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January 21, 2011 > Photo Collages

Photo Collages

By Mona Shah

In a new exhibit, "PhotoCollages," thoughtful and perceptive works of artist by Sculptor Carla Moss will be displayed at the Phantom Art Gallery in Milpitas. Her work can be highly abstract, incorporating kinetic arts, moving wheels, and industrial elements or a tiny bronze fawn lying in ivy. Moss' largest sculpture to date is two flying bald eagles, 17-feet tall and her smallest, a pair of wood ducks standing 2 inches.

Although born in San Francisco, Moss grew up in northwest Montana surrounded by the natural beauty and grandeur of Glacier National Park, a bit of a tomboy. She says, "I grew up riding a neighbor's horse at age six and later, at eight, got my own horse, Knobby, an ancient cow pony. My dad had three girls before he finally had a boy so he had to practice on us by teaching us fishing, hunting, sports, swimming, skiing, and being able to survive in the great outdoors. We all loved it and it has been useful in my career and what I love to do for my 'down time'."

Moss attended Montana State University graduating with a degree in Art Education and Design. Following graduation, she worked at Glacier Art Gallery in Kalispell, Montana and a major bronze casting foundry, learning casting and metalwork. Cold Montana winters became too uncomfortable and Moss moved to Maui for a few years and helped build its only bronze foundry. She then returned to the Bay Area to manage a foundry in San Jose and earn a degree in Studio Art from San Jose State University.

Those who have visited Milpitas City Hall have most likely seen two of Carla's one-of-a-kind projects: The Flute Player, a life size little girl sitting on a rock in the pond playing a little tin whistle and Cartwheels, the three figures of children on the front lawn.

Currently, while maintaining her art and design studio, Moss is a substitute teacher for Milpitas Unified School District as well as the Berryessa School District. She is also an instructor for Young Rembrandts and will be teaching at Silver Creek Academy in Milpitas.


PhotoCollages
January 24 - March 18
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Artist Reception
Monday, January 24
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Phantom Gallery
Milpitas Community Center
457 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3409
http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/recreation/phantom_art.asp

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