Art in Public Places unveils Vossler's "Free Rain"

SARANAC LAKE Carol Vossler doesnt get much time to herself these days. As director of Bluseed Studios, she spends a great deal of time preparing exhibits for other artists plus, she teaches classes, hosts events, and volunteers her time to a number of worthy causes. Needless to say, she is hard pressed to find time to work on her own projects. However, Vossler recently completed a project for the Barbara Parnass 2008 Art in Public Places Program, which was subsequently purchased by Henry Parnass, husband of the late Barbare Parnass. Vosslers sculpture, Free Rain, was unveiled at a special gathering in the Cantwell Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library June 26. Parnasss program is now in its sixth year, and he has purchased art from a number of notable Adirondack artists, including Ursula Trudeau, Barry Lobdell and Mark Kurtz. His goal is to showcase the artists talents, and then to release their work on permanent loan to a local organization. Parnass noted that once the exhibit in the Cantwell Room is over (July 25), the sculpture would be moved to St. Josephs Rehabilitation Center on Glenwood Road. There, Free Rain will become part of a permanent sculpture garden. Vossler said that it was difficult to express how it felt to wrap-up the long process of designing and building the eight-foot tall, four-foot wide structure. She did note, however, that she was grateful for the oppurtunity. Im been sort of removed from the art making process lately, said Vossler. Im just so honored to be included with all of these artists that have already been included in this program. The challenge for me is to find time for myself and my own work, she added. This whole experience really allowed for me to immerse myself in a project. Parnass said that he was thrilled to see Vosslers work come to a conclusion and noted that he was impressed with the final product. This is wonderful, he said. She has done an incredible job with this piece. The sculpture depicts several fish swimming along an underwater cross-section. Vossler originally intended for the fish to carry lightbulbs in their mouths, but as the project progressed, the bulbs morphed into balls. Each fish was cast in a ceramic shell, and then had wax poured inside a delicate process, as the molds had to be held fairly flat, so that air bubbles would not form. Vossler then travelled to Plattsburgh to a foundry where the fish were cast in aluminum for the final sculpture. According to Vossler, she spent a great deal of time polishing the fish with steel wool to give the work a nice shine. The sculpture currently sits in the Cantwell Room, where it is surrounded by other works by Vossler until July 25.

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