CLEBURNE – What is it that draws one to the Pieta or inspires people to wait hours to see the David?
Curiosity? Love of beauty? A quest for experience? Well-wrought sculpture has always drawn people, perhaps more than other art forms. Layland Museum, 201 N. Caddo, Cleburne, presents “The Sculpting Life” in the gallery at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30.
“Dana Kirk Gibson, who formerly had a studio in Cleburne, will exhibit a selection of her favorite pieces and demonstrate sculpting,” said Bettye Cook, museum spokesman. “As she works in clay, she will explain the process of sculpting and beginning the art, for those who are interested.”
Cook said Gibson, who resides in Granbury, was born in New London, Conn., but moved to Texas in 1969 with her first husband to run an Arabian horse ranch.
“She had always dabbled in art in school, but when she saw a sculpture at a horse show, she wanted to sculpt,” Cook said. “Using a butter knife, she sculpted her first horse and had it bronzed. She loved it so that she began classes with Barvo Walker of Dallas. She has participated in juried competitions in Bosque County and Clifton and exhibited widely.”planned for March 30 Cook said Ross Perot and his sister, Bette, commissioned Gibson to do a life-size bronze sculpture of a four-piece salvation band of two men, a woman and a child with a tambourine. The child was based on Perot’s 3-year-old brother, who died in 1927. The sculpture may be viewed in Texarkana at the Salvation Army’s shelter for the homeless.
Gibson has also done sculptures for the Salvation Army that are in Dallas and Atlanta. Other pieces and commissioned portraits, which range in price from $4,800 to $6,000, are in private homes on the East and West Coasts and abroad.
“Gibson has taught sculpting classes to many students in Johnson County and also teaches yoga at the Dang Gym in Cleburne,” Cook said. “Please join us for an afternoon of art on March 30.”
For more information, call 817-645-0940.