Lily grounds.  The artist will be available to discuss her current work as well as the history of her giant sculptures during this event on Sunday, May 18th 2014 from 11 – 5 PM.

Corresponding with the Applegate Valley Uncorked barrel tasting and food pairing, the artist’s reception will feature appetizers and wine tasting.

Red Lily Vineyards 11777 Highway 238  

Between Ruch and Applegate [Red Lily’s Website]

Tasting Room 541-846-6800 || Artist 541-840-6243


The Great Metal Works at
Ruth Bancroft Garden’s 20th Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Walnut Creek, CA

  Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia has been selected to exhibit sculptures at the Ruth Bancroft Garden during their 20th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit.  For one month every year, the Ruth Bancroft Garden transforms into an outdoor art gallery.  The Garden’s world-class collection of succulent and drought-tolerant plants provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their works.  Meandering pathways lead to artworks from major Bay Area artists. There will be a kickoff reception and preview party on Friday, June 13th from 5:30 to 8 PM featuring catered food, local wine and live musical entertainment.

  Cheryl will be available to discuss her artwork throughout Saturday. Dads get in free for a special Father’s Day celebration on Sunday, June 15th which includes live music by the Ancenstral Water Band.  Reserve a spot for a unique wine, food and music experience in the garden with Dogbone at the Art & Jazz Sunset Social on Friday, July 11th from 5 – 8  PM.  

For more information or to purchase tickets to the events at the garden please visit the [Ruth Bancroft Garden’s Website]


Southern Oregon Magazine’s
Best Local Artist
2014 award
We were delighted to discover that Cheryl had been recognized as the “Best Local Artist” awarded by the readers of Southern Oregon Magazine for an amazing third consecutive year. Cheryl is honored in their Spring 2014 issue for her innovative designs and monumental public art installations such as the “California Poppies” on South Stage Road outside Jacksonville. We are very touched and honored that Southern Oregonians picked Cheryl and her artworks as outstanding in our region. Thank you so much to our fans who voted! The magazine is available on newsstands and in select business locations through July. Find out more about Southern Oregon and magazine locations at [Southern Oregon Magazine’s Website]

 


Newsletter Special!

 Oregon Lifestyles Television’s Terri-Lynn Kalhagen visited the Great Metal Works to interview Cheryl D. Garcia and document her creative process.  Here is the segment they filmed that will be appearing on stations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
 
 

 Cheryl’s Message

I am humbled when I sit back to reflect on my life and the fortunes of a well developed art career. I am so Blessed to have found a niche where my art is not only accepted, but sought after. I believe that the expertise and relationships forged through my years of metalworking has given me the success I enjoy today.

The results of that success has turned into multiple commissions for private homes and public spaces spanning well into 2015. There is great excitement for me in designing artwork to fit a space in someone’s life. Knowing that my work will be enjoyed for many years to come, keeps me striving to do my best.

Many of my inspirations land in a sketchbook waiting for the time to develop the idea further. Having deadlines to meet doesn’t allow for a whole lot of extra time to create artwork for exhibits. One of the most enriching moments as an artist is to show my work to a wider audience and watch the enjoyment my work creates. This year, with so much work lined up, I am able to have only a couple of public shows. The only local showing this year will be at Red Lily Vineyards on May 18th from 11-5, then off to the Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek for the 20th annual sculpture in the garden exhibit running from June 13th through July 13th. Thank you for coming with me on my journey as an artist. I hope to see you at one of the shows this Summer!
  

Of Interest

Red Lily Vineyards

Ruth Bancroft Gardens

Kaleidoscope Pizzeria

SO Artists Resource

South Stage Cellars


Audubon Society

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Announcements from Metal Artist Cheryl D. Garcia ~ Congrats for winning Southern Oregon Magazine's

The Great Metal Works
Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia   
May 15th, 2013

“Awakening” at Red Lily

Explore the depth and quality of light through the medium of metal with “Awakening“, a new collection of fine metal art by Cheryl D. Garcia debuting at Red Lily for one day only.  The rich color and curving metal of these “Awakening” works complement Cheryl’s ten foot tall “Bolander’s Lily” sculpture and twelve foot bottle tree both on permanent display on the Red Lily grounds.  The artist will be available to discuss her current work as well as the history of her giant sculptures during this event on Sunday, May 19th 2013 from 11 – 5 PM.

