Fine Arts' Marianne Weil Has Show, Commission
Marianne Weil and fellow artist Debbie F. Ma have a show called "Tactile Vision" at the Art Sites gallery through August 3. The gallery describes the work as "basic forms that can be modes and monumental simultaneously." Details are available at http://www.artsitesgallery.com/
Meanwhile, Seed, a bronze monument commissioned by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, New York, will be installed on the west end of the Water Mill Village Green in late summer 2008.
Seed commemorates the Sisters' 75 years of stewardship of a major tract of land and the Sisters' education, community and spiritual center in the heart of the Village of Watermill. The land included the Village Green, which the Sisters donated to the Village when they departed Watermill in 2005.
â€œThe inspiration for Seed is to mark the varied and multiple contributions of our Congregation, our ministry to God's people and our stewardship of the land,” explained Sister Mary Hughes, O.P., Prioress of the Amityville Dominican Sisters. “In keeping with the 800 year old tradition of the Worldwide Dominicans, the symbol, the seed, speaks also of preaching the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It declares, â€˜May the preaching continue!'”
A plaque on local granite rock where the sculpture will be mounted will read:
Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville, New York Stewards of the Land, 1931-2005
The seed is in the ground Now may we rest in hope. - Wendell Berry
The Sisters selected Weil from among artists who submitted proposals in 2005. â€œSeed captures the metaphor of seed planting,” says Prof. Weil. “An open pod in two still-connected halves suggests fertilization of the seed in the ground and the promise of continued introspection and intellectual activity.
"The sculpture's surface texture emulates the promise and energy of nature's collaboration with sky, water and Earth. This pattern symbolizes the passage of time, streams and rivers and the condition that nurtures the seed.”
Trained in Italy, Marianne Weil is internationally recognized for her abstract bronze sculpture. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and is represented by Art Sites Gallery in Riverhead, New York and Kouros Gallery in New York City. Her sculptures are included in many public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.