Monday, March 2, 2015

NY City Armory Week Art Fair

Love Birds and Avian Avatars 
In NY City for the Armory Art Fair and beyond.

On January 9, 2015, the Garment District Alliance unveiled Avian Avatars, a group of five enormous sculptures, each symbolizing a unique, mythical bird. Designed by the Myth Makers, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, the exhibit will occupy the neighborhood’s pedestrian space on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets in the Garment District through April 24, 2015. Their next free and open to the public walking tour is on Saturday March 7th @ 10am during Armory Week. Meet up at The Coffee Bean + Tea Leaf- 1412 Broadway. 
“Avian Avatars is a spectacular installation that not only intrigues passersby with its impeccable structure, it also tells fascinating stories that embody the imaginative and creative culture of the Garment District,” said Barbara Blair Randall, president of the Garment District Alliance. “We are delighted to showcase the Myth Makers, and we are confident these imposing sculptures will be the most popular public art installation in New York City this winter.”

Crafted from maple saplings, wire ties and found objects, the sculptures stand from 18 to 26 feet tall, with each bird sharing a unique myth. Avian Avatars is meant to indicate transformation, encouraging the public to heed to the stories about current human impact on the changing natural world.
To celebrate this momentous flocking of Avian Avatars in New York City, Harlow is proud to share “Love Birds” Paired Sculptors: The Myth Makers | Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein.

The Myth Makers are each showing their uniquely individual works in the main dining room at Harlow through the end of March. 
This show of fine woodcarving will present stories of grand relationships and tender moments. If you have not seen the Avian Avatars on public view along Broadway – please do! And once you have, come to Harlow and enjoy the intimate work Dodson and Moerlein individually create in their studios.

Unison, 20" tall, wood, ceramic "birds" paint. by Andy Moerlein
The collective spirit brings us together. A similar point of view can be useful to reaching a shared ambition for the world.
White Stork, 39" tall, wood, paint by Donna Dodson
White Stork brings the baby in her tummy instead of her beak. She is both a celebration of fertility and motherhood as well as a subversion of the popular myth of the baby bringer.

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For up to date press coverage: Luciana Iten covered the story on her blog, Jan 6, 2015. WWDDNA Info and Fox News covered this story on January 9, 2015. Artlog covered this story on January 16, 2015. As Muge blog covered this story on January 21, 2015. This Week in New York covered this story on February 10th. The Hippo Press covered this story on February 12, 2015.
Thank you!

-The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein

Monday, December 15, 2014

Two Boston Receptions!

Sketchy Sculptors 
Reception: Wed. Dec. 17 from 6 – 8 pm 
Open House in Boston 
Saturday, December 20, 2014  1p-3p 
Save That Stuff warehouse in Charlestown (Moran Access Rd)

A Review by Marty Carlock w/IMAGE!
My summer granite carving in
Sculpture Magazine January/February
The Great Spirit (owl)

The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein, recently launched their brand new, catalog- if you did not receive one, please let us know! In it we announced our upcoming public art project, Avian Avatars, in The Garment District on Broadway below Times Square in New York City from January-April 2015. To read a full copy of the press release, click here. To see a calendar of our upcoming public programs in New York City, click here
At this time, we would like to invite you to an Open House in Boston on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 1p-3p at Save That Stuff warehouse in Charlestown (Moran Access Rd) where we are constructing these monumental sculptures.
The Scold (crow)

See the recent Save That Stuff blog post here about our Artist in Residence and RSVP using this link- we look forward to seeing you!
The Tastemaker (falcon)

Also coming up this week, Sketchy Sculptors at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, a group show featuring sculptors' drawings in different materials, December 17th 2014-January 11th 2015.

Opening Reception: Wed. Dec. 17 from 6 – 8 pm- Please join us!  
I have several new small works in this show:
 Leaving. wood, ceramic bird 2014
 Loopy. embossed paper, saplings, wasp nest, colored pencil 2010
Weighted. wood, handmade stone 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014


chi-lin logo & contact information
Several of my sculptures will be featured as part of the fall landscape show at this fine gallery in Meredith NH. Overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, Chi-Lin is known for it's Satori Tea Garden, Artist Workshops and exceptional Asian and New England Art in the gallery.

From East to West
October 10th—November 30th
Reception - Thursday, October 30, 4:40-6:30

wood, ceramic "birds", feathers
It is all about fun. 
The importance of the display is sometimes not evident until many years later.
Lets always remember to flirt, giggle and seek to keep each other's attention.


wood, ceramic birds

Not all flocks flock together.
Not all black sheep are sheep.
Together is not always together.
Standing out is not a bad thing 
unless you want to fit in.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September October Events

Jamaica Plain Open Studios

Saturday & Sunday September 20 & 21, 2014 11a-6p
Join sculptors Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson at 93 Forest Hills St #3 both days for a preview of their new work! 

Flight II
2013 monoprint
wood, ceramic "birds" 
2012 22 x 24 x 48"h

We all know the party. Strolling and trolling for a conversation that is more than bird chatter. Deeper conversation is hard to find.
More new work will be seen all weekend!


 In October! The Lakes Gallery at CHI-LIN 

My sculpture will be featured in the fall landscape show. 
See more new work in this inspired setting above Lake Winnipesaukee  Meredith NH.

wood, ceramic

You leave me
out on the edge of possible.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Granite Carving Symposium - Contemporary Arts International

Three weeks with 12 tons!

