Sculpture Workshop – San Diego Artist Retreat – August 2018

Sculpture Workshop

My next sculpture workshop will be teaching air-dry clay sculpture with the incorporation of found objects.  It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat air-conditioned studio in Fallbrook the first two weekends in August.  A number of spaces are already taken.

San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior
San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior

Sculpture Medium – Air-Dry Clay

Air-dry clay does not require kiln firing, is light weight, and allows a more versatile design as any material e.g., wood, plastic, metal, paper, etc. can be incorporated and an internal wire armature allows the sculpture to be easily posed in any configuration and wired to various objects or hung. It can also be reworked once dry.

I presently have a sculpture with air-dry clay at the San Diego Botanic Garden for 2018-2019.

Fine Art Sculpture, Face the Wind, Julia S. Rasor
Face the Wind, Julia S. Rasor

I sold four air dry clay sculptures at the last Sculptural Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) show in Chicago.

Below are some examples of wall sculptures:

Fine Art Sculpture, Surf Goddess and Sun Goddess, Julia S. Rasor, air-dry clay, canvas, painting, wall sculpture
Surf Goddess and Sun Goddess, Julia S. Rasor, wall sculpture
Tom, Dick, and Harry, Julia S. Rasor
Tom, Dick, and Harry, Julia S. Rasor, wall sculpture
Fine Art Sculpture, Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, rock climber figures, clay
Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, wall sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are examples of standing sculptures on found objects:

Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, artifacts, upcycle, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor
Navigating the Slippery Slope, Julia S. Rasor
Navigating the Slippery Slope, Julia S. Rasor

Sculpture Workshop Information

Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor/Scientist

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

Dates: 4 days: August 4, 5, 11, 12, 2018

Instruction Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Materials: Materials are provided and tools loaned. Bring found objects to incorporate and to use as a base for your sculpture (optional).

Cost: $250

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 students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  A number of spaces are already taken.  When the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, notified of any cancellations, and be among the first in line for the next workshop.

Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

San Diego Artist Retreat studio, fine art sculpture
San Diego Artist Retreat studio workshop
View of avocado grove from studio San Die
View of avocado grove from studio San Diego Artist Retreat

Instructor’s Background

As a medical device inventor and entrepreneur (inventing the tools that physicians use, www.MedicalDevice.com), Julia S. Rasor explores materials and often uses found artifacts in her sculpture that will both, convey topics she is passionate about and preserve time, resulting in a unique, expressive body of work (www.FineArtSculpt.com).

Julia merged her art and science careers – it not uncommon to see her fearlessly experiment with a wide range of media and subjects resulting in sculptures that emanate both dark and light emotion – Yin and the Yang.  Her background is published in

The Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook 2016 feature: pages 56-59.

Fine Art Sculptor Julia S. Rasor Fallbrook, CA
Sculptor, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Julia S.Rasor

Her sculpture series include world events (The Recession and Modernism), the afterlife (Spirits), high fashion (Haute Couture, Avante-Garde), nudes, dancers, warriors, guardians, and strange departures into the unusual (FractAliens, a fractured alien).

Her works can be seen at the San Diego Botanic Garden and other public venues and galleries.  Julia founded the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, an art immersion experience, where she holds workshops and studio/gallery tours.

 

 

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Private Casita/ San Diego Artist Retreat/ Avocado Ranch

Artist Retreat – Book Your Stay

Artists, vacationers, or business travelers – come enjoy my artist retreat and working avocado ranch.  Stay in a private, fully outfitted casita, enjoy the pool.  Book your time online at the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, California.

San Diego Artist Retreat, morning at the pool
San Diego Artist Retreat, morning at the pool

Relax and get away from it all.  Solo, with friends, or plan a romantic couple escape, take in the nature and beauty.  Artists, use the studio work space and/or take a workshop (workshop information) in the large air conditioned studio.  Sunshine and quiet provide an experience that sparks and fosters personal creativity and provides for reflection and refinement of artistic work.

This is a great alternative to a hotel room – business travelers – instead of a mundane hotel room, enjoy a unique experience which includes living with art: a continually growing collection of original art embellishes the casita interior and retreat grounds and living among the avocado groves.

San Diego Artist Retreat/ Avocado Ranch
San Diego Artist Retreat/ Avocado Ranch
San Diego Artist Retreat casita kitchen, skylight
San Diego Artist Retreat casita kitchen, skylight
San Diego Artist Retreat casita inside and outside dining areas
San Diego Artist Retreat casita inside and outside dining areas

Private Casita

This beautiful, fully outfitted, air conditioned, vaulted ceiling luxury casita is your private oasis during your stay.  It is a spectacular rural mountaintop retreat, gated estate on 4-acres, close to downtown Fallbrook in De Luz Heights.  Relax on the private casita deck overlooking an avocado grove surrounded by gorgeous views, mountaintop breezes, and sunsets with starry nights free from city lights or enjoy a dip in the infinity pool.

