Trio of master sculptors behind eye-grabbing exhibit

July 05. 2017 3:48PM

Portsmouth sculptor Michael Stasiuk seves up a “Cake Bunny.” 

Three Seacoast sculptors are giving shape to an eye-grabbing exhibit at the Discover Center in Portsmouth.

Opening Friday and running through Oct. 1, “Seacoast Sculpture from Material to Masterwork” features pieces by master artists Sumner Winebaum, Jane Kaufmann and Michael Stasiuk in the Academy Gallery at 10 Middle St.

A companion show in the Balcony Gallery — “Sublime Mud!” — features work by more than two dozen members of the New Hampshire Potters Guild.

For four decades Kaufmann has delighted fans with her colorful ceramic sculptures, inspired by everything from garden flowers to newspaper stories and history to politics. The Exeter artist’s work has a broad range, reflecting thoughts and images that have sprung to mind or shaped her fearless opinions.

Stasiuk, who lives in Portsmouth, uses recycled objects he finds at flea markets to create one-of-a-kind whimsical sculptures. Kitchen utensils, bowling pins and other repurposed objects become bunnies, magicians and other characters.

From York, Maine, Winebaum enjoyed a career in the “Mad Men” era of a big New York City advertising firm. But even when working in Europe, he made time to work on his sculpture. Since 1994 Winebaum has dedicated himself full-time to his metal sculpture, creating clay forms that are then cast in bronze.

His sculptures of the human form are influenced by the iconic work of Auguste Rodin, a French sculptor known for his groundbreaking figurative art.

For more information, call 436-8433 or visit portsmouthhistory.org.


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