MUSeINGS: News from Sculptor Kevin Caron
              November - December 2009

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Ho, ho, ho!       

Here's news from Kevin Caron. In this issue, your personal invitation to three exciting upcoming events, another new gallery affiliation, a truly special award, what's happening in the studio, and an easy way to get a high shine. Read on!

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What's New?

What's That?

Something Special Just for You

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WHAT'S NEW?

Three Events Enliven the Season and the New Year

When company comes to town, Kevin loves to take them to Lon's at the Hermosa Inn. Now he's inviting you to his Artist Brunch at Lon's on Sunday, January 24. "I love Lon's because it shares some of Arizona's romantic past," Kevin says. Lon's has been recognized by Gourmet magazine as "one of the Southwest's most distinctive restaurants."

The Hermosa Inn was the home of artist Lon Megargee, who is best known for his Arizona Capitol murals and "Last Drop From His Stetson," an image now found inside the best Stetson cowboy hats. Today the Hermosa is a charming resort. Its restaurant, called Lon's, is built from Megargee's old home, making it an appropriate place to celebrate art and artists.

At the brunch, visitors will enjoy Lon's award winning artful American cuisine, and Kevin will share some of his work and how he creates it. Learn more about the Artist Brunch and Lon's on the Web or call 602-955-8614 (800-241-1210).


In February, Kevin's sculpture After Escher will be included in the Contemporary Forum's 2010 Art Auction. "I'm honored to have this piece accepted for the 2010 auction," Kevin says. "This past February, it was such a thrill to see my piece Wild Swiss displayed in an art museum and then auctioned off at the top of its price range," Kevin says.

The 2010 auction will be held Saturday, February 20 at the Phoenix Art Museum. For more information about the auction and the Contemporary Forum, which is a special interest group of the museum, visit the Contemporary Forum site.


Last - but actually first - is the dedication of Hands On, Kevin's public art commission for the city of Avondale, Arizona. Hands On's dedication is Friday, December 18, at 6 p.m. during Avondale's Art Walk. Please join us for the dedication, a glass of wine and Avondale's own Art Walk, and be sure to say hello.

Learn more about the event on Avondale's Web site and find a map here.


Another Gallery Now Showing Kevin's Work

In November, Kevin's work began being offered in the Wild Holly Gallery in Carefree, Arizona. "What a beautiful gallery and great location," says Kevin.
Wild Holly Gallery, Carefree, Arizona
Wild Holly Gallery

Currently Wild Holly Gallery, which is in the heart of Carefree, is exhibiting Mobilus, BigFoot, Diamante, C-Note and Loaded.

As you walk into the gallery, you can't miss seeing BigFoot and Mobilus, which are right in front of the gallery on Carefree's main street. "I love that BigFoot can ring and Mobilus can spin at the will of the wind," Kevin says.

Wild Holly Gallery is at 22 Easy Street. It's open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Wild Holly Gallery Web site, email them or give Holly, Magda or Richard a ring at 480-595-8757.


'Hands On' Wins Best of the West Award

Kevin's public art commission for the city of Avondale, Arizona, Hands On, was awarded the 17th annual Best of the West Award for Arts & Culture. The Best of the West awards are bestowed annually by Westmarc, a coalition of business, education and government leaders, to recognize contributions to the development of the West Valley's image, lifestyle and economic base.

Hands On, a public art commission for the city of Avondale, Arizona, by Kevin Caron

Kevin shares this year's award with Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School students for their mosaic of Avondale. "I am deeply honored by this award," Kevin says. "And I'm pleased to share it with Rancho Santa Fe students, with whom I created the Bronco Brand Birch."

"This has been such an amazing project," Kevin observes. "Working with Avondale's Municipal Art Committee, city staff members and the citizens of Avondale has been a truly wonderful experience." You can read more about the Best of the West Awards at AZCentral.com


Speaking of events, thanks to everyone who came to Kevin's show "Free Play" in Scottsdale at Pearson & Company. More than 250 new and longtime friends, including visitors from as far away as Germany and Wales, joined the festivities on opening night. Kevin was also pleased to sell three pieces. If you missed being there, you can still enjoy the exhibit in the Virtual Art Show in the video section.


In the Studio: Swirling Swig

A sculpture by Kevin Caron, in process
The rough frame of the Klein bottle

In addition to some top-secret projects he won't be able to reveal for a few months, Kevin is working on yet another form that tricks the eye, as do his pieces After Escher and Mobilus.

This time he is working on interpreting a classic shape called the Klein bottle. "I love these illusions that can actually be created in three dimensions," Kevin says.

Like the möbius shape, the Klein bottle has only one surface. Yet there have been renditions of it in glass that can hold liquid. Obviously, Kevin's interpretation will not be able to do that, but like After Escher, it's bound to have Kevin's twist on the form.

Keep an eye on this piece - which still hasn't garnered a name - on its own page on the Web site.


In Video: Oxygen-Acetylene Welding

One of Kevin's YouTube fans asked for a video about welding with oxygen-acetylene. Kevin obliges in his latest video - check it out in the Videos section.


WHAT'S THAT?

Is there anything cooler than tools? Kevin isn't alone in loving the instruments that help him create his work. This issue, we're focusing on a small but valuable tool ....

Grinding (and Polishing) It Out

Most of Kevin's tools are electric, some are mechanical, and increasingly, he's begun favoring many of his pneumatic tools. "They're often quieter and are high speed but low torque, which is easier on the wrists," he says. One of his favorites these days is a small air angle grinder.

air grinder
An air angle grinder

The tool itself almost disappears in Kevin's large hands, but it is worth its weight in gold. It attaches to the end of a hose that brings air pressure from Kevin's two compressors.

On the other end of the air grinder can be screwed any one of a variety of pads. There are sanding disks with varying grits of sandpaper as well as a variety of Scotch-Brite pads.

"The Scotch-Brite pads are really handy," Kevin says. "I use them for polishing or shining finished pieces, especially stainless steel ones like Whorl."

Although he still wears safety glasses, ear protection - affectionately known as "Mickey Mouses" - and gloves while using his little air grinder, its lower impact makes jobs easier all the way around.

Kevin got his first air grinder at Harbor Freight. They're about $20, which is a good price for a quieter, easier way to work.

If you'd like to know more about a specific tool or process, let us know. Email us at info@kevincaron.com


SOMETHING SPECIAL JUST FOR YOU

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 info@kevincaron.com or call 602-952-8767 to arrange for a private complimentary consultation. Or contact us if you would simply like to visit Kevin's studio - he'd love to give you a personal tour.

Finally, Kevin, Mary and the rest of the crew wish you and yours the happiest of holidays, from Thanksgiving all the way into the new year!

Happy Holidays

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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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