The course ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during a heatwave that year — around 1978 — and Herbert came home looking like a chimney sweep each day, she said. But she loved it and had finally found her medium. “I rented some welding equipment and began working in my backyard, where I promptly set my grass on fire.”
“I saw a bumper sticker once that said ‘Welders Make the Greatest Lovers,’” Herbert recalled. “It’s because everyone is so helpful and nice. They generously share their techniques.”
Herbert describes her sculptures — made primarily of oxyacetylene-welded steel that comes in 4x8 sheets, brazed metals and some found objects — as contemporary or anthropomorphic. “My pieces often look like nature or birds, but that wasn’t usually the intent,” she said. “I like my work to be open to free interpretation and ‘the eye of the beholder.’”
Her work has garnered numerous awards, including Third Place for Sculpture at the New Canaan “Spectrum” Show; First Prize for Sculpture from the Stamford Art Association; First Prize for Sculpture at the Bedford Art Show in Bedford, New York; Best in Show at the Ridgefield Art Guild Annual Juried Show; and the Amidar Award at the Silvermine Guild’s prestigious Art of the Northeast show.
She says she’s “hanging up the welding torch” to enjoy traveling and life in South Carolina, where her new medium is art photography based on nature, travel and manipulated images. Herbert already has won awards and sold several pieces of her new artistic endeavor, which is no surprise to those who know her.
“I’m thrilled at finding a nice home for some of my work,” Herbert said. “Ives Concert Park is so beautiful. I’m really excited that my pieces will be displayed there and wish I could be there to see it. In my dreams, this is the kind of place I’ve always wanted my sculptures to go to.”
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