Contact Information:

Donna Dodson
123 Summer Street
Maynard, MA  01754
(617) 983-2059


Websites: Donna Dodson on Blogspot


Biography:

My artwork celebrates the relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom.

Galleries and Exhibits

Donna Dodson at Blogspot

 

Wood Stone Poem

Meditations on The Natural by Andy Moerlein
May 5 - June 6, 2021
 
Featuring:  Guest Artists Mary Graham, JooLee Kang and Wen-hao Tien
@ Boston Sculptors Gallery

 

Complex (horizontal) 2021 locust on red oak.
 
wood stone poem presents a grand accumulation of ideas referencing stone appreciation and the cultivation of Bonsai. It will be a series of small objects, some exploratory drawing and paintings, plus some bold installation work. I have invited three artists I admire, Mary Graham, JooLee Kang and Wen-hao Tien, to place works in the gallery, as portals to explore other approaches to these subjects. I have included examples of acclaimed Korean Sijo Poet Kim Min Jeong and photos of her inspiration stones. I have also included several Sijo poems from international submissions in response to my sculptures in the show. As a special event Bonsai Master Practitioner Michael Levin has arranged a week loan (5/5 - 5/9 only) of one of his iconic ancient trees**.
 
On Wednesday 5/5 at 5 painter Mary Graham and Michael Levin will join me in a short gallery talk promptly at 5 to open the exhibit***.
Please RSVP for entry to this limited audience event.
 
The Art of Bonsai - Bonsai in Art
This will be a fascinating conversation. Mary Graham and Michael Levin are both Bonsai practitioners. Mary is a painter whose style evokes the Chinese landscape paintings she adores, but often in oil and focused on the authentic topography of NH's White Mountains. Mary has cultivated trees for years and has gradually expanded her enthusiasm to include on her property "a house of their own." Michael is a lifelong Bonsai enthusiast who turned his passion into an iconic business. Bonsai West in Acton MA, covering 10 acres and a half dozen green houses, is a national treasure of Bonsai knowledge and ancient trees, as well as quality starter trees. Michael began his studies during travels to California where he was introduced to Japanese elders who continued their tree cultivation even through the internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II 1945-1947. Michael was gifted some of those trees and continues to protect and cherish this heritage. The tree on loan is over 60 years old. ONLY May 5-9.
 
Both Mary and Michael were invited to join the exhibit with scant understanding of what my work for this show will look like. It will be a thrilling conversation.
 
Also opening at Boston Sculptors Gallery:
Donna Dodson
Amazons Among Us
Featuring guest artists Trina Baker, Kledia Spiro & poet Melchor Hall
 
From 5:30 - 7 both Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein and the featured guest artists will conduct personal gallery walks and conversations. Timed entry can be arranged by invitation.
 
*Reply required to reserve your entry first-served, limited to COVID regulations. 25 max. Masks required, social distance expected.

** Courtesy of Bonsai West, Littleton, MA.

***All Events will be recorded and posted: andymoerlein.com.

 

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The August Ardor blog recently featured an article on Donna Dodson and her sculptures.

 

Celebrating Women in the Arts during Women’s History Month in March 2020 at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center: an exhibition of three Artist Scholars: Donna Dodson, Karin Rosenthal and Vaughn Sills
515 South St., Waltham. Gallery hours, Mon-Fri 9a-5p.

On view 24/7 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, new works in the windows- wood, 3D prints and bronze from March-May 2020.


Coming up in New York City:
Interpreting the Natural, an exhibition curated by Donna Dodson

April 17th-May 16th 2020, Opening reception Friday, April 17th 7pm-9pm
LES Gallery at The Clemente Center, 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-7pm, http://www.theclementecenter.org/
 
Interpreting the Natural: Contemporary Visions of Scholars' Rocks will feature recent artwork by eleven award-winning artists: Laura Cannamela, Mark Cooper, Furen Dai, Christopher Frost, JooLee Kang, Woomin Kim, Karen Krieger, Susan Meyer, Andy Moerlein, Laura Moriarty, and Elisa Pritzker alongside traditional stones from the collection of the renowned scholar Kemin Hu. Informed by each artist’s enthusiasm for ancient scholars’ rocks or viewing stones, the exhibition will include sculptures in ceramic, wood, wax, concrete, embroidery and mixed media, in addition to ink and digital drawings, encaustic paintings and stone installations.


