The Dodsons Turn Sculpting Into a Family Affair at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO

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When Jim and Judy Dodson met 13 years ago and married, not only did they start sharing closet space, but also their passions for sculpting. Whereas others might only share ideas or materials to create their own individual pieces, Jim and Judy took the concept one step further.

When Jim and Judy Dodson met 13 years ago and married, not only did they start sharing closet space, but also their passions for sculpting. Whereas others might only share ideas or materials to create their own individual pieces, Jim and Judy took the concept one step further.

“One day, about seven years ago, we thought we would try sculpting together because we both had strengths, and we thought it would be kind of fun. From that time on, we just starting developing pieces together, coming up with ideas and actually sculpting together on the same piece,” said Judy, who also has a painting background.

Jim and Judy’s unique partnership combines more than 25 years of artistic experience each. The first piece the couple created together was titled “Harvest Blessings.” The life-size bronze, which honors the 1890s era of the Navajo Indians, is displayed in the Arizona Fine Art EXPO’s Sculpture Garden and has now become their trademark sculpture. Seven in the series of 21 have been sold.

The Dodsons, who are displaying their work at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO through March 27, also have another attribute that sets them apart from other artists. “We’re different from most other sculptors around because, not only do we sculpt together, but we also do all of our own foundry work, and we’ve being doing it for several years,” noted Jim. This work is completed from their house and studio in Ardmore, Okla. They also have another home in Fountain Hills, Ariz., where they spend the winter season.

The couple’s son, Jim Dodson Jr., is also displaying some work at the EXPO and has a piece in the Sculpture Garden. His mixed metal creation, “Evolution,” is a life-size sculpture that symbolizes progression from the round stone to the industrial age.

Note to Editors: High-resolution photos of sculptures created by the Dodson family are available by contacting them at jdodson5@cox.net.

About the Arizona Fine Art EXPO

The Arizona Fine Art EXPO, a production of Thunderbird Artists of Fountain Hills, Ariz., the leading provider of fine art festivals and wine tasting events in the Southwest, is a unique 10-week event that showcases a variety of juried artists applying their artistic talents in a working studio environment. The event combines the aspects of a juried fine art festival, the elements of a gallery and the inner-workings of an artist’s studio. The result is a unique celebration of fine art that functions as an educational tool for the children and art enthusiasts. The EXPO takes place on the south lot of Rawhide on the northwest corner of Scottsdale and Williams roads in Scottsdale, Ariz. Admission is $7 ($1 goes to Phoenix Children’s Hospital) and parking is free. More information is available by visiting http://www.arizonafineartexpo.com.

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