The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Ryan Kelley – Byfield
Learn more: www.wirebyryan.com/@wirebyryan
Creative Practice: Over the last nine years, I have been creating bespoke pieces of art for homes and businesses around the world. I have also taught over 2,000 students of all ages across the state and beyond.
Artist Statement: My work focuses on natural elements. How can I take this unnatural material and recreate what the natural world produces so effortlessly? Will my sculptures depicting nature outlast their muses? My fans, clients, and supporters see the connection of my work to the frail and dwindling natural world, and they hope to bring a piece of that beauty into their homes and businesses.
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