Inspired by the paintings of Gertrude Seiberling, Stan Hywet presents FUSED: Garden Gallery of Art & Metal, A garden installation of 15 one-of-a-kind metal sculptures, this outdoor exhibit complements Gertrude’s paintings on display in the Manor House and is part of this year’s theme, Lasting Impressions, a celebration of her art. Stan Hywet staff member and artist Joe Ott, and three local artists — Mike Ensminger, Megan Louise Shane, and Kim Thomas —are creating the unique metal sculptures.Each visiting artist is designing and building three sculptures for FUSED, two of which are inspired by the paintings of Gertrude Seiberling, and featuring a weatherized aluminum reproduction of one of her works in each installation. The third piece is informed by the artist’s personal vision and style. Stan Hywet staffer, Joe Ott will create additional pieces for the exhibit.The sculptures vary in size and will be located in garden beds throughout the estate. All of the sculptures in the exhibit are for sale.
The artists and their sculptures are:
Joe Ott The whimsical metal frame on one of Joe’s Gertrude-inspired pieces features sheet music and musical notes, with rose vines climbing around it, as an homage to Gertrude Seiberling’s love of music. In another, the English Garden is featured in a metal lattice with metal ivy growing around and through it, and mounted in a wooden pergola-style trellis. To honor his family’s heritage, Joe’s third sculpture features the Scottish thistle, the national flower of Scotland.
Mike Ensminger Mike’s pieces are created from steel. One of his two Gertrude-inspired pieces is about 6-7 feet wide, with a painting of the West Terrace Overlook and bench, created from a natural edge slab of wood. A third sculpture is a butterfly on a flower, standing nearly 9 feet tall.
Megan Louise Shane Megan’s Gertrude-inspired pieces stand 8 feet tall, and are created from steel. Stained glass in fused into one of her pieces, a nod to Stan Hywet’s iconic windows. Megan’s third piece is titled “Wild Tree Flower Wind Chime,” and hangs from a tree made of stainless steel.
Kim Thomas All three sculptures for FUSED will be created out of iron, and at a comfortable viewing height of 5-6 feet. One of his Gertrude-inspired pieces will also include glass, and Kim’s third piece is entitled “Puff Ball.”