By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
President/CEO Scott Hicks of Shidoni Foundry and Galleries in Tesuque has once again generously loaned a large sculpture to Central Park Square for the community to enjoy.
The new piece, “Galapagos Tortoise” by Michigan artist William Allen, was installed Tuesday morning on Main Street near the large lawn area. It replaces a popular piece installed last November called, “Wally with Bench” that was sold and removed several months ago.
Central Park Square crew members assisted in Tuesday installation. Philip Kunsberg owns Central Park Square and is a member of the Los Alamos Creative District Advisory Committee. He has been bringing in large sculptures and installing them throughout his property to delight shoppers and shopkeepers alike.
“In addition to this new sculpture, Shidoni Gallery has loaned the eagle at Main Street near the post office,” Kunsberg told the Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday. He commended Scott Hicks for his ongoing generosity to the Los Alamos community and added jokingly about the sculpture, “We hope no one buys it.”
Shidoni art gallery is five miles north of Santa Fe at 1508 Bishops Lodge Road. The gallery includes eight acres of sculpture gardens and a bronze art foundry situated along the Rio Tesuque on a former apple orchard.
Located at the entrance to the 14,000 square foot complex in what was the original foundry office, the Gallery officially opened in 1975, a year which also marked the First Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show. It is the oldest galley in the Santa Fe area under the same ownership.
With its large wooden beam construction and brick floors, visitors are invited to browse among the largest selection of contemporary sculpture to be found in the Southwest. The variety of styles is unequaled, encompassing abstract, non-objective, realism, functional, kinetic, found object and fountains.
Its warm and friendly atmosphere encourages guests to relax, ask questions and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Works in bronze, stainless steel, copper, iron, and mixed media representing more than 100 local and nationally known artists, are available for purchase and priced for every budget.
Visitors to Shidoni have the opportunity to see the indoor art galleries, stroll the gallery and sculpture gardens and watch 2,000 degree molten bronze being poured into ceramic shell molds during Saturday Pour Days. For more information, visit www.shidoni.com.