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Friday, June 3, 2011 town magazine art charles pate jr sculpture regenesis
Two of my Favorites
Friday, May 27, 2011 The Daughters of Edward D. Boit charles pate jr oil painting John Singer Sargent
Hartsville Veterans’ Monument Dedication
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Hartsville Veterans’ Monument Dedication bronze sc art charles pate jr
Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, 2010, the monument was dedicated. The Ceremony was amazing! It was truly humbling to be a part of such a great event and to have an opportunity to show appreciation to all of the Veterans.
Hartsville Veterans’ Monument Installation
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Hartsville Veterans’ Monument sc bronze sculpture charles pate jr
Sunday, May 1, 2011 beautiful sculpture in greenville sc charles pate jr bronze
CITY OF GREENVILLE, LOCAL FIRM PARTNER ON LATEST PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT
New sculpture celebrates city’s transformation and pays homage to Greenville’s west side
(Greenville SC) The City of Greenville and Nachman Norwood & Parrott hosted a dedication ceremony this morning for the latest installment of public art made possible through the City’s Arts in Public Places initiative. The bronze sculpture, titled Regenesis, was created by local artist Charles Pate, Jr., who was also on-hand for the ceremony. The sculpture is located in front of the Nachman Norwood & Parrott offices at 1116 South Main Street on the corner of South Main and Perry Avenue.
Nachman Norwood & Parrott, a local wealth management firm located in the West End, expressed an interest in partnering with the City’s Arts in Public Places Commission and offered its property as a potential site for an art installation. Subsequently, the Arts in Public Places Commission issued a RFP for a sculpture on the site and in August 2010, commissioned Regenesis after selecting Pate’s proposal from among a variety of submissions by artists from across the southeast.
“Nachman Norwood & Parrott is committed to supporting the arts in Greenville and we are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Greenville and the Arts in Public Places Commission in placing the newest addition to downtown’s art collection on our property,” said Bob Nachman, Managing Director for Nachman Norwood & Parrott. “The reason we chose this location for our offices is because we believe strongly in the revitalization of this vibrant neighborhood and we hope that through this arts initiative, this corner will be one of the many showcases of Greenville’s west side.”
Regenesis depicts the image of a sculptor carving himself out of an aged tree trunk, and according to Pate, the sculpture is a metaphor for Greenville’s transformation. “Unlike a metamorphosis, in which nothing of the former creature remains, this transformation has visible roots,” said Pate. In his original proposal for the sculpture, Pate praised Greenville citizens’ efforts to preserve the historical integrity of the city and referenced the recent resurgence of the arts community on Greenville’s west side. “I believe that Greenville’s art district owes much to the community from which it has emerged,” he said. “With Regenesis, the sculptor’s strong arms and heavy tools represent the physical labor – the honest, hard work that built and sustained the area in bygone days, his emerging torso represents the power and promise of a new generation of Greenville artists and artisans and the incomplete figure, marked by the chisel, represents each artist’s desire to leave his or her own mark on the art world.”
According to William H. Pelham, President of Pelham Architects, LLC and chair of the City’s Arts in Public Places Commission, the unveiling of the sculpture Regenesis by local artist Charles Pate, Jr. is an exciting addition to Greenville’s public art collection. “The vision of the property owner, Nachman Norwood & Parrott, has resulted in a great piece of public art anchoring the South Main Street entrance to downtown Greenville.”
The work is not cast as one large piece. The clay is cut into sections and cast seperately. Yikes! There is a lot of faith required when watching someone cut months of painstaking artwork into small pieces, knowing that this is the way the process must happen. The bronze pieces will soon be welded together seamlessly.
Black Creek Arts Council Show
Friday, March 18, 2011 Black Creek Arts Council fine art painting hartsville sc charles pate
I participated in the Black Creek Arts Council show “The Pates”, with my grandparents, dad, sister, both uncles, and three of my cousins. There were even works by my great aunt and great grandmother. All of us have ties to the art world in one way or another. If you happen to be down in the the lower part of the state, you should stop by and check it out. The show will be up for a few more weeks.
The Mutual Respect Society
Friday, March 18, 2011 marty pate fine art newnan ga charles pate jr painting portraits
One reason I started this blog is to inform everyone about my favorite artists and artworks. Some of these are famous artists and some are friends and colleagues of mine. For the first installment of The Mutual Respect Society I have decided to write about my uncle Marty Pate.
Once I felt comfortable with the look of the maquette I began work on the full sized piece.
I invited people to come by the gallery and look at the Regenesis project as I worked. The most common question that I was asked was about the exposed pipes. The pipe that connects the head and the arm is simply there as reinforcement for the weight of the clay on his arm. The clay is not strong enough to support itself. The pipe in his chest is used when moving the work. I had to transport the figure and move him around the studio, but I did not want to lift him by grabbing his arms or head. So I included, in the armature, a pipe going straight through his chest that additional pipe could be added on to. That way he could be lifted with all of the weight transferred to the metal armature. None of the pipes will be included in the bronze version.