8 Members
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Joyce Baron

Deep inviting colors, wild interchanges with playful textures, and breathtaking plunges into chaos

Art Form: Painting, Jewelry, Glass
Artist\'s Statement: “Wow!” “That is Beautiful!” “That one reminds me of…” “That really speaks to me!” These are some of the comments people share when they see the colorful paintings by Joyce. Joyce Baron studied Art at both USU and Weber State while earning her degree. She enjoyed sketching everything from the microscopic to the grandiose. Exploring Utah’s back country and national parks instilled in her a deep appreciation for the abstract shapes, textures, and colors in nature. She is now living her life-long dream of being a full time professional artist. Her passion for creating art has taken her and her sketchbook to exotic places around the world from Central America to Europe and to China. An abstract artist in the truest tradition, she uses vibrant water based paints as her selected medium and paints abstract shapes with deep inviting colors, wild interchanges with playful textures, and breathtaking plunges into chaos. Paying close attention to composition Joyce uses form, texture, and color to convey her feelings of joy and freedom. Joyce enjoys teaching workshops, conducting conferences, assisting art organizations, and spending time sketching the interesting and beautiful things of this world. Having won many awards, Joyce exhibits her paintings in galleries and at art shows in the western states. Her works have been published on the covers of national and local publications and are collected and enjoyed internationally.
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Alix Railton
Art Form: Jewelry
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Melissa Skarsten

I emulate nature and promote our individuality as humans

Art Form: Jewelry
Artist\'s Statement:

The natural world is always pulling at you…. to come in and see her beauty and feel the “mystery of nature”, and so my work celebrates what I experience there. The Pacific-costal redwood forests haunt me. As I was developing my distinct style, memories from my visits to the redwoods kept appearing and inspired the textures and color palettes I began using. More importantly, it was the emotions I felt when standing in that primeval forest I started to capture, and a organic elegance and sense of antiquity showed up in my style. The ancient technique of granulation is perfect for creating organic textures. With a torch, I fuse tiny grains of gold and raised lines of silver onto the surfaces of my pieces. I then expand the technique by flowing melted gold in and around the applied textures. To achieve the rich color palette, I oxidize many of the pieces a deep black to illuminate the gold. The gemstones and the metal finishes I choose, allows me to express the dance of light and movement that water, sunlight, and breeze create in the forest. My work is done in a spontaneous manner, a vision maybe scribbled out as a starting point, but materials and technique guide the work into a finished piece. This evolutionary process keeps my creative thoughts flowing…. And makes me happy. I make one-of-kind pieces, each piece inspiring the next. Serial imagery or what I like to call the “kaleidoscope effect” is where I take a piece and redesign it…. and like the turn of the kaleidoscope, the variations are endless. By making one-of-a-kind pieces, I emulate nature and promote our individuality as humans, which I find a breath of fresh air in a world of mass produced, identical products.

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Meghan Dutt
Art Form: Jewelry
Artist\'s Statement: I am a silversmith living in Kimball Junction. I work with recycled sterling silver and copper as well as beautiful and unique stones. My main techniques include metalsmithing, fold forming, air chasing, electroforming and occasionally PMC. I am currently in the Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park every Saturday and I have also been a vendor at Craft Lake City.
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Ron Butkovich

Ron delights in the unpredictable use of traditional materials, including precious metals and stones

Art Form: Jewelry
Artist\'s Statement: Primarily using the techniques of lost wax and fabrication, Ron delights in the unpredictable use of traditional materials, including precious metals and stones. Perhaps most importantly, in both his life and his work, Ron strives to balance the precious and the everyday. Consequently, his work is collected around the world by those share Ron’s vision of beauty in daily life. Ron rejuvenates his creativity through both quiet connections to the natural world—as a passionate master gardener—and through social connections to the human world. Ron is an active member of his community, where he is involved with the town’s historic society, professional artists association and public art committee.
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Lisa Carlson
Art Form: Jewelry
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Cyndi Sharp

Hardwood, driftwood, and other wood knots become creative objects to complement the stones

Art Form: Jewelry
Artist\'s Statement: The jewelry-making process is quite time consuming, taking over TWO YEARS to complete! First the roots are dug up, the smaller branches are cut off, the dirt is washed off, and then they are stacked to dry outside in the dry western climate for two years. This allows the bark to fall away, leaving the hard root wood begging to be worked with. The wood is thoroughly cleaned and sanded, and stones are chosen to complement the wood. Found hardwood, driftwood, and other wood knots become creative objects as well. The wood is either left with a natural colored finish or highlighted in varying wood tone stains to complement the stones. The wood receives three to five coats of a protective water-based or polyurethane finish, with sanding between coats. The gemstones, beads, and chains are all connected together to form the interesting one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry ready for you to wear. Please enjoy! `
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Dori Pratt

I was exposed to art at a very young age and have pursued my artistic passions with conviction for many years, the adventure has increased exponentially with time.

Art Form: Painting, Jewelry
Artist\'s Statement:

I am inspired to create jewelry that is a part of me, colorful, textural, made to last, everyday wearable, makes a statement, is fun to wear and possibly has a story behind it.

My work as a silver/gold smith, began as a summer job in 1973 and now some 40 years later has become not only my passion but my serious artistic pursuit. My studio in my house is cozy, sunlit, filled with a collection of a life devoted to my craft, and my sanctuary, where I get to design and create jewelry! What could be better?