Spring Exhibition 2021
The Cloe Show
February 10 - May 28
February 10, 2021 - May 28, 2021
Reception: March 12 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Todd Cloe's artfully sculpted woodwork celebrates the innately human process of handmade goods as fine art in everyday forms created from a variety of beautiful, elegant woods of osage orange, cedar, hickory, and more, and others that offer a unique aged style of rustic character.
The Cloe Show is a benefit exhibition featuring Todd Cloe to benefit his son Landon, as Landon recovers from traumatic brain injury resulting from a devastating car accident. Your patronage will help ensure that Landon has the necessary long-term treatment and therapy that he needs to recover.
The Cloe Show exhibition opens with an exclusive preview at the fabulous Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant Louisiana on February 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and will continue Wednesday February 10, 2021 through Friday May 28, 2021 at Ruston Artisans. An artist reception will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
"In graduate school I needed a focus for a cohesive body of work. I thought I'd marry my hobby with my art. I've always been interested in archaelogy and have always been an arrowhead hunter. My sculptures are inspired by Native American artifacts I've found. Not representations of actual arrowheads or tools but a mash up of elements from different tools blended together. Like finger divotsedges made for cutting, concave and complex shapes like a mortar and pestle, and piercing shapes. The scale is blown way up and dthey are no longer recognizable as tools but take on a life of their own as a sculpture." - Todd Cloe, Statement of Art
With a Master of Fine Art Degree in Sculpture from Louisiana Tech University, Todd Cloe is currently in the Woodworking Department, where he began his LATech career in 2006 as a 3D workshop technician. Prior to 2006, Todd attended Oklahoma State Tech where he received an Associate Degree in Graphic Design in 1984, then gained his Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture. After graduation, Todd, with his wife and two smaill children moved to Tahlequah, OK where he began teaching Sculpture and Drawing at Northeastern University.
According to Todd, "It was at this time when Landon had his first obstacle to overcome. Since my wife at the time, worked also, we needed to get the kids in daycare. Because Oklahoma has a different inoculation schedule we had to get "caught up" on his shots. He received three at the same time. He went from an articulate, engaging, curious little boy to one who would not speak., make eye contact or respond, along with many sensory issues. This all happened the very day of his shots. His mother is a psychologist and knows the brain. She was instrumental in bringing him back to a functional level. It took years.
We struggled with school but eventually he was in mainstream classes with no accommodations. But the autistic label made him a target for bullying. That didn't last long though. He was a big strong kid and now the kids thought twice before saying anything. He has confronted bullies of other kids and has always been a champion of the underdog. His personality won him over and he has made some good friends. Last year he was accepted to Nichols State University. His classes were going well and he made friends with a very solid group of students. His accident happened before he finished his first semister. He had shaken the autistic label at his new school and was accepted. As most know, There is a spectrum associated with autism. He was always on the functional end. So many had it far worse. He is undiagnosable now."
"The accident happened as Landon followed a group of friends to a local football game. He was T-boned by a semi on his driver's side; he simply didn't see the truck as he pulled out to cross a four lanes. He's always been a very good driver and his accident surprised everyone. His injuries were substantial. Ruptured spleen, lacerated liver, all ribs on his left-side were cracked, broken pelvis, and a traumatic brain injury. His body is healing wonderfully but the brain takes so much more time. His brain injury was a sheering of the corpus collosum, which is the part that facilitates neural connections between the two hemispheres of the brain. It wasn't all destroyed, only several small areas. His main brain issue is short term memory loss. It's getting better all the time." says Todd.
On display in the main gallery and hall during The Cloe Show are guest artists Celia Carr, Dean Dablow, Dianne Douglas, Donna McGee, Jack Gates, Jean DeFreese Moore, Katie Coates Plummer, and Noula Rodakis.