Harry Angel is a sculptor who creates graceful carved and polished wooden sculptures, often from mesquite wood, working around all the wood’s cracks and imperfections. He has exhibited work in the Texas Society of Sculptors Annual Summer Show previously, but this year he took the First place. The news was announced at an awards reception held at the Georgetown Public Library July 21.
This year’s exhibit award recipients are:
- First place: Harry Angel for “#183 Lady #3”
- Second place: Bob Coffee for “Arm Wrestlers”
- Third place: Matt Donner for “Hard Rain Is Going to Fall”
- Honorable mention: Cass Hook for “Cosmic Interlude”
- Honorable mention: Kalena Powell for “How the Light Gets in: Self Portrait”
- Honorable mention: Bob Ragan for “Night at the Opera”
- People’s choice: Ken Law for “Shumla” (pictured)
- Librarians’ choice: John Mark Luke for “Spirit Takes Flight”
Each award is accompanied by a cash prize. The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board provided a total of $2,200 to fund the awards.
The juror for this year’s awards was Nick Ramos, an award-winning graphic artist and curator based in Georgetown. Over the years, Ramos has curated exhibits at the Georgetown Art Center, and has created and organized projects including “Build Hope Not Walls” and “Picture Circus.” He is currently working on projects including “The Mailbox Project” and “Portraits of America,” a traveling exhibit.
Ramos says, “Sculpture has a special place in my heart, as it reminds me of my father’s work in iron and clay. I always admired the shapes and forms that he created. Not many know, but I actually proposed to my partner with a sculpture that my father created, because that meant more to me than a ring. Over the years, I always visited and wandered through the TSOS exhibit, admiring the amazing work. It gives me great honor to be invited to judge this year’s competition.”
For 12 years, the Georgetown Public Library has hosted the Texas Society of Sculptors’ annual summer show. The competitive, juried exhibit is a popular tradition in Georgetown that includes sculptures throughout the building on both the first and second floors. Participating sculptors work in wood, glass, bronze, ceramics, and more. Most pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.
This year’s exhibit opened Sunday, June 23, and lasts through Saturday, Sept. 20. An exhibit catalog is available for those who would like to walk through the exhibit and see all 72 pieces.
The library will also host a sculpture demonstration featuring several of this year’s sculptors demonstrating their techniques and processes in clay, bronze, wood, stone and glass. The free event will be held in the library lobby, 402 W. Eighth St., on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.