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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Wishing You & Yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I just finished 4 new pieces this month. The one pictured above just got photographed this week. It's titled NAIAD. I carved it from Argentine Onyx. It stands 19"H x 10"W x 6"L. It's available to be gift wrapped and placed under your tree. HoHoHo Who's on your pedestal?
Usually for Christmas, we are on the road traveling somewhere. This year, however, we actually got a tree and it's trimmed in little white lights. 'Tis the season to think back on this year and look forward to next year. 2011 is the year that I will be celebrating carving sculpture for 30 years. Stay tuned for all the excitement we have planned to celebrate those 30 years. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wish List

I just got back from San Francisco where I was delivering a couple of pieces. They found new homes for the Holidays. On my drive back, I started thinking about my wish list. A new studio apron would be nice as mine has huge rips in it and, of course, I always want more stone and maybe some rock candy in my stocking. What's on your wish list? One of my sculptures? I have a new 6 month layaway plan this year that has been very popular. We can gift wrap a photograph of your selected sculpture so you'll have something under the tree. Check out the newest work on my website: http://www.tbarny.com HoHoHo

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G !
What drives you? Are you following your passion? When working on something, do you know what the outcome will be? I've been thinking a lot lately about what drives me. I am following my passion carving in stone but I don't plan on knowing the outcome. For me, that is part of the "discovery" process. I am constantly evolving by discovering my designs hidden in the stone. I typically core drill a hole or two ...or three... into the stone. I discover what the stone wants me to do with it's design. We work together to create my sculpture. It's a thrilling process for me; one that I look forward to in my studio everyday. Have a great holiday.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wanna Dance?

I'm dancing into next year with a full schedule that's for sure. I just delivered 3 new pieces for the Ira Wolk Gallery show called the "Director's Choice" in St. Helena. I just shipped 2 new pieces to my newest gallery in North Carolina called the Broadhurst Gallery. I'm working on about 8 pieces at one time right now and I've already had a meeting for next year's big event called T30. I'm going to be celebrating 30 years of making sculpture. My 2011 schedule is back to back and includes an alumni show at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. Dance around a bit and plan exciting things in your schedule next year. It makes me feel like my inspiration is fresh, my ideas are solid and I am moving forward. The piece above is titled DANSEUR which mean 'Dancer'. It is carved from New Mexican Pipestone and measures 30"H x 14"W x 5"L. One week 'til Turkey Day.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Surface Transition

When I could see my breath in the cold studio today I knew it was time to use my little propane heater! I've been working on this "pointed style" design lately. It's all about "Surface Transition" - I take a little off here and a little off there, look at it and then take a little off here and a little off there. Then look at it again. It's not like bending paper; it's 3-dimensional. From edge to edge, I need to be aware of how it flows. These new designs still have my classic curvilinear approach but with a directional evolution going on throughout the piece. The piece above is titled, "SESTET" which means the 'Last 6 Lines in a Sonnet'. It measures 20"H x 13"W x 7"L. I carved it from a block of Picasso Marble. Enjoy it online or picture it in your home or office.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How Cool Is That?

Technology - Gotta Love It! As of this morning, I now have video on my blog. Check it out above. Pretty Cool!
Recent ARTrails guests also thought this was a pretty cool sculpture. They were mostly attracted to the smooth, finished surface of the stone and the surprise of the raw edge. This piece is titled BREACH which means 'Rend'. It stands 19"tall x 13"wide and 5"deep. It is available here at the studio for $4000. I carved it from a block of Utah Calcite. You can see the white at the edge; that is what the outside of the block looks like. You don't know what you'll find until you carve into it. How cool is that?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Director's Choice

Did you come out for ARTrails? The last day was a rainy one but my most well attended. Rain or shine, it was a great group of people who came to see me, my sculpture and where I work. Now as I shift gears, I prepare for an invitational show in St. Helena at the Ira Wolk Gallery. This "Director's Choice" Show will be up November through December. I'm sending them pictures of new work for them to review and they will choose 3 pieces for this special exhibit. Above is one of my favorite new pieces. The title "DUODENARY" means 'Twelve'. There are 12 points to the pieces while at the same time still holding my curvilinear style. The stone is Brucite Marble with has green streaks through the black and grey texture. It also has an area of "Fool's Gold" in it. This piece measures 18in.x 13in.x 7in. Check out other new work at: http://www.tbarny.com
Enjoy Fall and HaPpY HaLLoWeeN to all of you.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Join Me This Weekend!


