ROCKPORT — Local artist Jon Moro will unveil his new sculptures David & Goliath at an outdoor exhibit on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Barnswallow Books.
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 pm.
“It is important for me to present this work in my hometown, in a community venue, particularly during the Coronavirus era when we are all faced with challenges and fear of the unknown. It will be good to gather as a community, before the seasonal shifts call us indoors,” said Moro, in a news release.
The artist’s outdoor BarnTalk will focus on his three-year journey creating David & Goliath, which began with the unexpected gift of a large, single piece of wood. His rendering of David & Goliath presents them engaged in battle.
Moro will talk about how his sculptures are unique from other representations of the duo, and specific artistic decisions he made while crafting them.
The sculptures are representative of Moro’s faith and his passion for sports and warriors. His work conveys his love of the human body in motion. Moro was a standout tri-sport athlete, playing soccer, baseball and basketball, at Camden Hills, where he was a member of the team that won the Maine State Basketball Championship in 1999. He went on to play both baseball and basketball at the college level. He currently serves as varsity basketball coach at Camden Hills.
Following his BarnTalk, Moro will do a Q&A session on his work, and photo opportunities with David & Goliath, for attendees and the artist, will be encouraged. Several recent sculptures by the artist will be displayed in the barn.
The public will be invited to view, a few people at a time, while masked.
Barnswallow Books, at 166 Russell Avenue, is an independent, curated shop in Rockport Village, for people who love books. Owned by Linda Lesher, it is also a platform to celebrate arts in the Midcoast, through BarnTalks and live performances.
“We’re happy to host this exhibit for Jon’s newest work,” said Lesher. “It’s the perfect opportunity for Barnswallow Books to do what it was created to do, highlight arts and literature in our community.”
The bookshop will be open for browsing and purchases during the art exhibit. Moro’s sculptures will also be available for sale.
The outdoor, free and family-friendly event will be CDC Covid-compliant, requiring masks and seating will be distanced accordingly. Fall refreshments will be served.
Moro’s work is represented by Leslie Curtis Designs in Camden, Maine. For more information on this exhibit, or to arrange for an interview with the artist, contact Teresa Piccari at TheVillageScribe@hotmail.com.