When Kim Kori was a barefoot little girl growing up in the lush farmlands of Pennsylvania, she could regularly be found climbing trees...or being chased out of chicken coops. That inherent love of nature (along with a little bit of mischievousness) stayed with her, and she became a full-time bronze sculptor in the 1980s after moving to Sedona and working at a foundry. More than 30 years later, Kim still lives in Sedona where she is exclusively represented by Rowe Fine Art Gallery. Kim will unveil a new bronze sculpture and two works in progress during The Magic of Nature on Nov. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Sedona Gallery Association's 1st Friday Gallery Tour.
Kim's latest sculpture features delicate amaryllis flowers. "I primarily enjoy sculpting botanicals and small creatures including birds, frogs, small mammals, reptiles and insects," she says. "I know they are all part of the cycle of nature and the symbiotic relationship. I'm inspired when I imagine what life would be like as a small creature. I try to give those creatures a sense of importance in my sculptures. I also have a huge imagination, which often shows through in my work. I see beauty in all the flora and fauna on this earth."
In addition to the amaryllis, Kim will bring two clay works in progress, including her latest romantic frog sculpture. Kim is currently working on her first piece depicting an iguana, a creature she's wanted to sculpt for many years. She's currently fostering a 4-foot-long, 17-year-old iguana as inspiration for the piece. "She's a beautiful creature," says Kim.
Come meet this nature-loving sculptor at Rowe Fine Art Gallery!
Rowe Fine Art Gallery, located under the bell tower in Patio de las Campanas at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 928-282-8877 or visit www.rowegallery.com.