steven j. simmons - artist

Greetings.  I just completed my latest wave sculpture, "Freshy's Reef Break".  Like many of my recent works it is difficult to capture the essence of this piece with just one photo, so here's a 1 minute video with sound that I just posted to my videos page.  Enjoy!

 

https://youtu.be/VjnaDNGIwCs

 


At some point I told myself that this was the year to slow down, art-wise.  Despite my lofty expectations, I have had a super busy first half of 2018.  Here's a quick recap of what I've been up to since my last blog post in January, with a few pics below, as noted:

 

July 13 - August 18: 4 new works (pictured below) in the Parallax Exhibit at Summit Artspace, Akron

July: 2 steel and fiberglass butterfly collaboration pieces were part of the Man Of Steel/Jerry Schmidt and collaborators show at Beachwood CC Gallery in Beachwood

June-July: 1 new piece was part of the Size Matters Exhibit at Stella's Art Gallery in Mentor

June:  Reggie (my dog) and I were part of the "CLE Artists and their Dogs" article, June issue of CLE Dog Magazine  https://www.cledog.net/ 

May-June: My Translucent Wave was juried into the May Show at Lakeland CC Gallery (2d consecutive year for this show - see below)

April:  Met with fourth and fifth graders in Mr. Ascherman's "Surfing and Geology" class at the Lilian and Betty Ratner School, Beachwood to discuss my experience as a lake surfer and surf artist (see below)

March - April:  Six In Studio Exhibit at Cleveland West Art League, 78th St. Studios, Cleveland (see below)

February:   donated three heart pieces for an auction to benefit Nalu Adaptive Foundation

 

And of course there's the other stuff like my full time day job, a wedding party for my oldest daughter in May, creating new work in the studio, surfing, hiking and gardening ...etc.

 

Parallax Exhibit at Summit Artspace, Akron, Ohio

(through August 18, 2018)

 

Translucent Wave at The May Show, Lakeland CC, in May

 

Steel and Fiberglass Microshredder

at the Ratner School in April 

 


Cleveland West Art League, April




 





 


"Be like a lotus.  Let the beauty of your heart speak.  Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light."  - Amrit Ray (from Nonviolence:  The Transforming Power)

Pictured above:  Four lotus flower sculptures by yours truly, three of which were created in January.

 




Lotus Blossom (work in progress)

Happy Holidays from Studio Cray!  This has been such an incredible year, hoping to finish a video of my 2017 highlights.  Stay tuned!

 


Time flies when you are so DAMN busy!  It happened in September, but still ..what an honor to appear as a guest artist on The DAMNCAST, especially if you look at the list of artists that have appeared on this show before me.  Thank you Acacia and Curtis for your love and support of the arts.

 

You can listen to the interview here:

 

http://www.thedamncast.com/episodes/2017/9/24/ep-198-been-caught-stealing

 

 

Pictured below:  Acacia's photo collage of her visit to my home studio, including some quality time with my dog Reggie.





Steel and fiberglass butterfly metamorphosis, in progress, collaboration with Steel Sculptor Jerry Schmidt.  This and many more collaborative butterflies coming to IngeniutyFest Cleveland September, 2017.  Details to follow ...

 


Many thanks to Adam Jaenke (@so_jaenke) for stopping by my phosphorescent surf art exhibit at Satellite Gallery in Cleveland's Waterloo Arts District to take some high quality photos of my works glowing in the dark.  The show is up through August 4th, including the First Friday Walk Over Waterloo dates of Friday July 7th and Friday July 4th.   All photos below by Adam Jaenke.

 


Translucent Wave (with mini surfers)

Surfin' Santa riding Onda Azul De Fierro 

Repurposed Shortboard (detail)

Minis hanging from Banyan Brain (detail)

Corner of installation including Undercurrents (left), Fiberglass Menagerie Dome (center) and Flow Hack (right)

Huron Grass Glow mini and other minis hanging from Banyan Brain

Glassie And Her Funboard (glowin'!)










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