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Wax to Bronze Sculpture Workshop June 2016

Bronze Workshop – Julia S. Rasor

Fine Art Wax to Bronze Workshop

Fine Art Sculpture, Wax to Bronze, Point of View, Julia S. Rasor
Point of View, Julia S. Rasor, bronze on found object base

Acquiring the skill to sculpt in wax rather than clay can cut the time and cost to create a bronze sculpture by one third to one half because only one, rather than two molds is required.  Students will make a 6 to 8 inch figure from sculpture wax that will be sent to the foundry to cast a one-of-a-kind bronze sculpture.

The base of the sculpture will be made from the artist’s found object(s) resulting in a piece that is very personal and specific to the artist – it preserves a history important to them.

Constructing the sculpture in the form of a posed figure captures the artist’s emotion and thoughts and projects them into the piece.  All experience levels are welcome.  Instruction is tailored to individual goals.

Workshop Information

Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor

Location: San Diego Artist Retreat, De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook (directions provided to registered students)

Dates:

Sculpting: 3 Mondays June 13, 20, 27, 2016;

Sculpture Pick-up & Critique: 4-6 weeks from June 27 – dependent upon foundry schedule

Time:

Sculpting: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Sculpture Pick-up & Critique: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Fine Art Sculpture, Wax to Bronze, Precarious Situation, Julia S. Rasor
Precarious Situation, Julia S. Rasor, wax on found object base

Workshop Total Cost: $555, includes

Instruction, wax, and tools: $355

Foundry materials and labor cost to sprue, cast, clip, weld, grind, sandblast, patina, and mount on base (group discount from foundry for class): $200

Registration: Email Julia at jsrasor@gmail.com to receive a Registration Form.  Receipt of a completed form and payment check will reserve your place in the workshop.  Workshop Instructions will then be emailed to you.  This will be a fairly small group of 8-9 students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

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Dark Subject Matter Two Artist Show – Reception This Saturday

Phantom Gallery Oceanside

Dark Subject Matter Two Artist Exhibition

Not your usual art exhibition of beautiful, lighthearted people, pets, flowers, and landscapes.  Curator Ruth Jameson was touched by two artists’ expressions of the darker subjects of war, misery, despair, and depression.

Mohammed Al Hamadani – Painter

Jameson says of painter Al Hamadani: “Mohammed just walked into the Gallery last month with some of his work.  I was stunned at the depth and the visceral impact of his work.  He has made his history a memorable story of what he and his family and fellow Iraqis went through on the night of Shock and Awe which they call the ‘Night of Fire’.  This war I believe will go down in our Nation’s history as one of the worst blunders of Foreign adventures ever to ensue.  In spite of the fact that we killed over 200,000 thousand Iraqis, they still have hope that we can hope for a better future for both of our Nations.”

Julia S. Rasor – Sculptor

Jameson says of sculptor Rasor: “Julia’s works characterize the Human struggle.  Whether it exemplifies the economy, international affairs or just our daily lives of trying to live our destinies, the works speak in a very emotional way of our humanness in a world of sorrows and joys.”

Exhibition Invitation

Curated by Ruth Jameson, a local Oceanside artist and visionary.

Phantom Gallery Oceanside Exhibition
Phantom Gallery Oceanside Exhibition, Julia S. Rasor and Mohammed Al Hamadani

Opportunities to View Exhibit

Oceanside Art Walk

Friday May 6, 2016, 5pm to 8pm

212 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA

 

Phantom Gallery Oceanside

Reception: Saturday May 7, 2016

Exhibition: May 1 through May 31, 2016

212 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA

 

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Julia S. Rasor, Renaissance Woman – Sculptor, Inventor, Entrepreneur

Modern Day Renaissance Woman

The Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook

Julia S. Rasor – Sculptor, Medical Device Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Avocado Rancher

The 2016 Edition of The Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook published by The Village News came out this month with a feature article about Julia S. Rasor.  Editorial writer Sandra Shrader was alerted by a friend of Julia’s that there was a new resident of Fallbrook she might find interesting to interview for the latest Sourcebook.

Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor, Fallbrook Sourcebook
Julia S. Rasor, Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook 2016, Feature Article

Medical Device Inventor and Entrepreneur

Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook 2016 Julia S. Rasor feature
Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook 2016 Julia S. Rasor feature

The feature article covers Rasor’s over thirty year career in the medical device industry where she invents the tools that physicians use – she has numerous patents issued and pending – and is the founder of a number of medical device companies one presently trading on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.  Rasor is the inventor of the first ultrasonic contrast agent as well as the application of a medical gas from a nasal dispenser to treat migraine headaches.  She has worked for over 60 medical device companies and is still inventing for others in a worldwide think tank and as an advisor assisting other entrepreneurs with starting medical device companies, see www.MedicalDevice.com.

Artist Sculptor

Julia always loved art, only a few years ago she stumbled upon her ability to sculpt.  She is versatile in a wide range of media – steel, mesh, ceramics, concrete, plaster, bronze, wax, mixed media – and often incorporates found wood and rusty steel artifacts thus preserving history in her sculpture.  Her works have been described as dynamic, edgy and dramatic.

Sculptures in the San Diego Botanic Garden, Fine Art Sculptor Julia S. Rasor Fallbrook, CA
Sculptures in the San Diego Botanic Garden, Sculptor Julia S. Rasor, Fallbrook, CA

Julia says of her artistic process: “In creating my art, I allow my feeling at the time, and the particular medium, lead my exploration into forms that inspire, provide a feeling or message, or just cause curious wonderment.  Most of my life has been spent exploring technical ways to aid the human body; my art allows me to explore and express human emotion”.  Her art education has been from numerous professional and public artists in the form of classes, workshops and artistic critiques and advice.

Julia’s focus is on sculpting the human figure.  Her interest in this subject arose through her years of study of the human body.  She has created a large body of work of figurative sculptures in both representational and abstract styles.  Her more recent works are abstract series of transforming spirits of natural materials, mesh forms of industrial materials, and mixed media creations she has named FractAliens.

Fine Art Sculptor Julia S.Rasor Fallbrook, CA
FractAlien Rescue sculpture with sky background,  Julia S. Rasor, Fallbrook, CA

Her works have been exhibited at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA; Oceanside Museum of Art, Herbert B. Turner Gallery, Del Mar, CA; San Diego Sculptors Guild, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA and Tubac, AZ; The Studio Door gallery North Park San Diego; Encinitas City Hall and Library; Brandon Gallery, Fallbrook Art Center, and Fallbrook Public Library in Fallbrook, CA.  New exhibitions are planned at the Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA and the Phantom Gallery, Oceanside, CA.  Julia holds Open Studio, Workshop, and Artist Retreat events at her San Diego Artist Retreat located at her Fallbrook Avocado Ranch studio/gallery.

Founder of San Diego Artist Retreat

Rasor continues to found new start-ups.  Her most recent is the San Diego Artist Retreat where she has created an art immersion experience.  The retreat takes place in Julia’s spectacular rural mountaintop avocado ranch setting.

Winter dawn at San Diego Artist Retreat
Winter dawn at San Diego Artist Retreat

Panoramic views, sunshine and quiet provide an experience that sparks and fosters personal creativity and provides for reflection and refinement of artistic work.  Artists collaborate and receive facilitation to plan and produce art that inspires and excites imaginations and strives for excellence.

Retreat Benefits

– Escape and concentrate only on personal creative work
– Be inspired in a beautiful natural setting
– Reflect upon, and refine, your artistic voice
– Restart or redirect your art
– Produce better art by interacting with other professional artists
– Receive input and facilitation
– Experience wholeness creating – scheduled breaks to stretch, do yoga, hike, swim

Avocado Rancher

Rasor’s retreat includes

Julia S. Rasor, Avocado Wholesaler
Julia S. Rasor, Avocado Wholesaler

200+ Haas avocado trees that she has rehabilitated and managed over the last year.  She sells her avocados to individuals and Fallbrook’s local restaurants that have said that the fruit is excellent, high oil content, a real boutique avocado.