Join Me Saturday & Sunday
October 9-10 & 16-17, 10am - 5pm Daily
Did you know that it is ARTrails 25th Anniversary? I was one of the artists who helped coordinate the very first ARTrails. As I flashback to 1985, I remember a group of us artists were looking for a way to get the public to our studios. It was a big year for me as that is when my 20' x 20' studio space was built. I invite you to come on out and see my studio now, hear ARTrails stories and see my new bronze "Gem" Collection.
I just finished 6 more new pieces for this first ARTrails weekend. Four of them are carved from Utah Calcite like the one shown above. It is always a favorite stone and glows in the sunlight. The other two are carved from Picasso Marble and Brucite. They are more directional in design. I've let the stone tell me what it wants to do by drilling it first and then through the transition of veining and texture, I carve the design into pointed curves. Typically, I have a preconceived idea of the design. These two new pieces are completed through this transition process of letting it flow from the rock.
I hope to see you this weekend or next. Cheers to ARTrails!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sept. 25 ARTrails Party

As I flashback to 1985, I remember a group of us artists were looking for a way to get the public to our studios. I was one of the artists who helped put together the very first ARTrails! One of my favorite memories over the years involves a little boy and his birthday. To introduce the little one to the arts, his grandparents gave him a catalog and asked him which studio he would like to visit for his 7th birthday. He chose my studio year after year. I've now seen the boy grow into his teenage years. The grandparents have proven what an educational experience ARTrails is for us all.
I personally invite you to join me as I attend the ARTrails 25th Celebration. Saturday, September 25 in Santa Rosa, CA.
ARTrails Preview Exhibit Art Reception: 6-8pm at 404 Mendocino Ave. ARTrails 25th Celebration: ARTrails Revealed Party: 7-10pm at Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. Hope you can join us for Food, Wine, Music, Dancing, Raffles, ART and Surprises. Online reservations $15:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stunning Santa Fe

Fantastic, Fun & Fabulous! Abstract Realm is the title of my new show at Hunter Kirkland in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There were 75-80 people at the reception! The show is stunning with new abstract landscapes by Santa Fe painter Gregory Frank Harris and, of course, all of my new work. I have 24 pieces in the show. Before I left I was interviewed by Kate McGraw of the Albuquerque Journal. Check out her article at: http://www.journalnorth.com/venuenorth/ Click on the title: Both Abstract and Solid, dated: Friday, September 10, 2010. My new work flows through the gallery with the stone colors complimenting the paintings. It's a visual treat for the senses.
On my way through Santa Fe, I kept a FACEBOOK journal of sorts. A bit of a visual recording of 'an artist traveling to his show' type stuff. It was a very full weekend; lots of great friends, good food and inspiring scenery. I came home to great news. A gallery in North Carolina wants my work with contacts in the DC & NY areas. Plus, ARTrails Open Studios is around the corner - October 9-10 & 16-17. Today I'm happily back in my studio carving away. Cheers!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Up In The Air


What time is it? Oh, it's already 4:30am. Up and ready to go to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have to say "Thank You Melinda" for driving me to the airport bright and early this morning. I called Lori, my Marketing Director, once I got into Los Angeles with a couple more details. "Thank You Lori" - she put together a packet of information for me to take to the show which includes new pictures of me with my sculpture. Now I'm on my flight to Santa Fe where my gallery awaits my arrival. I've done many shows over a period of 30 years but there is something about Santa Fe. Aside from the fact that my stone sculptures sell really well here, it's the big sky, the food and the people. My annual trip allows me to visit and stay with special friends, "Thank You Harvey & Sarah". It also allows me to spend quality time with my gallery, Hunter Kirkland Contemporary. Nancy Hunter is the owner of the gallery and she called last Saturday to say that the pieces arrived safely. She then called back to say that HEXAD, the piece featured above sold to one of her collectors as soon as it was unpacked - "Thank You Nancy". I'm looking forward to the show and the reception Friday night, September 10th from 5-7pm. Are you "Up In The Air" about what to do this weekend? Join me in the Southwest!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Abstract Realm"

