Carol Newmyer                                                                           
Bronze Sculpture & Wearable Art

Education:

Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, DC, 1973
BFA, University of Georgia, 1977
Apprentice and Assistant to Margery Goldberg, wood sculptor , furniture designer and owner of the Zenith Gallery, 1977-80

Exhibitions – including:

“Metropolitan Art Expo”2010 Gaylord National Hotel National Harbor                                             
Takoma Park Folk Festival 2009                                                                                                               
Zenith Gallery Anniversary Shows 1993-2009                                                                                            
Zenith Gallery, 14th Anniversary Invitational Show, Washington, DC, 1992
Figures in Motion, Washington Square, Washington, DC, 1992
Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida, 1991
Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, 1991
Gallery Les Hirondelles, Geneve, Switzerland, 1991
Zenith Gallery, 13th Anniversary Show, 1991
Design for Genes, Washington, DC, 1991
Living with Art, Frenchmans Creek, Bethesda, MD, 1991
Woods Academy, French Festival, 1991
Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1988-90
Sculptural Divertimento, Adams National Bank, Washington, DC, 1990
Zenith Gallery, Holiday Show, Washington, DC, 1990
Artists for Sharon Pratt Dixon, Washington, DC, 1990
Combinations Art Show, Joy of Motion Dance Center, McLean, Virginia, 1990
Arts 901 Show, Washington, DC, 1990
One Woman Show, Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, 1987
Artsessories, Santa Monica, California, 1987-88
Zenith Gallery, Holiday Show, Washington, DC, 1987-88
Gallery 29, Washington, DC, 1987
Krashin Gallery, Group Show, Potomac, MD, 1986-87
National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA, 1986-87
Veni Vidi Vici, Georgetown, DC, 1986-7
Goldman Gallery, Rockville, MD, 1986-7
Sheraton Hotel, “Best of Washington”, Washington, DC, 1986
Marie Claire Window, Washington, DC, 1986
Washington Ballet Art Show, Georgetown Court, Washington, DC, 1986
Dana Mayer Group Show, Raleigh, NC
Zenith Gallery, Holiday Show, Washington, DC, 1985
Barbara’s 2 Gallery, Newton Center, Massachusetts, 1985
The Write Image Show, Potomac, MD, 1985
Regent Hotel, Washington, DC, 1985
Brandeis University Art Show, Strathmore Hall, Rockville, MD, 1985
Place Vendome, Boca Raton, FL, 1985
B.J. Enterprises, New York, NY, 1985
Mind’s Eye Craft Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1985
Cibisi, Washington, DC, 1984-5
Cache, Four Season’s Hotel, Washington, DC, 1984-5
Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, 1984-5
Saks Jandell, Washington, DC, 1984-5
Zenith Christmas Craft Show, Washington, DC 1984
Traveling Exhibitions, Duncan and Pierce, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Detroit, 1984
Goldman Fine Arts Gallery, Rockville, Maryland, 1984
Group Show, Worchester, Massachusetts, 1984
Dance Center, New York, New York, 1983
Once in a Lifetime Gallery, Washington, DC, 1983
Ambassadors Ball, Baltimore, MD, 1983
Wash Art, D.C. Coliseum, Washington, DC, 1983
New York Art Expo, New York, NY, 1983
R.K. Parker Gallery, New York, NY, 1983
Wearable Art Show, Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, 1983
Zenith Presents Five Artists, Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, 1982
Zenith Presents Zenith, Zenith Gallery, 1979
Coterie Craft Gallery, Washington, DC, 1978
Six Sculptors in the Woods, Athens, Georgia, 1977

Media Exposure:

