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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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 – 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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Nominated – Julia S. Rasor – 5/5/5 Art Challenge – Facebook

Nominated: Art Challenge on Facebook

I was nominated today on Facebook by Christina Ilene Thomas for the 5/5/5 art challenge which consists of:

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

Many thanks to Christina for nominating me.

Today, on Day 1, I nominate the accomplished sculptor, Gilda Bronzé.  Her work is wonderfully complicated and far reaching.


FractAlien Series Sculpture – Day 1

I’m sharing today, for Day 1, the latest sculpture from my FractAlien Series “FractAlien Rescue”.

Fine Art Sculpture, FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, full, nominated
FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, full

The female FractAlien is on her way up to rescue the male FractAlien who has

Fine Art Sculpture, FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, female, nominated
FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, female

gotten himself in a bind.  The sculptures are made of steel mesh using a process of various material layers and outdoor paint to seal the artwork.

Fine Art Sculpture, FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, male, nominated
FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, male

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The figures are mounted on a piece of wildfire burned Manzanita bush I found in the chaparral area around my avocado ranch.

Fine Art Sculpture, FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, base, nominated
FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, base

The Manzanita is mounted in a base of concrete made to look like stone or burnt earth.  The figures are flame colored and the shadows the figures cast are dark, adding to the urgent and burnt wildfire theme.

 

 

 

 

 

The sculpture is shown here poolside at the San Diego Artist Retreat.

Fine Art Sculpture, FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, San Diego Artist Retreat, nominated
FractAlien Rescue, Julia S. Rasor, San Diego Artist Retreat

More FractAliens

More of the sculptures from this series can be viewed at FineArtSculpt.com.

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FASHION International Exhibition 2016 “Haute Couture II” Accepted

International Exhibition FASHION

I am pleased to announce that my abstract figurative sculpture “Haute Couture II” has been accepted for the 2016 International Exhibition FASHION, hosted by The Studio Door.  Juror Gilbert E. Meza, Indigo Salon (Previously Nordstrom Fashion Show Specialist) selected 30 artworks by 16 artists for the exhibition out of over 100 entries.

The Opening Reception is Saturday March 5, 2016 from 6 PM – 9 PM at The Studio Door, 3750 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104.  The show runs through March 27, 2016.


Haute Couture Sculpture

“Haute Couture II” vamps her edgy and strong high fashion with elegance. The sculpture is seven feet tall and made of steel mesh – part of my fashion series of sculptures.  The hard steel construction allows for clean, sharp lines.  She is pictured here at in my avocado grove at the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, CA.

Fine Art Sculpture, Fashion, Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor
Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, bust
Fine Art Sculpture, Fashion, Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, straight back
Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, straight back

The sculpture is the radiant color of sunshine standing out in high contrast from the landscape behind.

Three additional life-size mesh sculptures are on exhibit at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA in the 2015 Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition. My “She is Shotokan” sculpture has been accepted for the 2016 Exhibition to be installed late April/early May.

Haute Couture Fashion

Haute couture, French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking” or “high fashion”, refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing.  Haute couture is high end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable sewers, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.

The term “haute couture” has taken on further popular meanings referring to non-dressmaking activities, such as production of fine art, music, etc. Continue reading FASHION International Exhibition 2016 “Haute Couture II” Accepted

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San Diego Botanic Garden – “She is Shotokan” Accepted

Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition

I am pleased to announce that my abstract figurative sculpture “She is Shotokan” has been accepted for the 2016-2017 exhibition at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA.

“She is Shotokan” is a strong woman karateka. She shows her fire and style with a side thrust kick and hair flying. The sculpture is over six feet tall and made of steel mesh. She is pictured here at my studio, the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, CA.

Fine Art Sculpture, She is Shotokan, Julia S. Rasor San Diego Botanic Garden
She is Shotokan, Karate Sculpture, Julia S. Rasor

Shotokan Karate

Shotokan is a style of karate I practiced for seven years.  It was developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945). Gichin Funakoshi laid out the Twenty Precepts of Karate which form the foundations of the art. Within these twenty principles lies the philosophy of Shotokan which alludes to notions of humility, respect, compassion, patience, and both an inward and outward calmness.

San Diego Botanic Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden has a rich heritage of garden art, both natural and man-made. The 37-acre urban oasis provides the beautiful natural setting for Sculpture in the Garden. The present 2014-2015 exhibit is a collection of 42 works supplied by 27 artists which includes three of my sculptures made of the same media and by the same technique, “The Accuser” and “The Accused” and “Chupacabra”.

Fine Art Sculpture, She is Shotokan, Julia S. Rasor San Diego Botanic Garden
She is Shotokan, Julia S. Rasor

Visitors are invited to engage with these diverse creations set against a unique backdrop of dragon trees, rare fruit gardens, bamboo groves, tranquil ponds, and other natural settings. Art works from top regional, national, and international artists have been mindfully selected and placed by Naomi Nussbaum Art & Design, Founder of Synergy Art Foundation, curator of the exhibition. All sculptures are for sale.

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