Local sculptor Mardie Rees has been busy for the last couple of years on a certain man and his dog: Christopher Windley Lonsdale, to be precise, and his German Shepherd. Now her eight-foot-tall clay version of the founder of Vancouver, B.C.’s prestigious Shawnigan Lake School is ready to be cast in bronze, and Rees is holding a celebratory unveiling next Thursday and Saturday at the Real Carriage Door Co. in Gig Harbor.
A painstaking process which begins with creating a 21-inch-high model or maquette, then sculpting a larger-than-life clay version using historic photographs and live models wearing period clothes (or, in this case, their own fur), Rees’ sculpting also involved a detailed study of German Shepherd anatomy and a very patient canine model.
The sculpture will now be molded and cast in bronze at Tacoma’s 2 Ravens Studio before being shipped up to Canada for installation at the school which commissioned it.
The unveiling party includes food, drinks from Seven Seas Brewing and live music by jazz band Zizzy Zi Zixxy.
5-8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 4-8 p.m. Jan. 19. Free. Real Carriage Door Co. Woodshop, 9803 44th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor. mardierees.com