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New York artist Anthony Heinz May creates his wood sculpture onsite for the Gallery Without Walls


REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - New York artist Anthony Heinz May crafted his wood sculpture onsite for Lake Oswegos Gallery Without Walls. The piece is one of 14 that will be officially unveiled on Sunday.In some ways, Anthony Heinz May’s contribution to this year’s Gallery Without Walls is as much performance art as sculpture. That’s because the New York artist actually crafted “Cultus Ehkahnam” onsite, transforming pieces of River Birch trees while passersby gathered to watch.

“It was really a great experience being in Lake Oswego,” May says. “The community was very supportive. The location on such a busy intersection of downtown kept me on my toes, making me feel as though I was a point of interest in my short time there.”

Downtown strollers constantly stopped at the corner of A Avenue and Third Street to watch the ever-affable May work or ask him questions. Several local architects told May they felt a kinship with what he was doing.

The sculptor chatted with everyone, and he told The Review this week that he’s grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a grand collection of public art.

“Walking around the downtown area to see the collection of accumulated public artwork, I was impressed by the diversity of material, methodology and artistic content,” he says. “To be part of such a curatorial is a wonderful opportunity. I feel that my work compliments the generosity of ideas and aesthetic variation of the artwork that surrounds it.”

Members of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, which commissioned the work and is responsible for maintaining the award-winning Gallery Without Walls, say they’re thrilled with the public’s reaction and with May’s final creation.

“It was really exciting because so many people collaborated on this to make it happen,” says Lori Goldstein, the council’s program director. “It is different from anything we’ve ever done.”

May’s wood sculpture will be one of 14 pieces unveiled at 3 p.m. on Sunday in a citywide celebration of the Gallery Without Walls’ 15th anniversary. May won’t be able to attend, but many of the other artists will gather at Millennium Plaza Park in downtown Lake Oswego to talk about their work.

The public is invited to join in the fun, which will include everything you’d expect at a birthday party: free cake and live Calypso music, with popcorn, hot dogs and beverages available for purchase.

The event will begin with a short program to introduce the artists, followed by free small-group tours of the outdoor gallery.

Can’t make it? You’ll find photographs of all 14 sculptures on page B6 of this week’s Review. For more information about the gallery itself, go to >www.artscouncillo.org.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or cnewell@lakeoswegoreview.com.

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