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Sculptress returns to Depot to display latest bronze work

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Sabra Tull Meyer
SIKESTON -- Sikeston will welcome sculptress Sabra Tull Meyer of Columbia back to the community with a reception Friday at the Sikeston Depot.

Scheduled from 5-7 p.m., the reception is open to the public, according to Delilah Tayloe, curator for the Sikeston Depot.

"It's wonderful for the Depot to have an artist of this stature and I hope that people will come to the artist reception and see for themselves what fine bronze sculpture is all about," Tayloe said. "She's been a sculptress for 25 years in bronze which is a very demanding medium."

The reception will be the opening for an exhibit of Meyer's work that will be on display at the Depot until the end of the month. "The title of the exhibit is 'Images in Bronze,'" Meyer said.

Meyer has worked exclusively in bronze for many years. "I used to paint and draw, but I keep so busy with my bronze sculpture that I really don't have time any more to do that," she said.

Examples of Meyer's work can be found all over Missouri. "I have three portrait busts in the hall of famous Missourians in the Capitol in Jefferson City," Meyer said. She has also been commissioned to do a fourth - a bust of John Ashcroft.

A life-sized bronze sculpture of a sitting eagle by Meyer can be found at Central Methodist College in Fayette. A life-sized sculpture of an eagle in flight called "Sky Spirit" is at the Les Bourgeois Winegarden and Bistro in Rocheport.

Meyer also recently designed a veteran memorial for Boonville.

Since her last exhibit at the Depot in October 2000, Meyer's art career has continued to flourish.

"She won this competition for the Lewis and Clark bronze and received a special award at the governor's mansion in October of last year," Tayloe said.

"It includes Lewis and Clark and York, who was the servant to Clark," Meyer said of the piece.

The sculpture may be the only one to also include George Droulliard, a member of the expedition who was of French-Canadian and Shawnee Indian decent and was "very important in the hunting and interpreting," according to Meyer. "He was born just north of what is now Cape Girardeau."

She is now in the process of enlarging the sculpture, entitled "Corps of Discovery, 1804-2004," for the Jefferson City display - the process will take almost a year to complete. "They will be eight feet tall," she said.

The exhibit at the Depot will consist of 14 pieces by Meyer specially assembled for Sikeston. It will include "life-sized busts, three-foot-tall figures, wildlife sculptures, eagles, dolphins," Meyer said. "One of the pieces is going to be the maquette - a small model - of the Lewis and Clark monument that is to be placed in Jefferson City. The one I am bringing with me is 17 inches high and 19 inches wide."

Meyer said she is happy to be returning to Sikeston.

"My brother Frank Tull used to live there - he was an orthopedic surgeon at the hospital," she said. "I always love to come down there. We have through the years visited Sikeston on more than one occasion. I'm looking forward to being there and I really find it's a wonderful place to have an exhibit."

Tayloe said financial assistance for this exhibit was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.