February is Sculpture Month at The Signature Gallery Scottsdale

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The Signature Gallery Scottsdale has a very busy February planned with three separate shows for three of their top sculptors starting with Todd Paxton during the Western ArtWalk, then Jan Van Ek during the Arabian Horse show and finishing with Star York for the Native Arts ArtWalk.

Western ArtWalk, Thursday, February 6th, 2014 from 7-9pm
The Signature Gallery on 7177 E. Main Street, will present Todd Paxton, “Legends of the West”.
Todd Paxton displays a rare talent for bringing to life some of the most colorful tales of the “Old West”. Todd will be sculpting live in The Signature Gallery during the Western ArtWalk, giving visitors the opportunity to meet and interact with the young and personable artist. Fortunate to study under the late renowned sculptor Ken Payne, Todd was encouraged to pursue his dream of becoming a fine artist. His goal is to create a story in bronze, using the facial expressions and emotions of the subjects to bring his stories to life. Todd captures that moment frozen in time which stirs the imagination of the viewer. Sharing the joy of creating with those he meets, Todd is determined to continue to explore, learn, and create.

Scottsdale ArtWalk, Thursday, February 13th, 2014 from 7-9pm
The Signature Gallery on 7177 E. Main Street, will present Jan Van Ek, “Inspired by Angels”.
As a creative complement to Scottsdale’s Arabian Horse Show, The Signature Gallery is hosting a show for Oregon artist Jan Van Ek, showcasing her magnificent bronze sculpture and offering visitors the rare opportunity to meet and interact with the accomplished artist. Jan Van Ek depicts the equine as a creature of romance, power, and freedom. This is why her horses are rarely sculpted with humans in the composition, and never sculpted with tack of any kind to interrupt the flow of the magnificent forms of the horse in motion. Since earning a BFA in sculpture, Jan has spent 25 years establishing herself as a nationally recognized equine sculptor. She built her dream studio near her childhood home in 2004 where she owns and trains horses. In 2008 the American Academy of Equine Art awarded Jan their most prestigious award, The Founders' Award, for excellence in sculpture.

Native Arts ArtWalk, Thursday, February 27th, 2014 from 7-9pm
The Signature Gallery on 7177 E. Main Street, will present Star York, “Wisdom Keepers”.
The Signature Gallery is proud to host internationally renowned sculptor Star York, celebrating ArtWalk’s Native Arts evening. The gallery will be showcasing the artist’s latest works and offering visitors the rare opportunity to meet and interact with the very accomplished artist. Growing up in Maryland, the daughter of a ballerina and a woodworker, Star attended the University of Maryland, the Institute of Art in Baltimore, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.. When she moved to New Mexico in 1985, she fell in love with the creatures and cultures of the area. Inspired by the native wildlife and mythology and the mysteries of ancient sacred sites, her work reflects the cultural diversity and history of the Southwest with elegance and distinction.

A prominent sculptor, Star was chosen as one of the 30 most influential artists by Southwest Art Magazine. Her work has been featured on the cover of numerous magazines, including Southwest Art, Art Talk, New Mexico, and The Equine Image. Star was honored in 1999 with a solo exhibition at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Join The Signature Gallery in Scottsdale this February to meet these artists, view their latest work, listen to live music, and enjoy a glass of wine.

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