Valentine’s Day Concert
SABIN HOWARD SCULPTURE PRESENTS
VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT
GALLERY300 (300 west 22nd street)
917 327 5714
Monday, February 14
Playing arrangements of preludes by Frédéric Chopin
Beatles love songs
The performance will take place among the inspiring sculpture of Sabin Howard, including his latest life-size works, Apollo and Aphrodite.
141 West 26th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
In advance: $10, children 9 and under $5
At the door: $12, children 9 and under $
A certain person who has worked with Carlo Pedretti, the renowned Leonardo da Vinci scholar, told me that, during the restoration under the Sforza palazzo in Milan, working with the pedestal for Leonardo’s incomparable horse, Pedretti has uncovered new information about Leonardo’s use of perspective.
The sculpture/art history/art philosophy book that I wrote with my husband has some wonderful surprises in it, including a section in the back that reproduces Sabin’s drawings from his 16 years of teaching….
With lush photos and vivid narrative, THE ART OF LIFE explores figurative sculpture from the earliest times to the present. The work of ancient and classical sculptors, along with that of Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, and Sabin Howard, is showcased. The book also details Sabin Howard’s clay-to-bronze process, his philosophy, and his drawings.
Two excellent reviews of THE YEAR OF LOVING
Two of my favorite book review blogs posted reviews of THE YEAR OF LOVING, and they were great reviews.
Tome Tender Book Blog, whose tag line is “When it comes to books, who needs shelf control”–a sentiment with which I heartily agree–ran the most beautiful review yesterday. The review started off by saying “In two words I can give my recommendation of Traci L. Slatton’s The Year of Loving. READ IT!”
Well, those words are music to a novelist’s ears!
About the love triangle, Dii the reviewer wrote,
Two men want Sarah, one is far too young, self-absorbed in his own life, one is older, powerful and used to taking control of every situation. While both have their good sides, Sarah is not ready to commit to anyone until she can rein in her own personal issues. For anyone who has ever felt like it is you against the world, like your heart is being stabbed repeatedly with a rusty blade or like a cockroach under someone’s shoe, you will relate to Sarah in all her flawed glory.
It delighted me that Dii got that love triangle so perfectly.
Dii wrote with great compassion about the character of Sarah and her troubles with her daughters:
Traci L. Slatton has NOT created a Shrinking Violet in Sarah, or a woman who spends her energy wallowing in self-pity. Sarah is a strong woman, vital and oh my, her wickedly wry sense of humor is priceless! Her headstrong determination sometimes is her worst enemy, but hey, no one is perfect. I almost needed a leather strap to bite on when she tangled with her daughters and their callous attitudes when her concern WAS to be a good parent who tried to set high standards for them, knowing she was powerless to help them see that her boundaries were far healthier than their father’s “gifts.” Another connecting point for so many. Love her, hate her, Sarah is real, she feels, she tries to do what is right, no matter what, but she is a woman alone and she recognizes that, too, no excuses, no apologies.
It thrilled me to read this review because Dii had perfectly understood what I was trying to do with this story and its characters. It’s gratifying all the way into the mitochondria of my cells!
So check out this wonderful blog and the review here.
THE YEAR OF LOVING is a story of hardships and struggles; embittered exes, and troubled and rebellious teens caught between the destructive nature of battling parents. Traci L. Slatton writes a tale of one woman’s emotional journey into the abyss of relationship failure, financial strain, and an independent nature that comes across as complicated and unrelenting. The premise is intense; the characters are controversial and tragic. There are moments of heartbreak and grief; acceptance and moving forward; falling in love and letting go of the past.
She’s another one of those treasured readers who deeply understands a story, and she writes a thoughtful review. So read Sandy’s review here.
Sabin Howard Sculpture: DAILY NEWS ONLINE: SABIN HOWARD CREATES CLASSICAL …: Check out this article online about Sabin’s studio in the Bronx.
Walking into Sabin Howard‘s studio in Mott Haven is like stepping into a fine art gallery.
Clay and bronze statues of the Greek gods Hermes, Apollo and Aphrodite among others fill the 1,500-square foot studio.
“I am trying to return art to its sacred form,” he said, while working on pieces to be exhibited at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in Manhattan.
The gallery show, “Sabin Howard – The Classical Art of Sculpture,” opens Friday with a special reception and launch of his new book, The Art of Life.
“Post modern art is sacred to me,” said Howard, 48, of Manhattan. “I really got into it when I was in Italy. It affected me and I wanted to be surrounded by beauty. I didn’t want to make things that were just visually beautiful. I wanted to tell a story.”
Howard studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art and the New York Academy of Art. He taught for 20 years before turning to sculpture full time.
For Howard, the sculpture process starts with a live model. Then he builds an armature – steel bars welded together to resemble a stick figure – to fit within the figure. He then glues styrofoam onto the form.
Next, he adds clay. This is the most time consuming part. A life-sized piece of Aphrodite, for example, took 18 months to complete. And he’s been crafting a 28-inch statue of Apollo since last April, at times adding pieces of clay no bigger than a pinhead.