Corresponding with the Applegate Valley Uncorked barrel tasting and food pairing, the artist’s reception will feature appetizers and wine tasting.

Red Lily, 11777 Hwy 238 between Ruch and Applegate.  [Red Lily’s website]

 

 


Southern Oregon Magazine’s
Best Local Artist
 2013 award
 We were delighted to discover that Cheryl had been recognized as the “Best Local Artist” awarded by the readers of Southern Oregon Magazine for a second consecutive year. Cheryl is honored in their Spring 2013 issue for her innovative designs and monumental public art installations such as the “California Poppies” on South Stage Road outside Jacksonville. We are very touched and honored that Southern Oregonians picked Cheryl and her artworks as outstanding in our region.  Thank you so much to our fans who voted!  The magazine is available on newsstands and in select business locations through July.  Find out more about Southern Oregon and magazine locations at [Southern Oregon Magazine’s Website]

The Great Metal Works at
Ruth Bancroft Garden’s 18th Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Walnut Creek, CA

Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia has been invited to display selected sculptures at the Ruth Bancroft Garden’s 18th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit.  Works from major Bay Area Artists will be exhibited  with a kickoff reception and preview party on Friday, June 14th from 5:30 to 8 PM featuring some of the best food, wine and musical entertainment from the Bay Area.

Cheryl will be available to discuss her artwork at the opening weekend and Father’s Day celebration on Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th from 10-4 PM.  The show concludes with a special agave and tequila Sunset Social on Sunday, July 7th from 4-8 PM.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the events at the garden please visit the [Ruth Bancroft Gardens’ Website]


What’s at South Stage Cellars

A rotating selection of Cheryl’s latest artworks is always available at South Stage Cellars

Visit South Stage this month for an incredible show of two observant birders showing the passions together through the photography and metalwork.  Resident artist Cheryl D. Garcia will continue to showcase some new creations in the tasting room and wine garden. Her latest presentation of Betty LaDuke‘s work during the Rising Stars competition was a creative display of form and color highlighting “Local Farms and Farm Workers”

Cheryl and South Stage Cellars are pleased to see the photography of Dan Elster in the tasting room.  Dan is known for capturing amazing imagery of birds and other wildlife through the art of photography.  His work will be on display from May 8th through June 12th, with an artist’s reception Saturday, May 18th from 1-3 PM.

With delicious Wednesday night dinners by the “C” Street Bistro and local music most evenings, there are plenty or reasons to stop in and see the ever changing art by Cheryl and other talented artists.  Come meet the friendly staff and experience for yourself the winning combination of great art, the latest vintages, delicious food and lively music at South Stage Cellars.

  [South Stage Cellars Website]


Newsletter Exclusive!

The careful reader will notice the prismatic design that keystones our newsletter this time around.  It is a preview of new metalworks that have recently been installed at Kaleidoscope Pizza in Medford. Check it out if you are hungry for great food and art!

Cheryl D Garcia’s Great Metal Works

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Update from Cheryl D Garcia's Great Metal Work Studio

The Great Metal Works
Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia   
November 14th, 2012

“Luminescent” at Red Lily

These artworks delve deep into the flamboyant pageant of Autumn color through the inner life and fire of metal. -Cheryl D Garcia

Explore the depth and quality of light through the medium of metal with “Luminescent“, a new collection of fine metal art by Cheryl D Garcia debuting at Red Lily this month.  The rich color and curving metal of these “Luminescent” works complement Cheryl’s ten foot tall “Bolander’s Lily” sculpture and twelve foot bottle tree both on permanent display on the Red Lily grounds.  The artist will be available to discuss her current show and the history of her giant sculptures on Sunday November 18th 2012 from 11 – 5.

