Tom Phardel and Sharon Que Artworks
“Tom Phardel and Sharon Que, A Three Dimensional Perspective” opens at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Feb. 4

VIDEO: Tom Phardel Interview

VIDEO: Sharon Que Interview

An exhibition of stunning works by two well-known Michigan artists, Tom Phardel and Sharon Que, will be on display at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. Tom Phardel and Sharon Que, A Three Dimensional Perspective, opens Feb. 4.

A reception to meet the artists will be held at the Museum Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to 989-964-7082 or by Tuesday, Jan. 3.

“This exhibition is an overview of my work over more than a decade. It's who I am. It's like looking in the mirror. I can't wait to see it in such a fine setting as the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum,“ Tom Phardel said.

Of Phardel’s work, Josephine Shea, curator, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, writes in the exhibition catalogue, “Whether acid etched, or sandblasted and slumped, glass is used for its translucency. Combined with patinated steel platforms, Phardel creates both intimate wall-mounted stages and large-scale pieces like Temple Totem that invite the observer to come closer, exploring beyond the first frontal but distorted glance.”

Sharon Que, a sculptor and violin and viola maker/restorer, said of the exhibition: “I’m so pleased we have a museum in Michigan devoted to sculpture, to be exhibiting my contemporary hybrid sculpture in this elegant museum along with the significant traditional sculptures of Marshall Fredericks, and to be working with the incredible museum staff”.

Of Que’s work, Shea writes, “Coming from a family of engineers, she loves drawing mechanically, and precise measurement of forms has always been a passion. Always trying to comprehend the universe, she has an ongoing fascination with the ways we try to measure it. It’s not surprising that her favorite tool in this quest is a palm-size divider. This fascination led to a study of mathematical models, structures created to make visible the invisible, to help students grasp concepts and ideas.”

“Both Tom and Sharon have had numerous one-person exhibitions throughout their long and rich careers. Having the work of both artists exhibited together in the Tom Phardel and Sharon Que, A Three Dimensional Perspective exhibition at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is very satisfying,” said Museum Director Marilyn Wheaton.

In addition to their exhibition, Phardel and Que will lecture about their art at the Museum Thursday, April 5 from 2:00 – 4:00 and again from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. RSVP to 989-964-7096 or
Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through May 26, 2012. For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at
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