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Avis Turner

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New York

Birth year

Lives in
Maine & Connecticut

Works in
Maine & Connecticut


modern, realism, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, bronze figurative, flowers.orchids, moth orchids, Moth, seed pods, seeds, drawings, botanical hybrids, butterfly



Art is my dance with the universe.


inspired by:

natural science, quantum physics, poerty & music: Rilke & Bach; anthropology,  mathematics (Fibonacci Series, Golden Mean, fractals), and bi0-diversity.


Rockland, Maine  (new) 

Farmington, Ct.

Art Works:

 landscape-mappings & botanical hybrids (2013- )

Botanical Hybrids & Winged Seed Pods continue to evolve. Conceived in the tradition of the dream-time paintings from the ancient aboriginal peoples of Australia; my landscape-mappings are about migrations, solar induced seasonal rhythms, and ocean tides.

In the studio, I am thinking about the vast cyclical migrations of whales, monarch butterflies, and birds. I am aware of my own circadian clock,  the rotations of star constellations, phases of the moon, and the earth's song lines.

Like a great symphony or a shaken snow globe, all of this living matter is ever swirling, ever fluctuating, settling only momentarily in balance to be earth's breathing.


   Layered papers, old maps & fused velum, using special process. Graphite pencils, colored pencils, ink pen,     water colors, and acrylic paints; on quality paper or archival clay board.

   additional influences:

  The Lakota believe that a spiritual landscape exists within the physical one; the Navajo believe each landscape has its own sacred order.

  Scottish architect, designer & watercolorist, Charles Mackintosh and the writtings of Michael Pollan (Botany of Desire) and Barry Lopez (Arctic Dreams).


bronze sculpture (1986- )

With an MFA, trained in classical figurative scultpture, I  trace my artistic lineage from the ancient Egyptians to the  Archaic Greeks and up through to Michelangelo; then on to Rodin, Maillol and Marini.  

These avian humans, part animal or bird are things which I intuit. They are manifestations of the femine archetype. They may be angels or Buddhist Bodhisattvas, but, like the interpretations of Rilke in his Duino Elegies, these creatures exsist in liminal spaces ~ or as Wordsworth called these uneasy, yet divine modes,... “spaces of being”.


Currently very limited inventory of bronze sculptures; while moving to open new Maine studio and change foundries. 


select exhibitions:

  • Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme Ct. 2010-2012 (bronze sculpture)
  • New Britian Museum of Ameircan Art, Ct. annual juried members show:
  •       2008 winner of sculpture prize: "Prospero's Book of Air" ~ a flying figure
  •       2012  sculpture "Scottish Nike" small bronze 
  •       2013 painting,"Higgs Boson Particle" ~ large painting (77"h x 44"w)
  • Polonaise Gallery, Woodstock Vt.  2001-08
  • Alla Rogers Gallery, Washington, DC 1990-98
  • City Gallery, Artist Co-operative, Washington,DC  1989-91
  • Dumbarton Oaks Washington, DC 1990
  • Ipomal Gallery, Landgraff,  Netherlands 1991 (one person show)
  • Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan 1988 (by invitation, group show)
  • Muscarrelle Museum, faculty show W&M, Williamsburg, Va. 188
  • Numerous local exhibits annually...

select teaching experience:

  • Farmington Ct. Public Schools, (K-12) 2001-
  • Miss Porter's School, 1998-99
  • Sidwell Friends School 1991-98
  • American University (adjunct prof.) 1987-98
  • College of William & Mary 1987-89
  • Additionally: public & private schools; museums, art centers, private lessons....


  • Trained in: Reggio Emilia, Arts PROPEL, Understanding by Design
  • MFA  from American University, Sculpture with Honors, 1986
  •             National Sculpture SocietyYoung Sculptor Award & Scholarship;
  •             Graduate Honors Scholarship, and the Watkins Gallery Purchase Prize
  • BS  from American University, Art Education, 1981
  • AA  from Endicott College, Early Child Developement
  •             Endicott Fellow Award, 1977




Recent Exhibits

Avis Turner participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2015 new works on velum ~ mappings
Starbucks, Farmington Ct.
Mar, 2012 new works ~ seed pods & plakton series~ changing each week
Starbucks, Farmington Ct.
Sep, 2011 new works
Matthew's Restaurant
May, 2011 Small Bronzes, Mixed Media Moth orchids, & Encaustic Assemblage
FVAC Farmington Valley Arts Center
Feb, 2011 Open Studio ~ first Saturdays
FVAC Farmington Valley Arts Center
Jan, 2011 Small Bronzes
Cooley Gallery
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Exhibited at these venues

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