Anne Alexander is a sculptor and art teacher. She works in the mediums of clay and stone and wood. Her sculpture is exhibited in both galleries and exterior sited sculpture exhibits in Maine and throughout the US. Currently her sculpture can be seen in Maine at The Yarmouth Frame Gallery, The Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, and at June LaCombe Sculpture exhibits. Anne was chosen to be artist in residence at The Maine Farmland Trust- Joseph A. Fiore Art Center in Dresden, Maine in September 2017.
Anne carves her sculptures using logs scavenged from Maine woodlots or wood destined for the woodstove. She often begins her process with power tools, but carves details using the traditional carver’s tools of a mallet and chisels or gouges. Anne’s sculpture is inspired by observations of Maine’s natural world. She is especially interested in germination, growth, regeneration, and life cycles, and through her sculpture Anne seeks to explore and enhance a spiritual and physical connection to the natural world.
Anne Alexander is demonstrating at Boothbay Railway Village on Tuesday July 18, and Wednesdays July 19, Sept 6, 13, 20, 27.
Class: Carving Soapstone Bedwarmer Relief Sculpture
Taught by sculptor Anne Alexander
Monday July 17th, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm (with half hour lunch break, please bring a lunch)
Learn how to carve the soft stone of soapstone and create a relief sculpture that can be used as a bedwarmer. Soapstone bedwarmers have been used for hundreds of years, and are still used to warm cold sheets in fall and winter. The stones are placed near a woodstove or other heat source, wrapped in a towel and put in bed. Their warmth is especially comforting during our cold Maine winters.
Participants will learn to carve this soft stone using rasps, files and chisels. The pieces will be finished using wet sanding paper in various grits to achieve a soft sheen to the stone. Carve an animal, a shell, a flower, an abstract form, or whatever you envision. Examples will be available for inspiration.
Fee includes materials: BRV Members $55 per person or family rate of $95 for two, non-members $60 per person or family rate of $100 for two. This class is suitable for ages 12 to adult. Younger participants of age 8 and above are welcome along with parent participation. Register online here, or call BRV at 207-633-4727.