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Steven R. Snyder first became interested in sculpture and stone carving when he entered the stone masonry business in 1976. A self-taught artist, he began sculpting in 1981, propelled by his admiration for Pennsylvania stone architecture and the diversity of indigenous stone in Bucks County. To Snyder, stone is an ideal medium to work with because of its surface texture and the way its appearance changes in different lights.
In addition to local stone, Snyder uses both natural and found objects. Most of his work is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use, such as his bird baths and fountains. Other works are site-specific, ranging from patios, walkways, and walls to stone fireplaces and outdoor showers. Snyder also fulfills requests for datestones, headstone-like slabs of stone engraved with a date and occasionally other information. Finally, Snyder does some restorative work, repairing old or neglected stone buildings.
Snyder draws inspiration from his experiences living, working, and raising a family in Bucks County. He has exhibited at Phillips' Mill in New Hope and was a featured artist at the Nantucket Garden Festival in Massachusetts in 2010. Snyder's work has been highlighted in various publications, including Fine Homebuilding Magazine in 1994 and Country Living Magazine in 1996.
Steven R. Snyder. Image courtesy of Pinkey Snyder.
Connection to Bucks County
Snyder has been a resident of Bucks County since 1966. His home and studio are located ten miles north of New Hope in rural Tinicum Township. Twice a year, Snyder opens his studio and sculpture garden to the public for a showing of his most recent works.
The Nantucket Garden Festival, Nantucket Lighthouse School, Nantucket, MA, 2010
The Nantucket Folk Art and Artisan Show at Bartlett's Farm, The Event Under the Tent, Nantucket, MA, 2010
Form in Space, the Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, 2008-2009
Ralph Stover Mill Gallery, Erwinna, PA, 1996
Park Slope Framing and Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 1996
Phillips' Mill Annual Juried Art Exhibition, New Hope, PA, 1983, 1984, 1994, 1995
Look to the Future through the Past, commissioned by The Thompson Organization, Doylestown, PA, 2000
Cody, commissioned by the Central Bucks School District, Buckingham Elementary School, Buckingham, PA, 1994
Three sandstone murals, The Jewish Center, Princeton, NJ, 1984
The Children's Hospital of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
Beth Israel Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
I Love You Black Bird
Mother and Child
I Carry You With Me Always
Saint Francis Fountain
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