Friday, August 09, 2013

Teepee installation/ July 2013

I made a little spontaneous Teepee installation at a local festival in MA in July. Just using dead wood, rope and some ingenuity. I started with the central connection, which I reenforced with more rope and heavier wood. People saw different imagery in this piece. I saw a huge abstract person riding a horse.. At night it was nice cause the branches almost formed an intermediary to the stars. During the day the piece served as a 'Dragon Fly' landing pad. At one point there was more then fifteen of them perched on it's branches. I am interested in doing installations like this with similar or different materials as short/long term installations on different sites....   Scott.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sculpture Update.

 Here are some recent pictures from when I lifted up the block several months ago. For some reason the website is not letting me post these pics on the homepage... As of Today the piece is much further along! In these pics I used an 'engine hoist' with a green strap to lift and spin the block. It also rests now on a lazy susan piece of metal that allows me to spin it around with great ease. I mark up the stone with charcoal as I work which accounts for all the dark marks.
          ps. if anyone needs any bags of marble cubes let me know...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Rock Show

At Zeitgeist Gallery 167 Market Street, Lowell

Opening Reception on Sat. November 10, 6:30- 9 pm
The Show will run from November 10 to November 24
Gallery Hours are Wed.- Sat. 1-8 pm

Featuring stone carvings and stone installations by Jay Hungate, Bill Turville, Marcus Nechay, Yin Peet, Kevin Duffy, Scott Cahaly, and Andy Moerlein
with paintings and prints by Denise Manseau and decorated stones from the
617 285-1610

No, it's not rock ‘n roll, it's a party to decorate rocks for the upcoming "ROCK SHOW" at Zeitgeist Gallery- a show of all things stone, from sculpture to paintings.

People are invited to paint, collage, and otherwise decorate rocks to be in the show. 
ROCK PARTY- SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 1-4 pm at Zeitgeist, 167 Market Street, Lowell

Rocks and supplies are provided, but artists are encouraged to bring their own. 
A $5 donation is requested for all participants
Any finished rocks that people wish to donate will be raffled off at the ROCK SHOW Opening Reception on Sat. November 10, 6:30- 9 pm

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New Compressor.

 After many months of trying to carve a block of Italian Marble by hand, I had enough. My repetitive shoulder injury starting hurting again cause of all the hammering work. I decided it was time to start using pneumatics again. I have not used air tools since the late 90's when I lived and worked in Central Vermont. I have been carving alabaster by hand for almost a decade!
  I did a lot of research on compressors and decided to go with Sears 'Craftsman' model for a couple of reasons. One is that Sears is very close by to me and two they have a great return policy. A few weeks ago I bought a 33 gallon 150 psi (pounds per square inch) oil-less model. I liked this one cause I could just plug it into a 120 V wall plug and not have to get an electrician to wire a 240 V.
As soon as I turned on the (above) red compressor I thought an air plane was taking off. It was the loudest noise I have ever heard in my studio. I worked with it for a couple of days with earplugs and more earplugs until a neighbor mentioned how loud it was. At that point I decided to build a soundproofing box for it. I went to Home Depot and bought a bunch of 2" Styrofoam and built the big pink/purple box above. I sawed out exhaust holes on both sides and put it to the test. It did not really work and what is worse was causing a lot of heat around the compressor which is the LAST thing you want!
 The very next morning after getting up I needed to find a solution. I just realized I had to return the compressor and get something quieter. I did some more homework online about compressors and on the Sears website. For a little more money I decided to go with a smaller 27 gallon 150 PSI black Craftsman Professional compressor on wheels. I took the red one back with the great 'Craftsman' return policy and got the little black one. One thing to note about this compressor I learned is that it needs a special kind of Oil Sears does not sell. I ordered it from Loews online. I ran the unit for awhile then flushed all the existing oil that came out black. Apparently this is common in these compressors at the beginning. I added new clear oil to it and will drain it once more to make sure all the black is out!
This one works great and is MUCH quieter. The reason it is quieter is because it uses oil and has a spinning belt. This greatly reduces the noise. Though it is smaller then the red one it more then does the job and delivers air to the tools I use to carve marble. I have it up on some cushions to isolate the small vibration from the neighbor below me. I am very happy with this little guy and working away with plenty of air...

Friday, May 11, 2012


                                                   Blue Mermaid
                                                    'spriit stone'

This little blue mermaid swam out of my studio during open studios weekend and into the private collection of a very nice women! This small sculpture started off as a fragment of one of my students pieces that was left on the shelf at the Decordove Museum School for months if not years. I saw something in it, grabbed it and took it back to my studio. This lady with a tail started to emerge and took some time doing so as this 'spirit stone' or Blue Mist alabaster is very hard, almost like marble. I think I am going to carve some more mermaids...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Scott's Sculpture Lease Program SSLP


Leases contemporary sculpture(stone carving) to corporate offices, hotels, healthcare organizations, restaurants, production companies, private clients and more.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Can you see it?

