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Postcards: Fireside Gallery

A Bastrop foundry showcases sculpture and more in its new space

The gallery displays sculptures by Bill Worrell, such as Mystery, Power, Energy, a monumental work cast next door. (Photo courtesy Bill Worrel)For some 30 years, the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop has assisted artists in creating works from bronze plaques to monumental sculptures, all the while building a client list that now includes internationally acclaimed sculptors such as Gil Bruvel, Tom Tischler, Bill Worrell, and Clayburn Moore. Last August, the foundry debuted a 2,400-square-foot gallery that showcases not only its clients’ sculptures but also a broad selection of their two-dimensional works, including  landscapes and portraits. Visitors enjoy spotting limited-edition prints by French sculptor Gil Bruvel with the same fantasy themes as his intricate metal works. Bruvel, who now lives in Wimberley, also creates functional and public art in the same vein.

After viewing the art inside the gallery, visitors can move to the sculpture garden, which features 10 to 15 monumental pieces, including a life-size mermaid, a deer, and a pair of baby elephants. “On Saturday, you can also tour the foundry and see how the sculpture is cast and finished,” says gallery director Jamie Howard. "Tours can last 20 minutes to two hours, depending on how many questions you have.”

Led by Howard or one of her staff, the tours are free and offer a fascinating introduction to casting using the lost-wax method. The gallery offers bronze-pour demonstrations twice a year, during the gallery shows in April and November. Call 512/321-7894;                                                            

—Nola McKey

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