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Two by two – beyond the Ark

Wren Wertin
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Talk to Linda and Phil Waldbaum at Philinda Gallery in Edwards, and they’ll tell you their gallery has gone hog wild. They’re hosting their third Animals on Parade exhibit – all animal-inspired art. It can be seen under the big white tent on the lawn in front of the gallery in Edwards Village.

Rip Caswell is one of the 40 artists who will be represented in the show – 27 of which will be at the event in person. He’s no stranger to Vail, as he’s the man responsible for the large bronze sculpture of two elks fighting in front of Antlers in Vail. He won’t be in Edwards this year –he did make it out last year – but he’s sending an African lion in his stead. It’s a bronze sculpture, too.

“A lot of the artists, we don’t even know what they’re even bringing,” said Phil.

They send the word out to their favorite artists about the show, and allow them to bring work of their choosing. Judging from the work assembled under the tent, it’s a method that works well.

“I’ll mention another piece here that’s really interesting,” he said. “It’s a piece by William Churchill, and it’s an exact replica of a horse drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in 1493. He made all the pieces but never had a chance to put it together because he died.”

Based on those sketches and other research, Churchill made the large equine sculpture.

“A very classic piece,” described Phil. “The horse is a bit old fashioned, very nice.”

The Waldbaums also represent a group of artists from a village in Italy called Unika Italian Artists. Several of the artisans were at the gallery for a previous show. A couple of the pieces will be in Animals on Parade, including a male and a female buffalo. They’re known for their detailed work.

“We have a sculpture by them of a 12-year-old boy sitting on a bench, life sized,” he said. “But I’m not sure he’s an animal. I guess it depends on whom you ask.”

Other artists visiting include special guest Jerry Thrasher, who has a reputation for his wildlife paintings, and Alvin Marshall, a Navajo Indian who carves exclusively in alabaster. The alabaster he uses is orange, and comes from Utah.

“Some of the artists that will be here have very whimsical stuff,” said Phil. “We have a wide spectrum of art.”

For more information on the show, contact the gallery at 926-9265.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.

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