Miniature to Monumental by Richard J. Summons

Arts & Museum Exhibits

January 8, 2019 to April 1, 2019

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art Amphitheater

January 8 –  April 1 Miniature to Monumental by Richard J. Summons

Rick Summons creates fascinating works of art, both naturalistic and surrealistic in bronze, aluminum, stainless steel, gypsum cements, stoneware, porcelain, bonded metals and stone.

Rick’s enchantment with Eastern North American wildlife, both aquatic and terrestrial, developed from childhood on the family’s Southeastern Pennsylvania farm. This interaction has led to his passion for sculpting bas-reliefs, which are available in bronze, bonded metals and stone.

His three-dimensional creations in lost wax bronze involve an ongoing theme called “Meadow Songs”; playful compositions of turtles, toads, koi, beetles, crickets, etc. Converted into bronze and presented on marble and granite, they become unduplicated originals.

Rick produces works for individuals, corporate and nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions, which include medallions, awards, life size human and animal figures, portraiture, public art installations, and restorations of decorative interior/exterior architectural elements.

Rick is represented by fifteen galleries in seven states and his national advertising can be seen in “Sporting Classics Magazine”.

The Casting Process

Cold cast bronze, also referred to as bonded bronze is the blending of bronze powder with a binder or adhesive. Because we are using actual bronze powder, the finished appearance simulates that of “hot cast” bronze.

The original relief design is modeled in clay and captured in a flexible mold. The fluid bronze mixture is poured into that mold and allowed to cure. Burnishing the surface of the cured casting with varied grades of steel wool exposes the resplendence of the metal. In some cases the surface is aggressively oxidized with metallic salts to produce a patina of “weathered” bronze or verdigris.

Verdigris patina will become more noticeable in humid conditions, but will not adversely affect the beauty of the patina.

Other powdered metals and powdered stone can be used in castings, each exhibiting their own properties.

To maintain and enhance the richness of your casting, lightly dust and polish with any commercial furniture polish pre-applied to a soft cloth.

More information can be found at Richard’s Website.





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