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August 29, 2013

Make way for sculpture: 'Ducklings' creator chairing exhibit

Joe DiMaggio had a powerful swing, which produced 361 home runs and earned him the nickname “Joltin’ Joe.”

But his swing was also graceful and inspired Beverly sculptor Ephraim Friedman to capture its motion in bronze.

“What my husband loved was the beauty of his swing; he was rhapsodic about that,” said his widow, Dagmar Friedman.

Her husband’s sculpture of the Yankee slugger will appear with works by 22 other artists in the fourth Flying Horse Sculpture show, on the grounds of Pingree School, from Sept. 1 to Nov. 24.

The exhibit will also include works by Gloucester’s Daniel Altshuler, who has contributed a bas relief of Louisa May Alcott, and by Boston-based Richard Bertman, whose “Head of a Woman” is made of wire.

There are a number of abstract works in the show, including Whitmore Boogarts’ “Upward Life Force,” made of steel and glass, and Shawn Farrell’s “Cogs” and “Dome Tower.”

Buddy Quinn, a recent graduate of Montserrat College of Art, has contributed a steel figure called “Pilot,” while Brad Story of Essex will exhibit “In the Tropics,” an airborne creature that takes wing from his imagination.

Ephraim Friedman, who died in 2011, was an ophthalmologist who at different times was dean of the medical school at Boston University and president of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

He was born in California, like DiMaggio, and watched the Yankees play when he later moved to New York, Dagmar Friedman said.

“When we moved to Boston, he became a Red Sox fan,” she said.

But Ephraim Friedman started sculpting as a small child and continued to work on his art throughout his medical career and retirement.

“He was not only a brilliant man and a wonderful doctor, but a very talented sculptor,” said Nancy Schon, who created the “Make Way for Ducklings” sculptures in Boston’s Public Gardens and is serving as honorary chairwoman of this year’s Pingree show. “He took classes from me at night.”

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