Tallahassee, Fla --You have probably seen his people throughout Tallahassee and elsewhere without even realizing it. You may have seen his children reading at the Leon County Public Library or playing in the park across from the Governor’s Mansion. You may have been seated next to an older veteran on a bench at the World War II Memorial and talked to him of life, politics, or the weather. FSU’s Bobby Bowden is one of his fellows. So are the Heisman Trophy winners at the University of Florida. And soon, you will find one of his very special people at LeMoyne Arts’ revitalized and enhanced garden.
Who is “he” and who are his “people”?
He is W. Stanley "Sandy" Proctor, a native Tallahasseean and renowned American painter and sculptor, who has more than a dozen sculptures on display in and around Tallahassee. His works appear in the British Museum, the Smithsonian, the White House, and in outdoor settings across the US. While Proctor has worked in several media, he is best known for his bronze figures—his “people”. Inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2006, Sandy Proctor has also received many other awards, most notably, the National Sculpture Society's American Artists Professional League Award for a traditional realistic depiction in sculpture. Many art collectors value his figurative and commissioned works as among the finest examples of life–size sculpture available today.
LeMoyne Arts is delighted and proud to announce that Sandy Proctor is donating a beautiful bronze sculpture, one of his extraordinary lifelike “people”, for the renovated and expanded gardens at LeMoyne Arts, to be installed once the garden’s current expansion is complete. Because of Proctor’s generous donation, LeMoyne will have a “little gardener” to enchant children and adults alike. The piece, entitled Lilies, will join LeMoyne’s impressive permanent collection of works by other illustrious sculptors, including Fred Holschuh, Roland Hockett, and Ralph Hurst.
The LeMoyne Arts Garden
For decades, LeMoyne’s garden has been one of Tallahassee’s most popular venues for weddings, receptions, and special events. The garden holds thirteen sculptures and fountains designed by seven Florida artists. LeMoyne’s garden is a point of community pride and a beacon to tourists and local visitors alike. But, it is more than just a beautiful venue for events. Gardens often play a variety of roles in a community.
Foremost, a garden such as LeMoyne’s connects us to nature, and as humans, we need that connection for our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. LeMoyne’s outdoor display gardens and natural areas also serve to inspire the home gardener for what is possible in their own yard. It helps pollinators by creating inviting habitats for them as well as for people. The expansions and enhancement presently underway at LeMoyne’s garden will make it even more engaging than ever. They include a new gazebo, significantly improved accessibility for persons with disabilities, refurbished fountains and sculptures, new plantings, a Japanese–style garden, and now a beautiful new sculpture by Tallahassee’s own Sandy Proctor.
The Perfect Match: Sandy Proctor and LeMoyne Arts
LeMoyne Arts offers a myriad of art education classes and has recently focused on bringing more varied, fun, interesting, and educational programs for all ages. Today, Proctor’s career in the arts can serve as an inspiration to the children and amateur artists who participate in LeMoyne’s programs because he is a self-taught artist who turned a hobby into a fulfilling career later in life.
As a child and young man, he sketched and painted what he knew and what inspired him. His love of the outdoors, birds, flowers, trees, landscapes and animals provided Proctor with a wealth of subject matter, which helped him perfect his abilities to capture an identifiable essence and realism in his work. Initially working in the family business and raising his family here in Tallahassee, his painting “hobby” began to take more and more of his time. As he honed his talents, people became increasingly interested in his artwork until, at the age of 40, he began to devote his efforts full–time to his art.
Proctor started as a painter, working in watercolor, oils, and acrylics. From painting, he began pursuing more three-dimensional mediums, eventually specializing in bronze sculpture. Proctor has completed numerous public and private commissions, providing both life–size and monumental bronzes.
He notes, “The human form, from the freedom of childhood to distinguished seniority, has always moved me. I strive to capture the emotion, personality, grace, and honor of all my subject matter and have been fortunate to be chosen to sculpt many private and public monuments. Creating a sculpture for LeMoyne has allowed me to combine my love of the outdoors with my love of the human form.”
Creating Community Through Art
LeMoyne Arts has been at the heart of Tallahassee’s cultural and visual arts for nearly 60 years. Its signature events are an important part of our community’s cultural life. LeMoyne has made the arts more available and understandable to people of all ages and economic levels, promoted and supported the work of local artists, and generated millions of dollars for our local economy through events such as its annual holiday show and the Chain of Parks Art Festival. LeMoyne’s education programs have nurtured the artistic talent of four generations of Tallahassee families.
To preserve its mission of service to our community for generations to come, LeMoyne Arts developed and adopted its Art for Always master plan and associated capital campaign to fund a new education center, ceramics firing pavilion, artists' studios, other facilities improvements and additions, along with the expansions and enhancements presently underway in LeMoyne’s gardens -- a new gazebo, significantly improved accessibility for all, refurbished fountains and sculptures, new plantings, a Japanese–style garden, an African American Tribute Garden, a Jewish Community Tribute Garden, and now a beautiful new sculpture by Tallahassee’s own Sandy Proctor.
The Art for Always capital campaign goal is $3,200,000 -- $2,700,000 for capital improvements and $500,000 for facilities endowment. LeMoyne has experienced amazing success by raising $2,473,197 from June 2021 to the present. However, its work is not done, and your help is needed to fully realize the vision and objectives of the Art for Always master plan and to achieve the capital campaign goal. Please join in supporting Art for Always by making your personal contribution. If you wish to give by check, please make it payable to LeMoyne Arts and mail it to 125 North Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 or please donate online at lemoyne.org/art-for-always.html. For gifts other than check or credit card, please contact Arielle Raff, LeMoyne Executive Director, email@example.com.
For Media Inquiries Contact: Arielle Raff, Executive Director, LeMoyne Arts, at Arielle@lemoyne.org, 850/222-8800, 125 N. Gadsden Street Tallahassee, FL 32301.