Artist Seeks ‘Heartbeats’ in Tree Sculptures

BAR HARBOR — Joseph Wheelwright works with wood, stone, bronze, and bone. His “tree personages” tower more than 20 feet off the ground. From stones the size of a head that weigh up to six tons, he creates visages that he’s likely to introduce as his “friend.” Mr. Wheelwright will be discussing a wide range of ideas about the visual arts during a slideshow presentation titled, “The Wonder of Art,” at College of the Atlantic’s Gates Community Center on Tuesday, July 26 beginning at 5 p.m. This will be the college’s annual Allan Stone Lecture, in honor of gallery owner and collector Allan Stone. A reception will follow the talk.

Mr. Wheelwright says he works to find the life in the material. “It can’t be about the craft or the labor. I can spend less time or more time on a piece,” he once told a reporter. “I don’t stop until I hear a heartbeat. If it’s feasible that it’s breathing, then it’s sculpture.”

For more on Mr. Wheelwright’s slideshow presentation, call Kim Childs at 288-5015 or e-mail [email protected].

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