Announcing the Winners: Duane and Urszula Kumala-Thomas, BIRD SET FREE

Announcing the Winners: Duane and Urszula Kumala-Thomas, BIRD SET FREE

Following up on our previous blog, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the recent art competition held by the  Woodstock Art GalleryDuane Kumala-Thomas and his wife, Urszula Kumala-Thomas! We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to place their votes and support our talented artists.

An Exciting Opportunity for Duane and Urszula

We are delighted to share that Duane and Urszula Kumala-Thomas have been declared the winners of a prestigious project at the Woodstock Art Gallery, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the legendary artist Florence Carlyle. This special initiative invites gifted artists from across Ontario to contribute to the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden. The Kumala-Thomas duo has captivated the selection committee with their stunning proposal titled "BIRD SET FREE."

Inspiration Behind BIRD SET FREE

"BIRD SET FREE" is deeply inspired by Carlyle's affectionate nickname, "Bird," a moniker that symbolizes her free spirit and enduring legacy. The sculpture explores powerful themes of confinement and freedom, resonating deeply with Carlyle's narratives and now interpreted through Duane and Urszula's artistic lens.

The piece depicts a bird triumphantly emerging from a constricting birdcage and corset, symbolizing liberation and the breaking of societal constraints. This powerful imagery is crafted using a thoughtful blend of historical and modern materials, with support from Baird Machines, ensuring the sculpture is not only visually captivating but also rich in symbolic meaning.

The Vision and Impact

"BIRD SET FREEaims to provoke thought and stimulate conversation among its viewers, echoing Carlyle’s own contributions to the arts and her advocacy for inclusivity. Mary Reid, the esteemed Director/Curator of the Woodstock Art Gallery, has expressed immense enthusiasm for the quality and depth of the proposals, particularly highlighting how each reflects Carlyle's indomitable spirit.

We sincerely appreciate your support and are excited about the possibility of celebrating this remarkable achievement together.

Thank you for being part of this special moment and for helping honor the legacy of a truly influential artist.


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