MOUNT MORRIS — Livingston Arts is showcasing the solo exhibit “Justice Is” until July 22.
On July 8 at 1 p.m. wood sculptor Jerry Alonzo will be at Livingston Arts to talk about his work.
Genesee Country Express was able to talk to him about the importance of this exhibit, and how it coincides with his time as a Geneseo and Livingston County Court Judge.
“A lot of my work draws on that part of my life,” he said. “My work comes from how I feel about different things.”
On June 8 there was a big crowd at the opening reception of the exhibit, and Alonzo said his work has been well received by the public.
“I have been a member of the art center for a million years,” he said. “There was a good crowd of folks there. I knew some of them, and some I met for the first time.”
Alonzo said he has been working with wood for 60 years now, and it started out with him making furniture.
“Justice Is” brings the community into the artwork, and allows different people to interpret what they feel justice is all about.
“This is a nice hometown feeling,” Alonzo said. “I know people both in the law and art part of my life. I used to keep the art part of my life underwraps. I thought I had to separate the law and art part of my life. Now I am bringing them together.”
Alonzo keeps up with the law part of his life by working in Steuben County Family Court once a week.
“People have to be dedicated to it, because it can be very challenging,” he said. “I have been doing it since 1977. I enjoy it sometimes, but sometimes it can be hard.”
The art of wood sculpting offers some solace to Alonzo.
“Being in my art studio is a sanctuary for me,” he said. “I just turn on some music and get to work.”
This is the first time Alonzo has a solo exhibit at the art center.
“If you enjoy it just jump into it. You don’t need any formal training,” he said. “It is like being a writer; you get the first lousy draft done, and keep working on it. I first started out making birdhouses that looked like a kid did them. Whatever gives you pleasure you should keep doing it.”
Livingston Arts is located at 4 Murray Hill Drive in Mount Morris. You can visit his work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday noon to 4 p.m., Thursday noon to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until July 22. For more information on Alonzo you can visit http://jerryalonzo.com/index.html