Beverly C. Turner
There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living, so there's no end to it.”
~ Henry Moore
As I am repeatedly told, I have a unique gift for capturing the essence of real people on paper, canvas and clay. By age six I was able to make pencil drawings of faces with near photo likenesses. Initially self-taught in the traditional style of drawing and painting, I expanded into 3-D portraits by various means, including classes and the tutelage of a well known French sculptor.
In 2005 I began studying figure sculpting in a community college and a fine arts center. As I continued to learn new approaches and experiment with various finishes on my ceramic figures, I began to be commissioned to sculpt many near life-sized facial and half-sized body portraits.
My fascination with the human form and creative ability for storytelling enables me to sculpt thought-provoking, energetic compositions with classic techniques and traditional fine art mastery. The thrill of revealing the inner thoughts, emotions and expressions on the human face and figure is central to my drive and passion in sculpting.
Loading 4' dolphin into kiln
A creative artist since 1966, Beverly's early works included commissioned portraits in pastels, oils and a brief affair sculpting. After a long stint raising her family, working in the computer industry, serving in the U. S. Coast Guard for 20 years and running an industrial video production company for 15 years; she retired and pursued her first passion. She was inspired to devote all of her time to drawing, painting and sculpting. Initially self-taught, in 2005, Beverly began studying figurative sculpting by taking numerous classes and workshops with prestigious instructors such as Philippe Faraut. With her enhanced skills she was commissioned to sculpt many life-sized portraits and figures in both ceramic and bronze.
Sculpture Awards from the 2015 and 2016 Blackhawk "Primavera" Exhibits in Blackhawk Rotunda, Danville
"Spa Day" Merit Award for 2016 "Essential Figure" Show in Bothwell Gallery, Livermore. "Sliding Home" for May, 2016 "3-D Artist Choice" award in Blackhawk Gallery, Danville
EXHIBITIONS and RECEPTIONS
BLACKHAWK "Syncopation" EXHIBITION
aPRIL 28 TO jULY 9, 2017
Saturday, aPRIL 29, 5pm - 7pm
3416 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Alamo Danville Artists’ Society will host the opening of Blackhawk Gallery’s new Exhibit ‘Syncopation’. Gala Reception will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 5 to 7pm, with wine and Hors d’oeuvre. The exhibit will be on view seven days a week.
Gallery Location: Inside the Blackhawk Plaza across from Prickly Pear restaurant; Telephone: (925) 648-8023.
Gallery hours: Mon. to Sat. 10 am - 8 pm and Sun. 11 am - 6 pm.; The Reception and Exhibit are free and open to the public.
3416 BLACKHAWK PLAZA CIRCLE
Gallery Location: Inside the Blackhawk Plaza across from Prickly Pear restaurant; Phone: (925) 648-8023
Gallery hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 am-8 pm and Sun. 11 am – 6 pm. .
LYNN HOUSE GALLERY
809 WEST FIRST STREET,
ANTIOCH , CA
Gallery Location: 809 West First Street, Antioch; Phone (925) 779-7018
Gallery Open Hours: Open 1-4 PM Wednesdays & Saturdays