As I mentioned in a previous post, while in Arizona, my parents and I visited two tent art shows, each featuring 100 or more artists, many working on their current projects at the show. I shared a perennial favorite from the Celebration of Fine Arts: Montana Blue Heron’s stunning weavings. When we went to Arizona’s Fine Art Expo, I discovered a new love: Kinkade Gourds from Cody, Wyoming.
Heather and I swapped “cool things to do in Cody” stories (and of course, Yellowstone National Park is not far away, before I got down to the serious business of admiring her amazing creations. Can you believe these are gourds?. Even in the last shot, a gourd is used as the model for the cast glass and I love her use of natural items, such as feathers and turquoise. You really need to go to Heather’s site to fully appreciate the scope of her work: woven leather covered gourds and lariat topped gourds embellished with antlers and other natural materials, botanical gourds, and more. Although these with the Indian/Southwest look obviously caught my eye, she does much more than just these styles.