Our Fantastic Figure Festival and Auction could never have happened without the talents of these amazing artists. Below you can learn more about figure each artist created.
The Felton Library Friends Fantastic Figures Auction benefits the Felton Library and Bull Creek Discovery Park in Felton, CA. Each figure is a larger-than-life garden art sculpture (see each auction for the exact size). They are mounted on landscape poles, and can be sunk in the ground or attached to a fence. All proceeds will finance aspects of the new library that the community desires but are not covered by the bond measure passed by voters last fall.The online auction ends on June 16,
The online auction ends on June 16, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., so don’t miss out on making a bid for one of these Fantastic Figures!
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Artists (and their figures) left to right: Karen Close (Ex Libris), Jennifer Hennig (We Need Her), Alexis Spakoski (Dottie’s Garden), Karen Asherah (Horse Crazy), Eileen Murray (The African Queen), Bill Jurgens (Super Heroes are Speed Readers), Eleanor Carolan (Imagination), Sophie Webb (Totem: Owl, Coyote, Corvid), Nina Moore (Imagination Is Limitless), Lise Bixler (At the Edge), Janet Silverglate (Maddie and Bobo)
Sophie Webb – Totem: Owl, Coyote, Corvid
For many years I have admired the art of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, so for this project I decided to create a totem pole somewhat influenced by their design and color sense. I chose three species (or groups) of animals that are commonly found in Felton, a screech owl, a coyote, and a raven – all very stylized . These three groups of animals also figure prominently in Native American myth and literature which I loved to read as a child (and as an adult).
Alexis Spakoski – Dottie’s Garden
The body of my figure is all black and white patterns, but a colorful “garden” grows out of the top of the head. I wanted to portray how reading books can nourish and grow one’s mind. She holds a book titled “How to Grow the Garden in Your Mind”.”For many years I have admired the art of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, so for this project I decided to create a totem pole somewhat influenced by their design and color sense. I chose three species (or groups) of animals that are commonly found in Felton, a screech owl, a coyote, and a raven – all very stylized . These three groups of animals also figure prominently in Native American myth and literature which I loved to read as a child (and as an adult).”
Eileen Murray – The African Queen
I adapted the idea from the African nkisi, fascinating protective figures covered with hardware and nails, placed in front of properties in the Congo. They are very primitive and beautiful. The African figures are meant to scare people away, but ours are meant to entice. They are garden art.
Eleanor Carolan – Imagination
The spirit of steelhead in the San Lorenzo River is captured in this piece called IMAGINATION. Accompanied by my haiku: “imagination/along the flooded river/white plum blossoms,” I hope to promote the conservation of books and nature supported by imagination. I use illustrated children’s books as the core of a curriculum with young children. They want to know what book do I carry today. They learn to love books, as we read and build projects of imagination from the stories. “Whether under the redwoods, walking through fields or along rivers and oceans, nothing is better than discovering the landscape of California. This inspires my work.”
Karen Asherah – Horse Crazy
Horses were my passion as a young girl growing up in the 50’s.
I read about horses, wrote heroic stories about horses and I drew horses.
My Ginny doll rode horse models, my bike had reins and the
folded-up hide-a-bed was a cantering horse on our front lawn. I took horseback riding lessons through the years and into adulthood. Finally, at 50, I was able to afford to provide for a Paint named Romeo. This sculpture is my homage to horses who have empowered me and so many young girls (and women) to believe in themselves and to follow their dreams.
Janet Silverglate – Maddie and BoBo
My piece, Maddie and BoBo, was created out of material from the Santa Cruz County Recycling Center at the Dimeo Dump. It began with a pizza paddle that suggested a sweet face. The piece grew until she reminded me of a young girl. In fact she reminded me of Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline character. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s her skirt and hat that seemed very French to me. I also felt like she needed a friend, so BoBo came along. I hope you enjoy the whimsy.
Bill Jurgens- Super Heroes are Speed Readers
Well, my superhero shows a seldom seen part of the superhero’s day. Here my superhero has the latest copy of ‘Superhero Tips for Dummies.’ I’d like to think that my childhood superheroes stayed current, learning from the experience of other superheroes. But they are so busy, if they want to get a book break, they have to be speed readers. Each time they fly through a cloud, they leave some thoughts behind.
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Lise Bixler – At the Edge
When you see a flower, what do you think it is? Something to smell, something to pick and give as a gift, something to adorn a yard, something for a bee to pollinate? What is the purpose of the center of a flower, what is the purpose of its edges? I love the poetry of William Carlos Williams, who believed the highest imaginative act is to see something freshly and, in response, to make something new. He inspired me to make something new, something fresh, out of many older things, whose uses and meanings in their former lives might have changed when they became part of this sculpture. The meanings of things and objects, even things we observe in the natural world, must change, Williams said. He thought that art was revolutionary, that a thing must reappear in another form to remain permanent. “At the Edge” is an attempt to put into practice Williams’ beliefs.
Jennifer Hennig – We Need Her
“We Need Her” is, as usual, a very strong message from my heart and soul about the balancing act of life. Once again, I focus on the environment and one of our extremely vital species that are largely going extinct due to big money taking priority. Our species depends on the vitality of our pollinators in order to survive. I also have a fascination and adoration for honey bees due to the fact that they are mostly female and doing most of the work. Though they have way more females than humans, the parallel is key. We downplay the essential work of females in our society as a whole. Until we get into balance with reverence to the female side of our species, we continue to repeat the same patterns history sees over and over again leading to our certain demise. If one disagrees, this is an invitation to research the matter… at the new library!
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Nina Moore – Imagination is Limitless
Imagination is Limitless.
An open book transforms into a California Sister Butterfly. Adelpha californica.
Homage to all our California Sisters who help create a brighter world.
Open Books Open Minds.
Karen Close – Ex Libris
My piece “ex libris” brings a love of books, libraries, and dialogue together with literary traditions from my heritage.
Illuminated letters, hand lettering, and decorative knotwork are sourced from the 9th-century Irish Book of Kells; I’ve quoted from the 13th-century Icelandic Prose Edda–created as a resource for poets in that culture’s flourishing spoken word tradition; my design was influenced by early German press printing such as the 15th-century Gutenberg Bible, its pages filled with dense “black letter” type.