Dream weavers

Posted: February 11, 2017 in Art
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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.

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

  1. These are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. I’ll check their website. I hope they sell these items.

  2. nowathome says:

    That is so colourful! Stunning work!!

  3. anneharrison says:

    Simply stunning! Some people are so creative, to see these creations n the original plant.

  4. Art comes in many forms, and these pieces are beautiful examples. Talented couple. 🙂

  5. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! These are simply amazing and beautiful. I understand why you go back each year.

  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    These are beautiful weavings, Janet. Thanks for sharing them with us. The first one reminds me of the 3D version of a Kocopelli.

  7. Gorgeous examples of the artistry of American crafts, which is art.

    • Each year I’m amazed at the beauty of these and of what the other artists at the shows have created. Makes me a bit jealous at not having that talent, but I do enjoy theirs.


  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    Beautiful stuff. The skill and dedication of these artists is inspiring.

  9. doodletllc says:

    Stunning and love the collaborative effort in each piece…very nice. I’m glad I found your blog. 🙂

  10. Such beautiful work. I love the designs but like the muted colors more and would especially love to see some with all earth tones and maybe a tiny bit of spotlight color. It’s amazing the simple beauty of those weavings knowing how much effort and skill went into creating them! I’d be stuck in those tents the whole time, drooling, and maybe not so metaphorically, lol.

    • One of the reasons we enjoy going back each year is that there are so many artists whose work we enjoy. Of course, there are also those who aren’t our cup of tea, but I’m sure lots of others like them. Check out their website and you can enjoy much more of their amazing work.


  11. bythebriny says:

    Beautiful images, and what gorgeous pieces.

  12. These are just gorgeous, pure works of art. I love the basket in the second picture.

  13. Su Leslie says:

    These are stunning Janet. Thank you for sharing the photos, and also some of the artists’ story. 🙂

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  15. Suzanne says:

    What wonderful colours. These works are really lovely.

  16. Ruth says:

    Such rich colors. A bright spot on the blogosphere today.

  17. joey says:

    So pretty, color and texture.

  18. These are stunning. That middle basket is so intricate and bold with such materials. Can see why you’re a fan

  19. Wow – what wonderful objects, utterly covetable… the colours are so subtle and beautifully blended… lovely post Janet

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