This month Lone Hansen offers us a gallery view of the work of Ray Hammar, a sculptor from Gorst who believes in the GOING GREEN CAMPAIGN. More that 95% of his work specializes in using recycled material to produce functional and aesthetic art that fit individual needs. Here are the take aways from Hansen’s sit down with him.
So who Ray Hammar?
Action art man, a delight. If he was Jewish, he would be a mensch – open to the universe and its challenges – like turning a propane tank into a bench.
How did he get started?
Ray Hammar grew up in Parma, Idaho and was very involved with animal rescue. Due to a major injury he had to change careers. This is how he became the great artist that he is.
What kind of work does he produce?
He designs his artwork with rocks, glass, and natural found objects but does not use plastic. Besides turning a propane tank into a bench, he is going to transform a 1908 life-boat into a gazebo.
Where can you see his art?
Ray shows at Savage Gardens in Kingston. He’ll also be showing at the Art in the Woods Studio Tour event, which will be held Nov 12-14 from 10am-5pm. His work can be found at Crazy Hill Nursery in Belfair, Washington. Besides being good friends of his, they have a lot of his work and it sells awfully fast. The first month it opened he sold 11 pieces!
How can you contact him?
The best way to get a hold of him is on Facebook – Blue Collar Artworks.
RAY HAMMAR’S WORK
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