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McTavish family opens Santa Barbara Art Foundry Plus Fox Wine Company Tasting Room on site
(Santa Barbara, CA 9/5/13) Announcing the newest, most unique addition to the Santa Barbara art destination scene. It’s the Santa Barbara Art Foundry with a grand opening set for Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 5pm at 120 Santa Barbara St., in the Funk Zone. There’s nothing like it in town. It’s a real fun ‘combo platter’ business and it fits perfectly into the Funk Zone - a newly expanding popular art & wine destination in Santa Barbara for residents and visitors alike. The Foundry will be open daily to the public for tours from 10am to 5 pm. For more information, please check out the website here: www.sbartfoundry.com.
Join in the festivities on Saturday, October 5 and welcome the three-generation family business, Santa Barbara Art Foundry (SBAF) headed up by Ian & Jolie McTavish and their son Andy, which will feature a tour of the foundry, art & wine. Additionally, they plan to have the space available to rent for private parties. On the impending opening, Ian stated, "I have wanted to open our foundry to the public for at least 20 years. It will be fun to share this fascinating process with interested people. Now that our son has graduated from business school, I'm very excited to be expanding the family business, and learning from him too!”
Start with a free tour to see the many steps involved in the way bronze sculptures are created using the “lost wax” method. This manufacturing method can be traced back 4,000 years to ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, South America and Asia. The public tour makes the venture unique - there are only a few art foundries in the world open to the public. All those who take the tour will receive a free glass of wine to enjoy at the conclusion of their molten metal exploration.
Jolie McTavish, co-director of SBAF said, “Visitors will be able to see the process first hand and learn more about the numerous steps involved in the ancient “lost wax” method, used for centuries. They will be able to watch skilled artisans at work, touch the sample sculpture at each stage of production, and see the finished sculpture available for purchase in the adjacent sales gallery.” Guests are sure to come away with a deeper appreciation for the art and how much time and talent go into the creation of every piece.
Andy McTavish, who will serve as the general manager for the Foundry, is the first-generation American, born here in Santa Barbara in 1988. He was recently married to artist Alexandria Moricca and after a year working at the foundry and a year learning the business ropes at the corporate headquarters in Park City UT, they are now making their home in downtown Santa Barbara. "I am really excited to be a part of this project. I feel honored that we are able to represent these amazing artists in a way that will let the public know how much time and effort goes into producing these works of art. I am also excited to bring a new art twist to Santa Barbara."
Fox Wine Company, headed by award-winning winemaker Blair Fox and his wife Sarah, will have their first tasting room in Santa Barbara. Both Santa Barbara natives, Sarah stated, “For the new Fox Wine Company tasting room, we created it with the desire to produce elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and to showcase our beautiful bold Syrah, and unique blends. We are thrilled to introduce this new label and are so happy to be part of the new gallery.” This is the one and only location where you can find these unique wines. They will be made entirely by hand, and minimally handled and processed with the goal of demonstrating the unique qualities of Santa Barbara County. Adding this new label and its wines to the already established “Urban Wine Trail” will be a bonus. Fox Wine Co. Tasting Room will be open on the site Thursdays through Mondays 11 am to 6 pm.
Santa Barbara Art Foundry, a Frogman Signature Gallery is located at 120 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Phone (805) 324-4230.
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ABOUT THE FAMILY
McTavish family emigrated from Scotland to Canada and then to Santa Barbara in 1967 where Ian graduated from Santa Barbara HS in 1973. Four years later he started in the family foundry business at Image Casting located in Oxnard that was casting industrial widgets – from hip joints to parts for offshore oilrigs. It was a few years later the foundry started to work with artists. Image continues to produce the varied industrial inventory along with plaques and trophies. In 1994, the family moved to Park City, Utah where they currently reside but with a second home here in Montecito.
Metals are a through-line
There are more than a few through lines with metal, sculpture and art that runs in the McTavish clan as well as the Frogman, artist Tim Cotterill. Ian’s father James started in the field of metalworking in Scotland in the 1950s, where he produced the copper tanks for the distillation of Scots whisky. The family also has a business that manufacturers sculpted steel flatware (www.grahamandrewsflatware.com). Ian & Jolie have both participated in Ironman Triathlons - and own an additional company that produces bronze finisher trophies and triathlon sculpture. (www.endurancebronze.com)
Jolie’s father was a sculptor for General Motors where he created full size concept cars out of clay that were then baked in an enormous oven. Cotterill grew up in post-war England, and spent his early years in various fields including welding, which then expanded to building engines and motorcycles. It was when he moved to Venice, CA in the early 1990’s that he really began to focus on creating art and his signature frog sculptures.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS REPRESENTED AT SBAF:
Tim Cotterill, - a.k.a. The Frogman - whose frog sculptures have won him legions of fans & collectors around the world - is the anchor artist for SBAF. His frogs are sure to draw you into their magic. Anyone who loves nature will see the wonder the artist finds in his subjects, (which also used to include owls, geckos and koi). Tim’s frog sculptures are sold in more than 130 art galleries worldwide. One look and you’ll understand why.
