Art, the invisible bubble...
MY JOB AS AN ARTIST
Ultimately, my job as an artist is to nurture the artistic experience, so I deliberately create impulses of light and textural surfaces to draw you into the core of my work. I hope you can take a moment; linger here, leave inspired. I believe Art is magical. Art can create new paradigms that can help all of us make better choices in our lives. This is how I think; what I do. This is who I am.
MY PERCEPTION OF ART
The invisible bubble is what I call the state of mind that you experience when viewing a work of Art. Our existing cultural threads that help us through unfamiliar experiences are so frayed in our society that knowledge comes to a dead end rather than be woven into a new layer of experience. Art can help mend those frayed threads. Art is vital part of culture. Like bubbles touching and forming interlocking spheres, shades of new colors are illuminated. We become connected. As an artist I ask you, please, protect this process and give voice to the Arts.
Born in New Hampshire, USA
Presently live in California, USA
1990 BFA Degree, University of Cincinnati
SUNY- Binghamton, Foundry Program
New England Sch of Art & Design, Boston
Apprenticed with Master Robin Binning, English Sculptor in Cambridge, Mass
2018 – 2014 Solo Large-scale Sculpture Garden, Fort Bidwell, Ca
1990 to present Annual open studio. Alameda, Ca & Fairfax, Ca
1988 Window Displays, Philadelphia, Pa: Chernobyl: Clay Figures. Clay Studio.
1987 Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York: Featured Artist: Brenda Sherburn-Zimmer (Labelle), Spring through Summer.
1987 Alternatives Places for Art, Binghamton, NY: Art From The Shadows: Sherburn-Zimmer (LaBelle), Conklin Avenue location.
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2010 Annal California Artists Ceramic Show, Sacramento, CA
1993, 94, 95 Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, CA. PAIRS, Teachers Annual
1992, 93 Frail Elder Center For Alzheimer’s, Oakland, CA. Fund raiser
1992 The Ebert Gallery. Women’s Art Exhibit, San Francisco, CA.
1992 California State Fair, Sacramento, CA. Sculpture Expo (Merit Award)
1990 BFA Show. 840 Gallery. DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
1989 Ceramic Sculpture, Plymouth State College, New Hampshire.
1987 Delaware Center For The Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
1987 Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Philadelphia, PA. Abstract Art, City Hall
1987 Lawrence/Rosemont Gallery, Rosemont, Pa. American (BAD) Dream: Artists views on poverty
1987 Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pa. Annual Group Show. Clay Figure piece –(I don’t do pots)
1987 Philadelphian Museum of Art, Sale’s Gallery / Fall Exhibit
1987 Oswego Art Guild, NY. Herland III, Women’s Art
1982 Festival Of Alternatives In Art / SUNY-Binghamton, NY
2001 Belize Audubon Society. Belize, Central America
Awarded Internship to design and build an education exhibit about bird migration at Crooked Tree Bird Sanuary.
1996 Special Commendation Award for Work & Instruction for the Cambodian Community.
Alameda Board of Supervisors. Oakland, CA
1992 Merit Award, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA
1989 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Brooklyn, NY.
Money For Women Artists: Sculpture & Drawing
1987 Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Special Handling Permit awarded to directly work from Rodin’s clay maquettes and bronzes on site. Permission to copy by drawings and modeling small clay pieces. Permission to enter one hour before museum opens, work through morning hours.
1987 One-Year Artist In Resident Fellowship.
Sponsored by the Franklin Mint through the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
SELECTED REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
2015/ June / Article, Handle With Care, from Reader’s Digest
2011 / Book, Birdology by Sy Montgomery, (one chapter about Brenda’s work with hummingbirds) Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1416569848
2013 / Book, Owl Always Be Waiting, Poetry by Brenda Sherburn LaBelle
2012 / Book, Selected Poetry English, Urdu, Persian & Punjabi by Tahir Khan Arzani طاہر خان ارضانی / Book design & Introduction by Brenda Sherburn LaBelle
2009 / Article, Daraja Academy, Kenya. “The Highlight of the Week” by Director Jason Doherty
2007 / Article, Froglog Newsletter, Saving The World One Drawing At A Time, http://www.amphibians.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Froglog84.pdf