I Fell In Love With Pegasus

by Lynne on July 22, 2010

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About a year ago, a little furniture store opened near me that had some pretty interesting pieces in its windows. I always meant to stop by and check it out, but you know how time flies, especially if you are a food blogger. Then around a month ago a big sign went up in the window, “Going Out Of Business” and I said to myself, Oh Wow, I’d better go there now before they’re gone.

Inside, it was pretty bare, and what furniture was left was utilitarian. But against the back wall was this astounding sculpture! It was reflecting the sunlight coming in through the glass doors and looked ethereal. I walked around and around it, marveling at the beauty and ingenuity of the inset glass pieces. I recognized Villeroy & Boch and Wedgewood china patterns. It was love at first sight. Boom. I wanted it. I needed it. I had to have it. I talked to the owner and my heart fell. Thirty eight hundred dollars. The owner said he’d consider adjusting the price. I said I had a hundred dollars. We both laughed…

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Later, I called my friend, Barbara, of MyKickAssGlass, and told her she had to see this piece before the store closed. We met there on a Saturday and I brought my camera this time. Here she is standing next to it and you can see its size. She is barely five feet tall. It is so heavy that the two of us could not make it budge.

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The artist’s name is Terrie Read Kvenild. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1976 with a BA in Art with Honors. Her work is exhibited all over California in places like the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and the Functional Art Gallery in Hollywood. Her three-dimensional mosaics sell on consignment at two major galleries: the I. Wolk Gallery in St. Helena and Gumps Gallery in San Francisco. Her richly colorful mosaic horses are what she calls her “bread and butter” shapes, but in her thirty years of experience she has made it all, from bugs to cacti.

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You can see her public works at Margaritaville in Capitola Village and Nob Hill Shopping Complex.

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Out doors, where she works with cement, wire mesh and thinset mortor, are stacks upon stacks of bowls filled with Mexican pottery bits and Chinatown finds. Every time Gumps Department store has broken china, they send it off to Terrie, who fashions it into magnificent sculptures, which you can find at Gumps. Scroll down to the middle of this post and click on the big vase. It will fill your screen with her amazing sculpture.

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The Pegasus of Greek mythology was an immortal winged horse sired by Poseidon, which sprang forth from the neck of Medusa, when she was beheaded by the hero Perseus.

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The goddess Athena gave the Corinthian hero, Bellerophon, a golden bridle with which he tamed Pegasus, and rode him into battle against the fire-breathing Chimera, a three-headed monster with the head of a lion, body of a goat and tail of a snake.

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Later, when the hero attempted to fly to heavenly Olympus, the gods sent a gadfly to bite Pegasus, causing him to buck Bellerophon off, throwing him back down to the earth. Pegasus continued to wing his way to heaven, where he took a place in the stables of Zeus and was given the job of carrying Zeus’ thunderbolts.

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Because of faithful service to Zeus, he was honored with transformation into a constellation.

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The ancient Greeks held the magnificent beast Pegasus, of Greek mythology, in great reverence. Greek coins of 360 BC had Pegasus on one side and the helmet of Athena on the other side.

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Monet July 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm

What a talented artist…I love how she uses old/broken materials to create something so beautiful. I wish we could see her work in person! And thank you for the lesson on Greek mythology…it is so interesting and I feel like I have so much to learn!

Adair @ Lentil Breakdown July 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

Interesting. I guess your 100 bucks didn’t get you the pegasus, but you got a great photo shoot for free.

UrMomCooks July 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

I SO know what it is like to be mesmerized by an amazing piece of art only to find that there is no conceivable way to make it mine! (My most recent moment came in Taos when I first glimpsed yard after yard of burnished bronze sculptures…) Great photo shoot — wish I would have done that!!!

Polwig July 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Wow it looks amazing. It reminds me of that martha stewart commercial when she tiles the bottom of her pool with credit cards. I have no idea why. This is so much prettier.

Carolyn Jung July 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I can see why you fell in love with that piece. It’s so whimsical and unique. Really, you can’t stop looking at it and studying all its intricate details. Plus, it’s so cute, you can’t help but smile every time you see it. ;)

Vivienne July 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

What an interesting piece of art! its like a mosaic horse! where would you put it if you buy it? :) i think i recognised some villeroy & boch/wedgewood designs too! no wonder its so expensive haha
thanks for sharing the story!

Joanne July 24, 2010 at 5:48 am

That pegasus is so ornate! If it were a tad bit smaller I would love to have it in my apartment. A mini version would make for an excellent countertop piece.

Stella July 24, 2010 at 7:32 am

This piece is beautiful, Lynne. Pretty amazing the way some people are able to create such things. I probably would have offered a hundred too though (smile). I won’t pay much even for great things…

sophia July 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Wow, what a gorgeous piece! I can see why you’re in love with it…and why it can’t be just worth $100! ah! I hope someone who appreciates it as much as you do will buy it…someone rich, of course!

Dorothy from Shockinglydelicious.com July 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

That is a stunning piece! I can see why it spoke to you.
Very beautiful photos, as always!

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