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“When I look at a piece of copper, aluminum or brass, I see my reflection of the sum of my thoughts, desires, experiences and influences,” says Sheats. “My work is an extension of myself, my being and each piece tells a different story.” Since Sheats’ inspiration often comes spontaneously, he carries his tools of trade, including a hammer and punch tool everywhere he goes. Patrons at the local restaurants refer to him as “metal man.”
"I first began to do African-inspired sculptures while being featured at the Lawrence Gallery in conjunction with the 1990 Winter Park, Fl Arts Festival. The gallery owner requested that I sculpt one of the students who were watching me doing a Native American sculpture. I wasn't really sure of myself, but after I finished I knew I was on the right track when his buddy said, That's bad, now do a sculpture of me."
Collaboration with a Master
Pat Kabore is known for her prints, mixed media, and fiber works, and has works in the permanent collection of the Corcoran Gallery, the Smithsonian's American Museum of History, and other art institutions. Kabore's mediums include fiber, printmaking, photography, acrylics and watercolors. Her work has been shown at the National Black Fine Art Show and in Detroit, Baltimore, Greenville, Ashville, Dayton, Windsor and Ontario, Canada.
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