Bennett Girls Carrying on Sculpture Tradition

 Bennett Girls Carrying on Sculpture Tradition

 ~ Carmel Arts Festival 2014 ~ Sculpture-in-the-Park Exhibition

 ~ May 15th-18th   ~ Devendorf Park   ~ Carmel-by-the-Sea

Ashley and Terrie in Devendorf Park for Art in the Park - Carmel Art Festival 2014

Ashley and Terrie in Devendorf Park for Art in the Park - Carmel Art Festival 2014

Cousins, Ashley and Terrie Bennett will be demonstrating the process of creating Bronze Sculpture in this year’s Carmel Art Festival / Sculpture-in-the-Park.  These young ladies are the daughters of world-renowned artists and twin brothers, Bob and Tom Bennett, of Bennett Sculpture.  Their talent comes from a deep gene pool and their need to sculpt is undeniable. 

Tom’s daughter, Terrie Bennett is a second-generation sculptor who has been sculpting professionally for over 30 years.  Bob’s daughter, Ashley Bennett-Stoddard, has been painting most of her young adult life and sold many of her art works in her family’s Bennett Sculpture Carmel gallery. 

Ashley has now decided to follow in the footsteps of her father and become a sculptor.  She will be releasing a series of Sculpture “Collaborations”.  To do this she will be adding to her late father’s art designs to make them her own.

Here is how Ashley Bennett-Stoddard explains her need to sculpt:

Sometimes in life, we run from things that come easiest to us, not knowing why.  I idolized my father, not because of his fame but for his brilliant mind.  I grew up watching him create his art.  Watching him get lost in emotion, a welding torch, clay, and a few tools. 

Sensing the freedom that is attached to losing your self so completely, yet giving your self up entirely selfishly and selflessly.  This all comes with that confidence that you have given a part of yourself to be judged, to be loved or to be hated, and to speak to others through your art.  This is the gift my father gave to me.

Eleven years ago my father passed away.  About four months ago he started visiting me in my dreams, telling me what to do with my paintings and pleading with me to sculpt.  I decided to go to the warehouse where his life's work is stored.  I said a prayer and had a talk with my dad, as I sat totally overwhelmed.  Feeling his presence, I became filled with emotion and excitement.  After looking over many sculpture models we had worked on together, I knew what I had to do.  I found four sculpture designs he created raw and unfinished and I knew I needed to complete them. 

The first sculptures I will be working on are part of him and will now become a part of me.  I am most excited about "Serene", a raw welded and bent armature that I am currently packing with clay. I know in my heart that she was left here for me to begin my journey into the world of sculpture.  

Come meet these talented Sculptors and watch them work!

One Year Anniversary! September 14th, 2013

Collectors, friends old and new, and family joined us on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 for our one year anniversary of re-openening Bennett Sculpture Carmel Gallery on San Carlos & Sixth. It was a great turnout and we thank you for a successful kickoff into our second year. Hope to see you again soon!

Tom Bennett and daughter Terrie Bennett with newly unveiled "Awakening" by Terrie

Tom Bennett and daughter Terrie Bennett with newly unveiled "Awakening" by Terrie

Gallery Blog ~ the start ~ February 23, 2013

Bennett Sculpture Gallery - 1983
Bennett Sculpture Gallery - 1983

Today is the first day ~ Bennett Sculpture Carmel ~ Gallery Blog ~ by Debi Bennett.  My hope is that this will be a good way to reconnect with the 50,000 + Collectors who have wondered "what ever happened to Bennett Sculpture"?  I'm here to tell you that the legacy continues and Bennett Sculpture is back.

Bennett Sculpture Carmel was opened in August and it's official Grand Opening was held in September.  The enthusiasm coming from our Bennett Collectors (who happen to unexpectedly 'stumble' into the gallery) continues to inspire and motivate.   As today is no exception, I have met some very special Bennett Collectors who have shared their personal stories.  My goal is to pass these stories on and connect with Bennett Collectors, with their own special stories to share.  Artwork is such a personal and emotional experience.  Those of us who have been affected by Bennett Sculpture are connected in these emotions.  My dream is to make that connection with as many of you as possible ~ and to share those special experiences.

Debi Bennett at Bennett Sculpture Carmel on San Carlos & Sixth – August 2012.
Debi Bennett at Bennett Sculpture Carmel on San Carlos & Sixth – August 2012.

As the story goes... I was married to Bob Bennett for 25 years.  We built our Bennett Foundry in Placerville, CA, and opened over 20 galleries throughout the country.  Sadly, we lost Bob in 2003 and the Bennett family had to do a lot of reorganizing.  Bob Jr., his wife Alice and I started, what is now Bennett Gallery and Awards.  This turned into a wonderful family business of creating unique, quality Awards for hundreds of special Companies around the world.  Bob's sculpture designs worked into the perfect "fit" for many Special Awards.  Bennett Awards has since evolved and now consists of a team of creative minds that make amazing custom Awards for all kinds of events.

As most of my life has been devoted to the promotion of Bennett Sculpture, I strongly felt the need to go back to my favorite Gallery location and return Bennett Sculpture to Carmel.... one more time.  I was blessed to find the perfect business partner and surprised to find our previous Bennett Sculpture location sitting empty.  So, as they say, "it was meant to be"!