Artists install new sculptures at the Kemp Center for the Arts

One by one, new sculptures arrived at the Kemp Center for the Arts on Friday to be installed by sculptor and installer Joe Barrington.

The 10 pieces from this year’s harvest are added to the permanent residents of the Sculpture Garden and can be viewed until early May 2023.

Wichita Falls artist BC Gilbert is exhibiting for the third time in the juried exhibition.

Sculptor Glenn Downing polishes the angle of his mixed media piece titled, "Head of Tiny Montgomery," being installed at the Kemp Center for the Arts Sculpture Garden on Friday afternoon.  The opening of the show will take place on Saturday, May 14.

“This piece is titled ‘Relic No. 7 Realized’ and it’s obviously a large scale sculpture. It’s kind of influenced by old motel and mall signs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s,” said Gilbert, referring to his high, yellow and red entrance.

Welded steel, enamel and mixed media are the most popular materials for outdoor sculptures at this year’s exhibition due to their durability when exposed to the elements.

Wichita Falls sculpting artist and welding instructor BC Gilbert with his piece, "Relic No. 7 completed," displayed in the sculpture garden of the Kemp Center for the Arts downtown.  Nine other sculptors have new pieces on display at the Kemp.

Added Gilbert, “My dad’s welding shop was next to old Route 66 in Amarillo, so I saw a lot of these panel skeletons, usually in bad shape, and at the time I don’t think I didn’t realize they were going to have an influence later in my life but I’ve always loved stylized geometric shapes and curves, and the symmetrical/asymmetrical balance they offer.”

Sculptors Frank Morbillo, left, and Jim Robertson discuss the making of Robertson's piece,

The Show Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. where you can meet the artists and enjoy live music and refreshments.