Adele Valovich’s Bench Dogs

String musicians are very protective of their hands.

Artists of large sculptures — who bang, move and weld — are not.

Adele Cutrali-Valovich (Photo/Melani Lust)

For nearly 3 decades, Adele Valovich was Staples High School’s beloved orchestra director. Since retiring 3 years ago, after 41 years in education, she’s been a sculptor.

Her pieces are gorgeous. Now — combining 3 passions (metal sculpture, golden retrievers and her garden) — she offers a new form of art to everyone who knew her as a musician.

And everyone who doesn’t.

“Bench Dogs” are beautiful pieces. The back shows the dogs’ faces; paw prints enhance the front skir.

Designed for the 4 most popular breeds — golden retriever, Lab retriever, French bulldog and German shepherd — they  are hand-crafted of 10-gauge steel. The back and bench skirt are laser cut; the marine-grade matte black powder coat finish withstands the elements.

One view of Adele Valovich’s “Bench Dog” bench …

Her customers are homeowners with beautiful gardens who love their animals. She’s contacted Earth Animal here in Westport, Black Dog on Martha’s Vineyard, to see if they’re interested.

She’d also love to have a Bench Dog in the Rose Garden, honoring President Biden’s late dog Champ. If anyone has an in with the White House, she’d be grateful for it.

(Adele Valovich offers free delivery within 100 miles of Fairfield. She will also custom design benches for breeds not listed. For more information, click here.)

… and a close-up. (Photos/Joe H. Adams)


6 responses to “Adele Valovich’s Bench Dogs

  1. Angela Simpson

    Adele, you are a woman of many talents! You are missed at SHS. I will be in touch about the benches; they are spectacular!

    • Patricia McMahon

      What a talent you are Adele .
      Your benches are so amazing and endearing .

  2. Kathryn O'Reardon

    She is amazing! Westport should commission some for the dog park.

  3. Adele Cutrali-Valovich

    Thank you, my friend, for that lovely article! I’d love to design some benches for the dog park!! Who is my contact person?

  4. These are amazing! So beautiful!