A book titled Wood & Stone, Substance & Spirit

The Natural History Institute (NHI) is hosting the book launch of Wood & Stone, Substance & Spirit: The Sculptural Collaboration of Rebecca Davis & Roger Asay, at 7 pm. Thursday, Oct. 6. NHI is located at 126 N. Marina St., Prescott. The artists will be present to talk about their work accompanied by a short video of the installation process for their sculpture, Arizona River Series.

According to a news release, Asay and Davis are Ariz. artists who are well known for their unique sculptural work using natural materials. The work is simple, direct and focuses on the organic qualities of the wood or stone they present. Museums that have hosted major exhibitions of the artists’ work include the Phoenix Art Museum, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson Art Museum, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Tempe Art Center, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Sam Hill Warehouse Gallery in Prescott and the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff.

The artists have also created significant public artworks. These include Inverted Pecans, Tucson; River Paths & Mountain Relics, Tucson; Desert Passages, Phoenix; Salt River Stone Pallet, Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix; and Permian Corridor in Prescott.

The book Wood & Stone, Substance & Spirit, The Sculptural Collaboration of Rebecca Davis & Roger Asay is published in part with support from the NHI with an introduction by William L. Fox, the 248-page book gives a resplendent visual overview of the exhibitions, temporary outdoor installations, public art and well-known wood spheres the artists created from 1983 to 2021. Copies of the book may be purchased and signed by the artists at the event, the release stated.

NHI, a national organization headquartered in Prescott, “provides leadership and resources for a revitalized practice of natural history that integrates art, science, and humanities to promote the health and well-being of humans and the rest of the natural world.”

In the NHI Art Gallery at the time of this book launch is an exhibit of works by the late Adele Seronde, whose amazing painterly abstracted landscapes should not be missed. That exhibit ends Oct. 14.

For more information or to register for this event, contact the Natural History Institute directly or go to their events page, at www.naturalhistoryinstitute.org/events.

Information provided by Natural History Institute.

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