"Desert Big Horn" - Mojave tri-colored marble
Many people are familiar with Carlyle Montgomery's outdoor Condor sculpture at the Ojai Valley Museum, but almost no one is aware of, or has seen, his other works. From now through Sept. 2 there is a rare opportunity to see them. Family members and friends have loaned the museum their Carlyle Montgomery sculptures for an exhibit, the likes of which, may never happen again. This is an amazing exhibit and is ongoing with the Nancy Whitman Retrospective. Both exhibits are now open.
"Friends" - California Serpentine.
Carlyle had a deep love for nature, which is reflected in the subject matter of his art pieces. All the sculptures in the exhibit were made in a period of about 7 years during the 1990s. In the "Friends" sculpture to the right, the hand is the artist's. Every piece is truly exquisite and well worth a visit. Below are a few more works.
I went to the Condor Sculpture Re-dedication today at the Ojai Valley Museum. It was a lovely day and a nice event. Someone brought to my attention the fact that there are two names for the sculpture. The original plaque calls it "Condor and Youth Soaring for Freedom", while most people generally refer to as "Soaring in Stone". A new plaque installed a few days ago uses "Soaring in Stone". In my book I call it by the title on the original plaque.
Elise DePuydt is the author of A Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai: Art, History & Architecture. Her blog will center around news and information about the art and history of Ventura County and particularly about Ojai where she lives.