Positive energy is alive and well at Studio JBONE as 2017 marks the beginning of another decade of creating and exhibiting a variety of sculpture, as Jay “JBONE” Sawyer of Warren has combined all of his life's skills to chase his dream and is not looking back. The public is invited to meet the sculptor and walk through the Studio JBONE gardens Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Much of the material in JBONE's sculpture is reclaimed from around the state and represents a lot of history for Maine and the Industrial Age. The studio's natural setting includes a pine grove with a canopy of activity, a small pond, lawn and paths. Many of the sculpture are available for purchase, and commissions are always entertained.

With dogged determination, the Maine Maritime Academy graduate’s efforts have led to prominent public installations including in the cities of Rockland and Portland; an outdoor studio that is continually gaining recognition as a Maine treasure; and a solo show on the campus of University of Maine at Farmington last fall. That exhibition, “Sculpture Soup,” was a rare solo exhibit spanning the entire space of the Emery Community Arts Center, indoors and out.

In addition to the monthly open studio, Studio JBONE is open for viewing Sundays and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entrance is located at 131 Camden Road/Route 90, a quarter mile from Route 1. A donation of $10 is suggested. For more information call 273-3948, or visit StudioJBONE.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.