Sunday, July 29, 2012


August 4th- September 3rd
Opening reception, Saturday August 4th, 5p-7p
Maine Art
10 Chase Hill Road
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
Show catalog available- call (207) 967-0049
View the show online at

Paintings by: Ellen Welch Granter
Sculpture by: Andy Moerlein, Donna Dodson, Elizabeth Ostrander, Andreas Van Huene and Tacha Vosburgh

Little Red Riding Hood, 32" tall, wood, paint by Donna Dodson
Little Red Riding Hood is anything but little. Her big feet threaten to stomp on any wolves, or predators that would dare to cross her path. Her big shoulders allude to her inner strength.

Red Tail Hawk, 41" tall, wood, pigment, enamel by Donna Dodson
Red Tail Hawk is common presence in our midst. Like a Haida sculpture, or a totem of a school marm, the steely gaze of her watchful eyes mind her charges with protection and good care.

Tiger Mom, 22" tall, wood, pigment by Donna Dodson
Tiger Mom longs to march her children to the beat of the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother yet inside she cannot bring herself to do it. She suffers from a softness of heart and a fragile nature.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Poetry on the Land

The exhibition POETRY ON THE LAND is Sculpture Fest’s offering to Bookstock’s weekend 'festival of words.'

This year the annual Sculpture Fest season begins early with an outdoor exhibit of site-specific work, sculpture installations, sound pieces and poetry displays at the Vermont Land Trust property at the King Farm on King Farm Road . On Saturday, July 28th from four to seven the community is invited to join artists and poets for the official opening of the Poet’s Trail. Naming the Poet’s trail is inspired by Martha Perkins' students of poetry at Woodstock Union High School who have studied poetry along the trails and in the fields and meadows of the farm during Spring term. Poems are posted along the trails, paths and hilltops of the farm offering a unique experience of walking on the land. In addition these creative students made a digital movie which is part of the POETRY ON THE LAND exhibition.

Twenty three artists are included in the outdoor exhibition. There are site specific installations, sound pieces, sculptures created from material found in the farm buildings and on the land as well as a mini retrospective and new video and sound project in the farm's old creamery by Dennis Grady. Grady is an artist who has been involved in Sculpture Fest for throughout its history. Examples of other visual art by Dennis will be displayed throughout the season in Davenport’s studio/gallery space at 509 Prosper Road.

The Vermont Land Trust invited Sculpture Fest directors Peter and Charlet Davenport onto the land three years ago. This is the third exhibition on the site offered to the community. Artists currently participating in the "Poetry on the Land" exhibition include Lynn Newcomb, Worcester, VT (selection of new and past work at both SF sites) Ethan Ames, Brooklyn, NY Gordon Auchinchloss, Hardwick, VT John Bieling, West Windsor, VT Seth Callendar, Woodstock, VT Charlet Davenport, Woodstock, VT (site specific installation) Peter Davenport, Woodstock, VT Murray Dewart, Brookline, MA Donna Dodson, Jamaica Plain, MA Herb Ferris, West Windsor, VT (work created from King Farm fallen tree) Dimitri Gerakaris, Canaan, NH Dennis Grady, Pomfret, VT (new video/sound installation and past work sited in new locations) Bruce Hathaway, Richmond, VT Andrew Hellmund, Massachusetts Henry Homeyer, Lebanon, NH Lela Keen Jaacks, Brownsville, VT (site specific installation) Barbara Kaufman, Woodstock, VT Wendy Klemperer, Brooklyn, NY Jay Mead, Hartland, VT ( site specific installtion) Jeffrey Porter, Tunbridge, VT Margaret Sheehan, Hanover, NH Li Shen, Thetford, VT Adrian Tans, Woodstock, VT Judith Taylor, Woodstock, VT Jamie Townsend, Springfield, VT (introducing a newcomer to sculpture fest) James Irving Westerman, Morrisville VT Kenneth Woodhead, Woodstock, VT.

The King Farm show has become an important part of the annual Sculpture Fest experience which traditionally begins on the Saturday of Labor Day week end. This year the opening at the Prosper Road location at the Davenport’s will add once again to the season of viewing art on the land when it opens on Saturday , September first with an exhibition titled “Living Art”. A special living sculpture by Bonnie Gale, nationally recognized living willow artist will be featured at that time. Meanwhile visitors are welcome to observe the changes and growth of the Bonnie Gale sculpture on the north side of 509 Prosper Road location. Both exhibitions will continue through foliage season. There is no admission charge , all are welcome dawn to dusk at both locations. For a list of artists, upcoming events, directions go to SCULPTUREFEST.ORG or call Charlet at 802 457 1178.

