Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jones Designs’

I’m taking a break from my quest for “yellow” today to share one door and two gates that I found while visiting the Celebration of Fine Art show, running until March 16 in Scottsdale, AZ (https://celebrateart.com/). There are over 100 artists’ studios there, housed in an enormous tent, or more likely, several enormous tents. One of these artists is a perennial favorite of mine, Michael Jones. Michael told me he doesn’t have a website anymore but can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=michael%20jones%20designs or search for Michael Jones Designs when you get there. He does much more than just gates and doors.

This first is an actual door, a screen door with a southwest motif. Would I have this on my door? You bet. On either side you can glimpse part of another type of sculpture Michael does, reminding me of what Chihuly might look like in metal.

The next two offerings are custom-made gates, the only kind he makes as each gate has to be made to fit its entrance. This first one is pretty sweet or may-bee a honey of a gate. Yes, I can’t resist a pun every now and then.

This gate featuring a bighorn sheep is one Michael made for himself…about 10 years ago, if I remember correctly. But he’s kept so busy make gates, doors, tables, and other sculptures that he just finally got around to building the wall on his northern Montana property that will showcase the gate. That’s patience and I’m sure he, his wife, and any visitors will greatly enjoy it.

If you visit Michael on Facebook, be sure to comment and also mention you saw his work on my blog. I’ll have a few more gates next week, too.

for Thursday Doors 2.11.21

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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