“There are few predators willing to defy reason and cross sabers with a grizzly bear. The exception may be a young male grizzly trying to make his mark in the genetic pool. This foolishness is rewarded with the ferocity of a mother bear protecting her cubs. She is a formidable opponent and rarely losses. This bachelor will meander off, licking his pride and wounds, duly warned….lesson learned.”
AWARD: The Pietro & Alfrieda Montana Memorial Award, Allied Artists of America 98th Annual Exhibition, New York City, 2011.
“A catastrophic outbreak of pneumonia in several western states, affecting four herds in western Montana alone, has reduced populations of bighorn sheep in numbers up to ninety percent. With guarded optimism, wildlife officials are trying to reseed the hardest hit areas. The scene depicted in “An Encounter in Sheep Country” is a common sight for those of us who admire and study this animal. However, if we are not vigilant and do not strongly support funding of game relocation efforts, these scenes will only remain in our pictorial memory.”
Desert Cabellaros Western Museum, First Place 3-Dimensional Art
Society of Animal Artists, Ethology Award for the Best Depiction of Natural Behavior 3-D
“Just beyond my studio window, grows a splendid Mountain Ash. It produces berries that tenaciously cling to its stems throughout the fierce winds of approaching winter. The fruit will remain long after the leaves have fallen and decayed under the snow. The deep red against a background of white creates a visual richness on a gray day attracting many. Turkeys wobble on the thinner branches trying to pick at berries beyond their reach. To the side, pheasants feast, while chickadees dart in and out. The chattering of squirrels completes the ensemble. Simply, a visual gift to me, but of immense importance to those needing energy to endure the cold months ahead.”
Awards & Collections:
- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, Purchase Award
“The overture begins with a rise in temperature. Spring is near and with that a period of shy playfulness followed by the serious selection of a mate.”
Society of Animal Artists, Award of Merit
“I live in the northwest corner of Montana not far from the National Bison Range and have ready access to the great American Buffalo. Not only is this animal a symbol of our national heritage, it is steeped in Montana history as well.”
- Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence
- Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Cody, Wyoming, William E. Weiss Purchase Award
- C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, Best of Show
- The Biscoe Museum, San Antonio, Texas, Artists Choice Award
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
- Gerald Ford Foundation, Vail, Colorado
- High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon
Edition 35 14″H X 36″W X 11″D $8,200
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, People’s Choice Award
- Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, Animal in Arts Award
- International Wildlife Exposition, Governor’s Award & Best of Show
AWARDS & COLLECTIONS:
- Patrons Choice Award, International Masters of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas
- Purchase Award, International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Permanent Collection
- Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona, Best of Show for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement in any Media for grouping including Bluff Called, Through the Pass and A Colt Named Sonny, 1920
“A Slight gold reflection lingers, scraping the last of the day’s long shadow. A piercing whistle is returned from across the canyon, a rattling of sabers. Guttural sounds of raging passion and eyes red with territorial mania express the need to dominate and procreate. Bluff is called. One not yet strong enough will soon be sulking in the safety of a stand of crowded pines where he’ll blow and plot revenge for another day.”
There brushed with yellow and red, a reflection lingers,
smoothing the scant shadows of the day.
A piercing whistle is returned from across the canyon,
ranking dominance coveted.
The reactive thrashing of an evergreen,
incites immature courage.
Deep cavernous rumbling, accented by high-pitched bugles,
perforates the air.
A young challenger succinct in his determination,
driven by the right to the ascendancy of power, strides forth.
Sabers clash, big based horns declare
the doctrine of strength.
Nearby, clusters of dense aspens,
covering for one not yet strong enough.
Sulking, blowing in the safety of the stand of trees,
plots this youngster, revenge for another day.
All aggression is consequential, bluff is called,
the seasons pass, an interlude, a day will come.
Sherry Salari Sander
Edition 25 11.5″H X 15.5″W X 6.5″D $3,200
Pemco Award, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, New York
- Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona, Best of Show for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement in any Media for grouping including “A Colt Named Sonny, 1920”, “Bluff Called” and “Through the Pass”
“A number of years ago, I bought a colt named “Sonny” off the track. He was talented, athletic and I felt he would make an excellent jumper. Unfortunately, he had no redeemable social graces and was smart enough to be dangerous. As I developed this piece of sculpture from the 1920’s, there emerged Sonny, cold-eyed and forever the nonconformist.”
- National Academy of Western Art (NAWA), Gold Medal Award
- Society of Animal Artists, Best of Show
- Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- National Wildlife Art Museum, Jackson, Wyoming
“Two cats, gated by laziness
Supple muscles at rest
Fearless repose, innocuous from interlopers
Breathing hosannas to the Spirits.
