Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Silhouettes by Clay Rice

By • May 1st, 2009 • Category: Calendar, News, Past Events

Renowned silhouette artist and children’s book author Clay Rice will be cutting silhouettes at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center from 10 AM to 5 PM on Friday, May 8, 2009. Slots fill quickly and appointments are strongly encouraged. Call 256-341-0562 to schedule your child’s or your sitting as soon as possible.

The sihouettes are approximately 3 – 4 inches in height and are $40 per person for two copies. Each additional copy is $10. Also available for purchase is Rice’s debut children’s book The Lonely Shadow and optional ready-cut mats and frame which are perfectly sized to display your silhouette. The Lonely Shadow Book and Silhouette Package is available for $59.95. It includes 2 silhouettes suitable for framing, a copy of the book, and 1 extra silhouette with special book frame to be mounted in the back of the book.
About Clay Rice:
Taught by his grandfather, world‐famous silhouette artist Carew Rice, Clay has carried on the family tradition for more than 30 years, traveling extensively throughout the United States from his home in Charleston, S.C., and cutting up to 35,000 silhouettes from live sittings each year. He also works in metal, and his signature pieces are large silhouette scenes sought by collectors worldwide; his works are on permanent display at the South Carolina State Museum.
As a silhouette artist, Rice will amaze you with his quickness and skill. With a flash of scissors, he is able to capture a silhouette portrait in a matter of moments. He follows the contours of his subject as if the movement of his eyes is connected to his hands, and in about a minute a featureless sheet of paper takes on the uniqueness of the individual it represents. It is quite literally performance art. Rice provides a gift of rare artistry in an uncommon craft, and after three decades, the demand for him continues to grow. Every date on his national tour schedule represents an eagerly awaited annual event at which hundreds of people – old and young – line up to have their silhouettes cut by this living legend. A sitting with Clay Rice is a unique and healthy family experience: parents adopt new traditions and children discover connections to the past while creating a keepsake for the future. A specially designed frame (available at events) can be mounted in the back of the book to display the child’s own silhouette.

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