Sculptor and video artist Jay Lagemann lives on Martha's Vineyard. He created the monumental sculpture "Swordfish Harpooner" located in Menemsha. Being a grandfather many of his sculptures are based on family themes. He shows at the Ganary Gallery, in West Tisbury, the Featherstone Arts Center and the Field Gallery. Jay's View is Shown on MVTV at 8pm on Wednesdays.
Monday, March 12, 2018
The high heels got caught up in the latest winter storm, but they were finally delivered and there was still time to do a little surgery on them so they could fit on the bronze feet of the lady Tango Dancer in time to make it for the opening of the "Backwards and in High Heels" show at Featherstone Center for the Arts to celebrate Women's History Month.
After mounting the Tango Dancers on their new base they were loaded onto my old trailer with the help of family. One of the many benefits of living in a family compound.
Unloading at Featherstone was lot easier.
At the opening the Tango Dancers were in the center of the action.
Kate Handcock came up with the idea of the Red Bows. They conveniently covered up where I had to split the front of the shoes so they would fit over the bronze lady's feet.
Many thanks to Kenneth Cole for collaborating on this project. It definitely brought a splash of color and joy to a dreary and stormy March on Martha's Vineyard.
Feathersone Center for the Arts is having a big opening on Sunday
Backwards and In High Heels Show
Sunday, March 11 from 4 to 6PM
Continues through Sunday, April 1
Open each day from 12 to 4PM
When I heard about the show my first thought was that my Tango Dancers had to be there dancing in the middle of that wonderful new space they built. The Lady Tango Dancer is not only dancing backwards, but she is also bent way over backwards.
My second thought was that the Lady Tango Dancer doesn't have on High Heels. Like Cinderella how could she show up at the big event without a pair of beautiful shoes?
So obviously we need a pair of high heels if the Tango Dancers are going to go to the big event. Being a sculptor I should be able to make something that looked like high heels, but it sure would be a lot nicer if there was a Fairy Godmother around who could just make a beautiful pair of red high heels magically appear.
Looking for inspiration to help with sculpting the red high heels I Googled Images of them. The ones I liked best were made by Kenneth Cole. I thought that was interesting since last fall I delivered and installed a painted steel Swinging Jenny for Maria Cole who gave it to her husband Kenneth Cole to celebrate their 30th Wedding anniversary.
That's when I realized my Dancer's might have a Fairy God Mother after all: Maria Cole. She is well acquainted with my bronze dancing figures as both The Dance and Jitterbug Dancers live in their home.
I contacted her through the magic of texting and soon Kenneth Cole was on the phone and we are going to try to get theTango Dancesto Featherstone with a pair of beautiful red High Heels for the Women's History Month Show. It is too late to make a special pair to fit the Lady Tango Dancer, but Kenneth is sending by Next Day Shipping the largest size he has. The big question now is: