Charcoals and Metal Works at the SEABA Gallery
SEABA is delighted to announce two exhibitions in our gallery during May. We will be displaying the work from iron and bronze casting events at Pine Street Studios, and recent charcoal drawings by noted artist Alison Goodwin.
After a commercially successful twenty year career selling paintings, pastels, and limited edition prints in galleries, Alison felt the need to re-explore her work and get back to the roots from which it sprang. The freedom afforded to her by drawing rather spontaneously with charcoal allowed her personal and professional nourishment without abandoning her distinctive style. This show is the first public exhibition of these charcoal drawings, and also includes some of her paintings that were at least a partial reaction to this shift in process represented by the charcoal works.
The Iron Pour
The Iron Pour workshop has been hosted at Pine Street Studios since 2006.Our iron is mined from broken household radiators collected at Queen City Steel in Burlington’s Intervale. (Jeff Goldfield, the President of QCS, has been generously donating the iron from his scrap pile since we began.)
Students break up the damaged radiators with sledge hammers. The resulting iron pieces are melted in a foundry, and then the liquid metal, at about 2,000 degrees, is poured into molds made by the art students.
The Iron Pour workshop is taught by Elijah Sproles, a New Orleans artist who has been teaching classes in casting iron for nearly 20 years. In 2005, when we learned that his home and foundry had been badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, we invited him to take a break from rebuilding and come teach his class for a summer weekend in Vermont. He came, and has been coming each year to teach the class ever since. Because of his mentorship, there is now a team of artists who have learned to handle the furnace at Pine Street Studios.
The art that you will see are samples of some of the work cast by students of the Iron Pour. In the past five years we have cast nearly 4,000 pounds of iron — all of it from radiators.
There will be a demonstration Iron Pour on June 3, at Pine Street Studio, andthe public is welcome to attend. If you are interested in signing up for the next Iron Pour Workshop, please leave us your contact information on the sign-up sheet.