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BIOGRAPHY

Sculptor, Brenda Sherburn LaBelle

Born & grew-up in a small town in New Hampshire, USA
Presently lives in California.

EDUCATION

1990 BFA Degree / University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP)

1987   SUNY- Binghamton. Completed “Bronze Foundry Program”
1972 – 1975  New England School of Art & Design, Boston. “Foundation Program: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture & Design”
1972 to 1976 Apprenticed with the British Sculptor, Master Robin Binning, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

AWARDS

2001  Belize Audubon Society. Belize, Central America
Awarded Internship to design and build an education exhibit about bird migration at Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary; includes a mural, 3D Exhibits for educational program.

1996  Special Commendation Award for Work & Instruction for the Cambodian Community. Alameda Board of Supervisors. Oakland, CA

1992  Merit Award for Sculpture, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA

1989  Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Brooklyn, NY.
Money For Women Artists: Sculpture & Drawing

1987  Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Special Handling Permit awarded to artist to directly work from Rodin’s clay maquettes and bronzes on site. Permission to copy by drawings and modeling small clay pieces. Permission to enter one hour before museum opens, work through morning hours.

1987  Artist In Resident Fellowship.
Sponsored by the Franklin Mint through the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

COMMISSIONS

2016 Commissioned to create a bronze portrait of Harold Gordon, New Hampshire.

2013  Commissioned to make a large replica of the Sacajawea Gold Coin for Native American, Randy LH Teton, the woman who is modeled for the actual coin. The replica is a large, rigid painting of the coin. Randy uses the replica for events throughout the US as a Good-Will Ambassador for Native American culture. 

2012 Commissioned portrait drawings of Imam Mehdi Khorasani, Redwood Mosque, Marin County, CA

2011 Commissioned carved sculpture for meditation room, Redwood Mosque, Fairfax, CA

SELECTED REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

2021/May “The Hummingbirds’ Gift, Wonder, Beauty And Renewal On Wings” by Sy Montgomery has become its own little book about my work with baby hummingbirds.

2015/June   Article, “Handle With Care”, from Reader’s Digest. About me and my work with baby hummingbirds, taken from Birdology.

2011 / Book, “Birdology”,  Author: Sy Montgomery, one chapter about Brenda Sherburn (LaBelle) volunteer work rescuing hummingbirds.
Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1416569848

2013 / Published Book, “Owl Always Be Waiting”, poetry by Brenda Sherburn LaBelle

2012 / PAKISTAN / Compiled & Published a collection of Pakistani Poetry: “Selected Poetry: English, Urdu, Persian & Punjabi written by Tahir Khan Arzani Ű·Ű§ÛŰ± ŰźŰ§Ù† Ű§Ű±Ű¶Ű§Ù†ÛŒ “
Brenda designed & did the layout for the book. She also wrote the Introduction.

2009 / KENYA / Article, “The Highlight of the Week” by Director Jason Doherty. Written about Brenda Sherburn (LaBelle) work at Daraja Academy, Kenya. Nature Journalling with teenage girls from diverse tribal cultures in Kenya.

2007 / VIETNAM / Froglog Newsletter, “Saving The World One Drawing At A Time”, http://www.amphibians.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Froglog84.pdf Article about art project facilitated by Brenda Sherburn (LaBelle) with children at Kentfield Elementary School, CA.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2020 Northwest Stone Sculpture Association (NWSSA) Online Carving Symposium, Aug 5 – 9.

2018  Marble / marble Stone Carving Symposium. Marble, Colorado, USA

(Current Project) 2018 – present   Yampa Sculpture Path & Studio, 16399 Co Rd2, Fort Bidwell, California, USA