Cruising through the facebook newsfeed today looking at my social networks updates I ran into these images, one on top of the other. One a Christian religious scene and the other a Zen landscape shot. I kept getting them confused or I kept seeing similar imagery in both. Can you see the similarities in composition? The sun, Jesus, the trees, disciples, mountains in the back round. This just seemed very visually odd to me these images were right on top of each other from two completely different facebook friends...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The thousand pound block of "pure" white Italian Carrara marble arrived the other day. The delivery into my loading dock wasn't without stress full moments but it is now safe and sound in my carving studio.. -Scott.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Artccupy (Live Painting in Boston's Dewey sq!) Liz Vequist

On Saturday October 15th artist Scott Cahaly brought his travel easel, canvas and acrylic paints into Occupy Boston! Since the beginning of the movement his drawing pad has been flooded with all the imagery that has been trickling down over the world wide web. Political, economical, symbols of piece and protest have been brewing in his creative mind. "With all this excitement going on, it has been a little hard to stay in my Somerville studio and paint" said Scott Cahaly
While walking back with a friend from the Columbus Day occupy march Scott said it would be worthwhile to do "live painting" in Dewey sq. The artist arrived there last Saturday and set up around 1:30 in the blustery wind and sun. "It was not easy, the painting and supplies kept blowing away and at one point during a passing rain storm a person saw me getting wet and gave me shelter from the storm with his protest sign!" These windy conditions marked an unknown collaboration in the piece because it blew a ripped in half one dollar bill right into his materials. "At this point I just stuck the ripped currency onto the middle of the painting, cause it is pretty much the reason why we are all here anyway...." "The painting created itself at this point, a giant peace symbol showed up with an image of the earth behind it and American flag below, with Bank of America Logo." The Wall Street Bull head showed up at the top of the peace symbol with a printed picture of the artist marching the week before holding up a sign referring to the dollar that said "your boss is watching."
There is nothing like the winds of change to inspire creativity, you can catch Scott Cahaly and other painters "artccupying" some sidewalk in Dewey sq. several days a week and making spontaneous paintings....

Friday, September 16, 2011

"Bust of Life"

This sculpture that I carved about thirteen years ago is about to leave the studio. It is a piece of Vermont Marble I got my hands on while carving stone at the Vermont Marble exhibit in the late 90's. It is about 23 inches high and 8 inches wide. I named it "Bust of Life" because ancient figural representations carved from the waist up were referred to as "busts" back in the Greco/Roman/Renaissance days. I added the "Life" part cause I see it as a very optimistic face and torso. Somebody was very interested at open studios 11 last spring and is about to come and take it home. It is always good when a piece of heavy rock's time has come to fly Z nest........... :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

SWID Festival Sculpture Installation.

I started and completed this found object sculpture installation at a festival I attended on fourth of July weekend in Central MA. The whole piece was a tribute to an artist friend of mine who died mysteriously on the west coast while trying to sell his paintings. It reminds me of a mix between an "Easter Island" head feel and a "Burning Man" feel. I am interested in doing more large scale projects like this in outdoor settings.... -Scott.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Live Painting....

I was asked several weeks ago if I would do "Live Painting" during a Wine and Food tasting party in Cambridge at the Sonesta hotel, I said yes... There were five painters there making live art and we had between three and four hours to complete a painting. I was a little stressed out for the first hour and a half while I executed a pretty (fail-listic) looking painting. I wasn't happy with it at all and started questioning whether or not I knew what I was doing. As I have done many times in my studio, I turned the canvas Vertical, and looked for a way in, a new possible form emerging and found one... "Wine Taster" acrylic on canvas emerged in front of over fifty people and was a good learning and remembering experience for me about my own creative process....

Friday, April 08, 2011

Somerville Open Studios April 30 & May 1

Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” On April 30 & May 1, that is exactly what the Somerville art community plans to do. It’s a weekend of epic proportions where artists open their doors to the art-loving public. Breaking our own record this year with 391 participants, Somerville Open Studios has become the largest one weekend open studios event in the nation. From home studios to commercial such as Joy Street, Central Street, Vernon Street, Mad Oyster, Brickbottom, Miller Street, and Mud at Studios, this FREE citywide event showcases both the established and emerging artists working across a broad spectrum of fine art styles and craft – painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, jewelry, clay, glass and furniture – anything you might want to explore is here in the ‘Ville.

This abundant array of artists both educates the public and raises awareness of the vast cultural diversity within the city. Examples of skill sharing can be found through a variety of workshops and classes (welding
to kayak-making) available at the Artisan’s Asylum and private studios. With the help of participating SOS members, students at the Winter Hill School learn to express themselves through art and understand what it
means to be a professional artist. Parts and Crafts has started a new program based on Community Supported Education very similar to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) providing art and science
projects to children during school vacations.

My studio is at The Mad Oyster Building
2 Bradley st. Somerville MA

For more info visit the Somerville Open Studios website