Fire, Clay and a Love of Tradition...
Lisa Rutherford is a traditionalist carrying on the fine crafts of her ancestors. A member of the Cherokee Nation, Lisa produces some of her pottery while working as a docent at the 1710 Cherokee Village located in Talequah, Oklahoma. Traditional tools and methods are used to build her museum quality hand coiled pots. Surfaces are incised with textiles, walnuts, corn cobs, cordage or hand carved traditional wood panels, an art that was brought back to life.
Lisa doesn't limit her artisitc abilities to pottery. She also produces feather capes, beadwork and Cherokee attire. She is constantly exploring the past to bring fine arts and crafts into the present. Her work has been seen in museums across the United States and been featured in numerous shows. She has won awards for her pieces. Several of her creations are in the permanent collection of museums.
Tallgrass Art Gallery in historic Pawhuska, Oklahoma is proud to represent Lisa Rutherford and share these traditional Native American fine crafts with our guests. Lisa currently has pots in gallery as well as her turtles and will be bringing more pieces in the future.
Hard Work and Dedication Pays Off...
Artists spend countless hours working to hone their art. Hours of field and studio time that doesn't even take into account time spent at workshops and traveling to shows. All these hours of dedication have paid off this week for two of the Tallgrass Artists.
Laine Smith, art photographer was accepted to show in Wyoming as one of the top 30 Western Photographers in the U.S. Laine's hours in the saddle riding with cowboys, hauling horses and gear across the country has paid off. Her images capture the hours of dust, hard work and love of the cowboys she photographs. The images she produces clearly show a passion and understanding of her subject. Add to this the photographs of wildlife, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and rodeos and you have an outstanding collection of work by a rising star in the art world.
Burnetta Venosdel started sculpting late in life. After working as a teacher and other occupations, upon retirement she started sculpting. Working in clay seemed to be 'what she was meant to do'. Burnetta's hours of studio time, careful research into subject matter and passion for the arts show in every piece she produces. This week she was accepted into the American Women Artists Annual Juried Show. Often the viewer just sees a finished bronze, not all the dedication it took to produce it. Burnetta has been working, attending workshops and showing her pieces..always with the goal of being the best she can.
Artists spend unknown hours 'behind the scenes' to produce the art we see. Their dedication is what hangs on the walls of our homes, their stories are cast in bronze and their love for what they do is captured in a photograph. Supporting artists supports all the arts.
We cant to congratulate these two artists for their persistence that has paid off. We are honored to represent them at Tallgrass Art Gallery, as we are of all the artists we show.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery