UMF Emery Community Arts Center spotlights sculptor Jay Sawyer’s unique salvaged metal art with “Sculpture Soup” Aug 29-Nov 3

FARMINGTON, ME (August 22, 2016)—The UMF Emery Community Arts Center is excited to kick off the academic year with an exhibit featuring the creative work of gifted sculptor and metal artist Jay Sawyer. “Sculpture Soup” runs from Monday, Aug. 29, to Thursday, Nov. 3. A reception for the artist will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Jay Sawyer, sculptor

Jay Sawyer, sculptor

From his education at Maine Maritime Academy to his welding and mobile repair business back in the 1990sSawyer has always been drawn to the practical function of steel, iron and other salvaged materials. As he continued to work with the “rusty gold” and castoff materials he found his own gift for transforming a mangled piece of rusty steel into a work of art. As he re-envisions, heats, reshapes, hammers and welds the scrap metal he gives the material an opportunity to tell a new story.

“These discarded and salvaged materials really speak to me,” said Sawyer. “I see their former practical use and the beauty of their form and balance. Then I let the materials speak for themselves and that leads to a new life for them as a unique art form.”

Sawyer’s “Studio JBONE” in Warren, is where he creates his one-of-a-kind sculptures and displays them in his outdoor gallery. “The Maestro,” a metal sculpture commissioned for a couple from Delaware, shows his deft hand with the twisted steel. The couple wanted a piece that celebrated music and from a pile of salvaged metal from the American Can Company plant in Portland, Sawyer created a work of art.

"The Maestro" by Jay SawyerA Maine native, Sawyer’s first art show was in 2007 in Cushing, Maine. His works are on display in the public art collection at the Portland International Jetport; the Owls Head Transportation Museum; the Boothbay Region Art Foundation in Boothbay Harbor and Hyatt Place in Columbia, South Carolina, among others.

This exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Emery Community Arts Center.

More on the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater.

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 Media contact: Jayne Decker, UMF instructor and director of the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus, 207-778-7319, or

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Photo Caption:  Jay Sawyer, sculptor and metal artist
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Photo Caption:  “The Maestro,” by Jay Sawyer