The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center (CSSC), with the Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC), announce an opening reception Saturday April 30, 11 am, to celebrate the temporary installation of Borne, a monumental marble sculpture, at the Winter Market location, 251 West Street.
“Borne” was created by Boston-based sculptor Nora Valdez during the 2010 Marble Sculpture Symposium, sponsored, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. Oculus by Rick Rothrock, another of the five sculptures carved for the Symposium, is permanently sited at Rutland’s Giorgetti Park.
A native of Argentina, Nora Valdez reflects her personal journey through struggle and responsibilities as an artist, mother, educator and immigrant in “Borne.” She has been teaching for the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center since 2006, both in West Rutland, Vermont and Ayacucho, Peru. Over the past seven years, the Stone Bench Project has been popular with local teens. Last year’s bench is sited at the VFFC and the CSSC is currently seeking student applicants for 2016.
“Farmers and artists cultivate community through hard work and creativity,” says CSSC Executive Director Carol Driscoll, “so it is natural to partner with the Vermont Farmers Food Center.” Markowski Excavating is donating transportation services for the installation and Board members from the two non-profit organizations are raising funds for other expenses.
Sculptor Nora Valdez carving “Borne” during the 2010 Marble Sculpture Symposium at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.