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Man's struggle with the Gods

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Sculptures by Richard Bannister
Repeats every week every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday until Sun Oct 22 2023.
Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 12:30pm to Sunday, October 22, 2023 - 4:00pm
Event Description: 

Join us for the first gallery exhibition of the 2023-2024 academic year! Local artist, Richard Bannister, exhibiting his sculptures in the Roz Steiner art Gallery from September 14 - October 22, 2023. Richard’s sculptures are one of a kind, unique works of art. He is a master of sculpting in wood, metal, and stone. 

Richard Bannister has had a long and storied career that has made him the artist he is today. He has managed a farm with his identical twin brother at the age of 14, fought in the Vietnam War, studied at many different colleges and gained his BFA & MFA, taught and headed the sculpture department at San Miguel de Allende, traveled the world and lived in foreign countries, and exhibited his artwork internationally. He has raised a family, written manuscripts, explored different entrepreneurial avenues, and holds a Bachelor of Theology from RBI in Tampa, Florida. His dream is to set up an art park on his 16 acres of land. His proudest achievements are his 3 children.

Richard’s exhibition at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery will focus on his marble carvings, wood sculpture, and cast bronze. As an instructor in higher education, Richard developed courses discussing man’s experiences with gods, demons, spirits, and other folkloric elements. Many of his pieces in his current show are a result of that line of thought. He aims to spark discussion of the things we cannot see; some of his artwork takes inspiration from Biblical tales like his sculpture Eve and the Tempter…who tempted who? (made of walnut), and Angel with the Gods (carved of black marble). Richard pulls insight from the religion of ancient Egypt and Buddhism, such as Baby Buddha (made of red oak and walnut), and Egyptian Fish God, Slave Girl, and Angry King (carved black marble), which is the sculpture we are using to promote the exhibition.

Mr. Bannister has written 8 manuscripts throughout his career, which form the series “My struggle with the Gods.” The written saga is titled from the marble carving series that he is presently working on, “Man’s struggle with the Gods”. At his artist talk, Richard Bannister will discuss the inspiration behind his sculptures, his creative process, and pull from his college courses to prompt discussion.

The opening receptions will take place September 14 from 12:30 - 2pm & 5-7pm. Refreshments will be served. Mr. Bannister will be conducting an artist talk at 12:30pm on September 14 in the gallery. The artist talk and gallery receptions are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours: Tues. & Thurs: 10am - 5pm, Wed: 9:30am - 1:30pm

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Rosalie "Roz" Steiner Art Gallery