Rebecca Tobey’s March 26 show at Karin Newby Gallery will feature new nature-inspired ceramics

TUBAC, AZ — March 3, 2011 — This month, one of the west’s leading artists, Santa Fe sculptor Rebecca Tobey, will appear at the Karin Newby Gallery for a special event that spotlights her first new ceramic creations in years.

Known for her dynamic bronze wildlife sculptures, Rebecca will appear at the gallery, 19 Tubac Road, on Saturday, March 26 from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m. The show, which also features painter and sculptor Nicholas Wilson, runs from March 25 through April 17.

The event represents a major turning point for Rebecca, who stopped creating ceramic sculptures in 2002 due to her late husband’s adverse reaction to the dust created in the process. This year, Rebecca decided it was time to bring them back.

“Art should be an evolutionary process, and I have happily returned to creating the ceramic sculptures which Gene and I loved so much,” Rebecca said. “I am truly excited to reveal this new work in a city that truly embraces the spirit of creativity and the power of inspiration.”

Among those remarkable new sculptures is “Spirit Flight,” where birds soar across a moon-lit, star-filled sky on the surface of a ceramic buffalo. Unlike other Tobey ceramics that have a glossy finish, this particular buffalo has a more natural surface.

Five years after Gene passed away, Rebecca continues to create signature Tobey sculptures that appear at first glance as sleek silhouettes, but upon closer viewing reveal a surface alive with animals, human shapes, symbols, clouds and mountain ranges. A typical Tobey sculpture is characterized by the striking use of color with lively, inspired patinas.

“This will be a very exciting exhibition reflecting artists from diverse backgrounds working within their own points of view to become a strong and more powerful voice together,” said Kim Roseman, owner of Karin Newby Gallery. “Rebecca brings a freshness and originality to the genre that distinguishes her from many of her contemporaries.”

Karin Newby Gallery carries a spectrum of Rebecca’s work, both large and small, as displayed indoors and at the gallery’s outdoor Monumental Sculpture Garden.

Rebecca shows in Tubac and Sedona Arizona; Palm Desert, California; Golden and Vail Colorado; Jackson Hole and Cody, Wyoming and her native city of Santa Fe where she works out of her home studio. For more information, go to www.RebeccaTobey.com. Since 1998, the Karin Newby Gallery and Monumental Sculpture Garden has represented a prestigious group of distinguished Southwestern artists who have achieved national acclaim. The gallery can be reached at (520) 398.9662.

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