“100 Mid Atlantic Artists”, 2011  E. Ashley Rooney- Schiffer Publishing                                             
Home & Design Sourcebook 2010  “9 to Note / Three- Dimensional Finds”
Washington Post, Review, “Figures in Motion”, 1992
Panorama with Maury Povich, 1986
At the Center, JCC, Review, 1984
Washington Post, Review, Nina Hyde, Style Section, 1984
Washington Times, Review, 1983
Panorama (my work was shown), 1983
Rene Poissant, Close Up, ABC, 1983
Washington Tribune, Review, 1982

Private Collections:

Former Secretary of State and Mrs. William RogersMr and Mrs Stanley RobinsonMr and Mrs Lester RobinsonDr and Mrs Steven Phillips, DDSMr and Mrs Leonard AbelMr and Mrs Greenhoot FischerMr and Mrs Steven BlochMr and Mrs Stuart BernsteinMr Harry HagertyDouglas Thompson, EsquireCreative Fitness CenterMr and Mrs David LegumMr and Mrs Robery LernerDr and Mrs Amos CahanRoy Lucas, EsquireMr and Mrs Milton GreenbergMs Patricia YoungMrs Vivian BlumenthalMr and Mrs Steven JarboeMr and Mrs Gary MalaskyMr and Mrs Alvin Newmyer, Jr. Mr and Mrs Thomas LevienMr and Mrs Benjamin JacobsMr and Mrs Ronald DorrisMr and Mrs Smitty De RouenMrs Florence KossowMr and Mrs Bernard EdinbergMr and Mrs George KaplanDr. Dorree WaubaumMr and Mrs William BordenMr and Mrs Jack WagnerMs Barbara BiorskiMr Buzz BuserMr and Mrs Ethel BulmanDr and Mrs Murry KirschnerMark Kaufman, EsquireMr and Mrs John MasonMr and Mrs Dick StockerMr and Mrs Scoop StewartGeorge Lem, EsquireMr and Mrs Carl E. Zwisler, IIIMr. David Gishner, Ms Patricia Young, Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Maisel, Ms. Kathy Borrus

 Lost Wax Casting Technique:

Initially all of the pieces are sculpted in wax. Castings of the bronzes are then made through the “lost wax” method:

First, wax rods, sprews and vents are connected to the original wax. This is to allow for the flow of molten metal into the figure. The sprewed and vented wax figure is then dipped several times into a ceramic shell substance to form many layers. After the ceramic shell hardens the figure is placed in a very hot kiln so that the wax is melted out creating a hollow cavity in the exact form of the sculpture. The bronze is then melted down to a fluid molten consistency and poured through sprews, into the hollow cavity, filling the mold in the form of a bronze figure identical to the original wax.

The brittle ceramic shell is the then broken off revealing the bronze figure. The sprews and vents are removed and the long finished process begins. The pieces are either taken to a high polish or an acid is applied to the surface to create a colored pattern.

Once the original bronze is complete, a rubber mold is made. The rubber mold is used to pour new waxes for further casting of the piece. All of my pieces are limited editions of either fifteen or twenty-six. Once the edition has been sold out, the rubber mold is destroyed.

Artist’s Statement:

I have always felt that the desire to communicate is one of the great universal reasons why artists do their work. It is certainly on of the main reason why I do mine. In creating my work which is inspired by  dancers, I pay as much attention to the balance, negative space and interactions between the figures as I do with the individual forms. Many of my sculptors are meant to be touched and moved,  purposefully designed for hands-on interaction with the viewer. For example, in Eurythmy I and II, inspired by the Pilobolus Dance Troupe, I modeled the figures to artistically compare with the forces of nature, that come together in a dance of harmony, tension and balance. But the dance continues beyond me as I have watched with great joy, people who claim to have no artistic ability play with the figures, move them about, creating new forms, new tensions, new harmonies and new balance. This spirit extends with my collections of wearable art jewelry- necklaces, pins, pendants, bracelets, and belt buckles.

Washington has always been my home and my family has lived here for five generations.My two children now make sixth.  Since its inception, I have worked in and with the Zenith Gallery, growing and evolving along with the community of artists that developed around it.