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Darling to present on “55 Years of Carving in Stone” at UWFox

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Woman On Fire by Charlotte Darling
On Feb. 17, the UWFox’s Aylward Gallery will open an exhibit titled “55 Years of Carving in Stone” by Charlotte Darling, a retrospective of the artist’s work featuring more than 40 pieces carved in stone and cast in bronze. 

The opening day of the exhibit starts at noon with a lecture by Darling as a part of the UWFox Scholars Series. The lecture is free and open to the public, and Darling will speak about her influences and processes.

“I am a direct carver of stone, specializing in soft stone since 1966,” said Darling. “I have been influenced to a large degree by the German artist, Barlach, and by my Native American heritage. I prefer to work mostly in figurative forms, i.e., animals and humans representing a response to my environment.”

At age 79, Darling is still a working artist, and has many sketches in her studio of carvings that are still in the planning stage. One piece she is planning is one of her great-great-grandmother, Sai Sai Gonokwee (Woman of Snow), but she is “waiting for the right stone” to start the project. Her exhibit at the Aylward will run until March 14, when a closing reception will be held at the gallery at 5 p.m. to celebrate Darling’s 80th birthday. The reception is free and open to the public.

Darling received her baccalaureate from Lawrence University and completed graduate work at Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wesleyan University, and teaches sculpture locally at the Appleton Area School District Renaissance School. Her work is included in private and public collections throughout the United States; she has an extensive exhibit record and has won many awards for her sculptures.

The Aylward Gallery is located in the UWFox Communication Arts Center at 1478 Midway Road in Menasha. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information on the “55 Years of Carving in Stone” exhibit, contact Gallery Director Terry Bergen at 920-832-2824 or Terry.Bergen@uwc.edu, or visit the Aylward Gallery’s Facebook page.

 

 

Posted on 1/22/14