But it’s warm and blazing at the gallery with all the friction of new art coming and going!
Colorado artist, Julie Bender, likes to play with fire!
Her burning passion for Pyrography (the art of drawing with fire in traditional terms) is paralleled by her precise and adroit depictions of her favorite subjects. Animals! She is continually inspired by the Western natural world, high country and prairies. Excitement ensues when she captures a special look or behavior that she considers rare.
Pyrography is the applications of variant degrees of heat that produce sepia-like hues, generating subtle values and tones.
Julie utilizes hot metal tips to burn images on a natural surface. She burned on wood for years previously, but now as a substrate, she prefers heavyweight watercolor paper. Bender enjoys the distinctive challenges and results that push her outside her comfort zone.
Her expertise is profound!
Check out several new pieces like “Amid the Cattails” or “Staking His Claim”, “Tuesday Afternoon” and others at the Gallery now. In addition, she will be a featured artist in the Lollipop Guild miniatures exhibition in June.
Julie is graciously doing a live demonstration of her pyrography on March 6th and 7th. Both days from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
You don’t want to miss her in action, so be sure to come to the gallery – the heat is on!
Julie says, “Executing with accuracy and imagination is her constant goal in producing a unique and evocative work of art”.
WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION
What do you get when you combine applique work in silver as well as cut-out, mosaic and inlay? The finest natural Turquoises (Lander blue, Bisbee, Lone Mountain and Red Mountain). The highest grade coral and the best gemstones? Geometric patterns, Navajo designs and ancient petroglyphs (ancient rock carving or inscriptions)?
You get master metalsmith, Kee Yazzie Jr.
Kee’s mission is to translate the symbols of his ancestors, preserved in the very stones of the earth, into contemporary, wearable metal art. He says, “To create something that people will like to wear”.
And they do! His native jewelry pieces sell very quickly!
Another artist who has fiery talent is Brent Cooke, from British Columbia.
As a remarkable bronze craftsman, he sculpts birds and marine subjects with great attention to detail. He transmits movement, propulsion and flight in his works as well as insuring anatomical accuracy.
His sly and furtive piece “Stealth” is the interaction between a leopard shark and an opalescent squid at half scale. The sculpture is mounted on green marble.
Curiosity and drama.
Depictive of the marine life of the Grand Cayman Islands is Brent’s bronze work “Underwater Waltz”, featuring two French angelfish circling each other in mid water. The abstract vase allows the fish to “float” without being attached to the bottom. The angelfish are bronze – The support structure is cast stainless steel and it’s mounted on a base of black granite.
A unique detail to know about “Underwater Waltz” is that the stainless has been cast just like a bronze, NOT just a bent rod, but a sculpted and casted work!
Fly in and see Brent’s “Split Decision”, “Into the Blue” and “Sweet Tooth”, as he has worked his magic with these spirited bronze pieces of birds.
Stoking the fire…PIT fire…is Jody Naranjo.
Jody Naranjo – to those who know her and her pottery already, also know what a severely talented contemporary Tewa potter she is.
To those of you who are unfamiliar with this extraordinary woman – allow me to introduce you.
Jody draws breath from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. She is traditional in her approach and application to pottery making as she excavates and processes the raw clay from Pueblo lands. You’ve got to like a girl who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. She is as down to earth as the clay she works with, and fun to visit with when she comes to the Gallery.
Her style is traditional – in how she acquires the clay, builds her own coils and pit fires her work. Her style is modern – by her choice of varied shapes, (she really likes squares and symmetry), etching and storytelling. A great combination that makes her style creative and definitely signature.
Highly sought after she is!
Highly recognized for outstanding talent as one of the most premier, prominent and preeminent contemporary Southwest potters with numerous and distinguished honors and awards.
We at Lovett’s, are very fortunate and honored to carry Jody Naranjo’s pottery and we want you to share in that with us. Let the earth move you with her “Taos – Landscape”, “Mimbres Pot” and “Snow Birds”!
I’m so glad we had this conversation today! (Oh…. I’m the only one talking!)
Welcome To My Imagination
This is Raven Sawyer, the Beak Speak of Lovett’s; reminding you that life is more colorful when you have a good Artitude.