 

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Found Object Sculpture Workshop June 2016

Found Object Sculpture Workshop

I have been asked to have my next workshop be teaching found object sculpture.  It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in Fallbrook.  Students will incorporate their own found object artifacts into a one-of-a-kind figurative sculpture.  Once the workshop is full, additional students will be placed on the cancellation list and list for next class that will be held on Fridays or Saturdays.

This method of sculpture is one I particularly like – when I repaired and remodeled my ranch I kept pieces of weathered steel mesh and rusty worn hardware and incorporated them into a figurative sculpture I mounted on an avocado root from my grove thus creating the sculpture “At the Apex” that preserves the history of my homestead.

FIne Art Sculpture, found object sculpture, At the Apex, Julia S. Rasor
At the Apex, Julia S. Rasor

Making sculpture in this way is very personal and specific to the artist – it preserves a history important to them in a piece of art – a heritage and memories that can be passed down to family members.  Constructing the sculpture in the form of a figure captures the artist’s emotion associated with the gathered objects and projects it into the piece.

All experience levels are welcome.  Instruction is tailored to individual goals.

Workshop Information

Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor

Location: San Diego Artist Retreat, De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook (directions provided to registered students)

Dates: Coming late June 2016

Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Materials: Basic materials are provided and large tools loaned.

Cost: $210

Registration: Email Julia at jsrasor@gmail.com to receive a Registration Form.  Receipt of a completed form and payment check will reserve your place in the workshop.  Workshop Instructions will then be emailed to you.  This will be a fairly small group of 8-10 students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

Instructor’s Background

Julia has a number of awards for her works including two Third Places in Recycled Materials with her Recession Series sculptures “Industrial Plummet” and Industrial Slowdown” and a First Place in Ceramics at the San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, Fine Art Exhibit (4th largest fair in North America).

Fine Art Sculpture, Industrial Plummet, Julia S. Rasor
Industrial Plummet, Julia S. Rasor
Fine Art Sculpture, Industrial Plummet, Julia S. Rasor
Industrial Plummet, Julia S. Rasor

Her sculptures are on exhibit at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas; the Fallbrook Public Library; Weichert/Murphy and Murphy Realtors, Fallbrook; and at The Studio Door gallery in Northpark.  More sculpture can be seen at RasorsSculptures.com.

Fine Art Sculpture, found object sculpture, Industrial Slowdown, Julia S. Rasor
Industrial Slowdown, Julia S. Rasor

It has been my experience that sculpture produced in the presence of other sculptors is of higher quality and the creative experience is more gratifying. I would love to have you join us!

San Diego Artist Retreat

An Art Immersion Experience

The workshop will be held at the newly founded San Diego Artist Retreat, the instructor’s mountaintop avocado ranch studio and gallery in the De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook.

The San Diego Artist Retreat setting is a spectacular rural mountaintop avocado ranch.  Panoramic views, sunshine and quiet provide an experience that sparks and fosters personal creativity and provides for reflection and refinement of artistic work.  Artists collaborate and receive facilitation to plan and produce art that inspires and excites imaginations and strives for excellence.

San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior
San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior
Sunset at San Diego Artist Retreat
Sunset at San Diego Artist Retreat
Winter dawn at San Diego Artist Retreat
Winter dawn at San Diego Artist Retreat
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50 TO WATCH Publication – Closing Reception May 14, 2016

50 TO WATCH

Julia S. Rasor joins fifty visual artists from Greater San Diego juried into 50 TO WATCH by two museum curators.  The program offers national exposure for San Diego’s creative marketplace.

The exhibition is at The Studio Door, a North Park gallery at 3750 30th Street, San Diego. Program dates:

Exhibition Dates: April 1 – May 15, 2016
Opening Reception: April 2, 2016 6 PM – 9 PM
Closing Reception: May 14, 2016 6 PM – 9 PM

In addition to the exhibition, a catalog will be published and distributed.

2016 50 TO WATCH CATALOG, Julia S. Rasor
2016 50 TO WATCH CATALOG, Available for Purchase at Closing Reception

A closing reception and publication launch is scheduled for 6 PM on May 14 at The Studio Door (3750 30th Street, San Diego).  Artwork and artist catalogs will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.50toWatch.com or call (619) 255 – 4920.

