CANNON BEACH - Arizona artist Sally Kimp will be appearing at Bronze Coast Gallery, 224 N. Hemlock St., Suite 2, from Friday, Sept. 10 to Sunday, Sept. 12, with a reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.

A self-taught sculptor, Kimp was born in a log cabin in Idaho's panhandle country and spent her youth sketching and painting in the Pacific Northwest. It was after taking a night school pottery class that she found her medium in clay. She began creating small pottery sculptures in her spare time, exploring her skills while raising a family and working as a grocery store clerk. Once her children were grown, Kimp began to focus exclusively on her art.

Her love of Native American culture drew Kimp to Arizona in 1987, where her stoneware fired clay sculptures, as well as bronze statues, have earned her critical acclaim. Unlike many bronze sculptors Kimp does her own finishing work including her unique patinas, which typically combine a rustic bronze tone with a textured ceramic-like matte finish.

Part of what separates Kimp from other sculptors is that she tends to depict older women. "Sally has a remarkable spirituality and sensitivity in her subjects," said Bronze Coast Gallery owner Kim Barnett, who has represented Kimp for more than 10 years. "She captures such dignity and strength in her sculptures, a sense of wisdom and grace ... her artwork has a profound serenity."

Kimp's work is not without humor, however. "Recollections," for example, depicts three grandmotherly women sharing a past memory, lost in the delight of the moment, their crow's feet pronounced by their laughter. And although she primarily sculpts women and children, one of Kimp's new works, "Good Medicine," depicts a Native American medicine man.

Bronze Coast Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily or by appointment. For information, call (503) 436-1055 or visit the Web site


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