Bernie Jestrabek-Hart
Bernie Jestrabek-Hart

"I also love sharing this vision, by teaching others to be able create their own ideas"

Bernie creates Sculptures made of Fabric and has also made many Metal Sculptures made of Aluminum, Barbed Wire, Steel And Other Metals that represent Birds, Animals, Wildlife, and People

 

Acclaimed sculptor Bernie Jestrabek-Hart, a graduate of Boise State University, She has made sculptures for collectors throughout the world.  For 32 years she created with steel, aluminum, and stainless steel, as well as barbed wire. In 2011 due to worn out shoulders which have been replaced Bernie is no longer able to do the hammering required to shape metal so she has turned to creating with fabric. 


She has sculpted in many different styles, a multitude of subjects and sizes, from monumental works for landmarks and school mascots, as well as smaller for homes and gardens, including tiny sculptures and pieces of jewelry. She is working to make the fabric a viable medium to be displayed outside with the use of Fa -brick, Paverpol or Powertex added to the fabric or with a coating of Belzona, (a molecular metal)  added which makes it look and feel like metal. (See  "Snow Storm" in the horses page for an example)

Bernie has won many awards and is most proud of being co-awarded with Bob Gerdes, the °Caldwell Fine Arts Excellence in Fine Arts Award¡" in 2010 for the Blue Heron Sculpture in Indian Creek, Caldwell, Idaho. (see on miscellaneous birds page) This is the first time in the 48 years of this association's existence that this award was given to a metal sculptor.

  

Her first book, entitled, "Creating Realistic Works with Barbed Wire" is now available and is an explicit tutorial, sharing her personal techniques for using the medium of barbed wire.  It is available through her website and has sold all over the world. A Kindle version is available through Amazon.

 

The second, "Finding Beauty in Devastation" is a book of photos of the beauty she saw after the devastating shop fire in 2010.  It was finished and published the fall of 2013 and is available through this website.


Fabric has now become her passion and she created a red tailed hawk for the Wyandot Middle School in the Clinton Township, MN.  Instead of the browns and reds of the red tailed hawk they wanted the blues and gold of their school colors. Her largest fabric to date is an 8 foot wingspan red tailed hawk for Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha  WI. (see below)

Due to the physical limitations she now requires assistance and is currently residing with assisted living in Vintage Silver Creek, in San Jose, CA, where she is close to both of her sons and families, and is also able to be part of her grand children's lives.  There Bernie serves as chairman of the Residents' Council.


Bernie's studio is her apartment living room where she creates with fabric.

 

Regarding commission work, her motto is °You imagine it and I will work with you to create it."