Cotterill's bronze frog sculptures capture the whimsical character, the jewel-like quality and the pure JOY of these beautiful little creatures. Tim said, "Through the centuries and throughout the world, frogs have symbolized many things - good luck, royalty, fertility, magic potions, energy, and charm. In today's fast world, life sometimes becomes complicated and stressful. As you can see, my art is not. It's elegant, stylish, whimsical, unique and pure FUN!” He continued, “As children we were excited to see our first frogs. They made us laugh when they jumped our way! We were curious about the strange way they felt; the odd way they moved and their simple contented look. I used to watch frogs at my pond in England, noting how each one had its own color markings, character and even personality."
Tim, also known as Frogman, was born in Leicester, England, in 1950. He left school at the age of fifteen to complete a six year engineering apprenticeship. Intrigued with metalworking, Tim created radical wheeled vehicles and metal sculptures of animals and birds during the '70s and '80s. His original steel, bronze and gold bird and animal sculptures are in art collections throughout the world. Tim emigrated to California in 1990 where he has since devoted himself solely to the creation of his unique bronze sculptures.
Tim's work is now represented in fine art galleries worldwide.
Fabulous art deco sculptures designed by celebrated artist, set and clothing designer Erté will be in the gallery.
Erté was born Romain Petrovich Tyrtov in Saint Petersburg, to a distinguished family with roots tracing back to 1548. Erté assumed his pseudonym to avoid disgracing the family – it is derived from his initials R.T. Around 1910, he moved to Paris to pursue a career as a designer much to the chagrin of his father who wanted him to continue the family tradition and become a naval officer. In 1915, he secured his first substantial contract with Harper's Bazaar magazine, and thus launched an illustrious career that included designing costumes and stage sets.
Between 1915–1937, Erté designed more than 200 covers for Harper's Bazaar, and his illustrations would also appear in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, Illustrated London News and Vogue.
Erté is most famous for his elegant fashion designs which captured the art deco period in which he worked. One of his earliest successes was designing apparel for the French dancer Gaby Deslys who died in 1920. His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognizable, and his ideas and art still influence fashion into the 21st century. His costumes, program designs, and sets were featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923, many productions of the Folies Bergère, and George White's Scandals. On Broadway, the celebrated French chanteuse Irène Bordoni wore Erté's designs.
In 1920 he designed the set and costumes for the movie Restless Sex starring Marion Davies and financed by William Randolph Hearst. Five years later, Louis B. Mayer brought him to Hollywood to design sets and costumes for the silent film Paris. There were many script problems, so Erté was given other assignments to keep him busy. Hence, he designed for such films as Ben-Hur, The Mystic, Time, The Comedian, and Dance Madness.
By far, his best known image is Symphony in Black, depicting a tall, slender woman draped in black holding a thin black dog on a leash. The influential image has been reproduced and copied countless times. Erté continued working throughout his life, designing revues, ballets, and operas. He had a major rejuvenation and much lauded interest in his career during the 1960s with the Art Deco revival. He branched out into the realm of limited edition prints, bronzes, and wearable art.
His work may be found in the collections of several well-known museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a sizable collection of work by Erté can be found at Museum 1999 in Tokyo.
Info pulled from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erté
Ting Shao Kuang
Well-known, revered Chinese artist Ting Shao Kuang, whose work is now bringing in record sales numbers since he retired from the art world, will round out the gallery. Ting’s works have been seen in museums around the world.
Ting Shao Kuang was born in 1939 in Chenggu, a village in Northern Province of Shanxi, China. Throughout his career, Ting had been a strong influence within Modern Art for his distinctive Yunnan painting style.
Ting has been repeatedly commissioned by governments of the US & China and organizations within the United Nations to produce paintings – both new paintings for use in specific events such as first day covers as well as limited edition prints from his existing paintings.
Back in 1991, Ting’s painting “White Night” set a new record for the highest amount ever paid for a contemporary Chinese painting for the auctioned price of HK$2.2Million (about US$283,000.00).
Find more at: http://tingshaokuang.net/ or http://tingshaokuang.net/biography/
Santa Barbara Art Foundry is located at 120 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Phone (805) 324-4230.
Websites for more information:
www.sbartfoundry.com OR www.mcfaddenpr.com
Images are available on the website of the artists work as well as their portraits.
Contact McFadden & McFadden P.R. for photos of the McTavish family.
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More Info: www.SBArtFoundry.com