Thursday, January 8, 2015

Avian Avatars

Colossal Birds Fly to Garment District for the Winter

Flock of Massive Sculptures by the Myth Makers is the Next
Public Art Installation on the Garment District Plazas

NEW YORK, January 9, 2015 – The Garment District Alliance  will unveil Avian Avatars, a group of five enormous sculptures, each symbolizing a unique, mythical bird that will captivate New Yorkers and visitors on Broadway’s Garment District Plazas this winter.

Designed by the Myth Makers, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, the exhibit will occupy the neighborhood’s pedestrian space on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets in the Garment District through April.

Avian Avatars is a spectacular installation that not only intrigues passersby with its impeccable structure, it also tells fascinating stories that embody the imaginative and creative culture of the Garment District,” said Barbara Blair Randall, president of the Garment District Alliance. “We are delighted to showcase the Myth Makers, and we are confident these imposing sculptures will be the most popular public art installation in New York City this winter.”

Crafted from maple saplings, wire ties and found objects, the sculptures stand from 18 to 26 feet tall, with each bird sharing a unique myth. Avian Avatars is meant to indicate transformation, encouraging the public to heed to the stories about current human impact on the changing natural world.

The Tourist : A Victoria Crowned Pigeon. @ Broadway between 36th and 37th.
 Visitors drawn to the vibrant city shape culture with their impulsive consumer behavior.

“Who we are cannot be separated from where we're from.”

-Malcolm Gladwell

The Realist: A Red-Tailed Hawk. @ Broadway between 37th and 38th

Everyone has a killer instinct, a desire to fly and an ambition to achieve their fifteen minutes of fame.

“When it comes to luck, you make your own.” -Bruce Springstein

The Taste Maker : A Falcon. @ Broadway between 38th and 39th.

An uncompromising harbinger of taste, the critic is not a populist.

“The truth is not for all ... but only for those who seek it.” -Ayn Rand

The Great Spirit : An Owl. @ Broadway between 39th and 40th.
A humble leader embraces the strengths and weaknesses of humanity, 

and inspires from a spiritual perspective.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can [each] do small things with great love.”
-Mother Teresa

The Scold : A Crow, @ Broadway between 40th and 41st
A raucous chatterbox has an opinion on everything.

“I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life...”
-Henry David Thoreau

In addition to the art work on the plaza, The Myth Makers are working in conjunction with the Garment District Alliance to bring some very exciting public programs to the plaza this winter. Please join them for the following events:

Saturday January 10th @ noon. Join the Myth Makers for a crisp winter adventure! Be some of the first to see these commissioned sculptures along Broadway in the historic Garment District. Walk with the artists and talk about their ambitions for these major pieces, the materials they employ and how the partnership between two independently successful artists contributes to a teamed concept.

Saturday Feb 14th @ 3p- Valentine's Day Sculpture, Chocolate and Roses. Join the Myth Makers for a midwinter excursion onto Broadway. Come as a couple or come alone but there will be roses and chocolate for all who RSVP! Chat with Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein as you study the work. Stroll glove in glove and enjoy the heartwarming attributes of well sited sculptures in a wintery city scape. ALL romantic souls are invited to hear the Myths of the Avian Avatars. Both artists will be present to share your impressions and their chocolate!

Saturday March 7th @ 10am- If you are in town for the Armory Week Art Fairs – or you have never been – you SHOULD! The Myth Makers will be presenting an early morning tour of the Avian Avatars on Broadway. Start the most exciting weekend in NYC arts with a burst of monumental outdoor sculpture. Meet The Myth Makers in person at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 10am dressed for the weather.

Wednesday March 25th TWO exceptional events:
3p The Myth Makers will provide a behind the scenes conversation about the staging and presentation of their Avian Avatars along Broadway’s Garment District.
6p-8pm The iconic Artists Talk on Art (ATOA) panel at the Jefferson Public Library (6th Ave & 9th St.) in New York City. Join us at a panel discussion on Temporary Public art projects (followed by Q&A)

Friday April 24th- International Sculpture Day 2014!
Artist Talk and Tour

If you have missed Avian Avatars and the Myth Makers in New York City, this is the last day to meet the artists and discuss the challenges and joys of team art making. Join the dynamic collaborative, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein for the closing events at either 5p or 7p. Walk through with artists followed by tea/coffee and conversation at 
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

All walks meet at 
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 1412 Broadway, New York, NY and leave promptly. DRESS for being outdoors for 45 minutes! In severe weather you can keep up to date with these events, by reaching out to The Myth Makers on email, or by finding The Myth Makers on facebook.