News from the Myth Makers:
 
Coming up at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Georgia... Flannery's Peacock!

Join us for the opening reception and public dedication of our sculpture from 1p-2p on Saturday April 25th, in honor of International Sculpture Day.

 

Coming up in New Jersey for A New View Camden!
We were selected as one of 8 finalists for a prestigious national competition: the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge in Camden New Jersey. Each artist team is responsible for addressing the problem of illegal dumping, educating the community about solutions and imagining a new vision for the city landscape.
Camden reveals 8 artists selected to bring ‘a new view’ to city
Six Artful Ways Camden Will Transform Prior Illegal Dumping Sites
‘A New View Camden’: $1M Bloomberg Challenge Seeks to Reclaim Urban Dumping Grounds with Public Art
Camden’s new view: Here are 8 new public art projects coming this summer
Who'll give Camden 'A New View'? Artists selected for installations throughout city
Camden wins Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art grant

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Join us on Saturday & Sunday September 28th & 29th from 12p-5p for a private Open Studio/ Open House event @ 123 Summer St in Maynard. 

I have re-installed Match of the Matriarchs and recent work from Zodiac at home and in the studio, I have new works in bronze and fiberglass (Mini Seagull Cinderella in progress) while the monumental Tiger Mothers and the original Seagull Cinderella get some touch ups. Andy Moerlein has lots of work inside and out including recent sculptures and prints from his Scholar's Rock series and new birds on branches (ceramic and wood assemblages). Make a day of it in Maynard- stop by Artspace Maynard's Open Studios to see over 80 artists at work and stay for dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants in town.


Visiting Scholar Appointment at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center

I am pleased to announce that on September 1st I began my appointment as a Visiting Scholar at The Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. My research project will investigate the mythic and very real women who were portrayed in Ancient Greek and Roman Art and consider modern and contemporary Amazons in pop culture, such as Wonder Woman.

I was turned onto the idea of the Amazons after reading Madeleine Miller's two novels about Greek Mythology: "Song of Achilles" and "Circe." My preliminary research led me to the MFA and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC collections both of whom have fantastic examples of the legendary warrior women on potterygold ringscrystal beads and more. Two of my primary sources are "Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World" by Adrienne Mayor and "Postcolonial Amazons: Female Masculinity and Courage in Ancient Greek and Sanskrit Literature" by Walter Duvall Penrose Jr. This has led to a fruitful correspondence and lively discussion with these two renowned scholars.

I saw the movie "Wonder Woman" when it came out in theaters but only recently discovered "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." I am currently devouring Jill Lepore's book " The Secret History of Wonder Woman." Note, the Addison Gallery of American Art has an upcoming show on the subject of Wonder Woman and Superman in pop culture: "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder" that is not to be missed, October 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020.

 

Monumental Avian Avatars landed in Summit New Jersey on July 9, 2019


Summit Public Art recently unveiled a pair of monumental sculptures created by the Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein as part of the organization’s annual rotation of sculptures around town. The press and public witnessed the installation on Tuesday July 9th at 9:30 am at the Village Green next to the train station. At 5:30pm Common Council President David Naidu made remarks and commemorated the artwork. The community gathered around the artists to hear their remarks at the unveiling and dedication ceremony. The sculptures will be on view for one year. Watch a video preview of the sculptures here and here.

 

Love Long Last by The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein

Northern Cardinals are social creatures. They mate for life and enjoy romantic partnerships. Males feed the females beak to beak throughout their summer courtship.

In folklore Cardinals have great significance. The belief that Cardinals are spiritual messengers exists in many cultures. They are seen as harbingers of good health, renewal, and loving relationships. Whether it is an omen or just a delight, it is evident that sighting a red cardinal makes everyone happy.


These two birds stand independently but share a powerful camaraderie and friendship. They walk past one another, their heads turned and their gazes locked. This public art project symbolizes the power of love and the bond these two creatures share.

“Love Long Last are two spectacular sculptures that will intrigue passersby with their impressive structures and their fascinating story that embody the imaginative and creative culture of Summit New Jersey,” said Marie Cohen and Deb Schwarzman, co-organizers of the project “We are delighted to showcase the Myth Makers, and we are confident these impactful sculptures will be the most popular public art installation in Summit this year.”

