The Pine Center for the Arts welcomes Bron McCall as the featured artist in July.
McCall and his wife moved 20 years ago from Southern California and made their home east of Hinckley. McCall, who has been an associate at the Pine City Wal-Mart for the past 15 years, built his family’s home and an art studio where he carves and paints. McCall’s other artistic endeavors include sculpture, water color/pastel painting and calligraphy.
“Sculpting an image in bronze is a very labor intensive process,” McCall explained. “The image is first carved in clay. When finished, a silicone rubber mold is made. Wax is then cast in the mold, and details on the image are finalized. The wax is taken to the foundry where it is dipped into a slurry to form a casing around the wax. After hardening, the casing is heated to about 1,000 degrees. The melted wax is then poured out, leaving a cavity in which the molten bronze will be poured. The rough casting is given to me for tooling, polishing, and the application of color and texture. A marble or granite base is the last thing to be added.”
McCall’s work may be familiar to art lovers in the region. His sculptures have been exhibited at Image 2001, Mora; Image 2002, Mora; Image 2012, Ogilvie, 2nd place award; Image 2015, Braham, Merit award; Old School Art Center, 2014, Sandstone; Christian Women’s Connection, 2015, Hinckley and ECRAC Grantee’s Show, 2016, Braham, People’s Choice Award.McCall has been awarded two grants: the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) McKnight Individual Artist and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
McCall’s sculptures will be featured at the Pine Center for the Arts throughout the month of July, with an opening reception 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 8.
Located in Pine City, the Pine Center for the Arts has been serving the Greater Pine City area since 2009. With a variety of programming opportunities, the non-profit, volunteer-led facility is a gathering place for artisans and art lovers alike. Artists interested in displaying their work or teaching others their skills are welcome to contact the Pine Center for the Arts.