A special thanks from the Los Gatos-Listowel festival team goes to Jerry Smith, the artist behind our Pat O’Laughlin Award plaque and medallions. The award will be presented Friday, October 7th at the opening night reception.
Jerry was raised in the California counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey, and presently resides in Saratoga. His life, and particularly his sculpture, is moved by flora, fauna, terrain and people of this Central Coast area.
Before he was a sculptor, Jerry served as a state senator, representing Santa Clara County, and subsequently as a Justice of the California Court of Appeals. While a senator, he was the author of the California Coastal Act. This law preserves access for the public to beaches, and protects the beauty of the coast, for all Californians. Much of Jerry’s work reflects his attachment to, and love for, this part of the state.
Jerry approaches his art with the same intensity and passion that he applied to politics and the law. He has said he hopes for “simple, clear and fresh work. I do not want to copy, nor to symbolize…rather to express the existential presence, the aliveness, that I see.”
Jerry’s sculpture has been shown in numerous exhibits in California and Washington, D.C., including the Corcoran Gallery. His works are part of many private collections throughout the country. For more information on his work visit his website.