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from Liberty Arts Iron pour photo by Caperton

Your editor popped by Liberty Arts Sculpture studio and foundry the other day while ace welder and good pal, Jackie MacLeod, was teaching a class. We had a bit of chat over lunch and I can only confide that the plans for events leading up to the Bull City Sculpture Show, Durham’s city wide sculpture mecca coming next Summer, look amazing.

While there, I had a saunter around their gallery in the Cordoba Center for the Arts, behind Goldenbelt. I managed to snap a few quick pictures of some of the terrific work on display.

Liberty Arts’ artist, Mike Lupa, had a variety of dramatic stoneware bowls as part of series exploring interior spaces that he is working on. You can see even more work at their gallery.

Lupa stone bowl


There were also several skulls created by guest artist, Dan Rioz, from ceramic slip casts and automotive paint that reminded me of some of the Iron Maiden imagery I liked as a rebellious high schooler. Coincidentally, a source told us that Iron Maiden just played Walnut Creek, September 3rd, with Megadeth.




Also on display some dynamic, almost terraced stoneware and glaze vases from guest artist Evie G. Watts. I got pictures of only one below, which was actually more atypically sweeping than the rest, there are a plethora of enticing pieces.



There was also some whimsical red stoneware from Sophie Copeland, including a work which echoed Roy Lichtenstein.

I saw a bunch of classic lamps created by Greg Jackson that would have looked right at home in a Park Avenue apartment or in a loft overlooking the Pacific from Half Moon Bay. One, with drawers within drawers, that I tried to do justice to with the camera, but simply could not express its grandiose magnificence the way it could be experienced. (A theme that inevitably returns to the fore in my discussions of art, the experience of the Art trumps hearing about the Art.)

Finally, tucked in the corner was a delightful, soft blue teapot and vase combo by Mazin Adams.

You should stop by soon for a stroll though the work and a chat about the Bull City Sculpture Show.

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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