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Celtic-inspired sculptures on display at the Center

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Swiss-born artist Martin Arkenstone will showcase his Celtic-inspired stone sculptures at the Center for the Arts from April 30 to May 19. If you have seen drawings from “The Book of Kells” or watched the young sculptor in the film series “Pillars of the Earth,” you will recognize his style.

This show features his intricately carved reliefs embellished with gold and handmade oil paints, a style he started in 1999. He uses skills from his 25 years of training on European cathedrals, old castles and medieval towns. He also uses reclaimed materials from buildings and restorations. His sculpture takes old designs and plays with modern twists of color and ideas, and he lets an old art speak in a new way.

He teaches classes in Old World mastery hand sculpture techniques.

“Everyone has a way to express themselves,” Arkenstone says in his videos.

He wants to inspire imagination and passion for life with his art.

Meet Arkenstone at an artist reception from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Harp music will be provided by Delphine Griffith and poetry and commentary by Kathryn Smith. She brings years of bardic study, performance in plays, poetry reading and medieval revels to Arkenstone’s exhibit.

“Stone Sculptures by Martin Arkenstone” exhibit is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily from April 30 to May 19.

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