Sculp­tures, draw­ings on view at Ar­bore­tum

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RIDGELY — On view through July 28, A Walk in the Gar­den by Elizabeth Miller McCue’s is a show of bronze sculp­tures and large black-and-white draw­ings. There will be a re­cep­tion to meet the artist from 3 to 5 p.m. Satur­day, June 24.

This show is part of Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum’s on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries of work on nat­u­ral themes by re­gional artists. It is on view through July 28 at the Ar­bore­tum vis­i­tor’s cen­ter lo­cated at 12610 Eve­land Road near Tuck­a­hoe State Park in Ridgely.

Con­tact the Ar­bore­tum at 410–634– 2847, ext. 0 or info@ad­kin­sar­bore­tum. org for gallery hours.

Many Ar­bore­tum visi­tors are al­ready fa­mil­iar with McCue’s site-spe­cific sculp­tures cre­ated for the past five biennial Out­door Sculp­ture In­vi­ta­tional shows.

Now liv­ing in Yard­ley, Penn., she stud­ied art in New York at the Art Stu­dents League and the New York Stu­dio School and worked in doc­u­men­tary film be­fore she be­gan con­cen­trat­ing on draw­ing and sculp­ture. She has re­ceived nu­mer­ous grants and com­mis­sions, and her work is in more than 30 cor­po­rate and private col­lec­tions.

McCue be­gan mak­ing cast­ings of ac­tual leaves in 1995 when she was awarded a com­mis­sion for the cor­po­rate head­quar­ters of Salomon, Inc. at the World Trade Cen­ter in New York.

The fin­ished sculp­ture, “Ball of Leaves,” was de­stroyed in the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tack, but a ma­que­tte (a smaller, pre­lim­i­nary model) is in­cluded in this show.

With its lay­ers of sub­tly shaded blue­green bronze leaves, show­ing ev­ery de­tail of the veins and zigzagged edges of the orig­i­nal leaves, this sphere is an ex­u­ber­ant im­age of growth and abun­dance.

More re­cently, McCue was cho­sen as a semi­fi­nal­ist for a large sculp­ture for St. Elizabeth’s Hospi­tal in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. She re­ceived an hon­o­rar­ium to de­velop her pro­posal with pre­lim­i­nary cast­ings of flow­ers, leaves and stems from a but­ter­fly bush along with but­ter­flies cre­ated from bronze screen­ing.

“I was in and out of New York a lot and ac­tu­ally made a lot of the but­ter­flies on the train,” she said in a press re­lease. “Very en­ter­tain­ing to the other pas­sen­gers.”

When a D.C.-based artist was awarded the fi­nal com­mis­sion, McCue was left with the cast­ings and but­ter­flies and soon turned them into other sculp­tures. The but­ter­fly bush leaves be­came a site-spe­cific work for an ex­hibit on New York’s Gover­nor’s Is­land in 2014, a piece that was so suc­cess­ful that McCue cast dozens more leaves to cre­ate “In the Wind,” her piece on the Ad­kins walls.

Like­wise, her del­i­cate but­ter­flies be­came “A Walk in the Gar­den,” in which sev­eral clus­ters of but­ter­flies are sus­pended on deep brown pan­els, cre­at­ing the im­pres­sion of but­ter­flies gath­ered in the gen­tle shade un­der trees.

“Ball of Leaves,” a painted bronze sculp­ture, is among the works of Elizabeth Miller McCue on view through July 28 at Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum. A re­cep­tion to meet the artist will be held Satur­day, June 24.

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