I will be exhibiting my sculpture, Elephant Oracle at the King Farm during Poetry on the Land.

The Elephant Oracle is the wise old one to whom we turn in times of confusion, doubt and indecision. The Elephant has a memory that never forgets. Perhaps it is a paradox that one who knows so much says so little. Yet, in its presence, we find the courage in ourselves to listen.

Image, courtesy of Sculpturefest: Elephant Oracle, 8 ft tall, styrofoam & cement, 2010 by Donna Dodson

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lady Bird

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Presents the 30th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show, 'Perpetual Energy.'

At East River State Park, in Williamsburg, the following artists will have work on view July 2nd through September 15, 2012: Ranjit Bhatnagar, Eimont Bronzini, Miggy Buck, Ursula Clark, Donna Dodson, Janet Goldner, Nicolae Golici, Esther Grillo, Howard Kalish, Bernard Klevickas, Coral Lambert, Barbara Lubliner & Sung Jin Oh, Andy Moerlein, Eric Stein, Tyrome Tripoli, Bill Wood.

Opening Reception Saturday July 14th, 1p-5p. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Kent Ave and East River between North 7th St. and North 9th St. Bedford Ave stop on the 'L' train. Music by local musicians.

Lady Bird, 8 ft tall, styrofoam & cement, 2012 by Donna Dodson. I will be exhibiting Lady Bird, a monumental outdoor sculpture that is based on the maquette of Seagull Cinderella, a small wood sculpture that I created ten years ago.

Seagull Cinderella, 15" tall, wood paint by Donna Dodson Photo Credit: Cliff Pfeiffer Seagull Cinderella is as common as the birds we see at the beach. Yet she is uncommon, like Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, corseted and bound by the sweet virtues of her character.

I posted an image of the Lady Bird on my facebook page, and one commenter wrote that it looked like a dybbuk, which I head never heard of. So I looked it up in Wikipedia, and found out 'In Jewish folklore, a dybbuk (Yiddish: דיבוק, from Hebrew attachment) is a malicious or malevolent possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. Dybbuks are said to have escaped from Sheol or to have been turned away for serious transgressions, such as suicide, for which the soul is denied entry. The word "dybbuk" is derived from the Hebrew דיבוק, meaning "attachment"; the dybbuk attaches itself to the body of a living person and inhabits the flesh. According to belief, a soul that has been unable to fulfill its function during its lifetime is given another opportunity to do so in dybbuk form. It supposedly leaves the host body once it has accomplished its goal, sometimes after being helped.' So if a woman had died without the chance to be set free, like a bird, or without having met Prince Charming, like Cinderella, her spirit would attach itself to a living person and possess their spirit in order to live out the dream of happily ever after.

Update: John Haber reviewed this show on his blog, ' art reviews from around new york' with a favorable mention of my piece, 'A few works make a statement, like Donna Dodson’s decidedly buxom Seagull Cinderella...'

Monday, July 9, 2012

ALIGHT: The Spirit of the Red Tail Hawk

Just landed, ready to fly, observant, noble and respected, the Red Tail Hawk is a common raptor of human environments. Agile in the cityscape and familiar in the rural hedgerow, Red Tail Hawk is a survivor. These Vermont hills have similarly survived and adapted to a rich heritage of human occupation. Precious soil and abundant rock have conspired to doom all but the most ambitious. Red Tail Hawk stands as a patient monument to the toil that takes place here. ALIGHT is part human yet mostly hawk. It rests fleetingly on this landscape, blessing the place – passing no judgment, but poised to fly.

ALIGHT is a collaboration of Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery and Myth Makers: Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein. Myth Makers created this piece on site while in residence at Cider Hill, during the first annual outdoor sculpture show. Gary and Sarah Milek have created a visionary garden and indoor gallery in Windsor VT. This year they introduce monumental outdoor sculpture to the gardens, inviting 13 sculptors to contribute work that fits their exceptional setting. Myth Makers welcome commissions.

