The February Meeting was held on Wednesday 13th at the Baptist Hall in Ashburton. It was well attended with one visitor Jennifer Jeffrey and a new member Glenys McKenna, a limestone sculptor student of Jenny Whiteside.
The group was promised a slide show of sculpture by Patrick and Bronwyn Culshaw, on their trip last year to England, Scotland and to Paris, which was enthusiastically received and well presented with informative and interesting commentary by both.
|from the Burgher of Calais|
Last part of the presentation revolved around the Rodin Museum in Paris at the Hotel Biron where Rodin lived and had set up his own studio, with a good coverage of the master’s art. These include The Age of Bronze, the controversial Walking Man, Balzac, The Gates of Hell the Thinker and The Three Shades. Patrick took some time to explain the circumstances of the Burgers of Calais by Rodin, who were prepared to sacrifice themselves to save their town but were given a last minute reprieve, with their faces expressing their dramatic and heroic feelings. Also featured were the works of Ivan Mestrovic considered possibly the greatest sculptor of religious subjects since the Renaissance? He was the first living person to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Report by Gordon Robertson