2010 Exhibitors

 

Karen Boylan

KB Western & Wildlife Art

Bozeman, MT

www.kboylanart.com

Boylan draws inspiration from her experience as a rancher to create the detailed paintings that have brought her recognition through numerous awards. She has ranched with her husband for the last thirty eight years in the Beartooth Mountains of Red Lodge and the Gallatin Valley of Bozeman, Montana.  She strives for accuracy in anatomy of the animals, capturing their personality and unique behavior while trying to portray the beauty, hard work, and reality of ranching.  “Whether calving, branding, doctoring, or just moving cattle, I love what I do and relish the physical challenge as well as the mental change that, hopefully, gives freshness and new life to my paintings.”

Susana Brown

SIS Designs

Kevil, KY

www.sisdesigns.com

Coral Cuff Bracelet by SIS Designs

SIS Designs is a rapidly growning artisan jewelry company located in Kentucky, created and guided by Susana Brown. Her passion for ancient cultures has led her to travel the world experiencing the art that expressed the ancients view of the sacred and mysterious.

Today, she incorporates her knowledge of sacred symbols into her work through the use of handcrafted pendants, colored gemstones, murano art glass, rare artifacts and antique treasures.  Her exotic jewelry is skillfully designed to introduce the modern woman to the mysteries of nature and antiquity.

Susana’s unique style is formed by her love of adventure and sensual awareness of beauty. Her designs range from the elegant to the exotic.  All are an original expression of the beauty inherent in all of life.

Keri DeWitt

Wind River Trading

Irvine CA

www.windrivertrading.com

Beaded Hand Painted Purse by Keri DeWitt

Keri started working with leather and tanning hides at the age of nine. Over the years, she has developed her skills
working with authentic materials using traditional techniques to create museum quality historical reproductions of
the Native American Indian and the Fur Trade era.

For the Style West Show, utilizing her talent with traditional materials and techniques, Keri has created a
contemporary line of fashion and accessories. Inspired by American history and authenticity, Keri’s designs are
original, stylish, and equally appropriate for private collection or to wear for an important occasion or casual
evening out.

Professionally, Keri is a successful entrepreneur. She founded Teresis Media Management Inc. in 2003,
Terescription in 2005, and Wind River Trading in 2010. She currently has three software patents filed in six
countries. She and her husband Tom reside with their two dogs, Kuma and Kaya, in Irvine, California.

Kelly Donovan

Corinne, UT

www.kellydonovanstudio.com

Pushin' em In by Kelly Donovan

Award winning artist, Kelly D. Donovan has had an interest in art from an early age. Growing up in western Colorado gave Donovan a strong foundation for the work he enjoys. From the time he could pick up a pencil as a young boy, Donovan has immersed himself in cowboy art. He began showing his work in galleries at age 15.

Donovan says, “My fascination with the old west has kindled my desire to keep that brief moment in history alive through my artwork.” His extensive research into the old west ensures the authenticity that he strives for in his work.

He was featured in Southwestern Art Magazine as an emerging artist and as an “Artist to Watch”. He was also featured in Western Horseman Magazine. His work has appeared in American Cowboy Magazine and Cowboy and Indian Magazine as well.

Donovan was showcased by Coca-Cola as an exclusive artist to participate in a fundraising event held at Country in the Rockies (Crested Butte, Co) to benefit cancer research at the Ingram Vanderbilt Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Donovan’s work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide and overseas. His collectors include country music personalities such as Gary Chapman, Paul Overstreet, Gary Morris, Mel Tillis, Robert Earl Keen and Charlie Daniels. His artwork also appeared in the award winning movie Sideways.

He participates in exhibitions and events all across the country. Donovan is represented by Judith Hale Gallery in Los Olivos, California, and by Mountain Trails Gallery in Cody, Wyoming. He resides in Corinne, Utah, with his wife, LaNan, and five children, Kim, Karlie, Shane, Kade, & Wyatt.

Scott Dube

Denver, CO

http://lodgepolepinefurniture.com

Free Standing Bar by Scott Dube

Scott’s love of woodworking began in 1989 while he worked as an apprentice to Ken Siggins of Triangle Z Ranch Furniture in Cody, Wyoming. Scott consistently creates pieces from lodgepole pine, leather, rawhide and willow, though he enjoys working with other elements and creating new looks.  Recently he has started adding beading to his work, incorporating a Native American element to the already western pieces. Scott’s style is simple, yet artistic and beautiful.  He likes to create pieces that are diverse both in style and materials. Scott’s goal is to create pieces that are heirloom quality.  Each are branded, signed and numbered.