San Diego Artist Retreat casita deck in evening
San Diego Artist Retreat casita deck in evening
San Diego Artist Retreat avocado grove from casita deck
San Diego Artist Retreat avocado grove from casita deck

Surrounded by beautiful mature landscaping dotted with the owner’s sculpture, the private, completely separate casita has brand new contemporary furnishings with a midcentury modern vibe.  The skylight, open beams, interior window, barn doors, and other interesting architecture mimic that of the main house built by a well-known architect/artist.  The casita has a private bedroom: twin bed that pulls out to a king size, a fold up desk, an en suite bathroom and walk-in closet; living room with a couch that converts to bed for one person; full kitchen with gas oven and range; dining table for 4; breakfast bar for 2; deck dining area with table and 4 chairs; TV; DVD player; Wifi; internet; A/C and heat.

San Diego Artist Retreat casita entrance from walkway ramp
San Diego Artist Retreat casita entrance from walkway ramp
San Diego Artist Retreat casita entrance
San Diego Artist Retreat casita entrance

The Neighborhood

Fallbrook is almost always sunny, and much of the time cool mornings and nights from the marine layer.  It was founded in 1869, is known for its avocado groves and claims the title “Avocado Capital of the World.”  It is often called or known as “The Friendly Village” so explore our small town’s agriculture and culture, shop in locally owned farmer’s markets, clothing boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and enjoy our fine eateries, have a coffee or a high tea (complete with china, tablecloths, and a hat!).  Hike nearby at the Santa Margarita river wilderness with 14 miles of trails (7 minutes) or climb Rock Mountain (14 minutes)!

San Diego Artist Retreat Rock Mountain
Rock Mountain

Go wine tasting in town or nearby Temecula (30 minutes), or to the beach in Oceanside (35 minutes).  There are great routes from the property through the neighborhood to walk, run, or bicycle.

Fallbrook Art Community

Fallbrook has a vibrant and active arts community with many galleries and exhibits to tour.  It is organized under Fallbrook Arts Inc.:

fallbrook arts, inc.

Take a Workshop: Sep. 12, 13, 14, 2017

Air-Dry Clay

I have been asked to have my next sculpture workshop be teaching air-dry clay with the incorporation of found objects.  It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in Fallbrook next month (see workshop information and sculpture examples on Julia’s Blog).  Air-dry clay does not require firing, is light weight, and allows a more versatile design as any material e.g., wood, plastic, metal, paper, etc. can be incorporated and an internal wire armature allows the sculpture to be easily posed in any configuration and wired to various objects.  Students will incorporate their own found object artifacts into a one-of-a-kind figurative sculpture.

San Diego Artist Retreat air-conditioned studio workshop, fine art sculpture
San Diego Artist Retreat air-conditioned studio workshop

Contact Julia 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, up to nine students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  A number of spaces are already taken.  When the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, notified of any cancellations, and be among the first in line for the next workshop.  Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior
San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior

Instructor’s Background

As a medical device inventor and entrepreneur (inventing the tools that physicians use, www.MedicalDevice.com), Julia S. Rasor explores materials and often uses found artifacts in her sculpture that will both, convey topics she is passionate about and preserve time, resulting in a unique, expressive body of work (www.FineArtSculpt.com).

Julia merged her art and science careers – it not uncommon to see her fearlessly experiment with a wide range of media and subjects resulting in sculptures that emanate both dark and light emotion – Yin and the Yang.

Fine Art Sculptor Julia S.Rasor Fallbrook, CA
Sculptor, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Julia S.Rasor

Her sculpture series include world events (The Recession), the afterlife (Spirits), high fashion (Haute Couture, Dancers), and strange departures into the unusual (FractAliens).  Her 12 exhibitions last year included Sparks Gallery, San Diego Botanic Garden, 50 to Watch, and a Solo Exhibit at Fallbrook Library.  This year’s exhibits include Sparks Gallery, San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas City Hall Solo Show, and La Playa Gallery three artist show in La Jolla.

Julia founded the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, an art immersion experience for artists, collectors, and visitors, where she holds workshops and studio/gallery tours, overnight guests can book a stay in the private casita (Avocado Ranch/Artist Retreat, Private Casita, Pool).

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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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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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