Interview with Virginia Hess: May, 2013
by Aaryn Combs
I recently had an opportunity to spend the afternoon with Mrs. Virginia Hess, painter and sculptor. Prior to this meeting, I was only familiar with her body of work, not the person. I jumped at the chance to meet her and discuss her work, including Transcendence, the sculpture Hess is donating to DSPS.
When I arrived at Virginia’s home, she informed me that she has been working on several projects, including the pending Stubbs Park Veteran’s Memorial and the bust of Charles E. Taylor. During this visit, it became apparent how connected Virginia was to her work and the historical events that continue to influence her. We began our conversation with a walk through her home; wandering into the sunroom, light from the window began reflecting off a small bronze.
VH: I was teaching over at the Springfield Art Museum, and was doing a demo for the class. This is a reclining nude; I said that it isn’t necessary to put in every little detail. Look at the planes and get an idea of design. I picked up a piece of clay and worked that out for them. Telling them not to look at the details, look at the outside.
AC: The form as a whole.
VH: Yes. I pitched the worked clay back into the bin and unbeknownst to me, the man who worked the kiln picked the clay out and fired it. When he gave it back to me, I was surprised. This is the bronze that was made from the original clay.
Spring Show Call for Entries
Every year, the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors presents the 2013 DSPS Spring Open Juried Show. This year, in honor of our 75th Anniversary, we will be awarding more than $1,400 in cash and prizes thanks to our generous donors. Artist may enter up to three pieces. Art will be juried from the original pieces. Drop off and registration is Tuesday, May 21st between 3PM and 7PM at the 48 High Street Gallery. This show is open to members and non-members. Show runs from May 31st thru June 23rd, 2013. For more information, please click here to download the prospectus.