Sculpting a Life

Published by the Edina Community Foundation
May 10, 2021

Click here to buy Sculpting a Life through Minneapolis-based Itasca Books.

By Karin Winegar

Whether you know it or not, if you live in Minnesota, you probably have seen Nick Legeros’ work.

As arguably the state’s most prolific, creative and sought after living bronze sculptor, his art is displayed in parks, in places of worship and cemeteries. It adorns hospitals, decorates libraries, colleges and the University of Minnesota. It provides grand entrances to service organizations, enlivens corporate lobbies and presents peaceful enhancement to apartment complexes and condominium gardens. From whimsical animals to winning athletic coaches, from saints and children to monsignors and CEOs, his work stands for those beloved, those lost, and great and good things imagined.

Karin Winegar is a journalist and writer based in St. Paul, Minnesota where she is the founder of Horse Feed Press custom books. Her reporting and features have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler and The Wall Street Journal, and she was a staff reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune for 20 years. She has won Lowell Thomas Awards for investigative journalism on environmental issues as well as for maritime writing. 

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“Engaging and richly illustrated, Sculpting a Life is a vivid account of a rare talent. Deep rooted in family, community, and friendship, Legeros emerges as a big-hearted Minnesota original.”

— Mary Abbe Hintz, art critic 

Sculpting a Life is the ultimate studio visit with Nick, where you learn, you laugh, and you know his friends and family by name. It pours you into the studio of a modern master whose life and work are indistinguishable. This is the closest one can get to spending the day with Nick, a natural-born teacher whose affable nature is as contagious as his passion for bronze sculpting. His life is a living legacy of a love for his friends, his family, and a passion for the ancient art of bronze casting.”

— Patrick K. Pryor, artist, owner of Nolo Art Consulting

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