Sam Zeldner

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Sammy Zeldner is a sculptor living in Glastonbury, CT. Born in 1947 in Hartford, he has resided in Glastonbury since 1978 with his wife and three children and now is a grandfather of four. Sam graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English and Speech and Communication. While at UCONN ,he took a few art classes which sparked his artistic passion and creative side. After college he attended a mechanical trade school where he pursued his interest in mechanics, carpentry, and welding. His other passion has always been cycling and in 1973 he founded and opened Newington Bicycle, the first high-end bicycle store in Connecticut. Sam ran Newington Bicycle for 28 years but in his spare time he would “borrow” some used bike parts and welding tools and design and create mechanical sculptures with gears, spokes., and various found objects. In 1999 Sam sold his business and devoted 2 years in his art studio working on his sculptures and participating in local art shows. He went back into the world of business and mechanics through industrial sales but spent his spare time collecting found objects and creating his sculptures. He retired in November 2015 in order to pursue his longtime passion for found object sculpture.

Sammy states that his greatest satisfaction in creating these “whimsical” sculptures is seeing the joy and smiles his works bring to the art loving community.



Essex Summer Arts Festival
June 17-18, 2017
12 Main St. Essex, CT