Artists in the Mountains

(I wrote this a couple of days ago but I’m too lazy to change the tense.)

I’m in Wilson, WY with my family visiting my father-in-law.  He lives in Jackson Hole.  It is absolutely serene here.  When we return, I’ll post some pictures.

Over the weekend, Jackson had an art fair.  I found some work that I really loved and that I would love to purchase some day.  For a change of pace on my blog, the following is a list of websites to the work I was drawn to. It might not be your style, but artists need publicity.  And for the 6 of your reading this, you might find someone to admire.

Sweetland Pottery:  I loved this man’s pottery.  I couldn’t believe how exact he got the colors on his work. I bought a mug for my husband (J used to throw pottery himself but nothing this good). (If you click on the link and view his gallery, mug looks like the blue tea-pot.) I hope to purchase some platters for display.

Cyndylove Designs: My FIL purchased a dress for my daughter’s first day at school.  It is so sweet and young, but with bright colors.  She’ll be able to wear it all winter long with the addition of tights and a long-sleeved shirt. (The dress is not on the site.) According to the woman at the booth (I assumed she was Cyndy), the clothing is all hand-designed. The winter clothing looked warm and cozy but too warm for North Dallas.

Kathy Sigle: Apparently Ms. Sigle works in watercolors but looking at her work I could have sworn it was sketching, the work was so exact. Many artists had art of animals indigineous to Jackson Hole at the show, making the subjects a dime a dozen. I looked for artists who captured the animals “personalities,” if that is possible. I thought this woman’s art surprassed most others.  I hope some day to buy a few smaller paintings of fishing flies for my husband.

Leif Holland: Formerly a chef, Mr. Holland makes the most interesting art.  I’ll try to explain as a non-artist: he takes pieces of nature (twigs or grass) and delicately sets them in a box frame.  This creates an incredible juxtaposition of nature and modern-looking architecture.  The frames do not have glass – the viewer is compelled to touch the display but of course I didn’t.  I spoke to Mr. Holland who was interesting, friendly and courteous.  My husband and I have a hard time bringing both of our tastes together (let’s just say he’s a little bit country and I’m a little bit rock ‘n’ roll) and Mr. Holland’s work does a great job of doing it.  I have my heart set on a set of tree limbs covered in moss.

Caroline Christie: Apparently, I like leaves.  This artist is the first of two “leaf artists” I gravitated to.  I don’t know what her medium is, I assume watercolors. Very vibrant, rich colors of…leaves.

Leaf, Botanical Art: This art was interesting.  Owen Mortensen finds thousands of leaves, dries them and then assembles them on canvas.  There ends up being quite a bit of white space, but the art is peaceful and delicate.  He gives 1% of his profit to environmental causes and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.  That’s putting his money where is art is.

David Stine: This guy’s woodworking is outrageous. He finds a tree (from family forests he stewards himself, according to his website), mills the board and creates the piece all by hand.  It is like having a piece of the forest in your kitchen. The colors are gorgeous – he gets the most out of every tree.  His work is custom, and his website doesn’t have prices so you know the work is expensive.  But this is the kind of thing you hand down to your kids. And a girl can dream, right?

I hope you liked the artists featured here. I am no expert of art but at least I know what draws me in.  I think most of us are like that, right?

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