Jurors

Jenna S. Jacobs – Curatorial Manager of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Christine Knoke Hietbrink – Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator of Mingei Int’l Museum

Sculpture Accepted

Sculptures from two of Julia’s series have been selected for publication, “Tethered Spirit” will be in the exhibition.

“FractAlien Agglomeration” 40″ x 18″ x 12″ which is the first of the FractAlien Series=Fractured Alien.  The FractAlien is a creature with an incomplete, fractured skin that can be peered through to see within to the structural skeleton. This sculpture is an agglomeration of various body parts: hand, head, thorax, and foot.  The base is found rusty steel.  More sculpture from this series can be viewed at FineArtSculpt.com.

Fine Art Sculpture aacpted, FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor, 50 to Watch 2016
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor accepted 50 to Watch 2016
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIne Art Sculpture accepted, FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor, 50 to Watch 2016
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor, head
Fine Art Sculpture, FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor accepted 50 to Watch 2016
FractAlien Agglomeration, Julia S. Rasor, rib cage

 


 

“Tethered Spirit” 13″ x 10″ x 5″, a mixed media sculpture from Julia’s Spirit series, represents a rising from wreckage.  The base is a found piece of aluminum frame.  More sculpture from this series can be viewed at FineArtSculpt.com.

Fine Art Sculpture, Tethered Spirit, Julia S. Rasor accepted 50 to Watch 2016
Tethered Spirit, Julia S. Rasor
Fine Art Sculpture, Tethered Spirit, Julia S. Rasor accepted 50 to Watch 2016
Tethered Spirit, Julia S. Rasor

As with these two sculptures, Julia frequently incorporates discarded found artifacts transforming her sculpture into edgy new fine art that retains a history.

Press Release

The full Press Release of the 50 TO WATCH program is below:

EXHIBIT PUTS SAN DIEGO ARTISTS IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
50 visual artists showcase San Diego’s diverse creative talent Continue reading 50 TO WATCH Publication – Closing Reception May 14, 2016

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Student’s Works – Rasor Sculpture Workshop Feb 2016

Julia S. Rasor’s Ceramic Sculpture Workshops

We have just completed my February ceramic figurative sculpture workshop and I am pleased to present some of the student’s and their finished masterpieces.

Rasor ceramic sculpture workshop students
Rasor ceramic workshop students, fine art sculpture

My next ceramic figure workshop is coming late April/early May, information below.


February 2016 Workshop

Student’s Works

Students who completed sculpting and firing their figures, finished their pieces with a patina taught at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio. Continue reading Student’s Works – Rasor Sculpture Workshop Feb 2016

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Solo Exhibit – Julia S. Rasor Sculpture – Fallbrook Public Library

Solo Sculpture Exhibit – Fallbrook Public Library

Fallbrook Public Library Rasor Show Poster outside patio solo exhibit
Fallbrook Public Library Rasor Sculpture Show Poster outside patio

Sculpture Exhibit

The solo sculpture exhibit displays the works of sculptor Julia S. Rasor of Fallbrook.  The sculptures are from Rasor’s Fashion Series which includes life-size sculpture in steel mesh and smaller works in ceramic.  The show was curated by stone sculptor Larry Miller of Fallbrook.

Fine Art Sculpture, Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, steel, mesh solo exhibit
Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor


Sculpture Installation: March 4, 2016

Opening Reception: March 11, 2016, 6-8pm

Show Closes: April 29, 2016

 

 

 


Fallbrook Public Library

The Fallbrook Public Library, located at 124 South Mission Road, is a beautiful new contemporary building – a branch of the San Diego County Library. Continue reading Solo Exhibit – Julia S. Rasor Sculpture – Fallbrook Public Library

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Julia S. Rasor – Art Challenge – Motorcycle Sculpture – Day 5

Art Challenge – Day 5

My Fashion Series sculpture is shown today for the 5/5/5 art challenge which consists of:

5 artworks/ over 5 days/ nominating another artist each day

My nominations:

Day 1 – Accomplished sculptor, Gilda Bronzé.  Her work is wonderfully complicated and far reaching

Day 2 – Manuelita Brown, creates eclectic and authentically personal bronze figurative and portrait sculpture

Day 3 – Scott Bruckner, an accomplished wood sculptor who focuses on contemporary shapes

Day 4 – Marta Hotell, a contemporary metal sculptor extraordinaire

Day 5 – Benjamin Lavender, provoking sculptor and craftsman


Fashion Series Sculpture – Day 5

For Day 5, I am sharing a work from my Fashion Series “Chopper Chick”.  I was inspired by the outfits and characters of the chopper bike crowd (I am a motorcyclist as well but am in the road racer/drag strip crowd).

