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Becoming, Transformative Sculpture by Jay Hall Carpenter

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SOLO EXHIBITION: A solo exhibition of 20 works at the May Gallery of The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.  The sculptures include rare carver’s models created for the Washington National Cathedral and many other works, public and private, executed from 1976 – 2019.  The exhibition will run from Jan 13 – May, 2020.  Open daily to the public from 8 am – 10 pm M-F; 9 am – 8 pm Sat; 11 am – 11 pm Sun.  The May Gallery is located on the first floor of the Mullen Library, 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064.  

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“The Dawn of Vaccination” unveiled at MSU

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The Dawn of Vaccination, a new bronze sculpture by Jay Hall Carpenter, was unveiled on September 27th at the Michigan State University.  The sculpture honors Dr. Grace Eldering, Dr. Pearl Kendrick, and researcher Loney Gordon for their pioneering work in development of the vaccine for Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, in the 1930s and 40s. The sculpture is the gift to the university from the Peter and Joan Secchia Family Foundation, and it stands outside of the Michigan State University’s Medical Research Center in Grand Rapids.  Carpenter’s remarks at the event included: “. . . Today, before this beautiful building at…

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CBS Sunday Morning Gets Gothic!

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CBS Sunday Morning has created a wonderful story on Gargoyles and Grotesques featuring many of the 100 or so Carpenter sculpted for the Washington National Cathedral. Sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter and carver Walter Arnold are interviewed:  https://www.cbsnews.com/video/the-art-of-gargoyles/ (4 mins, air date 27 October 2019).  

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Two Poetry Readings In June, 2019

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EVELYN’S RESTAURANT:  Jay will be a featured poet this June 8 (2019) at 6:30, at Evelyn’s, 26 Annapolis St, Annapolis, MD 21401.  (410) 263-4794  http://evelynsannapolis.com EDGAR ALLAN POE HOUSE & MUSEUM  has invited Jay to read the following afternoon.  Jay will read for 45 minutes – 1 hour on June 9th, at 2 p.m. in this intimate, historic space.  Tickets are required for this event.  Books will be available for purchase.  (The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, located at 203 North Amity St. in Baltimore, Maryland, is the former home of American writer Edgar Allan Poe in the 1830s. The…

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Unheard Melodies- On The Poetic

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In sculpture we refer to that mysterious, elusive quality we most want in our work as the “poetry.” It would seem only fair then, to refer to those non-poetic qualities of poetry as “sculptural.” By this I mean those elements of craft and form common to both. We focus on the armature, proportion, rhythm, and the location of bony landmarks in the studio; do we not focus on these at the writer’s slope, as well? Consider this description: Whether you measure in feet or meters, the distances between A’s and B’s should be constant. Each line should have a corresponding,…

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JHC Poetry Reading: May 13, 2018

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DiVerse Gaithersburg will be hosting a Poetry Reading on May 13 featuring authors Jay Hall Carpenter Paulette Beete Laura Shovan at the Gaithersburg Library, Gaithersburg Maryland 2-4 pm.  All are welcome.  JHC will be reading from his poetry book, Dark & Light as well as more recent work.  Dark & Light is available on Amazon and will be available at the event.

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Drawing Group: Embracing The Flaming Struggle

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Life Drawing, more than any other medium, is like an improvised performance. For three hours the model strikes poses and the artist must recreate them, call and response. It all happens in the moment. There is no plan. If a drawing doesn’t come together in the time the model can hold the pose, the page is turned and the next pose commands our attention. There is little time to admire achievement, or register disappointment. Michelangelo famously, toward the end of his life, burned most of his drawings. He didn’t want anyone to see the struggle, he explained. We are all…

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Poetry, Three More Things:

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As Valentines Day approaches your thoughts may turn to poetry, as have my own. Three things fascinate me regarding poetry and the mind, and I shall set them down here. The Cadence: First is the ability of the simple arrangement of words to churn the imagination. The order of any commonplace sentence can lie inert or bubble to life. By example, I was thinking about my friend Sam, a WWII vet, and his recent funeral: “We buried him today. It was raining.” Not much there, but when I happened to think of “We put him in the ground today, in…

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