Update: Sculptor-in-Residence Marc Mellon Returns to Chesterwood! Mellon will be demonstrating in Daniel Chester French’s historic Studio from Friday, September 28 through Tuesday, October 2, 11 am – 4 pm. Free with regular admission.
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Sculptor-in-Residence, Marc Mellon, Models Sculpture in Daniel Chester French’s Studio at Chesterwood
Stockbridge, Mass. (July 19, 2012)—Master figurative sculptor, Marc Mellon, has been invited to work in Daniel Chester French’s Studio at Chesterwood on weekends during the month of July. “It was always the dream of Daniel Chester French’s wife, Mary, that Chesterwood would, once again, welcome artists to work at her family’s beautiful retreat in the Berkshires,” said Donna Haussler, Director of Chesterwood. “Visitors to Chesterwood will have the opportunity to actually see Marc work in Daniel Chester French’s Studio as he models a portrait bust, relief or a figure from a live model. They will also be able to ask him questions about the sculptural process.”
Marc Mellon is one of America’s foremost figurative sculptors in bronze, well-known for his portrait busts, commemorative sculptures, reliefs, medallions, and works in celebration of dance, sport, and family life. Mellon is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, of which Daniel Chester French himself was a founding member.
“Working in French’s historic studio has been absolutely exhilarating,” said Marc Mellon. ”The quality of light is perfect, and I’m moved knowing that I’m walking in Daniel Chester French’s footsteps.”
Works by Marc Mellon can be found in the permanent museum collections of: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of American Illustration; National Art Museum of Sport; The British Museum; The Butler Institute of American Art; and the Chi Mei Museum, Taiwan. His selected major works include: public monuments of Alton Ochsner, M.D., New Orleans, LA; Kate Smith, Philadelphia, PA; and George Eastman, Rochester, NY; portrait busts of George H. W. Bush, Washington, DC, and Pope John Paul II, Vatican City; and other commemorative works such as the Stringer-Rainey Fountain, Anderson, SC; the NCAA Centennial Sculpture, Indianapolis, IN; and the NBA and WNBA MVP Trophies.
In addition, Mellon designed the 2009 official Presidential Inaugural Medal of Barack Obama.
This summer, Chesterwood is also featuring several of Mellon’s bronze sculptures for sale in its Museum Shop.
Sculptor Marc Mellon will be in residence in the Studio from 1-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of July. Free with regular admission. For more information, please visit us online at Chesterwood.org or call 413-298-3579.
A special lecture by Marc Mellon, Sculptor-in-Residence, is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, at 3 pm in the Woodshed, followed by a reception. The lecture and reception are free with admission. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Anne Cathcart at 413-298-3579 x25216 or email Anne_Cathcart@nthp.org. For more information, please visit us online at Chesterwood.org.
Brown Bag Talk with Donna Hassler, Director of Chesterwood, and Marc Mellon, Sculptor-in-Residence, on Daniel Chester French’s Medallic Work to be held on Wednesday, July 25, 12-1 pm, at the Woodshed, Chesterwood. Bring your own lunch and join us for this informal discussion and presentation of French’s medallic works. Free with regular admission. For more information, please visit us online at Chesterwood.org or call 413-298-3579.
About Chesterwood: Chesterwood, A National Trust Historic Site, is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), creator of The Minute Man in Concord, MA, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Chesterwood is open daily through October 8, 2012. Through August 31: Open Daily 10 am – 5 pm. September 1 – October 8: Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm. For more information on our hours and tours, please visit us online at Chesterwood.org or call 413-298-3579. Admission Prices: Adults, $16; NTHP members, $8; Children ages 13-17, $8; Children 12 and under, free; Friends of Chesterwood members, free. Chesterwood is located at 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, in Stockbridge. For more information, please visit us online at Chesterwood.org or call 413-298-3579.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America’s historic places. Learn more at PreservationNation.org.
Chesterwood, A National Trust Historic Site
Donna Hassler, Director, Donna_Hassler@nthp.org, x25219
Anne Cathcart, Curatorial Assistant, Anne_Cathcart@nthp.org, x25216