Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Eccentric's expressions.(Arts)

Byline: Wesley Pulkka For the Journal

Corrales sculptor's work 'truly reflects her personality'

Corrales sculptor Storm Townsend is stepping back from her 40-year career to reflect on where she's been. Townsend says the death of her friend Nina Bean last February encouraged her current period of quiet contemplation.

Bean owned the Nina Bean Gallery at Occasions in Albuquerque and was also a painter and sculptor.

"Nina and I were friends as well as fellow artists. She was a wonderful person who worked hard at promoting artists that she believed in. After Nina died I thought it was a good time to gather in my work and make final casts from all of my molds. I wanted to spend time just looking at what I've been doing all of these years," Townsend says.

She said she was also tired of the art game. She said when her work was out on the open market there was constant haggling about prices. She felt decisions about the quality of her work were often based upon her ability at self-promotion rather than on what she had made.

"If you can't afford splashy advertisements or fancy brochures you're trapped at a certain level. …

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