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Dale Roberts, Sculptor and Studio Tour: It’s Not Fair!

Carollyne Yardley and Dale Roberts

Carollyne Yardley and Dale Roberts

I visited the studio of artist Dale Roberts back in December 2011 (last month), and was blown away at the vast, awesomeness of it all.  His studio is a combination of museum and gallery sculpture /artworks, and a festival of photos and fashion sure to be coveted by the Glitterati.

Carollyne Yardley as Green Bun Squirrel and painting in background.

Carollyne Yardley as Green Bun Squirrel and painting in background.

With multiple interconnected rooms, there are many wonderous themes.  The entranceway to his studio/museum introduces his passion for the mail art project called Dame Mailarta’s CorresponDance of Mail Art Exchanges and even more famously, Dame’s Portrait Palace. I got my portrait onto the wall and was documented the same week as Carol Burnett and Ed Koch!

Trunk Art - Dale Roberts studio

Trunk Art – Dale Roberts studio

Cruising further into the lair, I came across the most amazing trunks, decorated with found objects, including an entire bible. Each page was meticulously crumpled into little balls and fitted into one whole side of a suitcase. Inside, a sculpture of Himself was positioned along with little drawers of curiosities, albums with prayer music, a fire alarm (to be used in case of emergency- duh), and a glorious sign that reads, “Caution, Prayin Ahead!” There were at least of dozen of these miniature trunk-worlds, each speaking their own poem, and singing their own song.

Caution Prayin Ahead

Caution Prayin Ahead

As we moved forward into the sculpture area, there was a piece that reminded me of work by Louise Bourgeois (American, born France, 1911-2010). She created organic, fleshy sculptures that recall the human body. In Dales’ studio, there were hundreds of  lovely organic sculptures hanging from the ceiling (I was so mesmerized, I forgot to take a photo).

Moving into the area of marble sculpture intermixed with the crocheted netting twine, I was increasingly envious of work on display, and skills in which Dale has learned and developed over the years. Studying with fishermen from his native Newfoundland, he learned how to weave netting. He  uses this skill to create a fishing net out of gold spun thread – just what everyone needs to catch a magical golden sea creature, of course!  Everything is so beautifully handcrafted and each one a priceless museum piece.

Gold Netting

Gold Netting

Woven Boat

Woven Boat

We then ducked through an arch of glitter and glam, and entered into my favorite room of all – with the Ken Wall.

This is where I finally exclaimed, “It’s Not Fair!”

According to reports, during a visit in which Liz Hurley visited the home of Elton John, she apparently looked around and said, “It’s Not Fair!  I felt the same twinge of envy at being surrounded by such an organized, and delectable  feast for the eyes. I want a studio/museum like Dale Roberts! WAAAAA!

THE KEN WALL!

THE KEN WALL!

We continued through a variety of themed rooms, and passed through groupings of collectibles such as Donald Duck toys, Elvis Presley records, pop culture books, games, hats, a photo of Apollo played by Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica, (although to be honest I LOVED the womanizing, and cigar-smoking, Starbuck character played by Dirk Benedict).

Richard Hatch as Apollo from Battlestar Galactica

Richard Hatch as Apollo from Battlestar Galactica

Needless to say, this part of the museum tour took me back in time, and allowed me to indulge in nostalgia overload.

The final room also doubles as Dale’s office and creative juice joint which houses a giant creative table.  In this room hangs the ongoing series of crocheted Distorts sculptures. As a number of these have gone on to private collections in the years since this project began, Dale is now creatng the “cousins” to those that are in other parts of the world. The final installation will display all 222 sculptures.

Distorts - Dale Roberts Sculptor

Distorts – Dale Roberts Sculptor

Well, I was out of breath and hugs by the time I left my first visit to the absolutely fabulous Dale Roberts studio.  I am packing a lunch next time, and have asked if I can bring friends. This is an experience that needs to be shared.
THANK YOU DALE!!!

Dale Roberts studio

Dale Roberts studio

James Mantle – snow sculpture

My friend James Mantle, better known for his series of artworks which take influence from Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints or woodcuts), did this cool snow sculpture in his driveway. It was about the size of a smart car. It represents a man of the mountain and what lives in the mountain. You can see the front of the face, where the top of the “volcano” is like flames or a coil. The sides have a story line of the three worlds, underworld, middle world and sky world, with the back is carved out to offer birdseed for the little ones!

James Mantle, Snow Sculpture, 2012

James Mantle, Snow Sculpture, 2012

James Mantle, Snow Sculpture, 2012

James Mantle, Snow Sculpture, 2012

Two new paintings in progress: The Birds

I have two new paintings in progress posted below.  They were photographed in the dark, and are much brighter in real life (it’s dark today in the snow sprinkled village). Stay tuned for completion and more from this series!

In progress

In progress

in progress

in progress

Carollyne Yardley on Etsy, Greeting Cards for sale

Hi everyone,

I am now selling me Greeting cards on Etsy, please check out my starter store for purchasing greeting cards, plus pass on to anyone who would love these too!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/carollyneyardley

Carollyne Yardley, Etsy Shop

Carollyne Yardley, Etsy Shop

Package of five greeting cards, 5″ X 7″, my images printed on white card stock, blank inside come with 5 white envelopes.

My current work called, Sophisticated Squirrels came from fashion and glamour of the 1950’s and 60’s. These squirrels are like misfits, hiding behind animated personas, odd and beautifully unusual. I hope you enjoy the images printed on the greeting cards, as much as I did painting the them.

Great cards to send quirky friends for all occasions, especially people who love custom made greeting cards. I painted these paintings in 2011, have had them in numerous art shows. Red Hat Squirrel is on the label of the Nosey Neighbour wine from Neck of the Woods Winery and my Steampunk Squirrel image was recently licensed by a Dutch Publishing company for a novel by a Flemish author.