Husband-wife artist duo in Beaver Creek
Ryan Summerlin July 1, 2012
Knox Gallery in Beaver Creek Plaza hosts husband and wife artists Martha and Del Pettigrew in the gallery Tuesday through Sunday. Open to the public, both artists will demonstrate their skills as sculptors and oil painters from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“People find Martha and Del very responsive to questions one may have about the creative process from art lovers of all ages,” Gallery Director Mark Kihle said.
Martha Pettigrew, best known for her renditions of indigenous women in bronze, is equally adept with a paint brush and oil paint. Her work is found in public, municipal, state and private collections throughout America and as far away as Dubai. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including recently “Best of Show and Purchase Award” at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s Art Show, Cowgirl Up, March 2012, for “Song of The Drum.”
“I find it especially rewarding when collectors relate to me the pleasure they derive from my work,” she said.
Del Pettigrew’s bronze wildlife sculptures have been very popular among valley residents. His larger pieces, mostly bears and bird pieces, are found in private gardens and museum and municipal collections. Del also enjoys oil painting and especially is fond of figurative subjects. Born in Lincoln, Neb., Del’s first exposure to sculpture was when a neighbor formed a boys’ arts and craft club, held in a former chicken coop. There, his first sculpture was a wooden bas-relief of a mallard duck landing in a marsh. His interest in wildlife and domestic animals never waned. He draws his inspiration from his childhood experiences hunting and fishing and, later, just observing wildlife in nature.
For more information, call Knox Galleries 970-949-5564 or visit www.knoxgalleries.com.