Crafted from bamboo, wire ties and found objects, the sculptures stand 15 feet tall, the largest and most monumental art installation that Summit has commissioned in their 17 years of this project.


About the Myth Makers

The collaboration between Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein is born from a mutual love of the wild, taking inspiration from events in the natural world and the mysterious nature of animals. Both artists have presented public work throughout the world at art museums, sculpture parks, and urban centers. Their affection for site specificity and working with local audiences is evident in this new pair of monumental sculptures.

The Myth Makers have completed over 20 monumental public art projects worldwide in the past ten years. Their temporary structures built from natural materials have been exhibited in Keelung Taiwan, Verbier Switzerland, New York City NY, Wausau WI, Easton MD, Muskegon MI, Boston MA, Portland ME, Concord NH, Harrisburg PA, Providence RI, New Orleans LA, Coral Springs FL Kansas City MO and Windsor VT. This is their first public art installation in New Jersey. For more information http://themythmakers.blogspot.com

About Summit Public Art 

Founded in 2002, Summit Public Art is a volunteer-based city organization whose mission is to bring art to public spaces throughout Summit, infusing the community with assorted contemporary art installations that provide public art experiences to those who live, work in, or visit Summit.

Over the past seventeen years, Summit Public Art has installed over 85 pieces of temporary art throughout the community, The artists represented include many of national and international renown. The committee has also sponsored and facilitated two permanent installations on Broad Street: three bus shelters and the Gateway Tree sculpture welcoming people to town. 

Summit Public Art creates aesthetic experiences that enrich citizens’ quality of life, creating community ties and pride, and strengthen the cultural vibrancy of the city. Although it is a city entity, Summit Public Art receives no funding from the city for installations or operations. It raises money through individual donations, public and private grants and corporate sponsorship. For more information, visit https://www.summitpublicart.com

Also happening in July... The Myth Makers join a Creative Conversation at the Georgia Blue Gallery in Anchorage Alaska... on Sunday July 21st.

A Reception, A Reading,
A Conversation on Creative Practice

Donna Dodson      Andy Morlein

Nancy Lord photo by Irene Owsley


Perry Eaton


Mara Kimmel

We all agree that more conversations need to take place. Join us for this stimulating conversation on the Creative Process with these artists.

Nancy Lord will do a short reading of her writings related to birds, a frequent theme in all three of the artists' work. Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein will present new sculptures. Perry Eaton will be in the gallery as a guest artist, talking about his work and career. Mara Kimmel, Anchorage Museum Deputy Director will moderate.

Creative Process. How does a writer begin with the blank page? How do the artists address a block of wood? What is the process that drives each of these internationally known creators to success in their respective careers? What are the commonalities within each of their inspired paths?

This is a short talk intended for a broad public with an enthusiasm for creative activity, regardless of medium or professional ambition. The artists are each inspired speakers and exceptional practitioners of their craft. After the short reading and informal conversation there will be a reception and the opportunity to speak with each of the artists and the moderator.

 

 

The Wanderer

 

"Its wanderings are more extensive ... and remarkable for a bird whose nature is fitted to endure the utmost rigor of climate." -Elliott Coues 1874


Photo credit: Mike Seat


Due to the lack of lemmings in the arctic tundra, an irruption of Snowy Owls is happening across the country, forcing this mighty winged wanderer to venture south beyond its normal range. The same pioneering spirit led Amelia Earhart to fly solo across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and to fly coast to coast. Our sculpture is dedicated to her daring spirit. A Kansas City native, American author and aviation pioneer, she once said “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

 


The Wanderer, 2019 saplings, recycled and re-purposed mixed media, will be on view indefinitely at the corner of Ward Parkway and Huntington Road in Kansas City Missouri.

 

The Beacon

In celebration of its 50th season, Heritage Museums & Gardens invited five artists to install outdoor sculptures throughout the museum grounds and gardens for a special exhibition "Human/Nature." Each artwork explores how humans and nature coexist, interact, and overlap. The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, installed their 15-foot tall bamboo sculpture "Beacon."


