Denise Ford brought her current monument into Tallgrass Art Gallery to work on it in our window. We are so excited to have her joining us for a few weeks so our guests can have the opportunity to see how a sculpture evolves from inspiration up to casting.
The piece portrays an Osage Native American wrapped in a bison robe. It has been very interesting to us to watch her work and 'communicate' with the sculpture as the concept evolves and develops. Denise says 'the piece speaks to me'.
Having the sculpture in gallery and resident artists here gives the public a chance to talk to the artist as she works. Last week two children 'helped' Denise put clay on the bison robe. They were enthralled with the process. Others were curious about her inspiration, how she works and the processes involved.
Giving the public, especially children, the opportunity to experience art is one of the joys of gallery ownership. The other one, often overlooked, is our personal chance to experience art and the artists we work with. At Tallgrass Art Gallery, we are honored to work with over 30 regional artists who share their art, lives and creativity with us on a daily basis.
We invite you to come by and 'experience' art, artists and Pawhuska, OK, the rising arts destination in the Tallgrass Region.
Photography has changed immensely since it's inception in the 1800's. Add the abilities of computers to the mix, and photographers are becoming more artist and less technician. Using images that incorporate form, color, design and scale, they now mix images, replace colors and create pieces that are individual and can be nothing but 'art'. The three 'photographs' here are all examples of the modern photographers art. From the digitally enhanced images of Gary Gibson, whose work looks more like water color than photo to the monograph quality of Jessica Jantzen, the modern photograph is a story. Linda Guenther combines images from various photographs and manipulates them to produce the image she wants.
These artists spend time not only out taking the photo, but hours of computer time to refine, re-create and define the piece. At Tallgrass Art Gallery we are proud to represent these photographers, plus Michael Bryan (see bleow). All have worked to produce pieces of exceptional quality and using the newest techniques in digital art.
It's hard believe that it's been a year since we opened in Historic Pawhuska. In a year so much
has changed. We have grown from a handful of talented artists to some of the most talented Western, Wildlife and Native American Artists in the region. Add to that some great photographers and traditional Native American crafts people...It has become a gallery full of wonderful, creative and beautiful things.
As a gallery owner, at times I think "the work can't get better". But, the artists and craftspeople I represent continue to improve their skills, and bring in others to add to our collection. I've been lucky to work with oil painters, sculptors and potters in the gallery watching them produce their work.
As we enter our second year we are adding a new dimension to the gallery with two artists in residence who will work on site. Devin Howell is a painter working on her Masters at Tulsa University. Devin has studied under some of the best contemporary artists of our time. Also Denise Rinvosky, sculptor, will be working in gallery on select days. You can check out the resident artists schedule on our Facebook page and we will be adding it to our website soon.
We continue at Tallgrass Art Gallery to work to give you some of the best art from Oklahoma Artists and Craftspeople. It is our desire now to take that further and let you experience the creation of art visually. We invite you to the gallery to watch our artists at work, talk with them and learn more about the process of creating beautiful and unique things.
In closing, thanks to all the artists and clients who have made this year possible. I look forward to working with you all in the future as Tallgrass Art Gallery becomes the Best Western, Wildlife and Native American Art Gallery on the Southern Plains.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery