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As I’m writing this, the wind is whipping around the house and it’s -12 F outside, but feels like -33 with wind chill.  Bad as that is, it’s much “warmer” that this morning’s readings of -24/-50+!  My January visit to my parents in Arizona is just a delightful memory.   Certainly no sitting out in the sun to read today!

Every year when I visit, we stop at the two tent shows running from January to March.  These tents are large enough to hold 100+ artists, many of whom are pursuing their art right there.  It’s fun to observe and talk with them.  There are a number of artists I love each year and look forward to seeing what new creations they have.

Michael Jones Designs is one of those favorites.  He does wonderful metal work and I’d love to have a piece one day when we own our own home again.  The website I found seems to be down, but you can look for him on Facebook and see better photos of his wonderful work.  Today, though, I’ll share my less-than-stellar shots for your enjoyment.  There’s only so much you can do with a phone, lots of other art around, and the ever-present sun.  🙂  But I think the beauty of his doors/gates shines through anyway. He also does marvelous fireplace screens and lovely coffee tables, which you can see on Facebook.

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In January, I visited my parents in Arizona, where we had a whirlwind of art experiences, including spending part of several days at the Leanin’ Tree auction.  Leanin’ Tree has made western-themed greeting cards for many years and its 92-year-old founder built The Leanin’ Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden.  Most of the more than 300 paintings and 200 bronze sculptures were put on sale during the auction in Old Scottsdale.  Some of the larger sculptures were on display on the sidewalk in front of the gallery hosting the auction, although some were so large they weren’t even brought, just shipped directly to the buyers.  Let’s see some wildlife up close and personal.  You can even safely take selfies with them.

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Hérival Priory is now an artists’ colony, in a beautiful clearing in the forests of the Vosges.  Examples of their art are scattered around the complex. The monks would be surprised.  Or perhaps not.  After all, as Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, there’s nothing new under the (French) sun.

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“Flipping” through my online photo files, I found this shot that, although I like it, both in the original and in this edit, had me a bit flummoxed as to what it was.  The next shot showed that it was a photo of the lid to a small pot, glass with a handle on top.  Obviously something happened with the light, but I like the minimalist abstraction of it and it’s a perfect oddball.

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Debbie’s One Word Sunday Challenge this week is “Glass” in any of its manifestations or interpretations (or any other single word you like).  Glass immediately brings Chihuly and his amazing glass creations to mind.  I’ve been fortunate enough to see his work in a number of places, but none in such abundance as his installation at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens a few years ago.  My s-i-l and I did the rounds during the day, then again as it got dark, when the glass was illuminated.  Both were magical.

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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.

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