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2016 Gallery Schedule - Art Exhibits

I very happy to announce my 2016 gallery schedule. There's a great lineup of five exhibits this year including photocollages, painting, drawing, and mixed media and small sculpture. At this point I've shown over 20 Wyoming artists and while I don't by any means limit my boundaries to Wyoming, it just happens to be who I have shown. I like to find artists making present-day work whether they are reacting to our amazing wide open spaces or considering our regional politics.

A Lull in the Shop: Sparkly and Rainbowy

 I'll be closed the next couple of weeks to visit family and take some time to work on some art projects. It's easy to let months slip by in my daily routine and not even remember what I did so sometimes I find it good to slow down. This winter I'm trying to do that and it's hard because I hate to have the closed sign up if a customer stops by. The well trained American Puritan in me feels the guilt of not working NONSTOP.

It's Holiday Time?! Happy Thanksgiving!

What?! It's mid November? Holidays are upon us! So I am madly working away in the shop to bump up my inventory and bust out custom orders. It's always a busy time for me but I know that I get a rest in January. I recently pulled out some gorgeous chalcedony beads that I recently purchased from a gem dealer and began a small grouping of holiday party drop earrings (see below).

Elk Ivory in Wyoming

October in Wyoming brings a lot of elk hunters to the mountains. A lot of people don't realize that elk have two ivory teeth and the hunters keep them and sometimes they bring them to me for a custom-made piece of jewelry. When I receive the ivories I cut, shape and polish them to make them ready for setting.

Teton Belt Buckle Step-by-Step

The Teton Range is the featured horizon line on this belt buckle. I made this for a customer who wanted a very special graduation present for her Wyoming son. It is all sterling silver with elk ivory highlights.

Free Form and Architectural Jewelry

In the last few weeks I have been working on some special wax carving projects. I usually fabricate most of my jewelry from sheet, wire and various metal stock but sometimes a project calls for unusual curves or shapes so I carve a wax model to be cast in silver or gold.

Deep Dark Winter

Wyoming winter aspen trees.

Wyoming is a great place to experience a true winter and the end of December through the beginning of January always proves to be a deep dark and extremely cold time. Last week we had a spell of 20 below zero weather. But already I can tell the days are just getting a wee bit longer; it's been two weeks since the solstice.

Wind River Granite

Written 8-26-2014

Summer passes quickly at 7,000' above sea level, we've had snow on our mountain tops this week and a very rainy August.

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