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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.