Scultura: le mani, l’ossessione infinita di Elena Mutinelli
Italian sculptor announced for Sylacauga Marble Festival
Work part of collections in Europe, United States
Elena Mutinelli's works are parts of private and public collections in hotels, and universities and private collections throughout Europe, New York and Denver.
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:48 pm
By ZAC AL-KHATEEB, Home staff writer
SYLACAUGA – The Marble Festival Committee finally knows who its visiting sculptor from Italy will be: Elena Mutinelli.
Dr. Ted Spears, committee chairman, made the announcement during the Sylacauga Arts Council’s meeting Monday. Spears characterized Mutinelli as an exceptionally talented artist and sculptor.
“She’s done shows all over southeastern Europe and Europe proper,” Spears said. “She’s done a wonderful job, and we’re lucky to get her. She works in Pietrasanta but lives in Milan. We’re just really excited to have that that out of the way and now we can make our plans.”
Mutinelli earned a degree in sculpture at the Brera School of Fine Arts in 1990 before she moved to Pietrasanta to learn marble working technique.
From 1992 to 1995, she worked between Milan and Pietrasanta before settling in Milan, where she started working with well-known art galleries throughout Italy.
Mutinelli’s works are parts of private and public collections in hotels and universities and private collections throughout Europe, New York and Denver.
With the announcement made, it allows Spears to finalize some of the plans concerning the festival. He also spoke with representatives from the Imerys Quarry to discuss what he would like to be covered in the quarry tours on April 15-16.
As the date of the festival draws nearer, many within Sylacauga are expressing more and more excitement at the prospect of making Sylacauga at the forefront of artists’ eyes from all over the country.
One of those people, Mike Landers, interim director of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, said it was an excellent way for Sylacauga to brand its pure-white marble to the world.
“That’s the way we began, when Giuseppe Moretti came here, was with that marble,” Landers said. “But we also grew and expanded, and we are so thankful now from an industrial employment standpoint for the calcium carbonate industry.
“Ted’s work and (the art council’s) work on promoting and developing the Marble Festival is so critical, not only to the success of our town, but to the success of this new business.”
While the festival can certainly make an economic impact in the community, Spears hopes people use the opportunity to learn more about the uses and beauty of marble.
It is an endeavor, Spears said, that helps make the Marble Festival important for Sylacauga.
“We appreciate a lot of festivals with cotton candy that sell food and stuff like that. This is to promote the artistic beauty of our sculptors and the beauty of marble and also to look at the commercial and industrial uses of it, and to expand on it,” Spears said. “And that only means more jobs for Sylacauga, more attention for Sylacauga and it’s all just meshing beautifully.”
Sylacauga celebrates visiting marble sculptors
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Center of attention
Elena Mutinelli proved to be the center of attention at the mayor’s reception Wednesday, with numerous people stopping to ask for photos with the well-known sculptor.
Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:31 pm
By ZAC AL-KHATEEB, Home staff writer
SYLACAUGA – The city of Sylacauga took a break from marble sculpting Wednesday to celebrate the visiting sculptors who have made the 7th annual Sylacauga Magic of Marble Festival so special this year.
The city did so with a mayor’s reception, which took place at the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce. It proved an extravagant affair, as representatives from throughout the community arrived to speak with sculptors who for weeks have been the center of attention and curiosity.
Thirty-two sculptors attended this year’s festival, more than any year prior. They came from all across the state and country, from Brazil and, of course, Italy.
For Ted Spears, chairman of the Marble Festival Committee, it was an incredible display of unique talent and a mark of how far the festival has progressed.
“I think it’s truly marvelous,” Spears said. “Because when we started seven years ago, we didn’t even know any sculptors. ... We just thought it was amazing, because we never had more than 23.”
This year’s group of sculptors – some of whom have participated in the festival before – represent to Spears the greatest overall pool of talent that has ever graced the festival.
Chamber President Mike Landers shared similar sentiments on the accumulation of talent that found itself in Sylacauga.
And while their presence was certainly appreciated, it indicated the city’s quality marble and its commitment to use it as one of Sylacauga’s most identifiable traits.
“What we know is that we wouldn’t have this accumulation of talent if we didn’t have this wonderful stone here,” Landers said. “And as we’ve known better for 100 years … this is truly the way to identify and market Sylacauga.”
One sculptor, Lisa Harrison, described the opportunity to work with well-known sculptors from across the world as “incredible.” Harrison, who is participating in her second Marble Festival, said her experience this year has been wonderful.
“It’s a warm environment,” she said. “It’s a place for sculptors to share and learn and just to experience. It’s just international.”
One of the most well-known sculptors in attendance was Elena Mutinelli, who traveled from sister city Pietrasanta to participate.
Speaking in rapid Italian, Mutinelli lauded Ted and Shirley Spears for their hand in creating the festival, as well as the city of Sylacauga for its hospitality and desire to continue using its most valued product to further itself.
While Mutinelli expressed surprise at being the center of attention in Sylacauga, she said the ability to tackle a sculpture without the same pressure from home – and with greater speed – has been a great pleasure.
That, coupled with the sense of camaraderie developed among the festival’s other sculptors, has made the festival stand out to her.
“I am sure,” Mutinelli said, “that the Marble Festival will be a long-lasting one.”
Foto Antonio Piccin
Traduzioni Roberta Mazzesi
LE OPERE SCULTOREE DI ELENA MUTINELLI SONO ESEGUITE A MANO SENZA MEDIAZIONE ALCUNA DI ARTIGIANI E MACCHINE
The sculptural production of Elena Mutinelli is hand made without any artisan's or machinery's help.
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