Corresponding with the Applegate Valley Uncorked barrel tasting and food pairing, the artist’s reception will feature appetizers, wine tasting and live music by reknowned musician, Jeff Kloetzel. Red Lily, 11777 Hwy 238 between Ruch and Applegate.  [Red Lily’s website]

 

 


The Great Metal Works
Scavenger Hunt Winner Announced!

Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia has announced Don and Linda DeWald as the winners of her random drawing for a fine art poppy sculpture.  Widely known for the California Poppy sculptures outside of Jacksonville, the metal artist has many artworks in public and private collections throughout the Pacific Northwest. Cheryl has been celebrating twenty years of metalworking by inviting fans of her metalwork to send in picture of themselves with her metalwork.

Having  received hundreds of entries over the summer, a random drawing was made after Labor Day.  Cheryl wished Don and Linda congratulations when she delivered their sculpture.  Asked about the contest she said “Seeing everyone who entered enjoying my metal art has been one of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for!”

SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE FOR NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS:
We have created a gallery of the best scavenger hunt images on Flickr we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

 


Autumn at South Stage Cellars

A rotating selection of Cheryl’s latest artworks is always available at South Stage Cellars

Cheryl is doing great things as the resident artist at South Stage Cellars this fall.  If you haven’t been in recently there are new pieces on rotating display in the tasting room and the guest artists have really been striking! Marie Ann Carson, Jim Craven, Bill Stanton, Victoria Christian, Kathleen Hoevet, Dianne Ericksen and Pegi Smith have all had terrific shows this year.  As the next guest artist, local favorite, Katharine Gracey will be exhibiting her latest artworks November 28th through January 9th with a reception November 30th from 5-7 PM.

With delicious Wednesday night dinners by the “C” Street Bistro and local music most evenings, there are plenty or reasons to stop in and see the ever changing art by Cheryl and other talented artists.  Come meet the friendly staff and experience for yourself the winning combination of great art, the latest vintages, delicious food and lively music at South Stage Cellars.

  [South Stage Cellars Website]


Ozone Gallery in Newport

“Pelagic”

Cheryl will feature “Pelagic” and more in the Ozone Gallery’s November show “Luminary” a show of artists who feature Light in Art or En-lightened art. Reception will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 5-7 with festivities including illuminated performances, luminous interactive art projects, radiant artists, food and wine.

The Ozone’s wonderful bay front location serves as a wonderful space to enjoy great art in the diffuse coastal light and ocean air.  Gallery owner Karen Candelario presents contemporary fine art from regional and national artists in an open and airy bay side setting at the Ozone.  Ozone is located at 669 Bay Blvd. on Newport’s Historic Bayfront.  [Ozone’s Website]


 Southern Oregon Magazine’s
Best Local Artist
 2012 award
 We were honored and surprised when we received the news that the readers of Southern Oregon Magazine had awarded Cheryl D. Garcia the distinction of being their “Best Local Artist” for 2012. She is honored in their Winter 2012 issue for her diverse artwork and monumental public art installations such as the “California Poppies” on South Stage Road outside Jacksonville. We are very touched and honored that Southern Oregonians picked Cheryl and her artworks as one of best features of our area.   Thank you so much Southern Oregon!  The magazine is available on newsstands and in select business locations through March.  
 
 

 
 
 

 Cheryl’s Message

Looking back over twenty years of metalworking has filled me with gratitude for all who have helped along the way.  The engcouragement from family and friends continues to help me strive for greater feats. The Great Metal Works Scavenger Hunt brought in hundreds of images from all over the country.  Reflecting on the art created years ago and seeing how my style has developed over those years was one of the greatest unexpected gifts which came from having the contest.  Thank You all from the bottom of my heart for giving me that perspective!

As another season comes and goes, my artwork continues to develop and grow.  Please join me on Sunday November 18th from 11-5 at Red Lily Vineyards to see my latest body of work.  May the “Luminescent” quality of this new work fill your heart and soul with the warmth and gratitude I feel from you, my fans.
 
Of Interest

Red Lily Vineyards
Ozone Gallery
SO Artists Resource
South Stage Cellars
Audubon Society