Arts In – Christina Bertsos

Christina Bertsos

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Christina Bertsos shares her passion for sculpting in stone and marble with host Barbara St. Clair, and how her work with fabric and hand-crafted couture influences her creations now.

She guides us through the physical and tactile craft of sculpting, explains how you find marble in Florida, and how she got started in stone through a class at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. She shares the joy of watching people defy gallery rules to touch her sculptures, and encourages women to take up this artform.
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You can listen to this lively conversation, and download the transcript. You’ll find photos below illustrating the stone carving process – from wrestling raw blocks of stone off a truck and using tools that stonecarvers have used for centuries, to finishing a graceful piece you can’t help wanting to touch.

Daughter of the Earth – carved stone on wood base

. . You can find more Arts In conversations
with visual, literary and performing artists
on our Soundcloud channel

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Arts In is produced by Sheila Cowley, Executive Producer Barbara St. Clair. Sponsored in part by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Visit St Petersburg Clearwater, the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Night – Stone, 19″ high x 11″ wide x 6″ deep
Night – alternate view
Sculptures-to-be, fresh off the truck

Stone carving tools

Curator of Bertsos’ solo exhibit in 2019, Bailey Gumienny (L) with Christina Bertsos (R). “This is a skirt that I made and hand ruched. It’s part of a evening ensemble”

Rasps for finishing the sculpture’s surface

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Photos courtesy of Christina Bertsos

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