“Our motto at the gallery is ‘Where the Old West Meets the Future,’ and we have a wonderful traditional collection of bronze statues by Gus Shafer, and the cast iron sculptures that they are doing are very very contemporary and cutting edge, so this exhibit is designed to bridge the gap,” Barnes said.
The opening reception will feature music, refreshments and a gallery talk by Barnes as well as a mini-exhibit featuring framed historical signatures. The Shafer Gallery’s regular hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is always free.
(McCaffery (left) and Westbrook founded the non-profit organization Carbon Arts in Detroit in 2011 with the purpose of “teaching the art of iron casting and sculpture to all people who are interested in the foundry process and iron pours as performance.” McCaffery hopes to one day open a branch of Carbon Arts in Ellinwood and to offer residency programs for aspiring artists. For more information, go to detroitcarbonarts.com.)
(McCaffery and Westbrook have reached a level of expertise within the casting community and were consulted to help with the largest single pour in casting history outside of industry. The pour process and the sculpture it created were featured in a film “Khu,” by artist Matthew Barney and the pair flew to the Detroit area for filming in 2010 to help orchestrate the 25 ton pour and also to New York for the opening of one of Barney’s exhibits at the Gladstone Gallery in 2011.)