Sculptor Ken Rowe elected to National Sculpture Society – Sedona.Biz

Rowe GallerySedona AZ (December 5, 2021) – Earlier this year, Ken Rowe, an animal sculptor and bronze gallery owner from Sedona, was chosen as an elected sculptor member of the National Sculpture Society, a 120-year-old New York-based nonprofit that promotes knowledge of excellence in sculpture inspired by the natural world. Founded in 1893, NSS was the first organization of professional sculptors formed in the United States. The prestigious designation of elected sculptor member allows artists to place NSS at the end of their name to signify achievement as well as to participate in major exhibitions.

Ken says he hadn’t seriously considered applying for the membership due to its exclusivity, but last spring another elected sculptor member encouraged him to do so. “I remember studying some of these member sculptors when I was in school and never imagined this would be something I was going to achieve,” says Ken. “Being in the same company as some of your mentors and role models is truly one of the greatest honors of my career.”

Ken also recently presented five new sculptures. desert Flower presents a small pygmy owl, while Exceptional mother: Grizzly 399 features one of Grand Teton National Park’s most famous residents, the 400-pound, 25-year-old Grizzly 399, and four of his cubs. Ken made a pilgrimage to Wyoming this summer, looking to spot Grizzly 399. Although the summer trip did not find a site, Ken plans to return to bear habitat this month. Grizzly 399 has captured a cult following with its own social media accounts and a book written by acclaimed photographer Thomas Mangelsen titled Grizzly bears in Pilgrim Creek.

Ken also took out three framed bas-relief panels. Dust devil presents a bison looking to the right, while Thunder Mountain represents a bison looking to the left. They came from the mountains features a herd of bison running with the Grand Tetons behind them. Ken spent much of 2021 exploring bison and bas-relief techniques.

“These reliefs are very difficult and take three times longer than a normal carving because you are trying to bring 3-D quality to a shallow surface,” says Ken. “Edouard Lanteri, who in the late 1800s wrote the famous sculpture bibles, called the bas-relief ‘humility’. I think that pretty much sums it up.

Ken Rowe owns the Rowe Fine Art Gallery, which represents traditional and contemporary artists from the Southwest. His work features prominently in the gallery, located under the bell tower of the Patio de las Campanas at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. The gallery is open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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