Foundation for Art: Sculptor to debut work at gallery exhibition

Sara Fine-Wilson, Milk Bone Spewing, clay, plaster, silicone and found objects, 17"x17"x6" 

Sara Fine-Wilson, Milk Bone Spewing, clay, plaster, silicone and found objects, 17"x17"x6" 

Millbury – Nothing lasts forever.

And that is just fine with Millbury artist/sculptor Sara FineWilson, who believes her art “captures a moment.”

For her, the art is about that moment of intrigue or personal connection.

Milk Bone Balance, clay, plaster, silicone and found objects, 21"x21"x7"

Milk Bone Balance, clay, plaster, silicone and found objects, 21"x21"x7"

“When someone looks at my work, I am hoping they get a sort of personal feeling; a moment of connection,” she said. “Once I make something, it is important a person have a moment of wonder or engagement.”

Next month, Fine-Wilson is prepared to showcase several of her captured moments. Fountain Street Fine Art, a contemporary, artist-run gallery based in Framingham, will feature Fine- Wilson’s work Oct. 2-Nov. 2 alongside the charcoal drawings of artist Mary Spencer in a special exhibition.

The exhibit’s theme will be Gaze and Extension.

The Millbury home studio of Fine-Wilson is a sculptor’s playground.

Bins of raw material greet people at the door, while several pieces of the Millbury artist’s work create a backdrop like nowhere else. Her work includes the use of material such as clay, plaster, wax, epoxy, concrete and a mix of media.

Fine-Wilson said her work is mostly nonlinear and has an organic quality to it, in that she does not necessarily set out to create something that is “perfect” in nature. The cracks and scrapes and scuffed edges lend a realistic and historic feel. Materials are often mixed together to form pieces of art.

From the Core, clay, plaster, silicone, metal and found objects, 24"x16"x12"

From the Core, clay, plaster, silicone, metal and found objects, 24"x16"x12"

She was drawn to the kiln and world of ceramics by its rawness and earthiness and seeing how the material “projected over time.”

“I am interested in how things interact with the space around them,” she said. “I think of what I make as documenting an experience or mapping history.”

Fine-Wilson currently works by day as an art teacher in the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District and came to Millbury by chance, saying she has been fond of its blue-collar profile. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received her bachelor’s degree in fine art with a minor in ceramics.

She earned her master of science degree in art education from the Massachusetts College of Art and spent a year as a resident artist at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Her art has been shown at various galleries such as Concord and Fitchburg, and believes the collaboration with Spencer at Fountain Street Fine Art will be an opportunity for an even wider variety of art lovers to enjoy.

Up and Over, clay, plaster, silicone, metal and found objects, 20"x11"x7"

Up and Over, clay, plaster, silicone, metal and found objects, 20"x11"x7"

Fine-Wilson said she likes the images and thoughts of how ceramics and various pieces of art in her specialty are held together. She said balance and pieces that are “on the edge of disaster” intrigue her and tell a much more colorful story.

But nothing lasts forever, and she believes her art tells a story of the here and the now.

“I hope people who come and see my work have that moment of wonder or engagement,” she said. “These pieces, I know, will not last forever, it’s just a matter of when [they will become undone]. I hope they see experience that personal moment of connection.”

A reception with the artists will be held Oct. 18, 5-7 p.m. at Fountain Street Fine Art in Framingham.

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