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Madrone (foundry #3299.1) 2007,bronze, 35 x 44.5 x 10.5 inches.

May 7, 2008

Absentee Bids Open For New Butterfield Bronze

“In developing an intimate understanding of horses, sculptor Deborah Butterfield evokes an interior life with which the viewer connects. Each sculpture depicts a solitary horse, introspective, unridden, at rest, which, despite their mass and materiality, appear animated. Butterfield constructs these works first with found wood branches and sticks that she twists into the horse forms. The bronze is cast from this wood, which is burned out in the casting process, to produce a unique work. Butterfield then applies patina, which conveys with astonishing accuracy the texture and nuances of the original wood.”(LA Louver, 2003)

Sculptor Deborah Butterfield created her newest work, “Madrone,” in the studios of Napa’s Oxbow School during the winter of 2007 while she worked as an artist-in residence, teaching high school-aged students. 

Born and raised in San Diego, Deborah Butterfield studied at the University of California, Davis and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. From the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s Butterfield taught sculpture at the University of Madison, Wisconsin and Montana State University, Bozeman. Both of Deborah’s sons attended Oxbow.

“Madrone,” is currently on display at the Oxbow School where previews may be arranged through Development Director Phoebe Brookbank between now and May 30.  The sculpture, valued at $125,000, was generously donated to Oxbow by Deborah and will be auctioned on Saturday, May 31 at the school’s annual fundraiser which celebrates a different honoree each year for their “artful living.” 

This year, Oxbow celebrants focus their spotlight on Alice Waters for her pioneering work as a cook, restaurateur, food activist and founder of the Chez Panisse Foundation whose mission is to support educational programs that use food to nurture, educate and empower youth.

Alice’s philosophy of introducing young people to healthy eating habits is the basis for Oxbow’s dining program. At Oxbow Chez Panisse trained chefs embrace Alices’s vision through the culture of of the school’s sustainable dining hall.  The Oxbow School’s garden and dining program are essential elements of its vibrant educational community.

To reach Phoebe Brookbank, call 707-252-5427. To preview the entire 2008 Oxbow School live and silent auction, click here.

View details on The Oxbow School 2008 Auction, ¡Fiesta Oxbow!, by clicking here.

Place an absentee bid or obtain event details by contacting Phoebe Brookbank at 707-252-5427 or e-mail phoebe@oxbowschool.org

Oxbow Links:
OS18 Final Show and Spring Open House, Saturday May 17, 2008 - Sunday May 18, 2008.

Oxbow Summer Progam for adults.
Oxbow Summer Program for kids.

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