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8/6/2012 8:03:00 AM
Levi Fitch featured at Sedona Treasures
Fine Art Sculpture
The work of Camp Verde sculptor Levi Fitch is in the spotlight this month at Sedona Treasures, with an artist reception Aug. 11-12.
The work of Camp Verde sculptor Levi Fitch is in the spotlight this month at Sedona Treasures, with an artist reception Aug. 11-12.

On Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sedona sculptor Levi Fitch will be at "Sedona Treasures" at the Hillside Shops presenting his fine sculptures.

Levi is the featured "artist of the month" at Sedona Treasures, a gallery dedicated to showcasing local artists and artisans.

Levi was inspired early by the art of comic books and fantasy animations. The paintings and drawings of artists such as Frank Frazetta, Berni Wrightson, Simon Bisley, Bart Sears, Kieth Parkinson, and others, provided fuel for his imagination. Despite his passion for drawing and painting, Levi took no art classes in high school. But after deciding not to pursue a career in comic book penciling, he took some drawing classes at Yavapai Community College, under the instruction of Gayle Newhall. It was here that he was first introduced to the amazing works of Renaissance masters. Albrecht Durer, and Leonardo Da Vinci were among his favorites, finding their drawn style the most appealing.

Shortly after this period, while working on breaking into the realm of fantasy illustration, Levi became enchanted and enthralled in the world of sculpting. To his great luck, local world renowned sculptor John Soderberg was in need of an apprentice. Over the span of his five-year apprenticeship, he helped work on one of Soderberg's major comissions, the monument "Christ and the Children."

Since his apprenticeship, Levi has been honing his individualistic style, drawing inspiration from figures and tales of ancient mythologies, as well as a touch of the fantastic. Levi also likes to blend in works which deal with his own spiritual philosophies.

Levi states "There are as many ideas as to what art is or should be, as there are artists. Everyone has their own interpretations, but ultimately, what is considered good art or great art, is a matter of opinion. What one person may see as a great piece, another may view with contempt or even disinterest. No single piece may appeal to every single person, yet there is no work that could not appeal to at least one person.

The desire and ability to create is ingrained in human consciousness. Whether drawing, painting, sculpting, playing guitar or drums, building structures, machining or welding material, or grilling a steak - many, many things can be considered art. Being an artist of your craft best describes the inherent artist in everyone. And while everyone may not be an artist by the traditional definition, nearly everyone has an outlet in which that creative impulse manifests.

"There are so many subjects that inspire me, and so many images I would like to convey, that it's difficult to narrow my type of work into a category. In fact, I have no desire to be forced into a category, or an "ism". My career has just barely begun, and I look forward to dimensionalising all of these ideas and visions I have floating around in my mind. To try to define or put a label on the kind of sculptures I produce would put a limitation on the kinds of ideas I would like to convey as an artist. I don't like limitations. If anything, the world is filled with infinite possibilities and choices, the only limitations are the ones you put in your own head, and those imposed by the government.

"Sculpting is an art form with interesting rules, which for me, beg to be pushed and bent. The biggest limitations are those set in the area of reproduction. Molding and casting costs and techniques are the largest obstacles for a sculptor to think about and overcome when it comes to reproducing a piece. Thankfully, right now I have a great foundry to work with, with great people, relatively close by. A cooperative and competent foundry is vitally important to a bronze sculptor. The difference is in the details."

Sedona Treasures is located in the Hillside Shops at 671 SR 179, across from the Javelina Cantina Restaurant. Refreshments will be served at both

receptions. For more information on Levi Fitch's reception or Sedona Treasures please call (928) 282-8163.

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