Dean Bubulo

Escalante Imports

Jerome, AZ

www.escalanteimports.com

In a world where centuries-old traditional crafts are slowly disappearing, the history and culture of the Zapotec weavers of the Oaxaca Valley is alive and thriving. Escalante Imports is your source for fine hand crafted rugs of the Zapotec Indians of the Oaxaca Valley in Mexico.

Escalante Imports Rug

By the time Christopher Columbus reached the New World in 1492, the Zapotec Indians of Teotitlan del Valle, a small village nestled among the foothills of the Sierra Madres in the Oaxaca Valley of Southern Mexico, had a centuries-old tradition of weaving textiles from cotton and other fibers. In the mid-seventeenth century, Dominican Friars introduced the European upright loom and sheep to the New World, and for the next three hundred years the weavers of Teotitlan wove the finest wool serapes in the “Americas”.

In spite of more recent cultural changes among many of Mexico’s native Indian groups, the high level of craftsmanship of the Colonial period serapes is still evident in the distinctive use of color and hand spun  yarns in the contemporary rugs and tapestries woven by the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca Valley.

Zapotec textiles can be woven of 100% wool or in Escalante’s exclusive 50% mohair and 50% wool blend.  Mohair, being the second strongest natural fiber  behind mane hair of a horse, makes a long lasting, durable , heirloom quality rug that can be passed down for generations.

Sam Ferraro

Bozeman, MT

www.samrferraro.com

A westerner from his boots to his signature black cowboy hat, award-winning jewelry designer Sam R. Ferraro honors his heritage in his work. From his studio in Bozeman, Montana, Sam designs and creates by hand his Western Wildlife Collection in both gold and sterling silver, and his Diamond Collection. “To be an outstanding jewelry designer you need two elements,”

Wedding Set by Sam Ferraro

Sam says, “the creative and the technical.” Testimony to that fact that Sam has both are the many awards he has garnered, including on bestowed by the Western Design Conference.

Sam’s career is bolstered by a degree in biology, which he says aids him in sculpting contemporary wearable wildlife designs and creating  classic images. The artistic inspiration for these wedding rings are the rivers and valley streams flowing from the high mountains.

Brent Flory

Wallsburg, UT

www.brentfloryfineart.com

Hudson Bay Horseraiders by Brent Flory

Brent Flory graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.F.A. in Illustration. He has been in numerous solo and juried shows including The Phippen Western Art Show in Prescott, Arizona, The National Western Art Show andAuction in Ellensburg, Washington, and The Mountain Oyster Show in Tucson, Arizona. At the 2000 Western Art Roundup in Winnemucca, he received Best of Show, The Indian Heritage Award, and Silver Medal in oils. At the 2001 San Dimas, California show, he received Best of Show, Festival Choice Award, and Silver Medal in oils, and at the 2001 Albuquerque Indian Market, he received the Best 2-D Art award. At the 2002 San Dimas, California show, he received Gold Medal in oils.

His work is held in many private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. Brent was featured in the Fall 2001 Equine Vision Magazine, with his painting “All I Need,” on the cover. Brent and his wife and family live on and manage a ranch in Wallsburg, Utah.

Pamela Harris

Di Lusso Furs

Bozeman, MT

Fawn Dyed Sheared Beaver Coat by Di Lusso Furs

www.dilussofur.com

DiLusso Furs proudly showcases International Fur Designers in our collection.  The luxury outerwear fashions today cover the elegant, traditional & classical to casual chic, innovative, high fashion to sensual & seductive.  Artistic expression is an important part of the designs we carry.
Our furs come in an array of shades from Natural to the vibrant rainbow of dazzling colors are shown on the world’s runways. At DiLusso we offer the finest mink, beaver, coyote, chinchilla, lamb, lynx, fox, sable, shearlings & other types of luxury outerwear.

Julie Littlefield

The Buffalo Collection at Scenic Mesa

Hotchkiss, CO

www.scenicmesa.com

Hotchkiss, Colorado is an almost impossibly beautiful place, and home to Scenic Mesa Ranch and its buffalo herd. The Valley is a patchwork of organic farms, orchards and native sagebrush neatly tucked beneath snowcapped 13,000-foot mountain peaks. Off the beaten path and on the road to nowhere in particular, it has attracted artisans, independents and visionaries for decades. Together with the immense talent and creativity of some of these local artisans, we have developed a uniquely rugged yet classic, finely handcrafted line of American-ethnic furniture and accessories called The Buffalo Collection.

