Erik Petersen demonstrates bronze at Rowe Fine Art Gallery on October 1


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Bronze sculpture by Erik Petersen. (Rowe / Courtesy)

On Friday, October 1, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., join sculptor and skater Erik Petersen as he showcases bronze finishing work outside the Rowe Fine Art Gallery during Out of the Furnace, Into the Fire, according to a press release.

Petersen will arrive with a selection of tools, including his torch and air compressor, and he will apply patinas to the unfinished bronze sculptures of Ken Rowe and Kim Kori, two of the artists he works with in his studio in Prescott.

He will also present on his own work, an owl sculpture which he calls Spot. Watch how the colors change during the pigment application process and ask your questions. Please note that the demonstration will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.

“Everyone always asks me how I know what to do,” said Petersen, who has worked with leading Western sculptors for 25 years on finish work and patinas. “Of course I speak with the artist, and sometimes they’re there for the process, but after doing this for a while it becomes instinctive.”

That’s not to say he doesn’t get a curve ball thrown every now and then. Rowe recently experimented with painting his new buffalo bas-relief and commissioned Petersen to imitate the painting as a patina.

“I like the challenge of translating what he thinks,” said Petersen.

Petersen also works with Rowe Gallery sculptors Liam Herbert and Joel Petersen, Erik’s father. He admits that his studio stays so busy that he doesn’t have as much time as he would like to focus on his sculpture. Spot started out as a sketch he created during a sculpture demonstration at Rowe Gallery years ago, but had to put it aside while he focused on his finishing business.

Regardless of the timeline, Petersen always feels the urge to create art. In a recent conversation, he and Rowe were preparing for a trip to Yellowstone National Park and Jackson, Wyoming, where Petersen hoped to collect materials for a new venture: animal painting.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get a glimpse of the bronze sculpture finishing process right here in your backyard.

The Rowe Fine Art Gallery represents traditional and contemporary artists from the Southwest. The gallery, located under the bell tower of the Patio de las Campanas at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Information provided by Rowe Fine Art Gallery.


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