Three fellow world renown stone carvers - and me.

Closing Reception Saturday August 23 2-5

68 Quarry Road, Acton MA,  617-699-6401

In the stunning beauty of an Acton MA granite quarry --

Two artists, Yin Peet, Tiawan and Viktor Lois, Hungry, working with a visionary board and an invested team of volunteers, have created a wonderland of art. Dedicated to stone sculpture and music, The Quarry has built a reputation for innovative art and music events.

Every August The Quarry presents an annual granite carving symposium. International professionals mingle with the best northeast sculptors over three brutal weeks wrestling granite blocks into grace and idea.

Cannot come Saturday? See their events page for all the exciting performances and exhibitions.

This year:
ME! Andy Moerlein

The concept with the New Art Archeology is that the stones in the pile stay put, and each artist adds to the collection on site. After many years of artists, this place is a lively gallery of many points of view. All exceptional visions by exquisite and skilled sculptors. I am so proud to be part!

Alexandra Harley from England.

Tamas Mosonyi from Hungary.

Te-Ho Wu from Taiwan.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Concord NH Sunday, St Joseph's MI Tuesday, Alaska in July

Just a quick shout out in case you live nearby or have friends who might enjoy these events.

17th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
June 22nd - October 26th

Sunday, June 22nd: Artists' Reception: 2 PM - 4 PM
I will be there!
Paul Angiolillo, John BonSignore, Lindley Briggs, Barbara Danser,
Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, Murray Dewart, David Borrus, Liz Fetcher, Joseph Gray,
John Lacz, Madeline Lord, John Matusz, Joseph Montroy, Rachel Montroy, Andy Moerlein, Asia Scudder, Casey Schwarz, Antoinette Prien Schultze, John Weidman
Cursive Andy Moerlein saplings and manmade stones

Working on water always presents fun challenges. Jim Larson was a huge help as we brainstormed how to site build this sculpture. I am eager to try it again. We learned a lot. The pictures of our workday are fun: see on FB.
This show indoors is amazing! See it while you are there.


June 6th-August 24th

June 13th, 5 PM - 7 PM

Four Men - Four Botanicals
David Carroll, Patrick McCay,
Sean Beavers and Zdzislaw Sikora
Narcissus Standing Sean Beavers oil


Tuesday, June 24 at 12:00 pm
Krasl Art Center, 2nd Floor Library

Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein are the Myth Makers. The two share a mutual love of the wild that has led them to work collaboratively and creatively with natural, site-specific materials to create monumental forms. Their collaborative sculptures are stunning to behold, but only temporarily in existence.  Learn more about their collaborative work in this unique noontime lecture with the artists (30 minutes).

Both artists are featured in the KAC’s 2014 Biennial Sculpture Invitational. Donna Dodson’s Cinderella Seagull is on view at the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum and Andy Moerlein’s Impossible is located on the KAC’s grounds.
Lift off of the Great Blue Heron, 50'w x 20'h x 20'd
by the Myth Makers Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein
took place on Saturday June 14th, 2014 at 9pm- see our photos below...

Artist Talk and Reception with Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson
Wednesday July 23rd 4p-7p
3555 Arctic Blvd
Anchorage Alaska

Different Perspectives
2013 wood, ceramic 
by Andy Moerlein
We face the same world from such very different points of view.
Red Wing Black Bird, 40" tall, wood, paint      

 by Donna Dodson

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens

456 Route 103A  Newbury, NH 03255
Saturday, May 24-Monday, October 13
Opening event Friday May 23 (RSVP only)
Juried by P. Andrew Spahr, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH and curated by Pam Tarbell of Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH.  This is and exceptional show that includes many of New England's most noted sculptors. With 84 acres of forests and fields and nearly one mile of pristine undeveloped Lake Sunapee shoreline, you’ll not find a setting that better suits Art in Nature 2014

I have two pieces in this show. I am honored by the professional variety evident in this exhibition. This is a must see summer stop in an exceptional setting. You will enjoy many of your favorite artists:
Anne Kamilla Alexander, Michael Alfano,  John BonSignore, Barbara Danser, Murray Dewart, Joseph Gray, Bruce Hathaway, Wendy Klemperer, John W. Mason, Laura Reinhard, Antoinette Prien Schultz, Bob Shannahan, Ben Silva, Gary Haven Smith, David Smus, John Weidman

Each installation provides a new experience of Impossible. 
This exhibit has the mass of stone directly over the entry road. 
2014 size variable, hand made stones
Mass is a law of gravity.

Personality is a force.

My mother always said that I was,

2014 handmade stone, saplings
Elevation is a lighthearted lofting of the weight of a single stone. In this setting I have opened the sapling structure for easy entry, inviting a playful interaction with the volume and space. The siting, amongst the blueberry garden will surely inspire both young and old explorers of this exceptional historic estate and garden.
Be sure to visit Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Concord NH
I'll be debuting a new landscape sculpture IN THE POND!
June 22 - October 26 
17th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Reception: Sunday June 22nd 2-4
blue.hollomon Gallery
3555 Arctic Blvd C5, Anchorage, AK 99503 
They continue to do fantastic programming as well as keeping an active culture of collectors and artists going in and out daily. They have some fine examples of my work on display including: