James Garvey is a blacksmith with a difference. His love of creating metal sculptures is expressed by his statement,” Blacksmithing involves passion, intellect and full force physical input.” As an instructor in the Art Student League’s metal forging class he has been an inspiration to his students as well as having an accomplished career as a blacksmith and artist.
Garvey earned a BFA from Colorado State University. He was a student of Mrs. Louise March; a spiritual teacher and director of fine handcrafted objects. He later joined the New York City Ironworkers Union and participated in the repair of the Statue of Liberty.
An exhibition of his forged iron, sculptural Vessels and ink drawings will be on display every weekend in November from noon to 4 p.m. at the Amity Gallery, 110 Newport Bridge Road, Warwick, NY. The artists reception will be held on Saturday, November 3, from 5:00-7:00 PM. There will also be an Artist Talk on Saturday, December 1, at 1:00 PM. This is a rare opportunity to see Garvey’s work and to see the potential of forged iron as a sculptural media and process.
On Saturday, December 1, at 1:00 PM there will be an Artist Talk by James Garvey at the Amity Gallery in Warwick, NY.This will also be the last opportunity to see James Garvey’s exhibition at the Gallery. James will be explaining his process in creating forged metal sculpture and his life and career as an Artist/Blacksmith. The show is an extraordinary collection of his forged iron Vessels. The vessels demonstrate James’ skill as an artist blacksmith and his ability to express his concerns emotionally and spiritually through sculpture and forged metal.Following the Artist Talk there will be food, refreshments and an opportunity to talk with James and enjoy his work. It should be an entertaining and enlightening experience. Hopefully, James will be firing up his outdoor display, Tripod and Fire Bowl.Hope that you’ll be able to attend what I believe will be a great program. Please encourage friends interested in Sculpture and Metal Forging to come along.