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Speaker Series: The Art of John Lopez
September 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm$25
About the event
Friday September 8th from 5PM to 7PM. Doors open at 4PM for time to enjoy a glass of wine from the cash bar and explore Alnoba’s ground and art.
In the midst of a successful career in bronze sculpting, John Lopez discovered this exciting new direction: scrap iron sculpting. “I am never bored! I look forward to each new creation, and it is helping me grow and develop as an artist,” he says.
Join us for an intimate conversation with South Dakota Sculpture, John Lopez, as he talks about his life as an artist and what inspires him. Get the opportunity to see his work up close and personal! Lopez’ sculpture, Wild West Buffalo, is located on the field in front of Alnoba; Black Hawk is the signature sculpture at The Farm at Eastman’s Corner and The Acrobat is a smaller, more playful piece at the entrance to Sawyer Park in Kensington.
John found a way to merge the two art forms into a new hybrid sculpture of everyday objects mixed with limited edition bronze castings. Hybrid metal art is a sculptural fusion of figurative and funk; a blend of iron and bronze.
“That’s what really motivates me is the strength of the animal. As they’re coming to life, it kind of moves me to keep going and keep pushing and see if I can make it more alive.”
– John Lopez
More about the speaker
John Lopez was fortunate to find his talent for sculpting during his senior year in college while taking a required course at Northern State University. John was able to build a career in bronze without ever leaving his rather isolated prairie home in South Dakota. Having grown up on a ranch, he is still a good hand with horses and cattle. It is logical that he would first sculpt the things he knew best…horses, cows, cowboys and prairie wildlife. Lopez became well-known as a sculptor; his work was in demand. To learn more, please visit his website: www.johnlopezstudio.com