Are you joining me in Santa Fe? It's next week already. Just completed, photographed and took video of this new mobius sculpture titled COPULA which means 'Connecting Word'. It measures 20"H x 17"W x 10"L and is carved from an amazing block of Italian Alabaster. As you can see it has a lot of texture, subtle color and veining. There will be 24 pieces in the show this year. There is quite a range of stone represented such as: Greek Marble, Mexican Fluorite, Utah Calcite, New Mexican Pipestone, Spanish Marble, Iranian Onyx, Indian Sandstone, Italian Marble and, of course, Italian Alabaster. It feels great to complete such a unique body of work for this show called "ABSTRACT REALM". It's always a pleasure to be in Santa Fe. I've been showing my work there now for over 20 years!
So - how do all of these pieces get there? Well, for the past 2 weeks, I've been having them packed at our local Healdsburg UPS store. They are wrapped in bubblewrap and boxed in peanuts. They then will board the Art Delivery Service truck to make their way to Santa Fe. Join me this year! The reception is from 5-7pm on Friday, September 10. The gallery is: Hunter Kirkland Contemporary - 200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Juggling Time

Do you ever feel like your juggling time? This has to happen 10 steps before this can happen. That has to be ordered 6-8 weeks ahead of ARTrails. Pieces need to go to the craters today to be ready for the Santa Fe shipment next week. This special commission requires research of a certain stone. What is the time frame for that quarry to ship it to my studio? If a piece is being shipped to Argentina, how long will that take?
Ah, the business of art. Alyson B. Stanfield, Art Biz Coach, has a book out called "I'd Rather Be In The Studio". That's true! But having an art business is just like any other kind of business. It takes "Juggling Time" or rather, time management, to make it all happen. After 30 years of dedicating my life to creating sculpture, I've also created a balance between life, my business and my studio. Life is good!
Shown above is CATENA B in the 3 new "Gem" patina colors of Jade, Sapphire & Ruby. There is only one piece left in the Jade Edition of 25. You can see a video of CATENA B at: http://www.tbarny.com or go directly to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=126ijPR6YyU&feature=player_embedded#!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wine Country Tours

Wine tasting, art and bocce - We have it all here in Healdsburg's beautiful region called the Alexander Valley. Arrange a tour to come out and see my studio, gallery and sculpture gardens. I've always had private tours and gallery events here but just recently started publicizing it again here in the Wine Country. It makes for an enjoyable afternoon and your group can even enjoy a quick game of bocce after viewing my stone and bronze sculpture. The wine and tourist industry has been very receptive wanting to add "Fun Things" to their wine maps especially ART. So think about it when you have company visit and want something different to do. Below is how the information will read in tourist publications.

T BARNY GALLERY & SCULPTURE GARDENS Abstraction is his fascination. Power tools are his forte. Watch a master stone carver work in his studio located in the beautiful Alexander Valley, Healdsburg. Recognized internationally, his exhibitions & awards span three decades. T Barny’s studio is open by appointment. Groups and tours welcome. www.tbarny.com sculpture@tbarny.com 707-431-8378.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Artist Date


Fill the well, stock the pond. Input. Input. Input. I recently picked up Julia Cameron's book again called The Artist's Way. She describes "An Artist Date" as a block of time especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist. It can be an excursion that brings you awareness, inspiration and a new perspective. Piet Mondrian was quoted in Julia's book saying, "The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel."
I've been currently working on two series at the same time. At this point, I've created - oh, I guess about a baker's dozen of stone musical instruments. At the same time I've been building my inventory for my Santa Fe show in September. There will be a new Italian Alabaster Mobius for the show, as well as, many new curvilinear classics. This switching back and forth between two major focuses is exciting and I feel this need to constantly move forward. But I realize it is also important to take a step back to gain further perspective.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Back to the Studio

Have you been to Santa Fe? It's really quite a place. The Georgia O'Keefe sky is huge, the food is flavorful and the art galleries run the length of the infamous "Canyon Road". Each year, I prepare a new body of work for Hunter Kirkland Contemporary. My annual show this year is set for September 10. Last year I exhibited with a very colorful landscape painter. Our work complimented each other so well that we are doing it again this year. It will be a colorful show as I have new work carved from Mexican Fluorite, Italian Alabaster, Italian Marble, Utah Rhyolite, Utah Calcite and Iranian Onyx. I've been showing my work in Santa Fe since 1989. It is always a pleasure to be there. There's just something about that big sky that allows you to take it all in. Ok, now I gotta get back to the studio.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Anyone Out There?

