NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Frequent visitors may have already noticed new work is arriving daily to Nacogdoches.
They're part of the "Sculpture For All' exhibit -- which will be officially launched next week.
Growing up in Palestine, Jeff Brewer said his hometown had one sculpture featuring a pensive soldier. That thinker got the SFA sculptor to thinking. The SFA Gardens would provide perfect spots for numerous sculptures.
"If you stick it in a space where they go, they're forced to look at it, be that good or be that bad, a lot of times, it's a good interaction," Brewer said.
It's been good for The Messenger, called by most as the big crow. It's found a permanent home at SFA thanks to a generous donor. The artist won the first Sculpture For All exhibition and was asked this year to select works for the second exhibition.
"Sculpture For All is a juried exhibition," Brewer said. "It's national. We put it on a call for art site. We have hundreds of people apply."
But only 9 pieces have the prestigious privilege to call the gardens home for at least two years. The newcomers are unique.
"It has all these little dohickies on it that could be something to send a signal or it could also could be a drum," Brewer said.
Brewer says he loves and appreciates traditional representational art. But he knows there's another side to creativity.
"There are a lot of artists who make non-traditional art or more abstract work and there's an audience for that, that I think doesn't get to see it," Brewer said.
The response to this new and bold way of showcasing SFA has been successful. Sculpture For All is close to reaching a $20,000 goal to provide funding for installation, stipends, prizes and all the other expenses of supporting a 24 month exhibition period. Even so, fundraising is always an ongoing challenge
"So if you enjoy it and appreciate it, it would be nice if you would support it," Brewer said.
A message The Messenger, or big crow, would have said himself, if he could.
The "Sculpture For All" public reception is next Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m. at the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. Everyone is invited.