An art sale in time for the holidays
When artist David Farrall creates a ceramic sculpture, it often requires 50 pounds of clay. This is one reason why sculptures are not on his list of favorite things to create.Potter Kate Tennant, jeweler David Meyer and painter Mark Lemon will sell their work along with Farrall at the Eagle Art Studio today and tomorrow during the studios annual holiday sale.Farrall has a long history working with clay. He first started in high school before pursuing a degree in pottery and glass blowing as well as a minor in art history at Bowling Green University in Ohio.I was art through and through, said Farrall of his college career.When Farrall first moved to the valley he worked as a fly-fishing guide for a local company but he quickly realized that it was not his calling. A neighbor let him use his shed to start making pottery again and soon moved his operation into the Eagle studio a year and a half ago. Much of Farralls functional ceramic designs are based on Asian culture and his favorite work is fashioning sushi trays, sake cups and other Asian-themed dishes. I guess thats what my eye is drawn to, Farrall said. And I have to say I like sake.Farrell, an Eagle resident, now deveotes much of his time to running his business, More Than Mud Ceramics. He said hes thrilled to see the sale up and running again. Besides being a good opportunity to purchase high quality art and jewelry, the sale is also a good chance to mingle with the artists and other members of the community. Free food and drinks will be provided. If a shopper cant seem to find exactly what he is looking for, the artists will on hand to talk to about specially commissioned works or custom made items. Farrall encourages people to come by the studio so they can get all of their senses involved in the search for the perfect piece of art for their home or office. If youve ever held a hand-made, really well-thrown, pot, you know how it feels in your hand youre connected to it, Farrall said.
Artist Kate Tennant started hosting the sale 10 years ago to show off and hopefully slim down the large inventory of work in her co-op studio in Eagle.Its more like a little party to just kind of let people know were there and get our information out, Tennant said. People have actually looked forward to the shows for years.Tennant held the sale every year , with one exception. Last years sale was canceled because she said it just couldnt be pulled together in time. This year Farrall will be running the sale.Also on the roster this year is jeweler David Meyer and painter Mark Lemon. Oil painting has been a passion for Lemon for nearly 17 years but for financial reasons he assumed it could never be more than a hobby. Recently Lemons dream came true and now he paints full time.Im trying to make a living at it, but its not easy, Lemon said.He explains that buying one of his paintings is more of a commitment than pottery or jewelry. Getting exposure for his work is the hardest part, he said, but once a painting of his hangs on the wall in a high traffic area, people start to take notice.The price tag attached to his work is one reason why he thinks people have to ponder the purchase a bit more than a pot or a necklace. Most of Lemons paintings are part of a series based on Colorado pioneers and landscapes.Even if you dont find the perfect gift for someone on your Christmas list, you can at least learn more about local artists lives and what goes into their work.Arts & Entertainment writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 748-2939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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