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One voice: Sculptor David Cargill's world of wonder stretches from Beaumont to Houston


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A carpenter friend once said, “Let my work speak for me.”

Never were these words more perfectly applied than in the life and work of artists Patty and David Cargill.

She paints. He sculpts. At their home in Beaumont, art abounds.

Texture greets you at the gate.

Peers through the trees.

Plays, from ground up.

Art lives in their address.

In light that runs through their house…

whether in the living room they call the gallery

or in a corner I’d call Jacks (a standard poodle).

David’s not big on giving names to things. In fact, at the Dishman Art Museum where both of their work is on exhibit through Aug. 10, the label of each piece reads either “Hers” of “His.”

Their work is presented exactly as they had hoped. “One voice,” David said.

Reluctantly, I have attached some words.

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Friendly Jesus on the grounds of Cargill's home
Geometry family
Children and flower
Sculpture of family by David Cargill. He was inspired by a photo by Horst Faas in Life magazine depicting a family emerging from a bunker during World War II, the morning after a bombing attack.
Cargill's Beaumont studio is filled with sculptures, including woman with hands up, far right.
Woodpecker, center, surrounded by legs and arms
Horizontal sculpture in Cargill's studio
A rabbit sculpture on the stool is made from broken dishes.
A cat was carved from remnant of a fallen tree from Hurricane Ike.
A broken commode was made into a lamb.
Buckets and paint pots abound on the Cargill property.
David and Patty Cargill joined talents for an exhibition currently on display at the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University. She did the paintings, which are labeled "hers;" he did the sculptures, labeled "his."
A sculpture of a boy admires a painting on the wall.
A bust of a young woman mirrors the painting.
Cargill's women's gymnasium is made from terra cotta figures.
At his studio in Beaumont, David Cargill looks at photographs of his work in the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
Stations of the Cross by David Cargill at the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas, Houston
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom by David Cargill at the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas, Houston