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Mesa Verde National Park welcomes bronze sculptor Hal Stewart as its fourth Artist-In-Residence of 2014. Hal will conduct a free interactive presentation and demonstration of his work for the public on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Far View Lodge Library. Attendees will be able to watch this sculptor attach clay to his armature (a framework upon which a sculpture is molded), calculate proper proportions of the body, and add details to his creation. One of Hal's sculptures and a mold used for casting bronzes will be available for viewing.
An Arizona-based sculptor, Hal is known for the movement and minute details in his creations. He was recently honored with a one-man sculptor exhibit at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. One of his sculptures, "Yaqui Deer Dancer," is part of the museum's permanent collection. Hal is also a member of the prestigious Western Artists of America.
Hal spent his working career in construction industry sales and management selling concrete, asphalt, sand, and gravel. Having also been a farmer and rancher in Arizona, he is familiar with his subjects of Native Americans, cowboys, horse, birds, and other animals. He has met with tribal officials and visited animal sanctuaries to obtain authentic details for his work. Hal gives generously of his time, having spent four years as a volunteer teaching art to incarcerated juvenile boys at a federal detention center in Arizona. As a U.S. Navy veteran himself, he currently teaches sculpting to disabled American veterans.
Hal will be in residence from September 15 through 27. During your visit at Mesa Verde National Park, you may see Hal somewhere in the park sculpting or sketching. Stop by, visit with this personable sculptor, and watch him sculpt.
Mesa Verde National Park's AIR program provides professional artists the opportunity to become part of a long established tradition of artists creating art in our national parks. The AIR program is managed for the park by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. This year's artists were selected from 65 applicants by a jury of four consisting of a park ranger and three professional artists. Learn more at www.nps.gov/meve/supportyourpark/artists_in_residence.htm.