GRAFTON—The Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC) is pleased to announced the showing Michael A. Sizemore, at Gallery 62 West for the month of April.
A native of Fayette County, WV, Sizemore has been creating since a young age. However, it wasn’t until he left West Virginia for the Southwest that his career as a sculptor started and truly flourished.
While living in Santa Fe, he worked with a master mason designing and building kia fireplaces.
After that he worked as the chief bronze patina artist at Weston Studio Foundry, and later apprenticed under Frank Andrews, as a copper sculpture artist.
According to Sizemore, as a sculpture artist he developed a line of copper linear wall sculptures, produced cast bronze sculptures, explored gallery showings and formed lifelong friendships that continue to influence his work today.
In 1996, he made his return to the Mountain State and brought with him his knew found skills and knowledge.
And since returning to West Virginia, he has also worked to become an established metal artist.
He shared that his sculpture is inspired by his favorite landscapes, both the sparse linear high deserts of Northern New Mexico and the lush rivers of southern WV.
“Life as an artist has been spent making things, not mattering what it was or how he was going to make it! What mattered was creating what inspired me,” Sizemore stated.
He reported that some of his most beloved inspirations are found in being a father, the changing of the seasons in his beautiful mountain home, deep connections with people he meets on his journey, spending time in nature, especially on the water and powerful storms.
Sizemore owns and operates Mountain Artworks Studio, which is located in Athens, WV and enjoys sharing his life with his wife, Beth and his son, William.
“A dear friend and mentor once said, ‘Make art, make art every day! It's who you are and what makes you happy’,” he enlightened. “’Stop screwing around and get at it.’ His name is Frank Andrews and his words have guided me ever since. Once the words had crossed his lips and entered my brain, my world would never be the same.”
In honor of his dear friend and mentor, the title of his show at Gallery 62 West is “Marking Art, Every Day”, which is a mantra he believes reflects his life as an artist and represents his love for the creative process.
Sizemore’s exhibit kicked off yesterday and will be open to the public for viewing at the gallery for the remainder of the month following the limited COVID-19 hours the TCAC has in place.
The gallery is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., as well Sundays from 12:00-3:00 p.m.