Sculptors Symposium at Camp Ocean Pines

ktanner@thetribunenews.comApril 26, 2013 

More than 60 artists are to participate in the 11th annual California Sculptors’ Symposium at Camp Ocean Pines April 21 through 28. The annual event is to include the “Sculpture by the Sea” exhibition and sale, which is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

The show is set up in and around the camp’s main, hilltop lodge building and parking area at the end of the long driveway at 1473 Randall Drive.

A barbecue lunch, $10 per person, is offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For the exhibition, each sculptor can submit up to three artworks, and most of the artists will be working in their studio/tents that day as they interact with the public.

The sculptures will feature stone, metal, clay and wood.

There’ll also be a demonstration of iron work by blacksmith Tony Swatton.

Two of the projects to be shown in progress are to remain at the camp, at least for a time:

• Georg Schmerholz will be working on a granite whale’s tail bench that’s to stay at the camp.

• John Fisher of Fort Bragg and his crew have worked during the last two symposiums on carving a 2.5-ton block of Italian marble into the “Venus de Cambria” sculpture. The finished creation is to be sold at public auction at next year’s symposium show, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the camp.

According to, the symposium offers adult sculptors in different mediums the opportunity to learn from instructors who also are professional sculptors. Organizers provide a large generator and air compressor for stone carvers, and a professional life model is used for drawing and working in clay. Participants can stay in the straw-bale cabins set in the Monterey pine forest on a site that overlooks the Pacific.

For details about the show or the camp, go to the website above or

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