An aluminum pour demonstration was held Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Whitewater Cultural Art Center (CAC) parking lot, 402 W. Main St., Whitewater. The demonstration was held as part of the closing reception of a metal design exhibition held by the Whitewater Arts Alliance, Inc. (WAA), featuring works cast in aluminum, bronze and iron, called: “A Lasting Impression.” Several artists featured in the exhibition were on hand to pour aluminum into scratch-block molds, some of which were made by members of the public. Scratch-block molds were made available for purchase at the CAC prior to the event. 

Among those attending the demonstration were Nik Chaphalkar and his 4-year-old daughter, Josie, both of Whitewater, each of whom brought a scratch-block mold for pouring. Nik is an IT group business analyst at Charter NEX in Milton. 

Describing himself as a “fan of the arts,” Nik said he thought the scratch-block molds would be a fun activity to share with his daughter. Both made sailboats, he said, adding that Josie’s boat was made in the likeness of one sailed by her aunt and his boat was modeled after one he found on YouTube called “Tally-Ho.” 

Artists comprising the aluminum pour team included Teresa Lind of Cowyard Studio, John Hallett of Hallett Ironworks, Richard Edward Gerhart Scheeler, an artist known locally as “REGS,” and Taylor McDarison of Arttaysia LLC. The WAA operates from the CAC and sponsored, along with the participating pour crew members, the aluminum pour as a community event. 

The mission of the WAA, “is to promote the visual and performing arts through an alliance of artists, individuals, educational resources, and organizations to promote creativity and diversity that will serve to educate and enrich the lives of the residents of the Whitewater community and surrounding areas,” according to a WAA press release.

For more information about the alliance and upcoming events, visit the website:

Following are photos from the day’s event. 

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