Angel of Reconciliation

Lavaggi’s 21st century symbol of an angel, at first glance appears to be simple and understated. Further study reveals this angel to be elegant, fluid and streamline, which was the artists intent when designing it. It is a forward leaning, progressive, futuristic angel design. One of the reasons this angel appeals to such a vast spectrum of people is because it is not perceived as a religious symbol as much as it is an inspirational one. This allows every viewer to discover the personal meaning within themselves as to what this vision represents. Most religions acknowledge angels in their sacred writings. This fact encourages us to see what we have in common, more than what separates us. The Angel of Reconciliation inspires the dream of global unity and reconciliation for our world, and is known as a symbol of hope and reassurance for the times in which we live. Steven Lavaggi is internationally recognized as the “Artist of Hope”. He is known for his imaginative, original paintings, grand scale murals, as well as his home decor and jewelry line of products featured on the QVC television shopping...

Suspended Motion

Suspended Motion is a contemporary sculpture comprised of found objects. I’m always looking for unusual shaped metals I can incorporate into my pieces. I bought this used bulldozer sprocket years earlier, hoping one day inspiration would strike. In this instance, I used the bulldozer sprocket, an antique tractor implement and a discarded industrial flange. I combined these together to make Suspended Motion. Whenever I see a sprocket or gear, I automatically think of motion. When I placed the sprocket on its stand the thought of suspended motion came to mind. Anthony St. James was born in Houston, Texas in 1958 and graduated from Alief Hastings high school in 1977. While attending Houston Community College I met an accomplished metal sculptor, this had an immediate and lasting impression on me. Having already taken welding classes in high school I soon began honing my metal skills and developing my own style. Sculpting would soon become my passion and I have been sculpting every since. My piece ” Remember when ” is currently on display at the Benini Sculpture Ranch in Johnson City Texas. To contact Anthony, please send him an...

Frozen Flow

Frozen Flow is a captured moment of the waves & ripples caused by a force on water. It inspires thought about natural & man-made forces and the impact on an environment. It questions the sense of place and reality by altering the relationship of land, water, air & self. Frozen Flow urges visitors to reflect on their relationship with the environment and to ask, “What if I could stand on water?” and “What if water could be held by air?” The static, halted expression of fluid & dry texture of the wood will hopefully evoke awareness of the scarcity of water. Here is a little more about Juan Carlos DeLeon An accomplished artist and aspiring architect, Juan was born in Naga City, Philippines and moved to a small town in east Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2009. Juan Carlos considers himself to be a new artist with a developing perspective. His current interest is in creating elements that allude to the relationship between people, scale, volume, weight, mass & space. He is drawn to the manipulation of the recognized place to transform an understood reality and create a sense of a semi-surrealistic environment. He hopes to create an experience that provokes self-awareness about place and the relationship to reality. To learn more about Juan’s work, visit...

Hill Country Gemini

Peter Mangan hails from Blanco TX and you will find his art in exhibitions from San Francisco to Paris France. “Hill Country Gemini” is a sculpture relating to living in the Texas Hill Country.  The interior of a basic human figure has a central core of limestone and glass rain.  The double silhouette is held together with strong steel rebar lines.  This piece speaks of all the people (past and present) who have made this area their home. Here is a little more about Peter in his own words… From childhood I’ve been able to express myself visually. Creating artwork enables me to use planning and intuition to make objects that communicate to others. I enjoy the struggle with ideas, materials, and tools. It is rewarding to bring something original into the world and see how people respond. My current focus in sculpture explores the human figure. A basic silhouette is a starting point we all relate to. What makes up the interior of a person: the memories, humor, quirks, faults, emotions? What of the external environment: relationships, possessions, location, time, obstacles? These are concepts I explore through sculpture. Metals and glass are my primary media. The solid strength of metal is a contrast to the delicate transparency of glass. I use both old and new techniques, from plasma cutting to blacksmithing and computer controlled kilns to medieval glass painting methods. I value spontaneity as well as good craftsmanship. To learn more about Peter and his work, please visit his...