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Episode 80: Hib Sabin

June 24th, 2024

In this episode of the Blue Rain Gallery podcast, we delve into the fascinating world of renowned bronze sculptor Hib Sabin. Born in 1935, Sabin's artistic journey began with painting and evolved into a passion for wood carving and bronze sculpting. A Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts graduate, Sabin's early career included teaching tenures and involvement with the peace movement during the Cold War. During a sabbatical, a deep, personal need to create led him back to pursuing art as a full-time career. Today, decades into his illustrious career, Sabin’s primary métier is sculpture, transforming painted wood carvings into exquisite bronze pieces.

Sitting down with Blue Rain Gallery owner Leroy Garcia in the Santa Fe Railyard gallery, Sabin explores his deep fascination with world mythology, shamanism, and spiritual practices. The artist discusses why his totemic and fetish works in bronze often feature motifs of ravens, owls, eagles, and other animals, and how they embody themes central to the human condition, including mortality and immortality. Influenced by diverse mythologies, Sabin’s work offers a unique perspective on the interplay between the physical and spiritual realms that is sure to captivate. Additionally, listeners will get details on an art book featuring Sabin’s work and information about his upcoming art show, set to open on July 5th, 2024, at Blue Rain Gallery’s location in Durango, Colorado.

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The Blue Rain Gallery Podcast is hosted by Leroy Garcia, produced by Leah Garcia, edited by Brandon Nelson, and music by Mozart Gabriel Abeyta.


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