Truckee artist wins award in Idaho |

Truckee artist wins award in Idaho

On June 28, Truckee sculptor Ken Newman’s “Working the Shallows-Brown Trout” was awarded first place in Three-Dimensional Art at the 18th Annual Lewis and Clark Center of the Arts and History in Lewiston, Idaho.

This mixed media juried show features regional, national and international artists, and has been a Price Index show for Southwest Art magazine since 1993.

Locally, Ken is featured in the “Sense of Wonder” show at Douglas Taylor’s Vista Gallery in Tahoe Vista. “Emerging Quail” and “Resting Goose, a study of patterns” are his newest sculptures. This show opened July 1 and runs through Aug. 18 and features a new body of work by Taylor as well as 17 other local artists.

This summer, Ken Newman will be competing in art shows in Wind River, Wyo., Gualala, Calif., and the Bosque Conservatory in Clifton, Texas.

More than 40 years of outdoor experience serves as the inspiration for Newman.

An avid outdoorsman, Newman grew up along California’s Redwood Coast near Mendocino, where at an early age he developed an awareness of nature and a passion for wood. The towering majesty of the High Sierra now influences much of his work. Although each of Newman’s wood sculptures captures the essence of its subject, they also makes a statement about wildlife and its environment. In Ken’s sculptures, he claims there is always more than just a figure of wildlife – the composition and finish all try to direct the viewer’s eyes and mind to a broader perception of nature.

Ken typically uses a single piece of wood to capture the essence and attitude of his wildlife subjects. The sculptures he creates constantly provide challenges because each piece of wood is unforgiving and requires the artist to work against and within the grains, knots and the basically imperfect nature of wood.

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