Friday, May 11, 2018

Michael Garman releases new sculpture in time for his 80th birthday

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 10:20 AM

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For decades, the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery has been a fixture of the Old Colorado City community. Magic Town, the central focus of the gallery, is a “3,000 square-foot dollhouse,” according to the artist himself. It contains painted bronze sculptures illustrating urban life in a “gritty blend of Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell.” Intricate details from half-eaten food on plates to trash in the streets add color to Magic Town, but the figures make it come to life.

Garman doesn’t just create sculptures; he creates characters, and strives to make each one unique. In 2016, he added to his Western Collection two sculptures paying homage to Mexican revolutionaries. Now, two years later, he has finished production on a character he’s been working on for about 10 years.

Prairie Rose is the newest addition to the Western Collection. And while 10 years may seem like a long time to create one character, Garman says Prairie Rose was a special challenge. “The women in my life are by far the most complicated beings I have ever met,” Garman said in a press release. “A female sculpture is no less complex. Creating a woman is an art in and of itself.”

Though Prairie Rose is far from the only female sculpture he’s created, she is as unique as the rest of them, with a contemplative expression, a pair of dusty Daisy Duke shorts, and a casual stance that makes it seem as though she’s lookin' over a rolling prairie and thinkin’ about how the railroad’s gonna change things ‘round here, just you wait — though the shorts and tied-off belly shirt may make it difficult to do any farm work or rough riding.

This 19.5-inch sculpture will be officially released on Garman’s 80th birthday on May 15 at the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery, where attendees can enjoy Magic Town and Garman’s other impressively detailed works.

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