Beacon is a monumental public art project that is inspired by the Osprey as a tribute to Rachel Carson and her ecological restoration efforts in Cape Cod and beyond. The Myth Makers highlight the Osprey as a survivor and adapter in our rapidly evolving human landscape. Devastated by DDT poisoning, these skilled fish hawks are recovering from the brink of extinction, and are an inspiring example of the role humans can play in restoring balance when we engage the living world around us.


The Beacon will be on view at the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts from May through October 2019.

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FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM PRESENTS Donna Dodson: Zodiac February 2 – May 19, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 3, 2:00 – 5:00 pm


Aquarius

Donna Dodson: Zodiac Zodiac presents acclaimed woodworker Donna Dodson’s two sculptural series referencing all 24 animal characters associated with the Lunar or Chinese calendar and the Sun signs of Western astrology. With such charming creatures as a lion, a bull, a ram, a penguin, a beaver, and a falcon, Dodson’s carved wood menagerie is sure to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.


Dragon

Donna Dodson has been carving images out of wood for nearly 20 years. Her sculptures explore feminine beauty and evoke humor and playfulness but also grace, power, and emotional strength. Her unique vision responds to the relation of animals to the human spirit that have existed since ancient times. Her figures are almost always female and range in size from intimate to larger than life. She has been honored with solo shows nationwide for her artwork. In addition, her monumental works have been exhibited internationally in sculpture parks and art museums.

 

Gemini

 

In 2011, Dodson participated in the Verbier 3D Foundation’s Artist Residency and Sculpture Park in the Swiss Alps. In 2015, Donna participated in a residency in Cusco Peru at the Escuela de Bellas Artes that culminated in an exhibition at Museo Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha with the Boston Sculptors Gallery. In 2016, she had her first solo museum show of “mermaids” in 2016 at the New Bedford Art Museum. In 2017, Dodson's solo show Zodiac began a national tour.

Rooster

The following exhibitions are also opening at Fuller Craft Museum on Feb 3rd from 2p-5p:

Felt: Fiber Transformed
Elizabeth Potenza: “Look up,” she said, “there is more color than you ever imagined”
Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists
Tom Kiefer: El Sueño Americano – The American Dream

Work in the Davistown Museum



Elephant Princess
2013
6" tall
bronze on limestone base
1 of 10 Cast by New England Sculpture Service

Work at the Hulls Cove Sculpture Garden:


The Seer
2012
18' tall
Saplings
The Breakneck Road at Hulls Cove has been a summer rendezvous for Native Americans as long as memory exists. On this very spot, Samuel D. Champlain landed in 1604- the first of a tsunami of European visitors to this fragile ecosystem. Owl has seen the world change and has a message for humankind. Step into the sacred space and listen. If you open your heart, Owl has advice to share.

Work in Other Galleries and Collections


Rhino Man
2010
16" tall
Wood, enamel

Photo from the exhibit, "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" in Boston Sculptor's Gallery


Culture Vulture I
2012
38" tall
wood, paint



Sentinel
2012
saplings & paint
by MythMakers: Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein
The Sentinel is being presented by June LaCombe as part of 'On the Wing', a group exhibition at Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Maine.


Culture Vulture II
2012
40" tall
Wood, paint

Seagull Cinderella
8 ft tall
styrofoam, cement & paint


Asian Elephant
6"
bronze on limestone base


Elephant Princess
6"
bronze on limestone base

 

Lilac Rhino
6"
bronze on limestone base



Pregnant Kangaroo
6"
bronze on limestone base

Little Red Riding Hood
32" tall
wood, paint
Little Red Riding Hood is anything but little. Her big feet threaten to stomp on any wolves, or predators that would dare to cross her path. Her big shoulders allude to her inner strength.


Red Tail Hawk
41" tall
wood, pigment, enamel
Red Tail Hawk is common presence in our midst. Like a Haida sculpture, or a totem of a school marm, the steely gaze of her watchful eyes mind her charges with protection and good care.


Tiger Mom
22" tall, wood, pigment
Tiger Mom longs to march her children to the beat of the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother yet inside she cannot bring herself to do it. She suffers from a softness of heart and a fragile nature.


Pink Panther
12" tall
pink ivory

Seagull Cinderella
15" tall
wood, paint


Elephant Oracle
8 ft tall
styrofoam & cement
2010


 



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