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 "PERSPECTIVE" EXHIBITION
September 22, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Saturday, Sept. 23, 5pm - 7pm
3416 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
The Alamo Danville Artists’ Society will host the opening of Blackhawk Gallery’s new Exhibit ‘Perspectives. A Gala Reception will be held on Saturday September 23rd from 5 to 7pm, with wine and hors d’oeuvre. The exhibit will be on view seven days a week from September 22nd through November 26, 2017. The Reception and Exhibit are free and open to the public.
The ‘Perspectives’ exhibit features one guest artist and forty member artists. Guest artist Roy Tatman will be showing his 3D Sculptures. Members’ artworks include paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, and wearable art.
The exhibit is curated by Debby Koonce, Kerima Swain, and Beverly C Turner.
The Blackhawk Gallery is located at 3416 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in Danville, California, in the Blackhawk Plaza. Telephone: (925) 648-8023.
Gallery hours are: Monday–Saturday 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. Holiday hours on September 4, Labor Day, are 10 am to 5 pm..
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.
Artistas Naturalistas: Art from Nature
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 12:30 pm Tue, Jan 2, 2018 12:00 pm
Saturday, nOVEMBER 18, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
2400 First Street
We are bringing the outdoors in! Accepting artwork from for an exhibition called Artistas Naturalistas: Art from Nature at the Bankhead Theater November 1 through January 2.
Artist Exhibitions have been held since the theater opened in 2007 and have provided many theatergoers with artful experiences. The Bankhead Theater is a part of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center— the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community. www.lvpac.org.All art sales help to support the Bothwell Arts Center, another arm of the Livermore Performing Arts Center, a not for profit corporation.
Lynn House "ARTISTS COLLECTION" EXHIBITION
November 18th - December 2nd, 2017
Saturday, nOVEMBER 18, 2pm - 4pm
809 West First Street
The Lynn House Gallery is located at 809 West 1st Street in downtown Antioch. The exhibit begins on Saturday, September 23rd, with a free artist reception from 2-4 PM and continues through October 15th on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 PM. The artist reception and exhibit are free to the public.
The artists who exhibit their work at the Lynn House Gallery are very supportive of each other and have developed personal and professional friendships. Each artist will get a voting card and they will decide the winners (except for Honorable Mention). At the artist reception and/or during the open exhibit, participating artists will fill out the voting card and leave it with the docent. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the exhibit based on votes. Artists cannot vote for themselves and must vote by October 14th.
Bankhead Theatre Livermore
2400 First Street
Gallery hours:Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday, and on major holidays.
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