December 6, 2019

Dalton Ghetti’s Artwork at Lori Warner Studio Gallery in Chester

Photo courtesy of Sloan Howard Photography

The Lori Warner Gallery will be featuring the awe inspiring sculpture of self-taught artist Dalton Ghetti from August 19, 2011 – October 10, 2011.  Dalton patiently and meticulously carves pencils into minutely detailed works of art.  When he began sculpting, he carved large objects; but as a challenge to himself and because of his interest in small living things, he decided to create the smallest carvings that he could see with his naked eyes.  One day, he picked up a working pencil and started carving it and the rest is history.

Lori Warner first saw Dalton’s linked heart pencil at the New Britain Museum of American Art while visiting the museum with her 5 year old son. They were both fascinated by this tiny object as art, but also in the conversation that it started.  “Dalton developed his own artistic expression by taking an ordinary object and finding something creative hidden within it.” said Lori Warner.  “He inspires me to think about things we use every day, how they might be used differently and the many ideas it might express.”

According to Dalton, “My idea is to bring people’s attention to small things, I feel that small is beautiful.”  Most of the pencils he uses are found on the streets and sidewalks. Dalton’s work is a recycling process whereby he turns discarded objects into art.

Photo courtesy of Sloan Howard Photography

To create his sculpture, Dalton holds the pencil in his hand under a strong light source and carves it mostly with a sewing needle and a small, very sharp, triangular metal blade. Whenever he gets inspired, he sculpts in very short intervals of one to two hours per day.  He works very slowly by removing specks of graphite a little at a time.  Therefore, it takes months or sometimes years to complete a sculpture.

On Friday, September 30, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Dalton Ghetti will be at the Lori Warner Studio/Gallery to discuss his work, his inspirations, and the process behind the creation of each sculpture. This event is free and open to the public, reservations are suggested.

For Dalton, sculpting pencils is a hobby and a form of meditation, which requires a lot of patience. His pencil carvings are not for sale. “I don’t do it for money.” says Dalton. “I sculpt pencils mostly for myself; my art comes from my heart.” He plans to donate his life’s work in it’s entirety to a museum with the intention that the collection be kept together and not ever sold. Dalton believes in universal public access to art. We’re pleased to extend his vision and promote his work.

The Lori Warner Studio/Gallery is a unique source for artwork and objects that make a lasting impression.  “My goal is to not just exhibit artist’s work, but rather to foster a collaborative relationship between the gallery and each artist.” said Lori. “I see this as a platform to experiment with new ideas and to expose our featured artists’ work while teaching about the process involved with creating each piece.”  The gallery carries many exclusive pieces and regularly features guest artists that are pioneering creativity in their chosen medium.  The gallery is located at 21 Main Street in Chester, Connecticut.  (860) 322-4265.