Once in while we get down to West Virginia, where one sometimes finds the strangest, most magical things. These shots were taken in a tiny place called Sutton. The old church seems abandoned but outside is a very romantic hanging bronze. Nearby is a store front with small maquette's displaying great skill. A worn flyer seems to indicate the artists.
From, The West Virginia Encyclopedia
(Bill)"Hopen studied painting at Lehman College, a branch of the City University of New York, and is largely self-taught as a sculptor. In the mid-1970s, he moved from Manhattan to Sutton. West Virginia hardwoods and stone were the materials that he first used for carving. Later in his career he devoted himself largely to sculpture cast in lead crystal, bronze, and other metals."
Bill has had many commissions, throughout West Virginia, as well as New York, Wichita, Baton Rouge and elsewhere.
His wife, has works all over China and keeps a studio near Shanghai.
Amazingly, both artists have made life in West Virginia work for them.
Hope they don't mind me sharing these shots from last year. Their aesthetic is similar enough that I can't be sure who did what. My guess is the dancing/floating violinist may be Ai Qiu's work.
Bill Hopen's Website
Ai Qiu Hopen's Website