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Artists prepare exhibit at Sierra Azul Nursery

Posted: Monday, May 27th, 2013


Marnie Bivetto is shown with her steel sculpture, "Ribbons in the Sky," Tuesday at Sierra Azul where preparations are under way for a new "Sculpture Is" exhibit. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)


WATSONVILLE — Sculptures large and small will be interwoven in a variety of plants for the Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s exhibit, “Sculpture Is 2013,” at Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens.

More than 50 artists are in the process of installing their creations at the nursery in preparation of the exhibit’s opening on June 1.

“The whole nursery will be packed,” said Hedwig Heerschop, exhibit coordinator.

Not only do the sculptures range considerably in size and shape, they also represent a variety of media, including ceramic, steel and glass.

In addition, art students from Cabrillo College, Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education and West Valley College will install their works.

About 16-18 tombstones will be spread throughout the nursery as part of “Grave Changes,” an installation by Cabrillo ceramics students and faculty under the supervision of Gail Ritchie and the late Kathryn McBride. The tombstones depict each artist’s concept of what they would like to see buried, such as discrimination, nuclear power and more.

The entries were juried by Santa Cruz County artist of the year Susana Arias and Sierra Azul owner Jeff Rosendale.

According to Rosendale, the exhibit, now in its seventh year, has seen the highest number of new artists in this year’s show. This brings a “new energy” to the show, he said.

The annual exhibit began in 2006, and quickly grew from being only weeks long to now five months, said Judy Stabile, president of the PVAC.

“We wanted a show that encompasses what sculpture is,” she said.

The exhibit was on hiatus last year to allow the gardens to grow, Stabile said.

On Tuesday, Los Gatos artist Marnie Bivetto was installing her piece, “Ribbons in the Sky,” which she sketched and Bill Sorich fabricated.

As the title suggests, “Ribbons in the Sky” consists of three steel “ribbons,” each more than six feet tall, that are curved at the tip as if they were blowing in the wind.

“I’ve always liked the way ribbons float in the sky,” Bivetto said.

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“Sculpture Is 2013” opens June 1 and runs through Oct. 31. Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens is at 2660 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. For information, visit www.pajarovalleyartscouncil.org.

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