Artist: Jules Henning
From the artist: Light and form in nature fascinate me and guide my work. I exaggerate a form and bring it to a stylized conclusion. How a piece reacts to light is a factor I find most fascinating. Consideration is given to the highlights and the shadows apiece will make.
Lost wax casting and fabrication are the methods I use to sculpt my pieces. The properties of wax allow me freedom in sculpting. What I enjoy most about fabrication is bringing different parts together to make a whole. I enjoy the challenge of making a three dimensional object from a flat piece of metal. The same is so with a block of wax. The piercing and chasing of metal are enjoyable as well. Pieces are planned in detail or play and exploration.
South Florida is where I was born and raised and where I get inspiration for the organic and botanical themes. I get my love of metal from my father, who is a welder and knifemaker. For many years, I have taken the opportunity to study drawing, metalsmithing, photography, and sculpture at universities and community art centers across the country.
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Artist: Penny Sisto
Penny Sisto is an internationally recognized artist who has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. She has won numerous awards and honors for her artwork and has been the subject of two public television programs. She is known for the difficult subjects, such as AIDS, poverty, and racism that she addresses in her works, as she advocates for social justice and peace.
Born in the Orkney Islands off the northern tip of Scotland, Sisto began learning how to sew at age three. As an adult she worked for the British Ministry of Overseas Development, utilizing her skills as a midwife to aid in health clinics for the Maasai, LuBukusu and Kikuyu tribes of East Africa. Her time in Africa inspired her to combine the quilting, embroidery and appliqué techniques she learned from her grandmother with the beading and collage methods of her African friends, resulting in the distinctive style seen in her work today.
Sisto says, “I have little or no formal education, my Granny taught me to sew and read by the soft light of a kerosene lantern at the age of three. The nuns taught me to embroider, the Maasai taught me to crochet, and to revel in color. My quits spring full-born into my mind. My task, if you will, is to allow my clumsy hands to make them manifest.”
“My granny taught me quilting. Placing square against square in neat stacks to be sewn that night after the farm chores were done. Granny was stern, ‘Stitch and unpick, corners must be squared, and colors mixed dark and then light! – Even at seven I rebelled!”
Penny Sisto has received many commissions for quilts, including a 28 by 9 foot quilt entitled Risen Christ, which hangs at the Abbey of Gethsemane each Easter season and for funeral services. Some of the other collections containing Sistos works are: Sisters of Charity, Sisters of Lorretto, Thomas Merton International Studies Center, Spalding University, Kennedy Family and the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. Selected grants that Penny Sisto has received include: Kentucky Foundation for Women, Indiana Arts Commission, Master Fellowship, New Directions and Southern Arts. In 1993 she was awarded a Bahai Peace Award for Arts Promoting World Peace because of her promotion of peace and justice through her work.
Today, in her Floyds Knobs, Indiana studio, Pennys work continues at a more prolific pace than ever.
The Gallery Shop features one-of-a-kind decorative and functional objects created by over 300 Kentucky artisans working in textiles, jewelry, wood, ceramics, glass and metal works of art. The perfect stop for a souvenir or gift. All members of the museum receive a 10% discount on all purchases in the Gallery Shop. For questions please contact Mary Simione at email@example.com or call 502.589.0102 ext. 212.