Have you seen that movie "Julie & Julia"? I found it inspiring because I love to cook but also because of the concept of the blog. I've tried to be consistent with my blog this year, typically on a weekly basis. And, like Julie in the movie, I'm wondering is there anyone out there? I admired her passion for cooking and writing as it guided her through the year just as stone drives me 365 days a year. It is all about passion and prioritizing your time. Maybe blogging, like keeping a journal, is a good exercise to keep our minds focused. At this point in my career, I've been sculpting for 30 years. I still wake up in the night with new ideas. I see evolving shapes in blocks of stone. I am always researching different types of stone worldwide. It's this passion, dedication and persistence that give me and my work purpose. Anyone Out There? Are you pursuing your passion?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How Does He Do That?

"How does he do that?" I've been working on a new statement that defines what drives me to create my signature design, the mobius. My designs are reminiscent of Celtic Knots and The Mobius Strip but mine have volume, twists and turns and usually more than one edge. The definition for Celtic Knots: a variety of, mostly endless, knots and stylized graphical representations of knots used for decoration, adopted by the ancient Celts. The Mobius Strip: a continuous loop with one surface and one edge formed by twisting the end of a long, thin rectangular strip 180 degrees and attaching the ends. My "T Barny Mobius Sculpture" is a marriage of these two ideas: design and continuity.
My forty year fascination with the simple mobius strip was introduced to me in the third grade. It continues to inspire me to create complex continuous forms from stone. It is my intent to express a statement of oneness. We are all connected to each other, to the earth and to the universe around us.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"It's A Gem"


Above is a great look at my sculpture titled ELARA. This picture shows the 3 gem colored patinas of Jade, Sapphire & Ruby. ELARA is an Edition of 25 and measures 17in.x 11in.x 5in. The title means 'Moon of Jupiter'.
My bronzes don't come from clay or wax molds. They come from my original sculpture. It gives the bronzes more integrity. Here is something I hand carved now immortalized in bronze. Stone and wood have some flexibility in their essence. Bronze, however, is the most stubborn material. Using the "lost wax" process, I ask the bronze to transform itself into a T Barny Sculpture. Even the patina preserves the essence of the stone through the patterns I achieve. It is a joy to see my work captured into a new bronze identity.
All eight bronze designs are available in a choice of these 3 patina colors. Enjoy my sculpture videos at: http://www.tbarny.com

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Gem Collection


What a jewel of a night! Jade, Sapphire or Ruby - what's your favorite patina? In June, I had my Collector's join me at a 48 foot long table for an unforgettable black tie evening that sparkled with my new Bronze "Gem" Collection. I introduced my eight bronze designs which are now available in 3 patina choices. I also had many new stone pieces available in the Sculpture Garden & Gallery. My Collector's also got a "Sneak Peek" at next year's show titled ROCK & ROLL seeing some of the musical instruments that I've carved from 'Stones That Ring'. Ron Casentini, the speaker for the event, spoke about "The Challenges of Collecting Art in the 21st Century". Zin catered the event and got creative with our request for a "Treasure Chest" dessert. I have these events each June to honor my Collector's and give them the first look at the new work. Any pieces that did not find a home that night are then shipped out to my galleries. You will never see this collection here at my studio again. This makes the event very special and my Collector's take advantage of this opportunity. By the way, that's me in the top hat.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New Patina's

On Memorial Day, my wife, Melinda and my Marketing Director, Lori and I walked through the staging of my Collector's Event here on the property. We now have a new map design for all that we have planned. Each year in June we have an event that honors my Collector's. This year it will be a private, black tie affair as I launch my bronze "Gem Collection" in new patina colors. The guests will be photographed as they come in with the sculpture picture here titled EFFLEURAGE and me, "The Artist". The Jade Patina is featured in these pictures. Soon to be released will be the Sapphire Patina and the Ruby Patina. I also have been carving out new stone work in Argentine Onyx, Mexican Fluorite, Utah Calcite and Iranian Onyx. I'm gearing up for the big second half of my year so stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pondering Shape

