Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spring Shows!

It has been such an exciting spring that I have not bee good about keeping up with my email newsletters. Follow me on facebook for up-to-date events. If you have family or friends who live in the areas below, I would LOVE to have crowds show up!
Three important receptions: 
Thursday May 21st 5:30 - 6:30
The final Derryfield Alumni Show Fifty Years of Creative Excellence and a celebration of my almost 20 year teaching at the school.
Saturday, May 30 from 5-8 pm
Snow Load, An Installation
and other work in my debut show at Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford MA
May 25-June 14, 2015

 A Boat for an Impossible Journey
52" tall wood, fiberglass, diluted tears

Saturday, June 6th 11am
A public tour of Boston Sculptors at Chesterwood in Stockbridge MA by the Myth Makers Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein. This is a great show with huge variety of sensibilities, materials and approaches to monumental outdoor art by an iconic sculpture collective on an important National Historic landscape.

Forest Spirit by the Myth Makers
20' high saplings, wire ties, pampas grass fronds

Madam President by Donna Dodson

Ancient Migration by Andy Moerlein

If you missed the Avian Avatars when they were on Broadway in New York City, you can now see them in Muskegon Michigan. Click here to follow the installation.

The Tourist
one of five Avian Avatars in Muskegon MI

While in Michigan we revisited our work at the Krasl Art Center that will be on view through September 2015:

by Andy Moerlein 

 Seagull Cinderella 
by Donna Dodson

And finally, the Friends of the Cadillac Library secured a year loan of Farfetched, a series handmade boulders in trees about the park and in front of the library.

What a fun and spirited group of arts activists! My exhibition follows on a large exhibit of John Seward Johnson's bronze figures in the community last year.
Driving force Vickie Essenmacher hefts a stone:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Winter of Adventures as a Myth Maker

For the winter months Donna Dodson and I visited the Avian Avatars regularly, meeting friends and arts enthusiasts for tours and talks along Broadway. It was a delight to see so many fans and discuss the various interpretations of these monumental sculptures. 

As our exhibition slipped into the final weeks there was great enthusiasm for moving them. Two museums and three cities actively recruiting funds. In the end Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan, and partners throughout the city, rolled out the red carpet for The Avian Avatars, our five haulers, and the Myth Makers. What a grand entry into the city and a fine installation we had. 

Generous volunteers, a proficient team, and visionary Judith Hayner, Muskegon Muesum of Art Director made fast work of the installation.

See this for more fun images:
At the entry of the Muskegon Museum of Art:

The Scold
A raucous chatterbox who dresses in ever chic, uncompromising Artist Black, the crow is a gregarious gadfly and a peripatetic poet who has an opinion on everything.

“I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
-Henry David Thoreau

The Realist
The most common of raptors, the Red Tail Hawk is a determined competitor. Everyone has a killer instinct, a desire to fly and an ambition to achieve their fifteen minutes of fame.

“When it comes to luck, you make your own.” -Bruce Springstein

The Great Spirit
The Owl sees it all and embraces both the strengths and weaknesses of humanity. The Great Spirit is an advocate who seeks out the best in each of us. A humble leader and a mystic, the Owl inspires from a spiritual perspective.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can [each] do small things with great love.”
-Mother Teresa

At the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce round about:

The Tourist
A close relative of the common and often debased city pigeon, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon has recently arrived from far away. Like many who are visiting Muskegon for the first time this lively bird wants to experience it all. Drawn to the vivid, gaudy and seedy, the Tourist has big eyes for the larger world and does not miss a detail of what this city has to offer. The Tourist is forgiven for not knowing the social mores. An immigrant like the common pigeon earns no such generosity. Unfazed by highbrow convention, the Tourist is prepared to shape culture with its spontaneous taste making and impulsive choices.

“Who we are cannot be separated from where we're from.”
-Malcolm Gladwell

The Taste Maker

An uncompromising harbinger of taste, the Critic is not a populist. The Falcon is an idealist, a philosopher and an opinionated vocalist with a social vision.  The revered place of the falcon in many cultural traditions lends virtue to this sacred avian gathering.

“The truth is not for all ... but only for those who seek it.” -Ayn Rand

Next for the Myth Makers:  
Chesterwood Stockbridge MA
2015 highlights include the exhibition “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015”,

Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, announces its 2015 schedule of exhibitions, programs, and events. Chesterwood will open the first three weekends in May for one-hour guided tours only of the studio and residence at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., before opening daily for the season from Saturday, May 23 to Monday, Oct. 12 (Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special Exhibition, May 23 to Oct. 12
“Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015” features 24 contemporary sculptures by 25 sculptors, which were created specifically for and in response to sources of inspiration discovered at Chesterwood. The exhibition reflects the wide range of sculptural media and styles that represent the members of Boston Sculptors Gallery, which was founded in 1992 to present and promote innovative, challenging sculpture and installations. I will be exhibiting  a contemporary presidential monument: Madam President is a conceptual interpretation, of the first woman president of the USA and homage to Daniel Chester French's Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

Join us on June 6th, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Free with admission. 
“A Walk in the Woods”. Explore outdoor sculptures in “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015” with The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, whose individual, solo and collaborative works are in the exhibition. The Myth Makers are exhibiting a new work on site for this exhibition: Forest Grace, based on the iconic stance of the ruffed grouse.

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.

109 E 56th St.New York, NY 10022




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.