Ben Rouzie Special Memorial Exhibit
January 4 – 28, 2017
Gallery Hop: Friday, January 6, 7 – 10 p.m.
Closing reception and Finale of Silent Auction:
Saturday, January 28, 2 – 4 p.m.
Artworks Gallery presents a special Memorial Exhibit of sculpture by Ben Rouzie, a founding member of Artworks Gallery who died in April 2016 at the age of 94. In addition, the members of the gallery will be exhibiting “Memories”, work from some of their own past series.
The gallery will provide a silent auction format for the purchase of Rouzie's work, with the conclusion of the auction at a closing reception the last day of the exhibit, Saturday January 28, 2 – 4 p.m. Purchased work will be able to be taken by the buyer at 5:00 p.m. that day.
Ben Rouzie helped begin the artist cooperative, Artworks Gallery, Inc. in 1984. His son, Mitchell Rouzie, said of his father, “When he was retired, he devoted himself full time to his sculptures.” Mitzi Shewmake, who co-founded Artworks Gallery with Rouzie said that her friend incorporated his sense of humor into his work: “He was one of those artists who could make a work of art funny. He made sculptures that were very good, but also amusing. Everyone liked looking at them because they had a twist to them.” Most of the work in the exhibit is made from hand carved wood, with several sculptures and some wall hung pieces.
Rouzie was a retired city-county planning director for Winston-Salem, but had studied design and sculpture at various places, including UNC-CH, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Art Institute of Chicago, Delgado Museum in New Orleans, and the Council Grove Art School in Montana. He studied with David Hostetler and John Rood, Masters of wood sculpture. He exhibited in various places including New Orleans, Portland, Oregon, Missoula, Montana, Lexington, NC, and W-S, NC.
Image: Ben Rouzie, "Warm Is Not Bad," wood with marbles, with title words carved on back, 12" x 18".