About the Myth Makers:
The collaboration between Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein is born from a mutual love of the wild, taking inspiration from events in the natural world and the mysterious nature of animals. Both artists have presented public work throughout the world in unusual locations and familiar haunts, and their affection for site specificity and working with an audience is evident in this series of monumental sculptures.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, Donna has been honored with solo shows nationwide. She regularly contributes articles to newspapers, magazines and blogs that demonstrate the economic impact and global reach of the arts sector. Donna has participated in various exhibitions including the Verbier 3D Foundation’s Artist Residency and Sculpture Park in the Swiss Alps, the Fountain Art Fair NYC in the historic 69th Regiment Armory Building, a residency in Cusco Peru at the Escuela de Bellas Artes, and she has been invited back to Qorikancha in Cusco Peru to participate in a residency with Andy Moerlein as the Myth Makers this year.

An arts advocate, gallery director and educator for over 30 years, Andy’s work has been displayed in art museums, sculpture gardens and private galleries from Alaska to New York. He has participated in various exhibitions including the Verbier 3D Foundation’s Artist Residency and Sculpture Park in the Swiss Alps, he was the Artist in Residence at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, and he worked in residence in Cusco Peru and produced work for exhibitions at the Qorikancha Museum. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University, Andy has been a teacher and gallery director at the Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire, for 20 years.

Avian Avatars is the latest in the ongoing Garment District Art on the Plazas series of public art installations, which has also included Sidewalk Catwalk, Tour de Fashion, Figurations, Broadway Green, Five Elements and, most recently, The Sentinels.

Garment District Art on the Plazas is made possible through Arterventions, part of the Department of Transportation’s Art Program. The Garment District Alliance and DOT work closely to coordinate the exhibit and install the pieces, which enhance the public plazas and make them even more welcoming to New Yorkers and visitors alike.

The Garment District is home to thousands of people working in the "creative economy,” including fine and performing artists, designers, architects, photographers and more than a hundred theaters, galleries, performance spaces and studios.

Please direct media inquiries to Jennifer Passaretti of The Marino Organization at 212-889-0808 or For more information on the Garment District Space for Public Art, please visit

About the Garment District Alliance
The Garment District Alliance (, formerly the Fashion Center BID, is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1993 to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan’s Garment District. Through programs in the areas of streetscape improvements, sanitation and public safety, marketing and promotions, economic development, and community service, the Garment District Alliance supports the neighborhood’s transformation into a modern, 24/7 destination for dining, nightlife, hotels and unique office space.  For more information on the Garment District Alliance’s many art initiatives, please visit

Update: Paula Ogier featured the story of this project on her blog, Boston Artist on January 5, 2015. Art Daily covered this story on January 8, 2015. Brian Goslow covered this story in the current issue of Artscope Magazine. WWDDNA Info and Fox News covered this story on January 9, 2015.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter News

The Great Spirit (owl)

The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein, recently launched their brand new, catalog- if you did not receive one, please let us know! In it we announced our upcoming public art project, Avian Avatars, in The Garment District on Broadway below Times Square in New York City from January-April 2015. To read a full copy of the press release, click here. To see a calendar of our upcoming public programs in New York City, click here

At this time, we would like to invite you to an Open House in Boston on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 1p-3p at Save That Stuff warehouse in Charlestown (Moran Access Rd) where we are constructing these monumental sculptures.

The Scold (crow)

See the recent Save That Stuff blog post here about our Artist in Residence and RSVP using this link- we look forward to seeing you!

The Tastemaker (falcon)

Update: Susan Doucet from The Concord Monitor covered this story, click here to read it. 
Liz Cahill, From GTI Properties in Boston, Also posted a blog about it for SoWA Boston, click here to read it.

Also coming up this week, Sketchy Sculptors at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, a group show featuring sculptors' drawings in different materials, December 17th 2014-January 11th 2015.

Opening Reception: Wed. Dec. 17 from 6 – 8 pm- Please join us! I will be there!

