Large wood-and-steel sculptures by Islander Todd Spalti will dominate an exhibition of his current work to be presented at Orcas Center Gallery throughout June. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, May 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Spalti studied fine arts at Iowa State University, working in painting and print-making, but wood has always been a prominent interest of his. The 2008 work on display, about a dozen pieces ranging from wall installations to ceiling-scraping towers, fuses and integrates wood – often raw logs – and steel.
This is the first one-man show Spalti has had at the Center, although his work here over 27 years has become familiar to local residents. Almost all of it done on commission, it is part of many private collections and home landscapes, as well as benches and other public sculpture.
His commissioned works include corporate and private installations, benches, gates, furniture and carvings in Oregon, the Midwest, New England and many other areas, including Paris.
He and his wife, Jean, live at White Beach.