steven j. simmons - artist

Selection of Recent Works Using Black Cherry Wood

Greetings.  Since my last blog post, I've spent most of my creative time working with wood from an insect ravaged cherry tree in my backyard that had to be cut down.  Most of this wood would have ended up in a fire pit if I did not set a few pieces aside after phase 1 of the tree cutting last year.  The entire tree is down now, and in phase 2 of the cutting I have salvaged as much wood as possible.  I am hoping to make furniture once it is properly cut by a professional sawmill.  In the meantime, I am having a lot of fun making hearts, peace signs, a wave, surfboards and even a few cherry cherries.  The only piece I am working on that did not come from this specific tree is the larger surfboard shown above, which comes from a piece that I purchased from a local sawmill.  Stay tuned for more cherry works in the near future.  You can see more photos of my cherry pieces at my new cherry page, which you can reach by clicking this link:


So yeah, I have this thing with hearts.  This is a mashup of the hearts that I've made so far in 2019.  Most of these have found new homes already.  Creating and sharing hearts has become a fun early year tradition for me.  Peace and love!

Happy New Year friends!  I am happy to announce the formation of the Wavemaker Gallery.  This is a private gallery in my own home, in the same space formerly known as Studio Cray (which also used to be the name for this blog).   I now have a dedicated, atypical space for displaying my atypical works as I see fit.  I created a virtual gallery with the same name which you can visit online at any time by clicking here:  Wavemaker Gallery Online

Hours by appointment only.  Thanks to all for your support, have a great year!

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!


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 

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!


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