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Angela Dela Vega

A neurosurgeon, Dr. Mike Muhonen, in Newport Beach, CA, called me eleven years ago about one of his patients, a two-year-old little boy with a fatal brain tumor. He had operated on Jack's brain but the cancer was back and flourishing with a vengeance. Dr. Muhonen asked me if I would be willing to create a sculpture of Jack, before he died, so that he could give it to the boy's parents who were dear friends of the doctor's family. My three small children, my husband, and I flew immediately to meet little Jack. He was such a beautiful child; surrounded by a loving family doing everything they could to comfort him. At his home, my husband stood by, holding our one-year-old healthy son in his arms as I talked softly with Jack and gently took his measurements. The injustice of his suffering was just so apparent to all of us, and this emotion would live within us for many years. Back in my studio, I was able to sculpt Jack in such an honest way that I believe that his spirit truly radiated from the sculpture. Every moment I praised God for the health of my three children. Jack died 2 months after we were with him. His family placed his sculpture in their dining room, and Dr. Muhonen has told me that Jack's older brother consistently places different favorite toys in the sculpture's hands. * * * When my father was diagnosed with Liver cancer, I asked him to sit for me so that I could sculpt a portrait bust of him. He sat for me every day, all day, for a week. We both deeply enjoyed the slow, peaceful conversation that the quiet study gave us. I had never looked so profoundly at my father, allowing myself to see him separately from myself. It was a great gift for both of us to concentrate this fully on one-another. In each of our homes since his passing, my brother, sister, and I are able to enjoy his terrific –Dad' smile in his bronze bust.

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Angela Mia De la Vega NSS, ARCLM Exalting the human spirit through expressive faces and natural body movement has become the recognized trademark of Angela Mia De la Vega's figurative bronze sculpture. Her work's greatest inspiration is the ever-changing individuality of her children. Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Madrid, Spain. She is a member of the National Sculpture Society, The Guild for Artists and Artisans, and was recently named a Living Master by the prestigious ARC (Art Renewal Center). Examples of her public and corporate installations include Texas Christian University, Stillwater's Family Crisis Center, Candlelighters Children's Cancer Society, The Lena Pope Home for orphaned and differently-abled children, Mexico's Femap Foundation Hospitals, Providence Memorial Hospital, The Orange County Courthouse, and numerous city plazas, shopping centers, and public parks throughout the country. Angela's work is represented by Vail and Breckenridge Fine Art in Colorado; Pitzer's Fine Art in Wimberley, TX; S R Brennen Galleries in Santa Fe, NM, Palm Desert, CA, and Scottsdale, AZ; Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon; and New Masters Gallery in Carmel, CA. For more information please visit www.delavegastudios.com. Mia De la Vega NSS, ARCLM Exalting the human spirit through expressive faces and natural body movement has become the recognized trademark of Angela Mia De la Vega's figurative bronze sculpture. Her work's greatest inspiration is the ever-changing individuality of her children. Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Madrid, Spain. She is a member of the National Sculpture Society, The Guild for Artists and Artisans, and was recently named a Living Master by the prestigious ARC (Art Renewal Center). Examples of her public and corporate installations include Texas Christian University, Stillwater's Family Crisis Center, Candlelighters Children's Cancer Society, The Lena Pope Home for orphaned and differently-abled children, Mexico's Femap Foundation Hospitals, Providence Memorial Hospital, The Orange County Courthouse, and numerous city plazas, shopping centers, and public parks throughout the country. Angela's work is represented by Vail and Breckenridge Fine Art in Colorado; Pitzer's Fine Art in Wimberley, TX; S R Brennen Galleries in Santa Fe, NM, Palm Desert, CA, and Scottsdale, AZ; Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon; and New Masters Gallery in Carmel, CA. For more information please visit www.delavegastudios.com.

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