“A chance encounter last summer led Ellen and me into a walk-in cabinet of curiosities housed in a barn. It was filled from floor to ceiling with a cornucopia of piano parts, pipe organ pipes, violins, brass instruments, toys, rivets, bones, eggbeaters, vintage radios, antique electronics, masks, mannequins and much, much more, all neatly organized in bins and boxes on shelves and hanging from hooks on walls. On the floor, there were several workbenches with tools of the trade and just as many worktables, each with multiple sculptures in the process of becoming.
The art barn, home, horse ranch and surrounding folk art follies are the playground of Spencer Brewer and Esther Siegel, a couple of happily working, multi-hyphenate artists, who also (not coincidentally) produced and edited a newly released book, called ‘Lost and Found: Assemblage Artists of Northern California.’
I was so inspired by Spencer, Esther and the remarkable group of artists featured in their book, I asked Robert Reese if we could bring them to the Cherry, together with three of the most celebrated assemblage artists from the Monterey Peninsula.
The book, ‘Lost and Found: Assemblage Artists of Northern California,’ will be available for purchase in the gallery.” Jim Dultz