On the Sculpture Trail: Public Art in Cloverdale | Bohemian

Public art in Cloverdale

For many, knowledge of sculpture begins with Rodin’s “The Thinker” and ends somewhere near David’s Fig Leaf. Fortunately, for nearly two decades, the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail has broadened local appreciation for the discipline with its biannual public art exhibit.

The 2022-24 Sculpture Trail season, which was installed in late April, brings nine new pieces installed along and near Cloverdale Boulevard.

“As an artist, but especially a sculptor, places are difficult to find,” explains artist Bryan Tedrick, who has participated in the event since its inception 19 years ago. “The logistics of moving heavy objects, preparing sites to place them, and maintaining public safety are no simple tasks.”

Over the years, the event has seen an increase in funding, publicity and access to heavy equipment to help transport and install the artwork, which Tedrick credits to local arts maven Joyce Mann, who is stepping down from her tenure with the Sculpture Trail this year.

“The satisfaction for me from the Sculpture Trail is seeing families walking the streets and stopping to admire and discuss the sculptures,” says Janet Howell, who directs J. Howell Fine Art in Healdsburg and takes over from Mann. “Nineteen years ago, Joyce Mann had a vision to bring public art to our small community, and I hope Cloverdale can continue that tradition for many years to come.”

New releases this year include Tedrick’s “Thistle”, Pierre Riche’s “Salvaged Horse”, Beth Hartmann’s “Lips”, David Mudgett’s “The Disc” (which won “Best of Show”), “Icarus”, a joint piece by Hector Ortega and Taryn Moore, “Cycles2: Science” by Peter Hassen (which earned honorable mention), “Hekate” by Stan Huncilman, “Celestial Poodle” by Peter and Robyn Crompton, and “Being” by Diego Harris .

The works were judged by gallery owner Danielle Elins and Todd Barricklow, an acclaimed Sonoma County artist.

“As a Sonoma artist, it is especially rewarding to share my work locally. Public exposure ensures that many will see my work,” says Tedrick. “While actual sales of artwork may be limited, it is at least one opportunity that wouldn’t otherwise exist, and the hope is eternal.”

The Sculpture Trail was made possible by a grant from Creative Sonoma and a host of local “sculpture sponsors” from local businesses to individuals. An “Audience Award,” sponsored by Cloverdale Nursery, will be announced at a reception on June 4. The public is invited to vote for their favorite works on cloverdalesculpturetrail.org.

“The impact of public art is not always immediately recognizable, but has a way of imprinting itself on the environment and the mind like a majestic old tree,” says Hector Ortega, one of the artists behind “Icarus”. “Standardizing the arts and making a visual impact to improve our built world is something the Sculpture Trail does for its community.”

An artists’ reception is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. cloverdalesculpturetrail.org

Dora W. Clawson