MUSeINGS: News from Sculptor Kevin Caron
July - August 2008

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Here's news from Kevin Caron. Feel free to forward this email newsletter to your friends and other art lovers.

What's New?

What's That?

What Are Your Dreams?

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WHAT'S NEW?

In this issue we share more about a sizzling upcoming show, a BackFlip on Camelback Mountain and a hammer on steroids - read on!

Art on Boston Gallery, Chandler, Arizona
Join us at Art on Boston on Saturday, August 9

It's Showtime!

In a Valley of the Sun summer, you have to make your own fun. So we're all looking forward to a wonderful evening at Art on Boston Gallery, Saturday, August 9 for the show "But It's A Dry Heat."

Kevin will be introducing some wonderful new pieces, including Wild Swiss (which people are already raving about), Calyx and Ciuffo (which we promise will be done by then!). There will be some smaller pieces, too, as well as a herd of critters.

We look forward to seeing you there - it wouldn't be the same without you! Mark it on your calendar right now: Saturday, August 9, from 7 - 9 p.m. Art on Boston Gallery is at 11 W. Boston in historic downtown Chandler. Click here for a map.

If you have any questions, email us or call 602-952-8767. We look forward to seeing you soon!

BackFlipping on the Mountain

BackFlip, an Outdoor Sculpture by Kevin Caron
A view from the deck, toward Camelback

With a magnificent view of the city of Phoenix, the owners of a 12,000 square foot residence on Camelback Mountain wanted a special sculpture.

It couldn't obscure their view, but it needed to look substantial from the street below and withstand the strong winds that whip through Camelback Canyon. And did we mention it needed to be beautiful?

BackFlip was Kevin's elegant answer. BackFlip rises 10 feet above the home's deck, providing a slender profile to frame the view from the house, and a graceful "wow" from the street.

In one of Kevin's videos, you can learn more about BackFlip's trip to the powder coater to get his brilliant coat of red - check it out at Channel Kevin on YouTube.

In the Works

In the studio, Kevin is busy creating some other new pieces for the August 9 show. "What could be more fun than being able to let your imagination run free?" Kevin asks. For the rest of us, it's probably seeing the results of his playtime.

In addition to Ciuffo, which you may have been watching unfold (or curl up, in its case), and the stainless steel confection Abloom, Kevin has been, well, we'll just say twiddling with tinkertoys....

Ciuffo, a Sculpture in the Works by Kevin Caron
Ciuffo's base

Too, next month he'll get the final word from the city of Chandler about which of Kevin's pieces the arts commission has selected for the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. The rumor is that one of the designs is a clear favorite. We can't wait to hear more, and we'll let you know when we do!

Beyond Arizona

In addition to Art on Boston Gallery in Chandler, Arizona, and Pearson & Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, Kevin's work is now also being represented by Pulsive Art, a Pennsylvania company that works with architects, landscape designers, and others who need monumental art. You can learn more about Pulsive Art at their site at http://www.pulsiveart.com

On another front, Kevin shared insights about online marketing for the magazine Crafts Report's September issue on Insight on Metal. "Like artists, craftspeople can use the Internet to get the word out about their work," says Kevin, who has not only sold a great deal of work online, he has also garnered the attention of gallerists, representatives such as Pulsive Art and fans from around the world.

Cavorting Online

This week's episode of Channel Kevin
Did you get your Channel Kevin this week?

Every week, we post another episode of Channel Kevin on YouTube so you can see what Kevin is up to.

It's easy to keep up - you can even subscribe so you'll know whenever there's a new video. "This is a fun way to connect with people," says Kevin.

The latest episodes share Kevin's adventures with his newest tool, an air hammer - click here to see what Kevin has gotten himself into now! And keep reading to learn more about this amazing tool.

WHAT'S THAT?

So often, people see something in Kevin's arsenal and say - well, you know. "What's That?" focuses on a subject that is dear to many peoples' hearts: tools.

Rat-a-tat-tat

After using a planishing hammer (as featured in the January-February issue of MUSeINGS), Kevin began to see so many ways he could use a power air hammer, which is, in essence, the planishing hammer's big brother. And we mean big: it's nearly twice the size and can shape metal, as well as smooth it.

An Angled-Post Air Power Hammer
An Angled-Post Air Power Hammer

An air hammer uses highly pressurized air and a variety of tips, or dies, to shape, score and smooth metal. By activating the head several hundred times per second with high pound-per-square-inch pressure, the air hammer can do in minutes that would otherwise take hours or days to form by hand.

"This will largely replace the slapper and leather bag as well as the planishing hammer," says Kevin. "It also allows me to do things I couldn't do before, like shape heavier gauge metal and even shrink metal - although I'm still working on that!"

Since getting an idea of the possibilities by using the planishing hammer, he began dreaming and, yes, scheming a bit, as well as studying the benefits of different air hammer types, makes and models. Once the budget allowed, he made the leap.

Kevin chose a model with an angle post (see photo above) that lets him reach deep into a piece.

Installing the unit by building a sturdy stand and bolting it together was just the beginning. Kevin is diligent about watching instructional videos and reading equipment manuals. He then takes the next step by playing with the hammer, seeing what it can really do in relation to his needs.

Three recent YouTube videos have been devoted to the air hammer, from an introduction, to using it to shape a small piece called Crabby, to using it to smooth a weld.

If you'd like to learn more about the air hammer, click here. Meanwhile, Kevin continues to learn more, too.

If you'd like to know more about a specific tool, let us know - we might have an answer. Email us at info@kevincaron.com


WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS?

If you've been looking for a way to make life more joyful and peaceful for yourself or a friend who seems to have everything, a sculpture, fountain or garden bell might just be the answer. Besides, you have an "in" - you know the artist! And it's easy: just email us at info@kevincaron.com or call 602-952-8767.

Kevin is glad to provide a free consultation at your site or, if you prefer, you are welcome to visit his Phoenix studio. Just email us at info@kevincaron.com or call 602-952-8767 - we'd love to see you!

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For more frequent news, sights and sounds, keep an eye on Kevin's Web site at www.kevincaron.com, which we update often.

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CONTACT US: Kevin Caron - 5831 N. 46th Pl. - Phoenix AZ 85018-1236 - 602-952-8767 - info@kevincaron.com - www.kevincaron.com

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"Inspired sculpture for public and private spaces"