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March 31, 2014


It started with a phone call from Dr. James Harken and Jim Sullivan, board members of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. "Can I set an appointment to speak with you?" they inquired.  Figuring I was about to be hit up for a donation to the museum, I agreed, as I have always supported the arts, albeit usually from a musical perspective.

blog3.jpgI was wrong.  I was being requested to provide artwork in the stone medium for their annual auction.  "You guys know that I'm not an artist, don't you?", I responded, being taking off guard with the odd, yet intriguing request.  As Jim and the good doctor looked around our showroom, at various oddities of marble and granite, they begged to differ.  "True, I'm no artist, I thought to myself.  But after two decades in the stone business, I've amassed enough skill to be dangerous".  (My inner voices were laughing hysterically at this point.)

And just like that, I was thrusted into the local art world.  Joey Marcella, artist wannabe.

My first piece for the MAC, entitled "Crevasse", won the Patrons award at the event, along with a $1000 check.  Figuring "bad juju" would ensue if I kept it, I decided to donate the $1000 back to the MAC on Mario & Son's behalf.  The recognition alone was more than enough, and perhaps good Karma will come our way after being bruised and beaten by the economy for the last several years.blog_3_2.jpg

I've now completed several works as of late, including "The Weeping Tree" out of a single piece of green marble, and my latest work, "Mantis", out of a 500 pound block of Italian Carrara marble. You can watch the complete creation of that piece on YouTube.

Getting back to basics, getting back the feel of the stone, has been therapeutic.  The carving of "Mantis" brought out the full range of emotion in me.  At first it was physical and violent, hammering the living crap out of the stone, but then over nearly six months of effort, gradually ended with the softest touch and finesse, and a renewed appreciation for this awesome material and business that I'm fortunate to earn my living from.

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Posted by Ross Stansfield on
Hello Joey,
I am a video producer in Maryland and I am going to be working with a Granite and Marble company in Va to create a film for them...your film was very very good and of course being in the business of stone you have the insight to create a detailed and informative shot this a video on a HDSLR or a video camera? What was your edit platform? I also watched you create Mantis out of that block of stone...beautiful realization of a complicated and delicate idea. Here is my Vimeo page
Ross Stansfield
Posted by Joey Marcella on
Hello Ross,
Thank you for your very kind comments. Both of those videos were shot on my humble Sony handicam HDR CX100, and edited in iMovie. Nothing special. I've shot a little footage with my DSLR camera, which is substantially better, but considering the dusty environment, I'm hesitant to continue with that out of fear of damaging my good lenses. Good luck to you on your video endeavors.
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