RON GERTON

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Ron Gerton is a retired mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the nuclear field. He is self-taught in jewelry casting and has made a bronze casting foundry. He has been casting metals for over 35 years and taught jewellery casting at the local community college for over 20 years.

The Art Nouveau style, with its emphasis on natural forms and shapes, is his favorite design inspiration. The Bonsai plant, skillfully trained to defy nature and gravity, is a classic example and heavily influences his work. He transforms things that he finds in nature, that are no longer living, into metal for incorporation into his art pieces. This includes insects, leaves, seed pods, contorted sagebrush and cactus remains. These metal "fossils" now have a permanence that can be enjoyed for generations. To him, nature is the greatest creator of beauty and his challenge is to display it beautifully. Many of these casting are combined with wood turnings to form unique sculptures.

Going "green" has long been a major factor in his art. Found objects and industrial scrap materials, such as tens of thousands of small wood pieces from laser cutting businesses are incorporated into his wood turnings and wall pieces. "Everything is a raw material for something else" is his motto. As an example, he has cut up his beautiful, finished hollow vessels on a band saw and reassembled them to form amazing spiral sculptures. He has pieces in the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Art Museum, the New York Museum of Art and Design, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Addison Museum of Art in Boston, The Fuller Craft Museum in Boston, The Minneapolis Museum of Fine Art, The Mobile Museum of Fine Art, The Peabody Essex Museum of art in Salem, Massachusetts, and the University of Michigan Art Museum. His work can also be found in many fine private collections and in numerous books and art magazines.