Mesquite Armchair with Boot Stitching by Scenic Mesa

The distinctive, durable furniture is a brilliant slice of Americana, equally at home in Sedona or Syracuse. It nicely bridges the timeline from an older, simpler way of life to today’s contemporary, more sophisticated lifestyles. Built by all-American manufacturer Hancock & Moore in Hickory North Carolina, The Buffalo Collection’s furniture details are superb.

Julie Littlefield Buffalo leather furniture is virtually unparalleled in its cushy softness, strength and durability. We’re pleased to say our tannery uses a “wet-white” non-chromium tanning process that is earth-friendly and environmentally responsible. Combined with the craftsmanship of the strong hardwood frames, hand-tied springs, and down-filled cushions, you have a superior product of heirloom quality. We are sure you will enjoy this beautiful handcrafted furniture in your home.

Keith McMasters

Keith McMasters Western Bronze Sculptures

Dayton WA

www.keithmcmasters.com

Keith McMasters has been fascinated by the American West since his early youth. Growing up on the Washington-Idaho border next to the Nez Perce Indian reservation, he had the opportunity to witness first hand, a culture so rich in heritage that it has been captured in his mind for decades. Those experiences, coupled with Keith’s love for art that also began at an early age, Western Art was a natural attraction. He felt himself inspired by the western artists of the day and their personal interpretations of the West’s native peoples, it’s settlers, it’s landscapes, along with it’s unique wildlife.That fascination and those inspiring portrayals led Keith, self-taught, into the fascinating world of western bronze sculpture. Today, as an award winning full-time sculptor, McMasters lives with his wife Mira in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California.

Dan Rieple

Fine Ideas Furniture

Evergreen, CO

www.fine-ideas.com

The Least of These by Dan Rieple

Dan first fell in love with woodworking when he was fourteen years old. His dad, a bricklayer, had already stirred his interest in woodwork he had made for Dan’s sister. The Industrial Arts program in my high school nurtured his interest further. During that time Dan made several pieces of furniture and began to develop his skills in what has now been his profession for twenty-five years. Though mostly self-taught a good deal of learning came by way of his Industrial Arts degree from Colorado State University.

“I still love woodworking today as it is always challenging, with no end to the styles, shapes, designs and combinations of material. Handcrafted furniture is unique; not mass produced like so many things today. Each piece of furniture I create is functional fine art made to provide pleasure for many lifetimes. In our disposable society like ours it is refreshing to make, as well as to own, timeless pieces of furniture with soul.”

Stephen Sanders

Stephen’s of Colorado

Steamboat Springs, CO

Stephen Sanders~Stephen's of Colorado

 

Stephen Sanders has always had a passion for the American West and translates his love for it by designing distinctive outerwear and accessories. He works with fur and leather, and he imagines Indians and cowboys and how they used pelts and hides to survive the harsh winters in the Rockies. Sander’s career path has taken him from Texas to Paris, London, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and now Aspen and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He has been an executive with Sakes Fifth Avenue and Marshall Fields. The last fifteen years, Stephen has owned Stephen’s of Colorado. Sander’s designs have been seen at the Academy Awards, the Golden Boot Awards, and at Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington, D.C. His unique designs have been worn by many celebrities and dignitaries all over the world.

Kevin Showell

Minneapolis, MN

www.qarmabuilding.com

Antelope by Kevin Showell

Kevin Showell is a master wood carver and designer who applies his skill to many styles and disciplines. Kevin specializes in custom made architectural and design elements for indoor and outdoor use. He has worked professionally in this field for nineteen years and also teaches children and adults the traditional roots and disciples of his trade.

Kevin grew up in Cody Wyoming being greatly moved and inspired by western art and the land surrounding it. He moved to Minneapolis to complete his B.A. then study under the tutelage of Greek Master carver Chris Effremethies. Kevin spent five years of apprenticeship and seven years of journeyman work under his direction.

In recent years Kevin has pursued doing collaborative works with skilled artisans of other disciplines. He loves to work in the breadth of possibility and the multiplied creative energy that this provides.

Kevin Armbruster

Sundance, WY

307-290-2291

35" Wooden Wagon Wheel Table

Wyoming is home to this furniture maker whose best memories are those of living and working on ranches brandings and feeding with a sleigh pulled by draft horses.

