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Julie Girardini works with her husband in a deseign team that has been creating artistic metal works since 1990. "We enjoy making a living by making what our minds imagine." The primary medium is cold finished steel that is cut, welded, ground and finally coated with a lacquer finish to protect the surface. The exquisite boat sculptures by Julie that have graced the homes of a few Pinnacle Gallery customers are TIG welded by Ken and then Julie finishes the pieces with grinding, polishing and applying color patinations. This is only one of the stunning designs in the gallery now so if you are interested call for photos and details of the others.
The hand-woven copper and steel mirrors by Jean & Tom Heffernan incorporate color, light and the viewer into their works. They meticulously treat the strips of copper or steel with heat and chemicals to produce stunning colors that once woven produce alluring arrangements when viewed from different angles. The copper mirrors have been particularly popular in area homes because they mimic the colors and tones of the Sonoran desert.
Susan McGehee has been a weaver and a teacher of weaving for over two decades. In 1989 she experimented with weaving with wire as the both the warp and the weft ( lengthwise and crosswise). She now works exclusively with metals on a four to eight-harness loom with copper and anodized wire, mostly from the aerospace industry. Her dramatic weavings add shimmering interest to interior and exterior walls and she can create virtually any size, pattern or colors imaginable. A few years ago she made a piece 26-foot piece for a customer of Pinnacle Gallery! It's now spectacular in a hallway in Troon.
Tom Markusen is widely known as one of the premier metal artists in America. His pieces are in the White House Collection of American Crafts, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, the Vatican Museum in Rome, and personal collections including David Rockefeller, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estevan and others. His ability to treat red-hot metal as a fluid medium to be shaped and formed like pliable plastic was learned from years as a blacksmith and silversmith. Markusen started experimenting with steel tubing over 30 years ago and brought color, fluidity excitement and drama to metals associated with glass. "People hadn't thought of metal that way", Tom says.
A delightful contrast of hard metals and soft forms, pieces by Michael Szabo command a presence of color and texture that mimic the feel of organic elements in the Sonoran desert. Working predominantly with alternative metal fabrication techniques, Szabo's process is based on a philosophy of accident, exploration and learning, often yielding abstract yet familiar forms that hint at botanical inspirations. His stainless steel vessels are individually hand-crafted, welded watertight, and signed and dated.