Fine Art Sculpture, motorcycle, Chopper Chick, Julia S. Rasor
Chopper Chick, Julia S. Rasor, back angle
Fine Art Sculpture, motorcycle, Chopper Chick, Julia S. Rasor
Chopper Chick, Julia S. Rasor, back

 

 

 

 

The sculpture is ceramic 11 inches tall.  Remarkably, she is sitting on a found highway retaining fence split rail that I found on a motorcycle ride at a lookout just outside Prescott, AZ – you can see it on Google Earth!!!!! Continue reading Julia S. Rasor – Art Challenge – Motorcycle Sculpture – Day 5

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Julia S. Rasor – Art Challenge – Fashion Sculpture – Day 4

Art Challenge – Day 4

My Fashion Series sculpture is shown today for the 5/5/5 art challenge which consists of:

5 artworks/ over 5 days/ nominating another artist each day

My nominations:

Day 1 – Accomplished sculptor, Gilda Bronzé.  Her work is wonderfully complicated and far reaching.

Day 2 – Manuelita Brown, creates eclectic and authentically personal bronze figurative and portrait sculpture.

Day 3 – Scott Bruckner, an accomplished wood sculptor who focuses on contemporary shapes.

Day 4 – Marta Hotell, a contemporary metal sculptor extraordinaire.


Fashion Series Sculpture – Day 4

For Day 4, I am sharing a work from my Fashion Series “Cirque” referring to Cirque du Soleil.  She is a large 17 inch tall ceramic sculpture.  “Cirque” has a bright patina radiating like the sun – Cirque du Soleil, translated literally means the circus of the sun.

Fine Art Sculpture, Cirque, Circus, Julia S. Rasor
Cirque, Julia S. Rasor, left
Fine Art Sculpture, Cirque, Circus, Julia S. Rasor
Cirque, Julia S. Rasor, right

Cirque evolved out of thoughts of creating a figure that would be entertaining, wild, acrobatic, colorful, and flashing a Cirque du Soleil headdress and costume.


Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is an extremely creative, Continue reading Julia S. Rasor – Art Challenge – Fashion Sculpture – Day 4

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Julia S. Rasor – Art Challenge – Recession Sculpture – Day 3

Art Challenge – Day 3

My Recession Series sculpture is shown today for the 5/5/5 art challenge which consists of:

5 artworks/ over 5 days/ nominating another artist each day

My nominations:

Day 1 – Accomplished sculptor, Gilda Bronzé.  Her work is wonderfully complicated and far reaching.

Day 2 – Manuelita Brown, creates eclectic and authentically personal bronze figurative and portrait sculpture.

Day 3 – Scott Bruckner, an accomplished wood sculptor who focuses on contemporary shapes


Recession Series Sculpture – Day 3

For Day 3, I am sharing a work from my Recession Series “Wrench in the Gears”.

Recession Sculpture, Fine Art Sculpture, Recession Series, Wrench in the Gears, Julia S. Rasor, straight
Wrench in the Gears, Julia S. Rasor, straight

This sculpture represents how many feel as a result of the 2007 Great Recession and Financial Crisis.  The sculpture hand is made from steel wire and mesh mounted on rusty industrial steel artifacts.

Recession Sculpture, Fine Art Sculpture, Recession Series, Wrench in the Gears, Julia S. Rasor,
Wrench in the Gears, Julia S. Rasor,

 

Synonyms for Throw Monkey Wrench In

I found it interesting to look at the synonyms Continue reading Julia S. Rasor – Art Challenge – Recession Sculpture – Day 3

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