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Mr. Bradford Rhea

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Sculptor

Phone: (970) ***-****  HQ Phone
Logan County Chamber of Commerce
109 N. Front Street
Sterling , Colorado 80751
United States

Company Description: Logan County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the support and promotion of our business and communities through education, referral & resource networking. The...   more
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Membership | Logan County Chamber of Commerce
www.logancountychamber.com, 12 June 2014 [cached]
Bradford Rhea, Sculptor
2012 Board of Directors | Logan County Chamber of Commerce
www.logancountychamber.com, 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
Bradford Rhea, Sculptor
Northeastern Colorado Economic Developers: Logan County Colorado
www.northeasterncolorado.com, 28 May 2006 [cached]
Community support for the Arts, including performance art and music, community theater, and a local passion for public sculpture, especially when it comes to Logan-County artist Bradford Rhea.
Bradford Rhea, Sculptor | Logan County Chamber of Commerce
www.logancountychamber.com, 9 Sept 2009 [cached]
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Bradford Rhea Sculptor turns trees into living art
He was in his 20s working as a diagnostic technician at the Logan County Hospital when he realized that he needed to pursue his passion to be a sculptor. Soon, Sterling was known as the City of Living Trees when Bradford Rheas tree sculptures started sprouting around town. I always wanted to do marble sculptures but could not afford it, Rhea said adding that he approached city officials 27 years ago when he heard that they were planning on removing dying trees around the city. Rhea carved a total of 17 tree sculptures, some of which can be seen on a self-guided tour of the city. Some of his works are in the process of being restored. In his art studio in merino, Rhea stood in front of his marble creation, the Exordium cut out of a 21,000-pound piece of marble as he expressed his deep appreciation for the community that supported him through the years. I count my blessings every day of my life. I consider myself very fortunate, Rhea said citing all of the opportunities and love the community provided him.
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One of the most memorable moments for Rhea was when he was commissioned by the Department of State to create a walking stick for then President Clinton to present to Pope John Paul II during his visit in 1993. The sculptures are more about the people in Sterling than me. I had a lot of help from a lot of friends in this good community and the Lord has been good to me, Rhea said as he describes himself as more persistence than talent. If you go: Tours of Bradford Rheas studio can be arranged by appointment by calling 970-522-0783 or by e-mail at sculptor@kci.net.http://www.thesculptor.net/
About The Sculptor- Bradford Rhea
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It is this unforgiving nature of the sculpting process that intensifies my passion for sculpture."- Bradford Rhea
Born in Denver, Colorado in 1954, Bradford has experienced a lifelong affinity for the arts. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Colorado and also spent three months learning from the masters in Florence, Italy. Bradford also obtained a degree in Nuclear Medicine and eventually moved to Sterling, Colorado to work at Logan County Hospital and to pursue his interest in sculpture.
For over a decade, Bradford carved trees in and around the Sterling area. Currently, he is pursuing his original dream of sculpting marble. He recently completed a 21,000-lb. marble sculpture of seven angels, and is presently working on a 30,000-lb. block of Colorado Yule marble.
"Within the stone is a message far greater than the emerging forms may outwardly reveal. Every strike of the chisel should be delivered with the intent of finding and expressing our very purpose on earth."- Bradford Rhea
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But behind the fame, Bradford Rhea continues to live and work nearby as a modest and shy artist whose endeavors have only made him more retiring. About half a block down Merino's main street, the long-haired, blue-eyed Rhea quietly works in his shop…
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Not comfortable in big groups, Rhea almost seems to seek refuge from the rest of world when he works on his sculptures. "…It's my way of communicating with the world." Admitting to his shyness, he half-jokingly calls himself an "introvert." Sterling's serene and quiet climate, he adds, limits distractions and allows for seclusion from the fast-paced, busy life, letting him "find a focus."
But his journey to town was one of many twists and turns. He initially pursued his love of art … and studied fine arts at the University of Northern Colorado. ... after traveling to Florence, Italy, to study the marble sculptures of his idol Michelangelo, whose books still dominate his reading collection. "I was so overwhelmed by such great art that I didn't create anything for two years," he remembers… The Bear Valley, Colo. native switched gears and instead earned a degree in nuclear medicine in 1979, and moved to Sterling to work as a diagnostic technician at the hospital. But his artistic craving quickly re-surfaced, and he quit his job to sculpt.
He attributes his success to the …loyal fans and to God.
"But I give the most credit to the good Lord. I never would have imagined any of this happening. I think it's incredible, but I'm also humbled by it."
"It (speaking about the staff Bradford Rhea was commissioned to create by then United States President Bill Clinton for a gift to give to Pope John Paul II) was awe-inspiring and something that had never been done before," remembers Chamber of Commerce executive director Tim Edgar.
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"We're very honored to have Mr. Rhea in (the area)."
While biblical scriptures drive his inspiration, he sometimes plays background music to boost his creative energy - ranging from rock to Bach's classical tunes. "Whatever fits," he says.
… knowing you can affect people's lives, hopefully in a positive way, is the one thing that keeps you going."
Stop by Bradford Rhea's other pages to view more of his work
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Bradford Rhea P.O. Box 74 Merino, Colorado 80741
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