Tamera Seevers Eggshell Carving Class

IMG_1584Only a couple of spots left for Tamera Seevers eggshell carving class April 23-25. Time is running out to register. If you are interested in attending this event you will want to hurry and contact us for all the details. This is a fun three Continue reading

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Eggs, A Sign of Spring!

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Eggs, A sign of Spring, belief, life, hope and new beginnings.

Looking out upon the horizon I caught a sight of what could only be the signs of spring. Moving swiftly towards me was a large flock of thrushes more commonly known as Robins. The small creatures had returned Continue reading

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Fort Collins, Colorado Alabaster

alabaster-elk_0Fort Collins, Colorado Alabaster

Not far away from Black Mountain was my parent’s remote cabin high in the hills of Rockies Mountains. I recalled one particular late autumn I was warm in my sleeping bag. Evening had long passed and the fire from an old pot belly stove, used to heat the small one room cabin, had nearly died. The final remnant of the warm fire was now just tiny pieces of blackened burnt wood. I could see from the slightly open grate the firewood was now just specks of glowing red embers. Outside the cabin the night sky is filled from bright distant stars. A high mountain wind blew the last remaining aspen leaves off of the few scraggly trees that have yet to go dormant in preparation for winter. The leaves are pushed high into the air then fall to rustle on the forest floor. The leaves scrambled and scraped across the roof of the tiny cabin.

I was awakened in the dark by the challenging screams that the bull elk were making. Their call echoed across Ptarmigan Peak, then down the valley to Black Mountain awaking anything within hearing distance. It seems that the clear night air has made their calls seem especially vocal, as if they are bugling next to the windows of the old cabin. One male would call, then as I listened closely I could just barely hear a response that seems to come from somewhere far below from where I lay. The elk’s voices resonated back and forth across the high mountain hills for what seemed like for hours. Finally exhaustion forced me to close my tired eyes as I could not stay awake any longer listing to the night challenges. I drift back into a slumber still hearing the calls and dream of the majestic bull elk.

I traveled up north, not too far from Fort Collins, Colorado, to obtain alabaster. I wanted to get the stones directly from the quarry. Looking around the yard I found a large number of pieces that seemed to fit the sculptures I had in mind to create. Acquiring the right stones was such a fun process and I felt giddy like a child in a candy store having so many pieces to choose from.  The rocks I picked out weighed from 20 to 40 pounds. Now having the stones in my possession I could began to visualize my work coming to life. Once the pieces were cut to my specifications it was time to convert my thoughts that had been on my mind for so long into the stone.

Now, the “Bull Elk” could be brought to life.  Alabaster is a compact form of gypsum and is white and pink in color. What I found intriguing is the, somewhat, translucent feature. Iron, copper and other minerals give the stone their exquisite colors which distinguish this unique stone. Each vein of alabaster has its own exceptional color and characteristics. I had seen rose colored Colorado alabaster sculpted and thought how beautiful the stone was and how I wanted to carve in it. As I carve out the “Bull Elk” into the stone I remembered back in time the place where a small hill lies between the base of Black Mountain and Ptarmigan Peak.

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The Ivory grips

The Ivory grips

I have been intrigued with ivory for many years. My uncle when I was a little girl became a scrimshaw artist. Later when my husband and I were married and we took a trip to visit my uncle deep in the heart of Indiana. Ed was so intrigued with the beauty and skill of his scrimshaw that he set his sights on getting something we could savor. It took a lot of wrangling to get a small bit of this great masters work because he  would not to sell to his work to relatives and no he didn’t and would not give it away either.

Ed was excited and thrilled more than I was that we had in our possession an original piece of his art.  He also had the idea that I should… yes… I should be an artist and told me to try my hand at scrimshandering. I did and at the time I was not. I tried to scrimshaw of little humming bird on a small of ivory piece. This is Ed’s little treasure and has become my mortification. I won’t tell you how many years ago this was but it was along time ago. Being an artist was not for me or at least not at that time.

Recently, I was asked if I would make some Commemorative Ivory grips I had feelings, of honor and excitement. Like a carving on a gemstone, Ivory is a one shot event. It requires confidence and skill. Ed could list hundreds of things that could happen. If the ivory is cut incorrectly, a hole was not correctly centered or missed the slab is ruined. If Ivory gets to hot when cutting it cracks. If it is to have wording the spelling could be missed or a very detailed design chip. Lots of things can go wrong but that is not how we think. We have worked with lots of material all of which just require a little different type of handling. Ivory is no different. It is preparation and then careful execution.