Can you believe it's still raining? It's almost June! My tarp is back over the front of my studio and the heater is on. I just finished a new piece I carved from Mexican Fluorite. Here is the picture of "Congomen". It shows what kind of stone I'm talking about. "Congomen" was created and sold in 2007. The new fluorite piece I just finished has a lot of purple, light green and dark teal. I brought it into the gallery at lunchtime and I'm pondering the shape. It has more of a horizontal flow to it than my typical swirls and pointed, swaying tops. This year I have been stretching myself to create musical instruments out of stone, cast my bronzes in jewel-tone colors and carve my classic beauties all at the same time. This new fluorite piece seems to suggest through its shape that I'm expanding my focus, my ideas and my direction all at the same time. Just something to ponder...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine - It's Studio Time. I just finished a superellipsoid shape like the piece, AERIE, pictured on the left but in this gorgeous stone Iranian Onyx, like KORALL pictured on the right. It's a jewel if I do say so! The veining and dark areas of the stone are highlighted in the design. This weather is unbelievable in May. We had a 1/2" of rain on Monday. It's now Wednesday and it's still raining. I can't believe I'm still using my studio heater but it's keeping me going on my new collection of work.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Polishing Bronzes

Elbow grease, the right wax and time make my bronzes shine. Just picked up 6 new pieces at the bronze foundry; 5 more will be ready next week. My galleries are selling and so I'm always getting ready for what's next. Polishing the bronzes brings out the texture and depth of the patinas. For my interior bronze sculptures I like to use "Johnson's Miniwax" paste; it is typically available at your local hardware store. To apply, I use a clean rag to cover a small area about 5 inches by 5 inches with the wax. Immediately I buff it with a second CLEAN rag. This thin wax coating will protect the sculpture and keep its luster. For my exterior bronze sculptures I like to use "Optimum Car Wax"; it has a patented UV System that helps prevent fading from the sun. I spray the entire surface with Optimum and them immediately buff it with a CLEAN soft rag. This spray wax is as durable as a paste wax and will last up to 5 months. www.optimumcarcare.com. Polish and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Juror to Auctioneer

I love the ocean! My trip to Cambria this past weekend was exciting. I was asked to be the "honored juror" for the 8th Annual Stone Symposium. Lot's of great work to view and judge. It actually was a bit of a challenge to decide where the awards should be placed. I'm happy to report that all of my chosen award winners pieces sold at the show. They even had numerous people interested in the same piece so it was decided to auction it off and I became the auctioneer. The piece pulled in $5000 which in part goes to help the Symposium. I visited with the students, the instructors and the vendors who were selling tools and stone. I'm now back in my studio with new inspiration and, of course, new stone.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Today was the first trip for my new pup, Sander, to ride to town. I had errands to do and he was anxious to go. My sculpture takes me on the road at times. In the past, my black lab "Rufus" traveled with me to Stone Symposiums, Art Receptions and to pick up supplies. This weekend I'm off to Cambria. I was asked to be the "honored juror" for the Stone Symposium. Sander's too young to make this trip but will be ready for next time. Talk about travelin' ... I have my large mobius bronze, CATENAX, being crated for its' travels to Austrailia. Interesting the challenges that arise from crating. The picture above shows the sculpture crate and pedestal crate being shipped to Chicago. Typically my shipper crates my pieces in plywood and fir which is fine for the USA. However, the wood first needs to be treated and date stamped for international travel. A crate can be built with pre-treated wood but can't be shipped until the date on the stamp. Good to know.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010



I'm proud to present the newest addition to our family, Diamond P. Lysander Stone. He's 14 weeks old and we call him "Sander" for short. Not a whole lotta sleep for the first few nights but we're getting better. He's already taken to the vineyard walks in the morning. He will join our other black lab, Rachel, as another great studio dog. And, it's all good out in the studio today. I had the Santa Rosa Symphony group here today for their tour. They asked a lot of great questions like how to hold the blocks of stone down. I use sandbags to anchor it in place or I strap the block to the table. Old blue jeans work best to use as straps. They all tried my demo set-up using my hand tools - hammer and chisel. They were amazed how hard it is and said that what I do just looks impossible.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Studio Tour


The Santa Rosa Symphony
League will be hosting their
Spring Event here at the
T Barny Gallery & Sculpture
Gardens at 2pm on Tuesday,
April 13, 2010.

