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Press Release: For Immediate Release

Exhibition: The Art of Animal Sculpture
Exhibition Dates: January 26- March 16,2019
Reception: Saturday, January 26  5:30pm-7:30pm
Bonita Museum and Cultural Center: 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita CA.

On Saturday, January 26th the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center will open its newest exhibition, The Art of Animal Sculpture.  The exhibition features over 40 sculptures that showcase animals as the artistic inspiration.  The show will exhibit large and small scale works of sculptors Mark Edward Adams, D.L. Engle, Mehl Lawson, and Adam Matano.  These award-winning artists represent some of the top sculptors of animals in the United States and their sculpture has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries across the country.  

Mark Edward Adams views the animal as a metaphor for the human condition.  His modern impressionistic style emphasizes emotions that range from extreme joy to heartache.  Adams’ work has been exhibited at The Gilcrease Museum, The Booth Museum, Brookgreen Gardens, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  He has received major awards from the National Sculpture Society and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  

Mark Edward Adams- Renegade
Renegade by Mark Edward Adams

D.L. Engle sculpts animals with a reverence for the past.  As she explains, "There is a quality that animals possess that has intrigued humans since our beginning. With reverence they were painted and carved on cave walls. Through all ages and cultures they have inhabited our dreams and mythologies. We see distilled in them all the powers and mysteries of Nature and so have longed for a closer understanding and kinship with that mystery."  Engle has exhibited her work at the LA Natural History Museum, The Wildling Museum and The Autry Museum.  She was also the recipient of Marilyn Newmark Memorial Grant from the National Sculpture Society. 

D. L. Engle - Aristocracy

Aristocracy by D.L. Engle

Mehl Lawson is known for his depiction of horses and the relationship between the horse and the riders.  He takes inspiration from vaquero tradition of Old California and regarded as one the top Western sculptors in the country.  Among his numerous awards includes The Remington Award at the Prix de West Show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Thomas Moran Award at the Masters of the American West Show at the Autry Museum. 


Last Stand by Mehl Lawson, Cowboy Artists of America member

Adam Matano is an academically trained artist that specializes in animal sculpture.  Matano has explained, “The design of the animal ambiguously demonstrates emotion through form and gesture, provoking an intriguing interaction between it and the viewer.  My visual ideas start in the studio and are further explored with live animals, most recently from the zoo. I discover physical and psychological characteristics of the individual that speak to the initial ideas, whether they are actually inherent in the individual or my projection of who they are. They help to define my final works.”  Matano has exhibited his work at the LA Natural History Museum and The Autry Museum. 


Rascal by Adam Matano

On Saturday, January 26th, the opening will begin at 3:30pm, with a jazz performance by the Katie Ward trio.  The artist reception will begin at 5:30pm and end at 7:30 pm. The exhibition will be on view through March 16, 2019.

The Bonita Museum and Cultural Center is open 10 AM to 4 PM, Wednesdays thru Saturdays and by appointment.  website:

Admission is free to the museum.


For images and interviews please contact:

Wendy Wilson:
619 267-5141

Curator, Mark Edward Adams:


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Bonita, California 91902

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