OPB Oregon Art Beat interviews Heather

Heather cast her first bronze piece before she started kindergarten. Bow Maker Michael Yeats – Local bow maker Michael Yeats helps draw the music out of classical musicians. Watercolorist Gene Gill – Painter Gene Gill’s muse is the city of Portland, rain and all. (Updated Version of Episode #1216. Original Broadcast: 2/10/11)

Producer: Katrina Sarson

Videographer: Greg Bond

Editor: Tom Shrider

OPB Oregon Art Beat interviews Heather2019-12-10T21:49:12+00:00

Entirely by Hand: Cannon Beach Gazette

eagle-monument-with-heather-768x407By Lyra Fontaine Cannon Beach Gazette Published on May 6, 2016

 

Without sculpting assistants or scanning technology, Heather Soderberg-Greene is creating a bronze eagle sculpture with a 55-foot wingspan entirely by hand.

It will soon be the largest sculpture of its kind in the country, and possibly the world.

“A lot of artists around here have said I’m crazy for doing it by hand,” she said. “Now, doing it all old school and by hand is being a rebel.”

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Entirely by Hand: Cannon Beach Gazette2019-12-10T18:26:16+00:00

How most sculpture is created in today’s art world

Heather spent two years working for a company that other artists hire to create their “sculpture”, Heather would perfect the statues after the robot CNC machine carved them out of hard materials including industrial clays. Scanners pick up even the tiniest details in hair, clothing, skin. It is very easy nowadays for a person to create perfect statues without having ever even touched it in the whole process.
Heather is passionate in her love of sculpting and her hands-on approach and not employing either companies or other people to sculpt her work.

How most sculpture is created in today’s art world2019-12-10T18:26:16+00:00

55 foot Monumental Eagle Progress

A video showing the beginning stages of Heather’s eagle monument. She is sculpting him from the ground up, by hand, without using any computer/scanning and CNC milling technology or assistants. She didn’t even start with a model or maquette, she went straight to monumental.

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VIA Travel Magazine interviews Heather

Sculptor Heather Söderberg-Greene enriches the area’s art scene with her bronze foundry.

By Chris Baty
Published September 2014

From the raucous First Friday gallery scene in Hood River to Maya Lin’s meditative Bird Blind in Troutdale, the Columbia River Gorge has blossomed into a bona fide arts destination. In 2009, sculptor Heather Söderberg-Greene opened a bronze foundry in Cascade Locks, where her iconic statue of Sacagawea now adorns the port. heathersoderberg.com.

Q Is the gorge undergoing an art renaissance?
A Definitely, in all media. Painting. Glassblowing. Pottery kilns. I get a lot of artists visiting my studio to meet other artists, which is exciting.

Q Does the setting inform your art?
A My hiking and explorations in the forest inspire and reenergize me. Watching bald eagles or the salmon run is amazing. I also love the mythology and history of the gorge.

Q Best part of the creative process?
A Sculpting a face. I don’t really control the expression—it just kind of happens. It’s almost like it’s alive.

Q Can art lovers see you in action?
A Yes, I love showing people what I do. They can watch me sculpt, talk to me, and take a foundry tour.

Q Any favorite galleries?
A Lorang Fine Art in Cascade Locks—all local artists. Glassometry Studios shows amazing glass sculpture in Hood River, a town that also has the Columbia Center for the Arts and the Gorge White House, a colonial-style house with local art.

Q Best newcomer?
A Infusion Gallery in Troutdale. It’s partnered with the Adult Learning Systems of Oregon. They have space dedicated to artists with developmental disabilities.

Q Can visitors make their own art?
A Definitely! I teach classes, and Glassometry does classes and workshops. I think that’s part of the excitement about art in the gorge—there are a lot of opportunities for people to come out here and create.

Photography by Shawn Linehan

https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/columbia-river-gorge-artists

VIA Travel Magazine interviews Heather2019-12-11T00:27:09+00:00

Hood River News

Sculptor Heather Soderberg-Greene forges a love of the Gorge as she transforms as an artist

A sculpture is static. Heather Soderberg-Greene is not.
She’s on the “Lookout” for change after 20 years in making art from metal.
Four years ago, this sculptor came to the Gorge and quickly, and literally, made her mark in the community.

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Hood River News2019-12-10T18:26:16+00:00

Hood River News

Cascade Locks statues will honor Corps of Discovery stop

“When Lewis and Clark passed through the Gorge on their return trip to Missouri, in April of 1806, the travelers found an area rich in wildlife, natural beauty and Native American trading partners. (more…)

Hood River News2019-12-10T18:26:16+00:00