We were also told that it will shrink and crack and the grips will be bowed. Having worked with wood for many years including exotic woods that need to season ivory is not any different. We currently have a waxed block of Madagascar ebony that is about 3 inches thick. It needs to season for perhaps three years. All Ivory needs to season and because we will use only legal pre banned ivory before we even touch a file to the slab. It has to be seasoned for over 30 years.

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Life’s Fragile Moments

Tamera Seevers just before the Opening Reception of her Life’s Fragile Moment Exhibition at the City Of Lakewood Civic Center. Lots of people showed up and we had a lot of fun. Several State attorneys and City official came by. Fun food and drink and a good time with friends and strangers. Pics are before opening started.
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FLAIR Magazine

Artical in FLAIR Magazine May 2012 issue.

Downtown Denver Arts Festival

May 8, 2012

Ashlee Coln, Designer

By Jan McNutt

The first festival to put on your calendar is the summer opener, the 14th Annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival, at the Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28.

The DDAF is a popular show which began on the sidewalks of the Denver Center for Performing Arts fourteen years ago. With high hopes and obstacles overcome through the years, this unique show has thrived and managed, against festival odds, to create a distinctive personality while still drawing the best of the best artists. Amid immense competition it has continued to elevate and capture the essence of Colorado art and artists and, for the first time in its history, the 2012 DDAF will also showcase a wonderful selection of juried national artists.

From Friday through Monday, art and festival lovers alike will feast on more than 135 talented artist’s booths. The careful selection of art represents the Colorado Arts community as well as juried artists from around the country. The premier art works include a large variety of mediums such as 3-dimensional mixed media, ceramics, fiber art, furniture, art glass, jewelry, metal and wood sculpture and fine art photography.

The 14th DDAF is sure to please art lovers who can enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors and downtown ambiance. Art is said to feed the soul and this weekend you’ll discover irresistible art to admire and inspire you.

The strong quality of work will be brought together in the downtown area where some of the top names in art today include:

Tamera Seevers – Ostrich Egg Carver
Ms. Seevers was awarded Best of Show in the 2007 DDAF. Ms. Seevers carves intricate scenes, such as hummingbirds sipping nectar, snow crystals and flowers, forming intricate patterns into the thick shells of ostrich eggs.

Stefan Geissbuhler – Acrylic Painting
Born and raised in Switzerland and trained as a chef, Geissbuhler eventually found his way to Colorado and his passion for art. His paintings can be found in private and public collections from Europe to the U.S. and Canada.

Brian Keller – Egg Tempura Artist
Egg tempera is paint made with egg yolk, water and powder pigment and is one of the oldest mediums. Keller is drawn to the paint’s natural luster, clarity and precision unmatched by any other paint.

Casey Horn – Sculptor
Beginning at age 18 with an apprenticeship with sculptor Theodore Gall in Ojai, CA, Horn was inspired to pursue a career in metal sculpting. His Kanji Series elegantly transforms Japanese calligraphy into contemporary sculpture.

Shelly Hearne – Painter
One of DÉCOR Magazine’s 2009 Artists to watch, Ms. Hearne’s artwork was also selected for the cover of the premier issue of Art of the Hills Magazine and has also been featured in SouthWest Art Magazine and Frontier Airlines Magazine.

J.D. Hillberry – Drawings
J.D. Hillberry has won numerous awards and has had his artwork featured in numerous publications with images so realistically rendered that they “fool the eye” into believing that real objects are being displayed in a shadow box frame. Also, the author of the highly successful book ‘Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil’.

Beth Erlund – Batik
Ms. Erlund’s Batik, (Batik is a Javanese word and refers to a generic wax-resist dyeing technique used on fabric) has been accepted to exhibitions throughout the country and the world, and has earned numerous awards. She is the author and artist of two children’s books.

The 14th DDAF is sure to please art lovers who can enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors and downtown ambiance. Art is said to feed the soul and this weekend you’ll discover irresistible art to admire and inspire you.

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