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Heavy Metal: Shafer Art Gallery features exhibit by local sculptors

McCaffery (left) and Westbrook founded the non-profit organization Carbon Arts in Detroit in 2011 with the purpose of “teaching the art of iron casting and sculpture to all people who are interested in the foundry process and iron pours as performance.” McCaffery hopes to one day open a bran...

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While not generally known as a venue for heavy metal, the Shafer Gallery will be just that as it unveils its exhibit of rustic metal sculptures titled “Chaplets, Copes and Drags,” by Ellinwood artists Aaron McCaffery and Casey Westbrook with an opening reception from 1-3 p.m. today.
The pair of artists specialize in creating one-of-a-kind metal sculptures from cast iron by heating the metal, which melts at around 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and then pouring it into molds they create in the planning stages.  The art work is, by its very definition, “heavy metal” with pieces weighing between 25 ...

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