Last week I was able to spend a little time with my dear friend Ronna Weltman while she was in Baltimore for a teaching gig. Ronna and I walked the floor of the ACC show before heading to dinner for some girl talk.
For me, one of the standouts at the show was Bruce Chapin.. His wood sculptures and reliquary are impressive. You really do have to see these beauties up close and personal. With doors that open to reveal objects and secret compartments, each piece has a story and Chapin was eloquent and charming as he explained the stories to us.
The Keeper, open
There are no dimensions on his website for the sculptures, but I saw The Keeper at the show. It is large (maybe 3/4 life size?) and hangs on the wall – you can’t tell that from these images. I just wanted to keep touching the white pickets on the doors (which I did) and loved opening them to find the sculptures within.
The Keeper, detail
Chapin with The Accountant
More from his sketchbook here
The Philosopher’s Journey
Click the image to see a movie of this piece in action.
The movie is slow in the beginning, but if you wait for it – you get to see God dance.
I will be sharing more images from my visit to the ACC show soon.