Pottstown Area Artists Guild to Host Talk by Sculptor Val Bertoia on Sounds His Metal Sculptures Make

Ken Knickerbocker

Pottstown Area Artists Guild is sponsoring a talk by artist Val Bertoia on March 17 in the Boyer Gallery at The Hill School Center For The Arts in Pottstown.

Bertoia, who studied Mechanical Engineering at Indiana Institute of Technology, followed in the footstep of his father Harry Bertoia, a renowned sculptor.

Over the last several decades, he has created numerous bronze sculptures for both indoors and outdoors display worldwide. Some of his creations are sound structures, some are water-flowing sculptures, while some are moved by wind.

His talk will focus on the process of creating sounding sculptures. In addition to presenting some of his more recent works, Bertoia will also showcase a retrospective of the Sonambient works created by him and his father in the 70s.

“The spatial and tonal environment created by these sound sculptures is unlike anything you have ever experienced in this world,” said Bertoia. “It is the purest way to connect with God and Nature – just by closing one’s eyes and keeping an open mind.”

The talk will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.