Alight: The Spirit of the Red Tail Hawk, 15 ft tall, saplings & paint, 2012 by Myth Makers: Andy Moerlein & Donna Dodson
Media Release
Topic: First Group Sculpture Exhibit at Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery
July 13, 2012 - October 28, 2012
Date: July 8, 2012
Contact: Cathryn Brown 802-451-6172 / 802-674-6825,

There is a seemingly magical garden nestled in the glacially carved foothills below Mt. Ascutney where the work of thirteen sculptors is newly installed for a seasonal exhibition. Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery in Windsor, Vermont have been created and tended for over 30 years by Sarah and Gary Milek within an ancient thirty-six acre apple grove. There are shade and sun gardens positioned on and around ledge outcroppings, blooming with hostas, peonies, day lilies and much more. Believing that Cider Hill Gardens is the perfect venue for an outdoor sculptural exhibition, the Mileks have expanded their traditional gallery space to include all the gardens and invited thirteen sculptors to participate in the first major group show here. More than 50 works are situated within the gardens and gallery in materials ranging from ceramic, bronze and wood, to granite and steel. There are monumental works and intimate ones, abstract and figurative.

Andy Moerlein's phenomenal “Journey” greets you as enter into the outdoor exhibition. Within the gardens one can study the very Zen moss and granite boulder carving of Gary Haven Smith nearby the additional granite works of long time independent monument carver John Hikory. The sounds of Eric O’Leary's sculptural fountain may lure you into another area of the garden, while John Cassin's "Flying Woodland Nymph" leads one onward through a field for a closer inspection to see what’s going on beyond the gardens where more sculptures can be discovered within the open rolling fields and woodland edge. Brian Goblik’s work,” Creative Minimalism Minimally Creative” draws one further to the edge of the cultivated areas and the wild woodland beyond which in the open fields the Mythmakers have chosen to construct a “Red Tail Hawk” as their first Vermont work adding to their collection of mythical creatures near “Sky Flower” a monumental work by Herb Ferris. John Kemp Lee and Max Van Pelt have also sited their cutting edge steel and amalgamated works just beyond the garden spaces.

At the main gallery the bold wooden mystic effigies of Donna Dodson greet the audience entering indoors where the gallery walls exhibit works by Varujan Boghosian, known primarily for his sculptures, who has chosen to show ”Twelve Variations on a Theme by Hokusai” a new colorful watercolor series with Gary Milek, whose selected works in egg tempera and gold leaf, are also currently on exhibit at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna. Additionally works by Dimitri Gerakaris and Lawrence Nowlan are also on display Thursdays through Sundays 10:00am until 6:00pm.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Permanent Collection at Nancy Margolis Gallery

Curated by Edward del Rosario and Jordin Isip
July 12 - August 4, 2012 Opening Reception July 12, 6-8pm

Nancy Margolis Gallery 523 W 25th Street NY NY 10001 Tel. 212.242.3013

Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the massive group show, “Permanent Collection.” 130 artists were asked to select any single piece from the over 15,000 works in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection and create their own version with restricted dimensions. The range of work selected varies from design objects (Arthur Young, Bell-47D1) to iconic modern paintings (Cezanne, The Bather) to experimental film (Thomas Wilfred, Vertical Sequence). The choice of medium varies from video to sculpture to painting, and approaches range from pastiche to parody to tribute. The show continues the critique of the art world establishment and the concept of “master works.” MoMA, considered to be the art world’s current imprimatur, follows in the tradition of the Louvre and the Paris Salon. It is the establishment into which artists seek inclusion. One asks, is the experiential value of copying works from the MoMA the same as Manet copying master works from the Louvre? Is admittance into MoMA’s permanent collection the equivalent of acceptance into the Paris Salon? The show also contributes to the running commentary on the politics of reproduction, addressing the issues of “authenticity” and “aura.” Can one make an authentic reproduction? At what point does mimicry become inspiration? When does a unique reproduction gain its own “aura?” Although the art world establishment has moved from the Louvre to the MoMA, one thing has retained its permanence; inclusion into the institution is still controlled by the collectors and benefactors of the establishment, not the artists themselves. Permanent Collection opens on July 12th, 2012 and will run for three weeks.

