Meet Chester-based artist Barre Pinske, who along with his apprentice Suzie Fronhofer, recently completed an interesting commissioned project - a dinosaur-themed seating area for a pediatric dentist office based in Milford, CT.
So how did this unique project come about?
"I met Dr. Jesus Villegas and his wife Fresolina while the were here on a winter ski trip," Pinske stated in a recent, exclusive interview.
"The first project I worked on for the Villegas' was a family of three bear carvings, two bears wearing coveralls and one in a coverall skirt, representing their three children.
"My second project for them was a 'twig and resin' bartop for Jesus' private office, casting small pieces of branches in colored resin, then sanding it flat to create a mosaic of colored, resin-end grain wood."
After these projects, the Villegas became interested in creating a different decor for their dental office, something playful and fun for the kids in the waiting room.
"The dinosaur theme was suggested by Fresolina, who also works at the office," Pinske added.
"Next, Suzie and I made a trip down to see the Villegas' at their new office, and began taking measurements of the space and drawing sketches.
"The goal was to create unique seating for 16 people, adults as well as children."
Pinske's experience working with foam and fiberglass allowed the team to create the large dinosaur bench that was both strong and light weight, while Suzie created the upholstery work.
"It was certainly quite interesting attempting to do all the different aspects of this project," Pinske said.
"Today, you have to be a salesman, artist, designer, fabricator and delivery man. You need to wear several hats when you are trying to make a living in the arts."
There may be a mural painting in the works next, to tie the whole project together.
"The Villegas are some of the nicest people I have ever worked with," Pinske concluded. "The stress of opening a new office had to be immense, yet they treated us like gold.
"In this business you need good patrons and I am very lucky to have chosen such a great community to promote my artistic endeavors."
To learn more about the wonderful art world of Barre Pinske please visitwww.illanajoffrey.com or www.pinskepower.com.