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"Art Imitates Life - Susan Luery's Monumental Bronze Sculptures Capture Humanity", by Jane Spitz,
South Shore Living Magazine - May, 2012

South Shore Living Magazine - May 2012 Cover


December 13th, 2008
The "George Washington - Visionary" monument was dedicated in Cumberland, Maryland to an enthusiastic crowd that braved freezing temperatures to be at this most anticipated event. The committee to commemorate Washington's historic association with Cumberland, Maryland was chaired by Howard Buchanan who spearheaded the effort to raise funds and awareness along with several other committed citizens.
Photo of Howard Buchanan, Chairman Howard Buchanan, Chairman Susan spent two years on the project researching the real George Washington; gathering information from the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, The Boston Athenaeum Library and noted Washington experts before creating the sculpture. The sculpture was presented to the members of The Order of the Cincinnatus (descendants of Washington's staff) before casting in bronze. Photo of Susan Luery, Sculptor Susan Luery, Sculptor

Photo of Bagpipers The unveiling ceremony began with a procession of bagpipers that piped in the arrival of the Scottish Rite Order of Freemasons, of which Washington was a member. The original silver trowel from the country's first Washington Monument was used symbolically in their dedication.

It was a fantastic day culminating in a party at Cumberland's historic railroad station.

George Washington-Visionary is now included in the Smithsonian Museum Inventory of American Painting and Sculpture.

September 2009
The National Football League Players Association honored Gene Upshaw by commissioning Susan to create two seven foot tall bronze sculptured reliefs which are installed in the lobby of 63 Upshaw Place, Washington D.C. The two seven by five foot relief sculptures honor Gene with a full standing portrait and a montage of vignettes featuring Gene through his playing years.

The spectacularly redesigned building was dedicated in a ceremony officiated by former NFL Players, friends, family and associates of Gene Upshaw. Hundreds were present at the ribbon cutting, which was followed by a tour of the building and a southern jazz brunch prepared by a noted Top Chef finalist.

Photo of 63 Upshaw Place, Washington D.C.
Photo of Jill Powell, Susan Luery, DeMaurice Smith - National Football League Players Association Executive Director, Laura Kaufman Siner
From left: Jill Powell, Susan Luery, DeMaurice Smith - National Football League Players Association Executive Director, Laura Kaufman Siner
Photo of Susan Luery in front of bronze montage of vignettes of Gene Upshaw
Susan Luery in front of bronze montage of vignettes of Gene Upshaw

October 2009
Cardinal O'Malley and Father James Rafferty officiated during the dedication of "St. Paul", a new sculpture commissioned for the lovely St. Paul's Parish in historic Hingham, Massachusetts. Many attended as Father Rafferty, Cardinal O'Malley and benefactors pulled the draping off of Hingham's new addition. In true New England style, local specialties were served to chilly celebrants during the evening's autumnal event.
Photo of Susan Luery, Robert M. Falvey, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., Thomas K. Lydon, Sr., Thomas K. Lydon, Jr., Rev. James F. Rafferty with St. Paul sculpture
From left: Susan Luery, Robert M. Falvey, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., Thomas K. Lydon, Sr., Thomas K. Lydon, Jr., Rev. James F. Rafferty