Kilkenny Arts Week 2012
I have managed to haul St. Sebastian plus a few small sculptures, a handful of paintings and a sprinkle of drawings into the old arcade - or "The High Street Mall" as it likes to be called! I'm upstairs along with an array of other artists for the whole week 10th -19th August. For any of you that didn't get a chance to see the fruits of your funding at the Norman Gallery exhibition please pop in. (of course everyone else is welcome too!)
St. Sebastian unveiled
Just to let you all know that you are still in my thoughts every day. The St. Sebastian sculpture has been unveiled (a big than you to Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan) and is on view at The Norman Gallery in Rathnure until June 3.
If you get a chance then please do pop by to have a look - it's thanks in no small way to you that this was possible.
The exhibition has been getting great reviews. A big thanks to Echo editor Tom Mooney for coming to see the show and writing a glowing review in this week's paper (if you haven't seen it - or aren't in Wexford ;-) I've posted the article on my web site www.juliemoorhouse.com.
Once again, thanks to your genorosity, this project has been a great success and I am eternally grateful to you for all your help to date.
Unveiling of St Sebastian sculpture May 12 @ The Norman Gallery
In case you haven't been following progress on my website or facebook, I decided to update the FundIt project page just to let you all know where we stand.
Casting is complete; still working on metal finishing and welding; after that it's patination and then the long trip from the foundry in Clare to the gallery in Wexford (I'm trying to avoid a gag about it being a long way from Clare to here ;-)
So all things going well St Sebastian should be unveiled on May 12, 2012 @ 7pm by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan at The Norman Gallery, Rathnure, Co. Wexford (053)9255071
Remember this project couldn't have happened without you, so I would be honoured if you could come and attend at the official unveiling.
Thanks once again,
Mould is Finished!
Well , 25kg of silicon and 3 bags of plaster later - the mould is finished! This is great as now I am not worrying about what the frosty weather is going to do to the clay St. Sebastian.
I am now on a mission to get 2 - 3 drawings done every day for the month of November so that I can reward all my funders. I aim to start putting the drawings up on my website www.juliemoorhouse.com by the beginning of December . I will notify you all when the drawings are on-line and then it will be first come first served! Gulp! Anyone that I need to post out the rewards to will have to email me their addresses!
Thank you all for your patience and I will be in touch soon!
2 DAYS LEFT!
Yet again I am humbled by peoples generousity. No doubt these are tough times yet you have all been amazing! My clay St. Sebastian is very nearly finished and the silicon for the moulding is ordered so I am thrilled to say I plan to begin the process of creating the mould at the weekend - before any really mad, bad weather does him any harm! After the mould is made I will begin on ALL the drawings I owe you. I am trying to think of a way of having a pile of drawings ready that you can choose from, (if anyone can think of a fair way I can arrange this then please let me know) Meanwhile, I will keep you posted on his development and I am working on a new little video so watch this space! Many thanks - Julie
Great News - We've Done It!
Well – what can I say? We’ve done it! We reached the target just before midnight on day 17! I am just so excited and humbled by this all and your generosity is simply beautiful.
The campaign will continue to run until the 4th Oct and it is still ok to pledge to the project. So I am sharpening my pencils as I type as I will have to get busy working on a lot of drawings in the mean time.
So interesting times ahead, but it is thrilling to think that this big clay sculpture taking up so much room in my studio will soon be transformed into a bronze work of art, a piece that should have a life-span of a thousand years or more, and it really couldn’t have happened without your help!
I am also delighted to announce that I have received an absolutely amazing offer to hold the un-veiling and an exhibition at the wonderful Norman Gallery in Rathnure, Co. Wexford next year. Hope to see you there!
Day 16 - still going
It is now day 16 and thanks to you the total pledges amount to €2415. I am so thrilled, relieved and giddy I cannot tell you – of course that is interspersed with moments (or days even!) of worry, doubt and exhaustion. For any of you that spend your days at a computer and on the phone – I commend you! It is so tiring and my neck is in bits, give me a day in the studio with an angle-grinder or a lump of clay anytime over a day at the desk!
Although I am very happy with the level of pledges so far I still have 33 days to raise another €1185. If you can think of ANYONE who maybe in a position to help me with my project, then please pass on my details and the link to FundIt. Every penny and every person counts!
3 days in and we’ve reached 9% already!
I am so thrilled with reaching 9% after 3 days! Thank you so much to all the good people who have been so generous towards my project so far. I’ve just released a new video on the whole process of turning a clay sculpture into bronze. I will put it up on my facebook and website soon. Please keep spreading the word. We've a long way to go.
Thanks again, Julie