Posted Oct. 14, 2014 @ 5:26 pm
Updated Oct 15, 2014 at 5:38 PM
For Scott Cahaly, the image is always there, it’s simply the layers – and sometimes hundreds of pounds – of rock that need to be removed.
"I believe it is Michelangelo's philosophy that the image is always in the stone, and you just have to go and find it," explained Cahaly, a contemporary artist, sculptor and stone carver for nearly two decades, who opened a studio where he will teach classes in the historic railroad station at Depot Park on Wednesday. "I never buy a piece of stone with an image in mind, I go and find a stone that appeals to me, and then I find inspiration – the image – afterwards."
It is a philosophy fitting Cahaly’s path into his craft, which, according to him, began with an epiphany while sitting on a dock in Burlington Vermont, when he was a student at the University of Vermont, in the 1990s.
"I was a student, trying to figure out what I was going to do, and I heard a voice telling my I was an artist," recounted Cahaly, a Lexington native who has had his work exhibited across New England.
Cahaly works on projects both small and large, including a more than 1,000 pound block of marble that he began chiseling away at two summers ago, which, when finished, will be the third biggest rock he has ever completed.
A sculpting instructor for nearly 15 years, Cahaly spent 11 years teaching the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, and opened his own classes in 2010. After several years running studios near Boston, Cahaly is bringing his classes to Bedford.
"The location is great, the old train station has so much character; it is really a great setting to spawn creativity," he said.
Cahaly will be offering a 10-session class on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a nine- session class on Wednesday nights from 7-10 p.m., and a nine-session class on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will also be offering single-session Saturday classes from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25, Nov. 22, and Dec. 20. According to Cahaly, the classes are offered to carvers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts, and he will be as hands-on, or hands-off, as desired by each individual student.
For more information on the classes and to register, visit http://stonecarvingdust.blogspot.com/. For more information on Cahaly, visit http://www.cahaly.net.