Arnold Kinast

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My first sculpture was done as a farm boy at the age of 10 when I nailed a bunch of worn-out farm machinery parts to a fence post.

After leaving the farm I served in the army and then worked on construction until my retirement.

During my working years I took some night classes. Triguie Rovelstead, a sculptor from Elgin, was my first instructor. He designed several U.S. coins and the WWII Infantry Sharp Shooters Badge. Rovelstead was a protégé of sculptor Leonardo Taft and designed many larger-than-life bronze statues.

In the 60’s I worked with a wood carver that specialized in church furniture. We carved alters, lecterns, baptism fonts, etc. It is exciting to watch the figures as they emerge from wood.

Oil painting was included in my list of art hobbies after taking night classes. I still enjoy that form of expression.

When I retired after 35 years of construction at the age of 60 I decided it was my time to have fun and explore artistic avenues. I did this by taking several classes in different mediums at Elgin Community College.

Elgin Community College has provided wonderful opportunities for me over the past 10 years. The college has tools and resources that would not be available or practical to experiment with for one-time uses. I have taken classes in drawing, oil painting, glass fusing, welding, airbrush, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture. The sculpture and glass fusing classes were especially fascinating. I have developed my own style and am currently enrolled as an independent student in the sculpture class.

I have exhibited work at: The Kane County Campbell House in St. Charles, The Norris Gallery, Elgin City Hall, Elgin Academy, Elgin Community College, Art Showcase in Elgin, Carswell’s, Sherman’s Hospital, Art Showcase, the Enrichment Series, Carpentersville Village Hall, St. Charles River Walk, and The Aurora Public Art Commission.

I am a member of the “Art For All” club in Elgin. This organization promotes artwork and is open to the public. My work is included in several club exhibits. There are continuous displays at the Elgin City Hall.

My retirement years have been busy and rewarding mostly due to my artwork. I have a love for tools and working with my hands and take pride in doing a good job. I like to think my work makes people stop and wonder and on occasion sparks a little humor.

-Arnold Kinast

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