An Afternoon with Sculptor T Barny

Master stone carver, T Barny will host attendees in his sculpture garden in the beautiful Alexander Valley, Healdsburg, CA, and lead a tour of his studio. He'll don his full stone-cutting gear, including helmet and protective body suit, and demonstrate his diamond-tipped saw, explain where he finds his stone, and show samples of work in progress. If you know a person who is fascinated by really big saws, he or she will definitely enjoy this demonstration - as will all art lovers.
This is a fundraiser for the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra Music Education
$35 per person. To purchase tickets, http://www.santarosasymphony.com/league/events/html Click on: Dates 2009-2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Collector's Event - June 12, 2010

The annual June "Collector's Event" is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2010. I will be introducing the Bronze Series in 3 patina color choices. The theme for this year was "Rock & Roll". Rock & Roll is here to stay at the T Barny Gallery & Sculpture Gardens. I am creating an exhibit of musical instruments made of stone. We changed the date for this theme to only make it bigger and better. I have so many ideas that basically I just need more time to make it a spectacular show. It's been interesting discovering that certain stones do ring and some don't. I'm excited about this and the design possibilities. This creates diversity in my body of work and it deserves the time and effort a new series requires. The bonus is that Rock & Roll will now coincide with my 30th Year of Sculpture! A huge celebration is scheduled for June 11, 2011.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010



You can now see 3-D video's of your favorite sculptures on my website. It has been quite an overhaul from a flash site (which was popular way back when) to a site that is now easily accessible for all. I have over 85 videos posted on You Tube which is connected to my website. It allows easy back and forth viewing of my pieces in motion. You can also enjoy videos of some of my gallery openings, carving demonstrations and artist-in-residence programs from Greece and Italy. Some videos even include my private June Collector's Event such as Calcite 2008. We are continually updating the site with New Work and new information. Check it out at: http://www.tbarny.com.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Musical Inspiration

As some of you may have read in a previous post, my themed Collector's Event this year is called Rock & Roll. I am carving musical instruments out of stone. Some clients have asked where do I get my inspiration. With this show, it comes easy as I listen to Rock & Roll everyday in my studio. It has a beat; a cadence that helps with the motion of the tools and the dance of the stone. The challenge so far has been to discover which stones ring to make musical sounds. I've talked to recording studio owners about instruments. I've been rock hunting in stone yards with drumsticks in hand. I've met with musician friends bouncing ideas off of them finding that one great idea leads to another. I'm excited that the show will lend itself to a totally interactive experience. I've always stressed to the viewer of my work to touch the stone and feel my designs. Now they also have the chance to play these instruments and hear my sculpture sing. STONES CAN SING!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

ARTrails 2010


Spring is around the corner which means it is time to apply to our Sonoma County ARTrails program. It is a two weekend event in October where approximately 140 artists open their studios to the public.
This year ARTrails will be celebrating its 25th year anniversary. I was one of the artists who helped coordinate and put together the very first ARTrails. Back in 1985 we were looking for a way to get the public to our studios. The program took off from there. There were not any other counties or towns doing this at the time. Now you can find other areas with Open Studio events.
I have many fond memories over the past quarter of a century. Everyone seems to love my studio tours and see all of the power tools. I also invite everyone to enjoy my Gallery & Sculpture Gardens. I look forward to participating again this year. You can find out more about the program at: www.sonomaarts.com/artrails

Friday, February 26, 2010


The piece pictured above is titled "AERIE" which means 'Falcon's Nest'. I love unusual words that have unique definitions. While sculpting a block of stone I purposely don't name my pieces until they are finished. Certain words come to mind but I like letting the piece and its' meaning evolve. Over the last three decades I've created a huge file full of words. I write them down when I come across them in newspapers, magazines and art publications. They eventually end up being the titles of my work.

In the 1960's it was fashionable that artists didn't title their work. Everything was titled, "UNTITLED #1", "UNTITLED #2", etc. The Avant Garde era of artists didn't want to label their work. They wanted the work to say something without a title or perhaps they didn't have the time or connection with the work to feel it deserved a title. Though I feel my work speaks for itself, I also want to give it a title. I feel this title gives the viewer a personal connection with that particular work. I want to see that connection happen and give them some insight on how I see the piece.

