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A Focus on the Masters Benefit Event
dm Spaulding Collection Sale
A rare opportunity to purchase original art works directly
from the estate of dm Spaulding and
support arts education in our community.
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 2-5 p.m.
Welcoming comments 2:30
5617 Pembroke St., Ventura

Please join us for an extraordinary afternoon of art and conversation! This very special sale of important art works from the estate of the late, celebrated sculptor dm Spaulding is not to be missed.  More than 100 items are available for purchase, with a generous percentage of the sales to be donated to Focus on the Masters educational programing.  A brief power-point presentation will trace the career of this gifted artist.  Spaulding’s son David and FOTM Founder, Donna Granata will be on hand to answer questions and introduce you to these important works.  Light refreshments will be served. This will be the last opportunity to purchase Spaulding’s work before the collection is moved.  Price lists will be available at the event.  This is a rare opportunity to purchase art directly from the artist’s estate.

This is the first in a series of exciting fund-raising efforts in celebration of our 20th Anniversary.
RSVP by filling out form on left or 805.653.2501

About dm Spaulding and his work:
Spaulding was born Douglas Malcolm Spaulding in Connecticut in 1929. Upon graduating from Pepperdine University in 1950 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology, Doug obtained his teaching credential and began his extraordinary career in education. In 1956, he joined the Department of Defense School System and moved to Yokohama, Japan to teach History at Nile C. Kinnick High School.  This was the beginning of a 30 year career of teaching and school administration at U.S. military bases in Japan and other regions of the Far East.
Spaulding’s years in Asia highly influenced his esthetic sensibility. It was in Japan that he produced a huge body of sculpture including large scale bronze figurative work and abstract objects that incorporated natural materials like hemp rope, stone, raw wood and metal.  Often creating narratives within the work, the artist aimed to convey deep meaning and social consciousness into his pieces.  He once said of his work Man’s Burden: “each of us is burdened with the rest of mankind on our backs…whether in our hearts or our minds; we are empathetic of one another.”  Man’s Burden is a recent acquisition of the Museum of Ventura County, which will also display several pieces of Spaulding’s work in the Museum’s upcoming tribute to Vietnam Veterans, “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back”.   

Spaulding retired from education in 1987 and moved to Ventura where he became very active in the southern California art scene and exhibited his work extensively. Focus on the Masters documented dm Spaulding’s work in 1997. His archive includes a recorded oral history, a videotaped interview, visual library and ephemera.  Spaulding died in 2012 at the age of 83.
Read more and see his portrait here.