Portfolio-Marty McConnaughey

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"Renaissance III"

Pine Needle Sculpture on a Gourd Base. 11" X 21" X 14", Completed 3/17

Chosen for "Nature and Neon " National Show, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN, Dec, 2017-March, 2018

First Place, Fountain City Art Guild, June, 2017


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"Melody at Dawn"

Pine Needle Sculpture on a Gourd Base, 16" X 12" X 12" , completed 6/16. The movement in this piece is as a crescendo to my mornings that start out slow and build as I move through the day. It was selected for Arts in the Airport. 2017

 

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"Jubilee"

Sweet Grass Sculpture on a Gourd Base with Copper Strips woven through the design. 12" X 11" X 13", completed 10/16.

This piece was named for the  deep eggplant color that immerged from teal, topped with the glitz of copper, it screamed celebration to me. "Jubilee" was chosen  Best in Show, Fountain City Art Guild Dec. 2016  and was in "Legacy Endures"  exhibition in the upstairs Gallery of the Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC. 2017

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"Harmony"

Pine Needle Sculpture on a Gourd Base, 18" X 12" X 12", completed 5/17.

Filigree carving with layers of coiling received a lot of attention at "Legacy Endures" exhibition at the Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC 2017

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"Nature's Trilogy"

Hand Dyed Pine Needle Sculpture, using Gourd Bases on a Contorted Filbert Branch, 16" X 24" X 30", completed 6/18.

The blend of the natural free form branch combined with the controlled movement of each coiled gourd takes the viewer on a restful journey.

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"Copper Weave"

Sweet Grass Sculpture on a Gourd Base, 13" X 12" X 12", completed 10/16. From the beginning of processing this gourd it had an incredible shine, The copper strips woven through the coiling completed what the gourd gave to me.

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"Rhapsody"

Sweet Grass Sculpture on a Gourd Base, 19" X 11" X 11", completed 6/17. The linear design with the carved filigree brought a pleasant balance to this piece. It was on display at the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington DC. July2017-July,2018

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"The Contortionist"

Hand Dyed Pine Needles Coiled on Twisted Gourd Base with Shed Antler 8" X 12" X 17" , completed 8/18. 

The  partially hand dyed pine needles wrap throughout the piece lending to the design. The antler not only has a strong presence, it was used as support. 

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"Fantasia"

Sweet Grass Sculpture on a Goose Neck Gourd with  sShed Antler Stand. 9" X 12" X 8", completed 8/18.  Selected for "National Juried Exhibition of 2019", 

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville

Feb, 2019

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"Rising Sun"

Pine Needle Sculpture on a Gourd Base with Turquoise and Copper, 7" X 7" X 8", completed 2/18.

Simplistic but striking, the shell of the gourd allowed me to give it a sunrise glow that led to the embellishments and name.