MONMOUTH MUSEUM: PLEASE TOUCH! SCULPTURE EXHIBITION 2015

MONMOUTH MUSEUM: PLEASE TOUCH! SCULPTURE EXHIBITION 2015

Museum Statement:
Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum is a Main Gallery juried exhibition featuring wall and free standing sculpture that can be touched by visitors. This exhibition is intended to help visually-impaired people overcome the barrier they experience at most museums by allowing everyone to experience art by touching. Sighted people will also learn to experience art without relying on their eyesight in addition to a visual artistic experience.

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Conjure   High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Conjure High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Helios Horse   Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Helios Horse Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Offering   High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Offering High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

I am excited to have two of my mixed media mosaic sculptures and one of my ceramic mixed media sculptures chosen for the upcoming Monmouth Museum's Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition opening on June 28, thru September 6, 2015.


My artwork centers on the visceral nature of gathering, wrapping, layering, breaking, forming and hand-piecing many elements to form a cohesive whole. Hand-crafting and hand-piecing is essential to building my mosaic and mixed media sculptures. Museum goers will have the opportunity to connect with my works through the powerful sense of touch. I find the concept compelling. This wonderfully progressive and inclusive Please Touch! exhibition will enable the visually impaired and the sighted to experience aspects of the kinetic and meditative energy that is imbued into my work. I am honored to have my sculptures chosen for such a wonderfully special  exhibition that will allow the museum visitors to connect with me, my artworks and my intentions on such an intimate level. This is my first exhibition with Monmouth Museum. I can't wait to visit. I look forward to what I will learn from this interactive and transcendent creative experience. Gratitude. 


TONY MOORE ANAGAMA NORIBORIGAMA JAPANESE STYLE WOOD FIRED KILN COLDSPRING, NY

" A beginner is surprised to see the number of pieces an experienced potter can place within the firing chamber." Zen and the Art of Pottery

Inside the Noriborigama. I worked as part of crew that would assist, ceramic sculptor, Tony Moore in loading the kiln. We began loading at 9AM, Saturday morning.  

Inside the Noriborigama. I worked as part of crew that would assist, ceramic sculptor, Tony Moore in loading the kiln. We began loading at 9AM, Saturday morning.  

Inside the Noriborigama.  

Inside the Noriborigama.  

"All of this requires unhurried attention and collaboration." Zen and the Art of Pottery

The Noriborigama is fully loaded.  

The Noriborigama is fully loaded.  

"...The mind visualizes the flow of the flame through the kiln and takes into consideration which glazes should be placed high or low, front or back, of the lion, for temperature and atmosphere will vary according to each kiln, each potter firing, and also according to the stacking pattern." Zen and the Art of Pottery 

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Tony Moore in the process of bricking up the entrance to the Noriborigama. This is also a long very detailed part of the kiln preparation for firing. 

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We made a line, as we passed kiln bricks to Tony in an orderly fashion. 

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Tony Moore has just finished placing the last kiln brick into place. The opening to the noriborigama is now closed. The time was 10PM. The kiln door will be mudded the next morning. Needless to say, I was tired from working a 13 hour shift. Loading Tony's Noriborigama was very slow and laborious. There was no way around the minute details that must be considered in measuring and stacking. That is essential work in loading any kiln. Still, I was extremely happy. I was able to experience the preparation for how the magic is made with the wood and fire inside the kiln. I also met some great potters who were so very generous with sharing their knowledge. And I saw some amazing works and techniques. The only way to learn is by doing. 

Anthony Boone


Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression

at Blue Door Art Center and Gallery

Abstract Artist/Painter Anthony E. Boone Presents Art meets Fashion. Gallery with Fashion Designer Marco Hall. Newark NJ. Music by Pharrell Williams: Marilyn Monroe Edited by Angel Dustperado Cinematography DigitalBoy Filmworks / KEMotion Visuals



I am in awe of the level of talent and creativity that I have been able to assemble for the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression exhibition. I was introduced to Anthony's work by my long-time friend, Lisa Kidd. Lisa connected me to his Instagram. I was blown away and knew immediately that I had to have Anthony's work in the Out of Bounds exhibition. Had an inspirational conversation with Anthony Boone. He spoke about how his approach to the paint media changed when he verged into abstraction; risk-taking became an integral part of his artistic expression. He was no longer concerned about 'messing up.' The freedom of spirit and action is palpable in Anthony Boone's paintings. 

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