Sculpture from Nature Materials. Joseph Wheelwright at Fuller Craft Museum

Sculpture from Nature Materials. Joseph Wheelwright at Fuller Craft Museum
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Master Sculptor Joseph Wheelwright comes to Fuller Craft Museum to talk about “Sculpture from Nature’s Materials” as part of the celebration of our newest acquisition to the permanent collection “Sweet Face.” Thursday, October 10, 5:30 pm – 9:30.


Sweet Face by Joseph Wheelwright

The evening events are as follows:

5:30 a light supper will be available for purchase.

6:30 a viewing of Sweet Face and a talk by Joseph Wheelwright.

8:00 a jazz set by the Laszlo Gardony Quartet and dessert in the artKitchen Café.

Fuller Craft Museum is proud to announce the acquisition of a new granite sculpture “Sweet Face,” a serene portrait by master carver Joseph Wheelwright. This nationally known sculptor has spent a lifetime carving faces out of natural materials—stones, trees, bones. The same sculptor whose work “Loving Stones” is now on view in the Convergence exhibition of modern, public art on the Christian Science Plaza in Boston.

In celebration of the installation, Joseph Wheelwright is going to give a talk. Then we will go outside to view the new piece, which I now installed right out in front of the Museum. Join us for the celebration!

The Story of “Sweet Face.”

The buzz about Sweet Face has been growing ever since Jonathan Fairbanks received a very casual call from Linda and Arthur Schwartz. They were moving from their Swampscott home where, in the garden, lay a granite sculpture by Joseph Wheelwright called Sweet Face. They wondered if Fuller Craft Museum would consider adding it to their collection of outdoor sculptures.

What divine timing. Just as Fuller Craft was showing an exhibition on portraiture from the permanent collection entitled About Face, along comes the opportunity to add a serene portrait by master carver Joseph Wheelwright. Fairbanks got on the phone to start the collection cogs turning—calls, conferring, voting, and then the green light to proceed.

In seven days, Sweet Face arrived at Fuller Craft strapped to the blades of a Bobcat forklift, carried in on a trailer. Facilities Manager John Hastie, Bill Wilson, Curator Jeffrey Brown, and Jonathan Fairbanks rushed outside to maneuver this half ton beauty into the circular garden at the Museum entrance. Seeing the sculpture up close reveals small, pure patches of lichen, iron impurities, a vein of quartzite, the chiseled and polished eyes and lips. Some curious visitors stopped to watch.

One of our members Setta Arevian, a Brockton Garden Club member, was leaving the Museum at the time. She stopped and took it upon herself and her discerning eye to direct the men as they shifted the stone, helping them to find the perfect positioning. She then came back a few days later with a half dozen Brockton Garden Club members who weeded, pruned, and spread mulch to beautify the surroundings. Sweet Face now faces the entrance. The polished eyes and lips glisten when the sun hits them. Seeing the face from the Museum entrance invites visitors to return. We are grateful for Linda and Arthur Schwartz and for all who helped install and welcome our new sculpture.

Fuller Craft Museum. 455 Oak Street. Brockton, MA 02301

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