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Gig Harbor Artist Set to Unveil Latest Sculpture Commission

Contact Mardie Rees – (253) 405-6694

Gig Harbor, Washington, October 15th, 2013 — Internationally acclaimed figurative sculptor Mardie Rees, will have a major site specific unveiling of her one thousand-pound, eight-foot tall sculpture of C.W. Lonsdale, founder of the elite Shawnigan Lake School in British Columbia.

Crafting the 37-piece sculpture has been a 4-year undertaking with Rees using live models, including a German shepherd. The 300-acre lakeside campus and Tudor style architecture will provide a spectacular backdrop for the large-scale bronze sculpture by the Gig Harbor-based artist. To see the sculpture in process at the foundry in Tacoma, Washington before it is shipped to Canada on October 22nd, contact Mardie Rees.

What: Founder’s Day, Official Unveiling of C.W. Lonsdale in Bronze

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 11:30am

Where: Shawnigan Lake School, 1975 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada, V0R 2W1, Phone (250) 743-5516

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Stuart Milbrad, a student of C.W. Lonsdale, has called Rees’ work “amazing” and admired her for the methodical approach to learning about Lonsdale, who he regards as “a giant of a man.” Rees immersed herself in Lonsdale’s spirit and spent time on the sprawling campus listening to stories from three alumni, who are now in their 80’s.

Rees is leading a revival of the intensely personal medium of figurative sculpting using wooden tools and raw earth in her hands. “I like working big,” says Rees, and explains “My work is about connecting stories, characters, and emotion to create art that people can relate to and with which they can identify.”

About Mardie Rees

Mardie Rees is an internationally recognized figurative sculptor based in Gig Harbor, Washington. Her work brings the classical figure into today’s context with an emphasis on emotional dialogue. The relationships between her subjects and their circumstances bring a life to her work that is tangible to its viewers. For more information on her work, visit