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October Issue 2003

International Festival in Florence, SC, Features Exhibit and Sale of Works by Alex Palkovich andDavid Montoya Saenz

Artists Alex Palkovich and David Montoya Saenz will have a show and sale of their original and unique works on Oct. 15, 2003. The event will be from 7-9pm at Osbornes, 126 Warley St. in Florence, SC. The show is free and open to the public.

The art show is part of the 11th-annual Pee Dee International Festival, which will take place on the Francis Marion University campus, Oct. 18, from 11am-5pm. The artists will also display their works at the festival.

A native of the city of Taxco, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, Montoya began to study stone carving at the age of 14 under the direction of Guillermo Fuentes. One of the most amazing characteristics of Montoya's art is that all pieces are handmade using a small drill as the main tool. His objective is to produce sculptures that represent Mexican heritage. Thus, he can transform obsidian, malachite, jade and other stones into ancient warriors. He will also present examples of beautiful silver jewelry, which has made the Taxco region famous, and Talavera pottery. Every authentic piece of Talavera is made by hand in Puebla, Mexico.

Palkovich began drawing and sculpting as a child in the Carpathian Mountains of the Soviet Union. An advanced degree in mechanical engineering has given him the opportunity to work in Israel, Mexico City and Oxford before coming to Florence with General Electric as their Global Magnet Operations Manager. He is a member of the Oxford Arts Society and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and has remained actively involved in the arts throughout his travels, exhibiting in Russia, Israel, Belgium, England, Mexico and the United States. In addition to his representational sculptures of human and animal figures, Palkovich has been drawn in recent years to furniture design. He has enjoyed the challenge of taking a motif and adapting the appropriate qualities of disparate materials to create functional and surprisingly comfortable chairs.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Todd J. Hudak at 843/661-1227 or e-mail at (thudak@fmarion.edu).

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