Flight

Laura Sturtz is a versatile artist exploring both geometric and organic forms in her artwork. Her sculptural creations are often comprised of fragments of various materials that she has made, altered, and/or found. These varied elements become a unified creation in her wall reliefs which include her ‘quilt series’ and collages, mobiles and art chess sets. Laura‘s artwork also includes jewelry, and 2-dimensional art. Her outdoor art takes a variety of forms. Her piece, Flight, was inspired by an exceptional video on bird migration. This video had almost no narration. The birds were photographed from an ultralight aircraft. Laura has participated in numerous national and regional exhibitions and her work is in many national and international private collections. Currently, she predominantly works in metals, but periodically explores working in a variety of media. She says that with so many options, life is too short to simply focus on one area to the exclusion of all else. She has taught studio art classes at Austin Community College for fourteen years and taught classes and workshops at the Art School of Austin Museum of Art for six...

Fischer

Living on Lake Buchanan Marla often observes herons, egrets and other water birds first hand. “Fischer” was inspired by her seeing a great blue heron seize a fish and eat it outside her studio. The sculpture is painted epoxy resin clay over steel, with water pipe legs. What is my art about? It’s about raucous joy, quiet beauty, and the humor which makes us HUMan. Marla Ripperda is a 5th generation Texan and Board Member Emerita of the Texas Society of Sculptors (T.S.O.S). She studied design and art history at the University of Texas and has participated in numerous art-related continuing education classes. In 2000 Marla moved from Austin to Lake Buchanan near Burnet, Texas to set up her studio in the beautiful Highland Lakes area. Marla considers herself a commissioned artist, meaning she prefers working with an individual client who has an idea, a place and a budget to create a unique and individual work of art. Whether sculpting, painting or teaching Marla tries to give back to the community a small part of the joy and fulfillment she finds in creating...

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...

Cat & Fiddle

“Cat & Fiddle” is a whimsical mixed media piece of resin, concrete and steel originally created as part of a four sculpture installation for the Georgetown Public Library based on the “Hey, Diddle, Diddle” nursery rhyme. Its companion piece “Little Dog Laughs” was subsequently purchased by the Jewett Economic Development Corporation in Jewett, Texas. What is my art about? It’s about raucous joy, quiet beauty, and the humor which makes us HUMan. Marla Ripperda is a 5th generation Texan and Board Member Emerita of the Texas Society of Sculptors (T.S.O.S). She studied design and art history at the University of Texas and has participated in numerous art-related continuing education classes. In 2000 Marla moved from Austin to Lake Buchanan near Burnet, Texas to set up her studio in the beautiful Highland Lakes area. Marla considers herself a commissioned artist, meaning she prefers working with an individual client who has an idea, a place and a budget to create a unique and individual work of art. Whether sculpting, painting or teaching Marla tries to give back to the community a small part of the joy and fulfillment she finds in creating art. The price is $4,000 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Bee Cave Arts Foundation. Contact the artist directly if you are interested in acquiring the...

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...