The Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition (RBSE) announced the second biennial juried art show of contemporary, outdoor sculpture on display throughout the town of Rosemary Beach. This signature event formally opens May 24 and ends Feb. 14, 2020.
For the 2019-2020 exhibit, 16 sculptures by 16 artists were selected from more than 100 submissions. The entries came from 53 artists across 20 states, Washington D.C., and Paris, France giving the jury the ability to choose from a wide array of pieces to put forward the best collection possible across the greens and parks of Rosemary Beach. Several events are planned around the Exhibition, including an artist panel discussion and an opening reception that are free and open to the public.
During the artist panel discussion from 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 23 at the Rosemary Town Hall, guests will hear from the artists about their sculptures and techniques, what drew them to create outdoor sculpture, and the role of public art in urban architecture. The panel discussion will be facilitated by Wendy Rodrigue, author and widow of the late artist George Rodrigue, who gifted his Colors of My Mind, an 8-foot sculpture of his highly recognizable blue dog, to the Rosemary Beach permanent outdoor sculpture collection. Beer and wine will be available.
The opening event kicks off from 4-5 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Rosemary Town Hall Courtyard. Guests will again have the opportunity to learn about the exhibition and mingle with the artists over a beer or glass of wine. Then, they are invited to follow the sculpture trail at their own pace guided by the map and the audio tour available via the free ‘Otocast’ app available at otocast.com.
To attend the Patrons Party on Wednesday, May 22, and the Artists, Owners + Donors Only Party on Friday, May 24, interested parties can find details on how to become a donor at rosemarybeachsculpture.com under the Donate tab on the website.
One of the events that led up to the exhibition was the Earth Day unveiling of INVASIVE, a lionfish sculpture created by local students as part of the Washed Ashore project. Made from debris from the gulf waters, beach and surrounding areas, the sculpture will raise awareness of the ever-growing problem of single-use plastics and its threat to oceans, marine life and humans alike.
“This year we partnered with the Ohana Institute to build a sculpture made from plastic collected from our beaches and other places. The purpose for a plastic sculpture is to illustrate the problems and issues we all have with single-use plastic that is found in the Gulf. The sculpture constructed is of a lion fish, a predator in the Gulf destroying marine life, mirroring the destruction of plastics and debris in our waters,” says Tom Kramer, RBSE project director.
Public art has long been a staple in many traditional towns, whether it is to honor a local hero or to bring attention to some aspect of the town’s cultural heritage. In our postmodern time, a show of contemporary outdoor sculpture in a Neo-Traditional town can uplift and inspire in similar fashion. It can encourage locals and visitors alike to view the world and their own heritage in perhaps new and inspiring ways as they engage with the personal artistic expression of each sculptor.