Alice Calhoun is the imaginative artist behind Copper Curls Sculpture LLC, the Hermann, MO business that designs and creates metal fairy garden sculptures. As the owner and artist, Calhoun grew up in the South where the beauty of landscape is legendary and storytelling is a way of life. “My earliest memory is of creating miniature, magical worlds on tabletops, in closets, and out of doors under great big trees and then guiding my playmates (both real and imagined) through my kingdom. More recent memories are of larger magical worlds on tabletops, in flowerpots, and out of doors under great big trees and then guiding my playmates (sometimes known as customers and fellow artists) through my kingdom (my 12 foot tall copper gazebo).”
Calhoun’s whimsical, copper curly-haired metal sculptures are inspired by many influences, including dance, southern landscapes, English gardens, and ancient forests; by folktales by artists who create mythic landscapes (from Shakespeare and William Faulkner to Howard Finster); and by poetic fiction and narrative painting and sculpture.