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Pete and Mel Sottong

Pete and Mel Sottong

ARTIST’S STATEMENT AND BIOGRAPHY
A carver of Chesapeake Bay decoys for more than 20 years, Naples resident Peter Sottong directed his love of carving toward the local Calusa artifact collection when he relocated to SW Florida. Using published and unpublished photographs of the original artifacts, he produced detailed carvings and then developed a technique for reproducing exact replicas of the Key Marco Cat, ceremonial masks and other Calusa Indian artifacts that are sold in museums throughout Florida.
His most recent creations are contemporary wood core cold cast metallic works of art. Once the design is developed the pieces are fabricated and assembled in a 3-D format. Multiple layers of ground bronze, silver, pewter, iron, brass or copper are applied over time. Finally, patinas and other finishes are added to create one-of-a-kind images. His sculptures are held in private and corporate collections and he recently was honored by the State of Florida by the purchase of one of his pieces for the Art in State Program.
A veteran of the Cuban Missile crisis in 1962 Peter served 2 years in the National Guard and 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a medic. He received a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland and is the founder of a medical diagnostic firm in the Washington, D.C. area. Peter currently works part-time at the Marco Island YMCA, is married and has three sons and three grandchildren.
His work can be seen on his website: www.naplesmetalart.com

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