Sculptor Andy Sacksteder was chosen by ABC10 News as a media award winner at the annual Northern Exposure exhibit. Here is the story filed by reporter Chelsea Birdsall.
GLADSTONE — A self-taught sculptor residing in Gladstone is making quite the name for himself in the Midwest art community.
“My mom kind of taught me that the only mistake you can make in art is to not do it. If it doesn’t look great, not every piece has to be a masterpiece. If you start out that way, you’ll quit pretty fast,” said Sculptor Andy Sacksteder.
When one door closes, another door opens.
As cliché as it sounds, this perfectly describes the situation of how Andy Sacksteder got into the artistry business. Just eight and a half years ago while Sacksteder was in his early fifties, he was injured at work and his doctor recommended he find a new career.
Inspired by the artwork, specifically a bronze statue, at the Mayo Clinic, Sacksteder started dabbling in the sculpting scene. His art of choice was clay-sculpting with a bronze finish.