Each January when I visit Arizona, my parents and I enjoy going to the two tent shows that run for several months in the Scottsdale area. Each of the hundred or so artists have to be at their exhibit area for the duration of the shows, quite a commitment in both time and expense, as most of the artists aren’t from the area. Whenever possible, the artists are at work, which is also interesting.
At The Celebration of Fine Art, one of the first displays you come to if you go clockwise, is that of Montana Blue Heron, weavers extraordinaire! Every year, I (metaphorically) drool at the colors and shapes that this husband and wife team create. I asked Marilyn about working together. She said they gather willow and dogwood, she does the dying, and starts each project. But then she tends to look towards the next thing, while her husband works on the middle of the piece, which she then finishes. You can read more about the process in the “About Us” section of their website. However it works, the results are stunning!
Marilyn was nice enough to say I was welcome to take photos, so I can share three of my favorites from this year’s show. If you enjoy there work, there’s a contact form on the site and I’m sure they’d love to hear from you. If you do comment, please tell them you saw it here.