Talk and Demo by Nick Batzell: Dallin and the Sculptural Process

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Join us on Tuesday, October 20 for a behind the scenes talk about the artist’s sculptural process. Nick Batzell, of Skylight Studios in Woburn, Mass. will lead the audience through the technical steps of creating a sculpture during the period of Cyrus E. Dallin’s (1861-1944) career. He’ll discuss clay modeling, molding, and bronze casting as well as the production techniques for plaster works of art as used in the past and the present. There will be a demonstration of the modeling and casting of plaster as well as a guided tour through the gallery to directly observe Cyrus’ plaster-work.

Nick Batzell grew up Arlington and became interested in sculpture as a child looking at the work of Cyrus E. Dallin. Dallin’s work inspired him to study sculpture at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and eventually lead him to become an Apprentice Sculptor to Robert Shure of Skylight Studios in Woburn, Massachusetts. He now resides in the Cambridge.

The museum galleries will be open starting at 6:30 pm. The program will begin in the Cutter Gallery in the lower level of the building at 7:00. A $10 donation ($7 for museum members) for the program is requested. Parking is available in the town lot behind the museum.

The mission of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum is to promote new insights into our shared history by exploring the life, work, and values of Cyrus E. Dallin (1866-1944), celebrated sculptor of Arlington, Massachusetts. Since it’s founding in 1995, the Museum’s collection has quadrupled and presently consists of over 60 works of art including sculptures (freestanding and relief), medals, coins, and paintings.

Every year hundreds of visitors participate in a wide variety of lectures, tours, educational programs and special events. Located at 611 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center, the museum is open Friday through Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Look online at or on Facebook to learn more about this and other museum sponsored events.