Recently returned from SNHU sculpture park, and currently available for loan: The Tiger Mothers! Please be in touch if you would like to purchase these sculptures, or arrange for a temporary loan.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Autumn News

Hello, Many of you may have noticed the Mighty Lionness in the SoWA neighborhood of Boston. This sculpture was recently installed at the 500 Courtyard in SoWa – right opposite Cinquecento. Liz Cahill did a great write up about it for the Sowa blog, in September since it was installed in time for South End Open Studios. Please read below for more information and Save the date: There will be a reception on Tuesday December 2nd from 5p-7p at Cinquecento, and you are all invited. Thank you!

Donna Dodson & The MightyLioness

The Mighty Lioness, or “The Monument to the First Female President of the USA” as she is officially entitled, is 13 feet tall and probably weighs more than a ton. I’m not sure if she ever stepped on a scale, frankly. And yes, I jest. But, please while you’re walking around Open Studios this weekend, or when you come down to SoWa for one of our events or just to peruse, please stop by and visit. And take a picture, because TheMighty Lioness will only be with us for 7 or 8 months, before she heads off to Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA.

According to the Artist, this monument is for the dream that every girl can become President of the United States of America and is also Dodson’s homage to the great American Sculptor, Daniel Chester French.

And, so, in May, along with a group of other Sculptors from the Boston Sculptors Gallery, this piece will travel to Chesterwood, the historic home of Chester French, the creator of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

Donna Dodson and Boston Sculptors Gallery

Donna Dodson is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, located at 486 Harrison Ave. Her artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom.
“My artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom. Because there were no icons of women in the church that I grew up in, my vision is to create them. Through hybrid female-animal forms that I sculpt in wood, I flesh out sensuality, sexuality and soul with a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary.”

From her bio: “Donna has been carving images out of wood for nearly 20 years. Her sculptures explore feminine beauty and evoke humor and playfulness but also grace, power and emotional strength. Her unique vision responds to the relation of animals to the human spirit that have existed since ancient times. Her figures are almost always female and range in size from the intimate to the monumental.”

A Monument to the First Female President of the USA by Donna Dodson, 13 ft tall, poplar wood, paint, 2014. Courtesy of GTI Properties, Mario Nicosia, V. Lessard & Sons and The B
oston Sculptors Gallery.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September News

Sculpture Tour & Talk

Thursday, September 18, 2014 5-7 pm

Join sculptors Donna Dodson, Gillian Christy and Dale Rogers on a tour of the sculpture park at Southern New Hampshire University. SNHU is located at 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH, 03106 

Image Credit: Donna Dodson, Tiger Moms, 2013.

Saturday & Sunday September 20 & 21, 2014 11a-6p

Join sculptors Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson at 93 Forest Hills St #3 both days for a preview of their new work! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer News

Lift off of the Great Blue Heron, 50'w x 20'h x 20'd
by the Myth Makers Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein
took place on Saturday June 14th, 2014 at 9pm- see our photos below...


Asian Elephant, 32" tall, wood, paint 2007
Photo credit: Clements Howcroft

June 20, 2014 to August 14, 2014

Opening Reception: 
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Essex Art Center, 56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840


Tuesday, June 24 at 12:00 pm
Krasl Art Center, 2nd Floor Library

Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein are the Myth Makers. The two share a mutual love of the wild that has led them to work collaboratively and creatively with natural, site-specific materials to create monumental forms. Their collaborative sculptures are stunning to behold, but only temporarily in existence.  Learn more about their collaborative work in this unique noontime lecture with the artists.

Both artists are featured in the KAC’s 2014 Biennial Sculpture Invitational. Donna Dodson’sCinderella Seagull is on view at the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum and Andy Moerlein’s Impossible is located on the KAC’s grounds.

Pillars of the Community, a solo exhibition featuring Donna Dodson's wood sculptures
'Dodson is a sculptor of idols, woman-beasts who blend regal formality with wildness. '
-Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe
Diva, 12" tall, mulberry wood 2013

July 11-August 24, 2014
Opening reception July 11th 5p-7p
636 Marble St. West Rutland Vermont

Artist Talk and Reception with Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson

Different Perspectives
2013 wood, ceramic 
by Andy Moerlein

We face the same world from such very different points of view.
Red Wing Black Bird, 40" tall, wood, paint 
Wednesday July 23rd 4p-7p
3555 Arctic Blvd
Anchorage Alaska

Brown Pelican, 34" tall, wood, pigment, paint

August 14th - August 27th, 2014

Rice Polak Gallery
FRIDAY AUGUST 15, 7:00pm
30 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA 02657