The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County has announced the start of its “Sculpture Spotlight” in collaboration with the Township Library of Lower Southampton.
The work of A&C member, sculptor, illustrator, and gallerist Cathy Begg is on display in the atrium now through Jan. 6. She will lead a public program in the fall.
Begg is an accomplished and spirited sculptor and illustrator working out of her 43 Canal Studio located along the Canal Walk in New Hope. She was commissioned to create the lectern, altar, and sculpture stand for a church in Wall, Miss.
She created the walkway side rails along studio apartments on North Main Street in New Hope. She has illustrated a children’s book, is a house artist at the Bethlehem House Contemporary Art Gallery and runs a successful gallery in New Hope where emerging artists are at the core of her mission.
“I love to give new artists a venue for their work, help them get started, expose the community to the diversity of work that Bucks artists have to offer,” she said.
Begg loves people, and it shows. Her love of expression using a variety of locally sourced materials has become a trademark of her work. She likes to have fun. You can feel her joy when you explore her sculptures.
Begg is a former art educator. In addition, she worked in community mental health and special needs in art education. She continues to incorporate her commitment to educating young people in her work through gallery talks, hands-on workshops, and heartfelt enthusiasm for meaningful youth engagement.
Begg was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006. She notes, “I think the art has slowed the progression of Parkinson’s. Doing sculpture is a physical activity that strengthens my arms and hands and brings me great joy. Art is healing.” She expresses the movement she has lost in her body through movement in her art – working with organic wood forms, etched metal, and carved aluminum; she is influenced by water, oceans, and fluid surfaces. When you see her sculptures, you sense that movement is the key.
Visitors can see Begg’s work during library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The Township Library of Lower Southampton is located at 1983 Bridgetown Pike in Feasterville-Trevose.
Arts & Cultural Council Sculpture Spotlights will continue in January with another A&C member sculptor.
Learn more about the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County and become a member at bucksarts.org.