– Weezie's Walkies
By Louise Peterson
September 23, 2002 You are looking at a bronze sculpture by
one of my favorite contemporary artists, Louise
Peterson. This is the first time I have promoted another artist's
work on DaDane of DaWeek, and I am pleased to do so. Louise is a very
accomplished sculptor who often uses the Great Dane as her subject
matter. I am a great admirer of her work.
Originally from England, Ms. Peterson has been an actively exhibiting
artist in the United States since 1998. Her bronze and pewter sculptures
have been selected to appear in competitive juried art shows all
across the country. This year alone Ms. Peterson's work has garnered
7 awards in less than 9 months. Her bronze sculpture "Tickled"
was recently accepted into the National
Sculpture Society's Annual Awards Exhibition – a very
prestigious show – and it went on to win the show's Beverly
Hoyt Roberston Memorial Award. (Wow!) "Tickled," along
with the rest of the show, will be on display for five months. If
you live in or near South Carolina, you can see it at Brookgreen
Sculpture Gardens in Pawleys Island until October 27. The exhibition
will then move to New York City, where it will be on display at
the Park Avenue Atrium in midtown Manhattan until February 14. The
show can also be viewed online at NSS
Annual Awards for a limited time.
"I began sculpting the human figure while living and working
in Los Angeles. When I moved to the rural mountains of Colorado,
the only model in my ranch studio was my blue Dane, Nandi, so I
started to sculpt her. Nandi has been a constant source of inspiration
to me. Sometimes regal, often goofy, always adorable, she strikes
poses so numerous that I haven't even begun to capture them all.
Now I've added a second muse, a young fawn named Bella. (I wanted
a fawn so I could see the muscles and bones without the distraction
of patterns and color.) I consider myself very lucky to have found
the most amazing subject, the Great Dane. There is no other dog
that is so beautifully formed in size, musculature, folds of skin
and expression – and then they do incredibly inspiring
things. I am never short of ideas, only my time and bank account
limit me. Creating these sculptures makes my heart sing and I hope
to inspire smiles in anyone who has known the love of this beautiful
breed. I donate a portion all my sales to non-profit rescue groups
helping Great Danes less fortunate than my own."
Louise Peterson maintains a very nice Web site at
you can view (and purchase) her bronze, pewter and cast stone sculptures.
If, like me, you are interested in keeping tabs on Louise, you can
subscribe to her "announcement" mail list in which you
will get monthly updates on her newest works, exhibition schedule
and other tidbits. To be included, just drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
of you lucky enough to attend the 2002
GDCA National Specialty in Kentucky next month can see Ms. Peterson's
work in person. Louise is proud to be a sponsor of this year's Great
Dane National and she will have a vendor's booth in the main exhibition
hall. (That's Louise in her booth at last year's National.) Vendor
space is always tight, so the number of sculptures that can be displayed
is fairly limited. It might be a good idea to stop by the booth
at the beginning of the show to ensure the widest selection possible.
If you know ahead of time that you'd like purchase a particular
pewter or bronze, I'd suggest you contact Louise in advance to make
sure she will have the piece available for you. None of her cast
stone pieces will be in stock at the National unless they've been
pre-ordered. Of course, all of Louise's sculptures can be ordered
at her booth for later shipment and delivery.
I enjoy all of Louise's sculptures, but my personal favorite is
"Shall We Dance."
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