Winterfest Demonstrators

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WINTERFEST II

Thursday Jan 24

4 to 7 PM Registration – Old West Blacksmith Shop
Pick up your registration packets then gather in the gallery and forge visiting with old and new friends.

7 to 9 PM Demonstrator Slide Show
Demonstrators will be introduced and present a slide show of their accomplishment so you can get an idea of who they are prior to their demonstration.  Maurie Hambuger, Bill Calloway and Peter Sevin will be showing individual slide presentations of their work over the years of their illustrious career. Please join us.

9 to 10 PM  Open Forge;   We will also be gathering in the Forge to play until Dad says stop making noise, it’s time to go to bed.
Friday Jan 25

7:30 AM to Noon  Registration Continues – Old West Blacksmith Shop
Pick up your registration packets and join us in the forge for the days demonstrations

Check out our SMALL TENT EVENT ..ITS THE LITTLE THINGS… Immediately across from the blacksmith shop, managed by Maurice Hamburger. Come see Maurice do what he does best…..
it’s the little things… on going during the whole conference. Bring a chair …or your hammer.

8 AM to 5 PM Gallery Open (vote for your favorite art work)

8 AM to Noon  Demonstrator 1: Peter Sven “40 years, Where has the time gone… Let’s see I’ve got 4 hours I’ll try and show you!” Peter has been around AABA since its infancy. He will demonstrate how he employees techniques he has gleaned from AABA over the years.

Noon to 1 PM  Lunch on your own (check your registration packet for a list of local restaurants most of which are using food delivery services to the fairgrounds.)

1PM to 5PM  Demonstrator 2: Patrick Quinn  With a passion for sculpture and education, Patrick uses forging as a vehicle to express himself through sculpture and uses toolmaking and teaching as a way to share what he finds so intrinsic about metalworking. He will be forging parts to create a small kinetic sculpture.

5 to 6 PM  Dinner on your own (check your registration packet for a list of local restaurants or if you choose… most of which are using food delivery services to the fairgrounds.)

6 PM to 10 PM  Open Forge: Join us in the Forge and see what people are playing with; Hope you brought a hammer : ……strike while the iron is hot…..
Saturday Jan 26

8AM to 5PM Gallery Open (Vote on your favorite gallery entry)

8 AM to Noon  Demonstrator 3:  Monica Coyne  pushes back against the heavy, hard, macabre character of the medium of iron to create forms that feel light, soft and alive. Exploring the forms it takes from steel bar to skin, bone and water, which may include forging body parts.

Noon to 1 PM  Lunch on your own  (check your registration packet for a list of local restaurants most of which are using food delivery services to the fairgrounds.)

1:05 to 1:30 PM Iron in the Hat:  Get your tickets early (see Len Ledet)

1:30 to 5:30 PM  Demonstrator 4: Rachel David is doing a sculpture using industrial forging methods. Rachael David describes her self as “certainly a post-industrial, 21st century blacksmith.” From a family who’s mother was a ceramicist, she found that anything she could make in clay could be made in steel. Rachel  makes custom hand forged sculptures, architectural elements and home furnishings for clients desiring a unique heirloom quality product, which she is sharing with us.

5 to 6 PM  Appetizers

5:30 to 6 PM  Banquet Set Up

6 PM to 7 PM  Banquet Dinner

6 PM to 7:30 PM  Silent Auction and/or The Lost Dutchmans Treasure Chest is the surprise worth having – buy your tickets and be ready to be surprised!!

7:30 to 8:30 PM  Evening Program & Awards

8:30 to 10 PM  Clean Up

Rachel
Rachel will be demonstrating a small sculptural element using basic industrial forging methods to isolate and redistribute mass. This will result in both organic movement and geometric joints.  Through my art I seek to represent the depths of human despair as well as the magical manic intensity of joy and love. As an artist, I use blacksmithing techniques to express emotions and intentions in iron and steel, materials naturally found in the center of the earth, our blood and outer space. The simple forging processes are the building blocks of my visual vocabulary allowing me to manipulate space, line, mass, and void to create the shapes that convey my reactions to life events. I heat the material to stretch it, to split and rejoin it, to put a hole in it or to make it more massive. Each of these highly symbolic processes build the vocabulary of forms that layer together to tell stories. By manipulating steel I create forms that express fear, protectiveness, sensuality, violence, support and communication. I use repetition and pattern to drive compositions to create a sense of movement and urgency or contemplative reflection.

Monica Coyne
Monica was raised in San Francisco . She moved to rural Humboldt County to attend Humboldt State University. She studied Industrial Arts with an emphasis in woodworking. In2004 while working in a fabrication shop Monica was exposed to Blacksmithing. She immediately know it was the medium for her. Monica studied with Mark Aspery, Toby Hickman and Daniel Miller. In 2008 she opened her own shop. Her house and shop are 3 miles back on a dirt road and off the grid in Ettersburg, California. Monica’s work has always pushed the boundary of blacksmithing. Woodworking has influenced her design and execution of forged joinery. Living in both urban and rural environments created questions that Monica addresses with her work. She has a passion for the natural environment. She also has a passion for steel. This has caused her to draw a connection with her work between the state of human progress  and the value of the wild around us. Monica takes manufactured steel, heats it up and shapes it. She pushes back against the heavy, hard, macabre character of the medium to create forms that feel light, soft and alive.

Steel is made from the elements carbon and iron. Iron is in your blood. You know what it tastes like. You exhale carbon. Steel has been the most important material in the development of humanity and in the destruction of thousands of other species. Three things laid down on this planet. An organism and two elements. And look, what a mess. But the power is unmistakable. The human hand and this material. Can we wield it with a different intent? What if we believed that humans were interdependent on the rest of the universe, bound to the rocks, plants, water and life forms through shared elements and DNA? If we all knew this to be true. Would we behave better? Would we see a way forward that benefits the whole system? I want to find answers with my hands in the metal. I am a human. I am complicit in the ugliness that we have created here but I am of this planet. The breathtaking beauty that I see around me everywhere, I come from that too. I should be able to be that too.

Patrick Quinn
With a passion for sculpture and education Patrick uses forging as a vehicle to express himself through sculpture and uses toolmaking and teaching as a way to share what he find so intrinsic about metalworking with his students. with a firm belief in “quality work starts with quality tooling,” Pat uses this philosophy to forge the best possible tooling for the Center for Metal Arts. Trying to give all the students the best quality education is atop his priority list and he works tirelessly to try to make the Center for Metal Arts the best forging classroom it can be.Pat’s sculpture is a mix of proper technique driven, and expressive forgings. Often inspired by Joinery techniques, he uses these as an outlet for sculpture and a way to join together contemporary forgings. Exercising a keen eye for design and developing work through both form and line, Pat is dawn to simple forgings, and building work with multiples. Reliant on design and composition, his work combines clean forgings with carefully contemplated construction.  Patrick is the executive director at the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown Pa. where he teaches the resident blacksmithing classes and coordinates the visiting artist workshops. Pat has taught blacksmithing, fabrication, and tool making at Southern Illinois University, Hereford College of the arts, The Penland School of Craft, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and The Adirondack Folk School. Patrick is a 2015 Niche award winner, and has work in the Evansville IN Museum of Art and science permanent collection. His work has been featured in juried exhibitions such as “Transitions” (Belgium), and “Forge” contemporary forged metal design (UK), “Craft Forms”, “43rd Mid States Craft Exhibition”, “New York Silver, Then and Now”(Museum of the City of New York) and “Metal in Motion” (National Ornamental Metal Museum).

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