Kevin creates traditional wagonwheel tables as well as antler dream catchers, horseshoe picture frames and other pieces for the home from found objects.

He works for the coal mines as an electrician and is working to become a lineman while doing his artwork.  He and his wife Tama reside in Sundance, WY.

Julie Pfeifer

Ojai CA

www.juliapfeifer.com

As a master bead weaver and designer of distinctive beaded art wear, Julia

Chief Joseph by Julia Pfeifer

 Pfeifer has been an artist all of her life. She began beadwork at fourteen years of age, after receiving her first bead loom, which she still uses. Julia is self-taught and has made up her own techniques and applications, utilizing micro beads, the smallest beads in the world.

 

Julia graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Julia has been expressing her artistic visions through intricate bead design since 1981. She is primarily self-taught. After an extensive study in textiles such as weaving tapestries, and crocheting hand spun and natural dyed wool, Julia moved into beadwork as her primary medium. She has a love for seed beads, “The way in which they shine, their shape, beauty, and texture inspire me” In 1984 she was introduced to “micro beads”, size 16 ott through size 20 ott. These are the smallest beads in the world and come in the widest varieties of colors of any type of seed bead. This wide variety of color and incredibly small bead allowed for the shading, and intricacy necessary to do true pictorial beadwork. She now specializes in pictorial and custom beadwork.

Since 1981 Julia has been doing Native American ceremonial prayer fans. Many were made as gifts to ceremonial leaders and she has continuously received commissions for them over the years. She studied privately with two Native American ceremonial artisans to learn the intricacies of fan making, and has received commissions from both Native and non-native people. In this beadwork, she is best able to express her visionary work. She enjoys enlivening the visions of her client and incorporating her own.

Julia has had a series of visions that inspire her work still today. It has taken years for all the layers of her vision to unfold and be created. One piece builds on another, as with petals unfolding, leading to a beautiful body of work.

Steve Johnson

Huntington UT

www.stevejohnsonart.com

Johnson’s art career first bloomed when his mother handed him pencil and

American Paint Horse by Steve Johnson

 paper to keep him quiet in church. Growing up in Huntsville was all about being outdoors, so drawing took second place to exploring nature. But the underlying passion to express himself in art kept a steady glow, and by high school, Steve was selling his paintings. Marriage and family supplied him with more images, and Johnson often used his kids, family pets and neighbors as models. He also worked as a professional horse trainer and fireman until an accident sidelined him for a few months. It was his chance to pick up a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Weber State University and better learn illustration. Ultimately, however, Johnson pursued art as he’d pursued the outdoors – with a sense of wonder and adventure. He threw away the mold and just did what he did, one painting or drawing at a time.

Johnson’s art runs the gamut, from graphite and colored pencil, to watercolors and oils. He’s done commission work

for the World Cup downhill ski races and the World Cup disabled ski races, and has also gained recognition from range and ranching societies who use his universal themes to focus on the disappearing Old West. Two inspirational coffee-table quality books, No Bad Apples and From the Back of a Horse, combine country scenes with original verse.

Steve Johnson still views life from the back of a horse, and paints in a converted chicken coop behind his 90-year-old house. His studio, however, carries no fowl smell, but rather the trappings of an authentic artist who needs to work amidst the action of the Old West he knows and values. Beyond his studio, he sees a new Utah emerging, complete with ski slopes, art galleries and new people. In Johnson’s mind, however, the growth is one more opportunity for him to share his lifestyle with a world hungry for some of those simple country moments.

Steve Fontanini

Jackson WY

www.stevefontaniniblacksmith.com

Steve Fontanini is a designer and builder of forged metalwork for home and

Aspen Railing by Steve Fontanini

 business. He creates architectural metalwork such as stair railings, gates, fireplace accessories and even furniture. Bronze, stainless steel, mild steel or aluminum can be forged, cast, machined or welded into any shape or design.

 
Boylan draws inspiration from her experience as a rancher to create the detailed paintings that have brought her recognition through numerous awards. She has ranched with her husband for the last thirty eight years in the Beartooth Mountains of Red Lodge and the Gallatin Valley of Bozeman, Montana.  She strives for accuracy in anatomy of the animals, capturing their personality and unique behavior while trying to portray the beauty, hard work, and reality of ranching.  “Whether calving, branding, doctoring, or just moving cattle;, I love what I do and relish the physical challenge as well as the mental change that, hopefully, gives freshness and new life to my paintings.”
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