Permanent Collection includes work by: Martin Adolfsson, Jose Arenas, Kim Beck, Melinda Beck, Polly Becker, Gregory Benton, Patrick Berran, Ben Bois, Kelie Bowman, Clayton Brothers, Calef Brown, Pam Butler, William Buzzell, Amy Chan, Wendy Chisholm, Hyemi Cho, Ludmilla Corcova, Louie Cordero, Paul Corio, Anthony Cudahy, Carl D’Alvia, Daniel Davidson, Cecilia de Corral, Edward del Rosario, Donna Dodson, Leslie Donaldson, Joel Dugan, Benjamin Edwards, Ursula Endlicher, Chris Feczko, Mary Flanagan, AJ Fosik, James Benjamin Franklin, James Gallagher, Brenda Garand, John Garcia, Sandra Gibson, Matt Haber, Jackie Hahn, Joseph Hart, Hunter Heckroth, Jason Holley, Hadley Holliday, Kenichi Hoshine, Jim Houser, Liz Hur, Mala Iqbal, Jordin Isip, Rich Jacobs, Susan Jamison, Frances Jetter, Masuko Jo, Duncan Johnson, Jugular, Jen Karady, Nina Katchadourian, Misaki Kawai, Hiroshi Kimura, Fay Ku, Hiro Kurata, Margaret Lanzetta, Cat Lauigan, Su kyung Lee, Rob Leecock, Matt Leines, Rachel Levit, Elissa Levy, Mon Li, Melissa Ling, Patte Loper, Marci MacGuffie, Amy Mahnick, Jane Mai, Melissa McGill, Taylor McKimens, Bronwyn Minton, Sarah Moseley, Kris Mukai, Erin Murray, Rob Nadeau, Tom Ngo, Stephen Nguyen, Rachel Owens, David Packer, Mu Pan, Chang Park, Soo Sunny Park, Maritsa Patrinos, Bruno Perillo, Chelsey Pettyjohn, David Plunkert, Jason Polan, Garrett Pruter, Jeff Quinn, Monica Ramos, Luis Recoder, Geoff Rockwell, Les Rogers, Gina Ruggeri, Stanley Ruiz, Jackie Saccoccio, Hazel Lee Santino, Bruce Schiefelbein, Kristen Schiele, Anna Sea, Paula Searing, Betsy Lin Seder, Randall Sellers, Kiriko Shirobayashi, Andrew Smenos, Rodger Stevens, Sto, Maribel Tapia, Mark Todd, Justin Valdes, Nichole van Beek, William van Roden, Dominique Vitali, Roxie Vizcarra, Marie von Heyl, Esther Pearl Watson, Sanders Watson, David Weeks, Emily Weiner, Eric White, Robin Williams, Karla Wozniak, Clifford Wun, Julee Yoo, Bill Zindel and Arthur Zomby.

For this show, I chose Jeff Koons', Pink Panther as the piece that I would take my inspiration from since it was a sculpture I admire and because the animal/human composition relates to my own vocabulary. In Koons' 'Pink Panther' a topless, buxom, blond woman holds a stuffed animal of a Pink Panther on her shoulder. She is the stereotypically beautiful sex object, and the panther looks like a boy toy or a trophy slung over her shoulder. For my piece, I got ahold of a piece of pink ivory, an exotic African hardwood that is bright pink, and I sculpted a Panther headed goddess figure that is maternal, sexy, and monumental. With it, I said what I wanted to say about sex, women and beauty- qualities that are intrinsically and innately derived, from character or spirit, not externally adorned. Pink Panther, 12" tall, pink ivory, 2012 by Donna Dodson

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Sentinel casts a watchful eye upon the unique landscape of Gilsland Farm in Falmouth Maine. The Audubon Society has collaborated with MythMakers Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein to land a raven at this treasured place. Stop by to witness this iconic presence of voice and sky.
Raucous and sooty, friendly and frightening, the raven is a vivid mark upon the skyline. Their impossibly black feathers flicker with an iridescence that holds the clues to every color in the rainbow. Their vocal variety suggests that raven may have more to say than most birds.
The Sentinel is being presented by June LaCombe as part of 'On the Wing', a group exhibition at Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm in Falmouth Maine where Andy Moerlein & I will have work in the galleries. Please join us for the opening reception on Tuesday July 3rd, 5p-7p.'On the Wing' is On view through September 30th 2012 and the Sentinel is on view indefinitely at Gilsland Farm, Maine Audubon, Falmouth Maine.
The Sentinel, 15 ft tall, saplings & paint, 2012 by MythMakers: Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein

Update: Robert Whitcomb wrote about this piece for the Providence Journal Blog. Bob Keyes wrote about 'On the Wing' for the Portland Press Herald. Read the article: Wild Times