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Stamford's Pierce Ball Gallery Shows Off 'Jack' Sculpture

The Pierce Ball Gallery in Stamford will be showcasing "Jack is an Optimist," a new sculpture by Chris Plaisted.
The Pierce Ball Gallery in Stamford will be showcasing "Jack is an Optimist," a new sculpture by Chris Plaisted. Photo Credit: Pierce Ball Gallery

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Art lovers will be heaven during a special art sale Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Pierce Ball Gallery in Stamford that will also offers visitors a chance to view the new sculpture "Jack is an Optimist."

Running from to 1 to 5 p.m., the event will feature variety of works available for sale, some at special reduced pricing. Artwork will include photography, sculpture, jewelry, paintings, prints and more. 

The sculpture of "Jack is an Optimist" was created by Chris Plaisted. The piece stands over 20 feet tall, and is made in steel, copper and aluminum. "It captures the imagination and if the wind is right, it even moves," said Elizabeth Ball, director of the Pierce Ball Gallery.

"This imaginative towering, yet elegant piece soars skyward in a dramatic gesture of optimism befitting its name - 'Jack is an Optimist.' We are delighted to showcase this sculpture among several other pieces by Plaisted," said Ball. 

The Pierce Ball Gallery also features paintings by two African Elephants, Thembi and Jabu, as part of the ongoing "Elephant Expressions" show. These elephants live in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. 

"They are not the elephants you may have seen on TV doing paintings they were trained to do. These unique paintings are truly expressions of the elephants' own creative spirit. We just supplied the canvas, customized brushes and paints," Ball said.

The gallery is located at 9 Webbs Hill Road, Stamford, right off Exit 34 of the Merritt Parkway. For information, visit

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