ABOVE: Dave Emery’s “Medium Dragonfly” is on display in the Kenai Visitor’s Center in Kenai as part of the Metal Masters winter exhibit. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion) TOP: Scott Hamann’s piece “Raven Moon” depicts a copper raven on an illuminated moon. The piece is hanging in the Kenai Visitor’s Center in Kenai as part of the Metal Masters winter exhibit. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Metal Masters heat up winter at the Kenai Visitor Center

The Metal Masters are heating up the winter at the Kenai Visitor Center in Kenai.

The metal stylings of three local artists are now on display at the visitor center, the main room lined with work forged or welded.

Cam Choy, Dave Emery and Scott Hamann each have numerous pieces on display, all of which are created from metal.

Choy is a professor at the Kenai Peninsula College and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture and drawing.

“Metalwork lends itself to the type of description of the human form that I create,” Choy said. “I’m basically modelling form with either clay or wax, but they are very temporary mediums. So, the idea is that you want to take that image or that form and reproduce it in a material that’s much more substantial. Foundry work allows me to do that.”

By casting the metal through the foundry process, Choy is able to recreate the subtleties of the human figure despite the fortitude of metal. Choy’s artwork on display is part of a series of hybrids that combine tools with figures. They are the result of forms being modelled in clay or wax, the molded before being poured in metal.

Dave Emery’s life took him from art student to welder.

“I was born into a tool using family, so the urge to build things is just a natural part of me,” Emery wrote in his artist’s statement. “I am a former art major that ended up as a welder for the oilfield. Apparently the artistic bent has been resurfacing of late.”

Emery said that his work is inspired by fun, he doesn’t attach a deeper meaning to them. His artistic playfulness is evident in “Toms Mantis,” a larger

than life bug donning sunglasses.

Scott Hamann’s pieces cover the gamut of metal work, just as one would expect from someone who has been working closely with metal for over 40 years.

Hamann is the owner of Magic Metal in Kenai, and uses many metal techniques in his art and business including forge, foundry, welding and cutting all types of metal.

“There’s a lot of different stuff on display and different stages of my artistic endeavors from over the years,” Hamann said. “…When I’m inspired, I make a piece but 99 percent of what I do is industrial stuff, for oil companies or just contractors. It’s stuff that not necessarily artistic but I like doing artistic things every once in a while.”

Hamann said his art emphasizes functionality and hopes that his work, along with Choy’s and Emery’s, can help to inspire others to get involved in metal work.

“A lot of young people are getting excited about metal work and I think that’s really cool,” he said. “Hopefully if young people get in there (to the visitor center) they’ll get inspired by the possibilities.”

Metal Masters is on display throughout the winter at Kenai Visitor Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Hwy. It is free and open to the public.

Reach Kat Sorensen at kat.sorensen@peninsulaclarion.com

“Left Handed Hammer” and “Right Handed Hammer,” two pieces by Cam Choy are on display at the Kenai Visitor’s Center in Kenai as part of the Metal Masters winter exhibit. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Scott Hamann’s piece “Raven Moon” depicts a copper raven on an illuminated moon. The piece is hanging in the Kenai Visitor’s Center in Kenai as part of the Metal Masters winter exhibit. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

More in News

Daily school district COVID-19 risk levels: Sept. 22

Risk levels are based on COVID cases reported in a community and determine how schools will operate.

Sullivan: I look forward to seeing who the President nominates

Senator says president has authority to nominate, Senate will take on confirmation responsibilities.

A sign by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center shows where to vote on Aug. 21, 2018, for the Diamond Ridge, Homer, Alaska, precinct. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Election 2020: The race for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

The Clarion spoke to candidates looking to fill seats on the assembly

Alaska State Troopers badge.
Woman dies in crash during trooper chase

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Daily school district COVID-19 risk levels: Sept. 21

Risk levels are based on COVID cases reported in a community and determine how schools will operate.

Eyes turn to Alaska’s senators amid Supreme Court vacancy

Trump wants nominee ‘without delay.’

A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21, in Kenai.
Early municipal election voters head to polls

Voters cast the first in-person ballots in the borough’s municipal election on Monday.

Candidate QA: Lane Chesley

Former Homer City Council member Lane Chesley seeks to move on to… Continue reading

Most Read