You can view my pieces, their "TITLES" and their meanings on my website: www.tbarny.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I have been asked to be the honorary judge of the 8th Annual California Sculptors Symposium. It is held each year in Cambria at Camp Ocean Pines. This year the dates are April 18-25, 2010. I've been an instructor there a number of years and this year they asked that I be the "distinguished Show judge for 2010". It is a beautiful place to be inspired. All students can enjoy fresh air and a magnificent ocean view while sharing creative time with other sculptors. It is a great set-up; you have your own work space and have time one on one with the instructors. Professional instructors will present workshops daily. "Sculpture By The Sea" is a significant exhibition of symposium participants. The art reception for this exhibit is planned for Saturday, April 24th. Cash prize awards will be given. You can find out more by going to their website: www.californiasculptorssymposium.org

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rock and Roll in 2010


Each year, we put together a private Collector's Event. This year the theme is Rock & Roll. I will be creating musical instruments out of stone. I listen to Rock & Roll everyday in my studio. It has a beat; a cadence that helps with the motion of the tools and the dance of the stone. I have explored form, texture and integrity of rock but not the sound. I am excited to create "Stone Sculptures That Sing" in 2010.

Last night, I previewed the band that will be playing during our event. It's called the Linda Ferro Band. They rocked playing classic Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. It was great energy and will be perfect for the event. The band is excited to interact with the collectors and play my stone musical instruments. Rock On!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

How An Artist Schedules The Year Ahead

2010 - A New Year - A New Decade. Timing is key. As you know I just returned from my first solo show of the year at the DISTRICT Gallery, Park City, Utah. Last year I participated in 16 different exhibitions. I've had more than 300 shows in the past 30 years!
So you might ask, as an artist, how do I plan my year? First, I start with my galleries. We have a mutual loyalty that warrants the same season each year. It creates a rhythm to set annual receptions with their collector base and tourist seasons. Here at the T Barny Gallery & Sculpture Gardens we plan 2 big studio events each year. June is a private Collector's Event and October is two weekends of "Open to the Public" Studio Tours known as Sonoma County ARTrails. I then prioritize what else is important for the year. For example, it is a 35th Alumni Reunion Year for me. Choate, located in Connecticut, will be hosting an exhibition of my work honoring the fact that it is my 30th year as a professional sculptor. I also need to schedule in being the honored juror at the California Sculptors Symposium and open my studio for various private group tours. The year fills up quickly as I'm continually entering applications for themed group shows, public sculpture opportunities and worldwide residencies. Keep your art career focused and the timing of your schedule can take you where you want to go.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I'm Back from Park City, Utah!


Photo from Left to Right: Dusty & Kacy LaHaye and myself, T Barny. Photo: TRACERY

Park City, Utah was a treat to visit again. I was honored at a solo show of my sculpture on Saturday, January 16th at the DISTRICT Gallery located at 1105 Iron Horse Drive in Park City. All of my pieces were carefully packed here in Healdsburg, shipped and arrived safely to Utah. The gallery owner, Karen Snizik Alvarez, was thrilled to see my newest work such as TRACERY pictured above. I carved it from a block of Italian Alabaster. It measures 16"H x 10"W x 6"L. It was great to see my pieces in her new 3000 square foot space. It was also great to see many familiar faces at the reception. It was fun to have sculptor, Ed Fraughton, attend my reception and invite me to see his studio. I had a great time visiting his Salt Lake City studio and foundry. In the other photograph I'm pictured with Kacy & Dusty LaHaye. We are standing next to ELARA B; one of the bronze pieces on exhibit.
I've now shown in over 300 exhibits and shows in the past 30 years. And I have quite a schedule for 2010. Watch for what's next!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Work for Utah Show!

My new pieces are on a truck right now that is heading to Park City, Utah. The gallery, DISTRICT, will be hosting a solo show of my work. I'm flying there for the art reception which is this Saturday, January 16 from 5-8pm. Join me if you can. Park City is a huge tourist spot for avid skiers. The gallery owner told me yesterday that they haven't had any snow since Christmas but it is definitely cold. I'm excited to be showing in Utah; love the rock there. There are 18 pieces in the show some of which I carved from Utah Calcite and Utah Rhyolite. Here's a picture of the newest Rhyolite piece. It's called "Sarissa" and measures 27"H x 6"W x 6"L. In my recent press statement, DISTRICT gallery owner, Karen Snizik Alvarez, is quoted as saying "I'm so excited to have T Barny in the new 3000 square foot space. His work will be beautifully complimented by the light and tall ceilings. I want people to have room to walk around each piece to visually get the full impact." I'll let you know how it went next week. Stay tuned.