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St. Stephen, Blacks Harbour, Saint Andrews choose sculptors for forthcoming symposium - Mar. 03, 2014


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Jhon Gogaberishvili stands before “First Day,” the sculpture he created for UNBSJ.

Kathy Bockus
St. Stephen
The Sculpture Saint John artists who will create granite sculptures for communities in Charlotte County have been chosen.
St. Stephen has chosen Jhon Gogaberishvili of Georgia; Blacks Harbour’s sculpture will be created by Petre Petrov of Bulgaria and Saint Andrews will receive a creation sculpted by Karin Van Ommeren of The Netherlands. Petrov and Van Ommeren are participating in this symposium for the first time.
St. Stephen Mayor John Quartermain said he was pleased with the choice of Gogaberishvili, who created the sculpture “First Day” for UNBSJ during the Sculpture Saint John 2012 symposium.
Quartermain said he was looking forward to a visit later this year by Gogaberishvili and said Kingsley Bailey, the town’s acting property manager, has been appointed as the St. Stephen contact person with whom Sculpture Saint John would deal.
Bailey said Gogaberishvili, who has participated in more than 45 international symposiums, is known for his large creations and said he has worked with the artist previously.
Bailey recounted how he built the base for the UNBSJ sculpture with the help of Fundy Engineering and he expects it will be up to him to get the base built for the sculpture that comes to St. Stephen.
Diana Alexander, chair of Sculpture Saint John 2014, said she was “really pleased” with the match between the artists and the applicants.
“It’s pretty exciting,” she said. The selection process involved the partner communities submitting their three artist choices.
Alexander said all the participants named Hampton artist Jim Boyd as their first choice, but in the end, the symposium’s committee felt it was only fair to have Boyd create the sculpture for Hampton.
“We are very much pleased with the process,” said Alexander. “We think all the community partners are receiving a wonderful artist. All are pleased.”
Alexander said each of the communities will now have the opportunity to speak and correspond with their artists.
“There will be lots of opportunity to communicate and give the artist an understanding of their community and what they are about.
“The community partners can communicate back and forth, ‘here’s our community, what we do, our history,’ tell the artist about them.” She said the communities can send the artist photos of a proposed location.
Alexander said Aug. 5 is the date set for Gogaberishvili to make a site visit in St. Stephen.
“That way he can see where the sun will be facing, the location of the water.”
The communities and the artist chose the location for the sculpture.
The next day, the artists will journey to a granite quarry in Hampstead to choose their stone.
Alexander said there is also granite stored in Saint John from St. George, some of it specifically for Gogaberishvili.
“He loves to do work with multiple stone - black, red and grey. I’m sure St. Stephen’s sculpture won’t be any different.”
The symposium will take place in Saint John on the waterfront from Aug. 7 to Sept. 20. The public can watch as the sculptors work. Each community will have an opportunity to host their artist in their community for a day to introduce him to the residents
The other applicants and their artists are: Sussex, Hew Chee Fong; New Brunswick Community College, Hiroyuki Asano; Saint John Waterfront, Hitoshi Tanaka; Grand Bay-Westfield, Fetiye Boudevin; Blacks Harbour, Petre Petrov; Saint Andrews, Karin Van Ommeren.
Each of the applicants invested $15,000 to become part of an international sculpture trail that winds its way from Bangor, Me., to Sussex.
Each participating community in the 2014 symposium will receive a return on their investment of a granite sculpture worth $100,000 and inclusion in an mobile application under development that will feature information not only on the 72 sculptures featured on the international trail, but on the communities in which they are located along with biographical information on the sculptors who created them.

kathy@stcroixcourier.ca