Friday, November 6, 2009

An artful weekend

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   It’s an artful weekend and you should be a part of it!  Do you live in the DFW area?  Need something to do that will definitely be out of the ordinary?  Then the Cross Timbers Artists Studio Tour is definitely for you.  You can get more info here.  I tell you what, you never know what you’ll come across.  Artists are an interesting lot! You can plan out your tour on the map and visit a few artists or go crazy and try to see them all.

   This tour allows you to go into the homes of these artists, talk with them and see how they live, work and where their inspiration comes from.  And, if the stimulus plan has worked in your favor… sigh… you can purchase yourself an original piece of art. 

   I really enjoy this tour and hope you will too.  One of the artists, Sweety Bowman, was my ceramics instructor years ago in another life.  She is too much fun.  She has led the most interesting life and the stories she tells are a hoot.  I don’t know if she finds them as amusing as I do as she had to live through them.  But you know how that goes.  Years later we can laugh at our tragedies.  Her husband, Alton Bowman, (on the tour) is also an artist.  He is a master craftsman and has restored furniture for the Dallas Museum of Art, the Texas State Capitol and many others.  The pieces he restores are incredible and rare. 

   Here are some of my favorite pic’s from last years tour at Sweety’s house:

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“She makes pottery”

In Sweety’s studio.




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Bronze sculpture of Sweety’s mother.

One of Alton’s pieces in the background and Sweety’s ceramics.


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Sweety’s hand, her mothers foot.Very heart warming…



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The clay stage of a bronze sculpture.  This is huge!  It may be finished by now.





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The side view.  This idea has been floating around in Sweety’s head for years.






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Inside Sweety’s studio.  How did they get here?

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Big outdoor kiln.








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A desk by Alton.  All the Texas birds and flowers are inlaid wood.  Very pretty.



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Notice the hand turned legs.





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Alton restores very interesting pieces.  This happened to be in his studio when we visited, Lady Bird Johnson’s high chair.





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Alton’s studio.





That’s all for now.  I hope you have a great weekend!

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