Released from sleep, their daily game begins
Curvate shapes, long tails tucked low
Golden contours slink through waving grass
Powerful sinew leap atop polished cupolas
Their silent prowess rewarded with sated appetite.
Solicitous play, amplified by sham growling
Feverish chase taken for fun and survival
Terrestrial roaming shunt intruders
all work done, day is done, well done.
Two cats, once more drenched with sleep
Hidden bed awaits.
Artist’s soliloquy to its simplicity, to their mystery.”
Sherry Salari Sander
- Allied Artists of America, Raymond H. Brumer Memorial Award
- International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, 1st Runner Up Peoples’ Choice Award
“The dogs in the sculpture are cross-bred, actually Alaskan Heinz 57 so-to-speak. In that area, dogs are often bred for strength and endurance; dogs with heart and dogs capable of withstanding the severe weather.”
National Academy of Western Art (NAWA), Silver Medal Award
“One evening out of my studio window, a pair of foxes picked their way down a fallen cottonwood to my pond. As I watched them, they looked up toward me framing a perfect composition.”
- Society of Animal Artists, Elliot Liskin Memorial Award for Representational Sculpture
- Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, Corporate Award
- National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, Heroic-Size sculpture
- Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art, Boulder, Colorado, Heroic-Size sculpture
- Private Collection
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Paul Manship Memorial Award, New York City, New York.
“The middle fork of the Flathead skirts the mountains on the southern border of Glacier National Park. High above the river goats traverse the mountain face looking for lichen and salt eventually picking their way down the sheet cuts to the water below. In the formal sense, this piece is an abstract study in relating shapes and forms, which is the primary purpose of the sculpture. The goats are incidental.”
- Allied Artists of America, New York, Helen Gapen Oehler Memorial Award
- Knickerbocker Artists’ 41st Annual Exhibition, New York, Silver Medal of Honor
- National Sculpture Society, New York, The Pietro and Alfrieda Montana Memorial Prize
- North American Sculpture Exhibition, New York, Renaissance Bronze Award
- Allied Artists of America, Helen Gapen Oehler Memorial Award
“These young grizzlies take a respite from the work of being a bear to enjoy a friendly wrestling match.”
- Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence
- Allied Artists of America, New York, Ranieri Sculpture Casting Award
“The challenge in designing Herd of Birds was to create a lyrical, perhaps even playful, mood while still maintaining the ostriches’ integrity.
“For a seemingly awkward animal, the ostrich is extremely graceful at full speed.”
- International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Patrons Choice Award
- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin
- Private Collections
Upon the stones
ten thousand years sooner than I,
Historians were scripting annals
of birds that run.
Shared is the desire to record
this wizardry of nature,
this ancient family of the savanna.
And, in the telling, images of
beaks agape hawking their journey
Sailing a sea of sand and wind.
Scratched in stone,
forms in bronze
Unabridged by space or subsequence,
The need remains,
Children of our,
show others their way.
Sherry Salari Sander
“The type of clay I used in this sculpture has a certain drag to it. I like it because it’s best suited for pushing and shoving ending with a certain texture of surface quality needed to extenuate the chaos of this piece of work. But, under the appearance of confusion in this scene of seasonal behavior, belies a strict social structure of dominance, aggression, protection and flight. Familial symmetry is imperative to the safety and growth of this band of mountain horses.”
- Desert Cabellaros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona, First place 3-Dimensional Art Award.
- Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence.
“Goats are often solitary animals. But, saying that, I’ve seen as many as twenty or more feeding on a windswept mountainside. So, true to more normal behavior, I’ve collectively composed vignettes of what you might experience in a day hiking on the roof of the Rocky Mountains.”
- Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, Montana, 1st Place Peoples Choice Award, Members Only Exhibition
“The themes or ideas expressed in my work present themselves out of the nature of an animal. In this particular sculpture, I took advantage of the Peacock’s ability to evoke visual information through a display of plumage in pursuing a mate or warding off a potential rival.”
North American Sculpture Exhibition, H.R. Meininger Co. Award.
- National Sculpture Society, Bedi-Makky Foundry Prize for Bronze Sculpture
“Adapting a way of life to the environment has always fascinated me. Especially so with the Eskimos who have long used dog sleds for traveling, transporting freight as well as moving entire villages when hunting near home becomes scarce. The fan-hitch type of harness depicted in this sculpture is constructed of seal skin rope referred to as Atsuna. These ropes of varying lengths, or traces as they are commonly called, easily become crossed and tangled causing frequent stops along the way to straighten them out. As troublesome as this may be at times, it is still a very reliable and efficient method of travel.”
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center Art Show, Artist’s Choice Award
- Oklahoma Art Center, Best of Show Award