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Kalene is a Loa native. She began quilting 12 years ago as part of her recovery from health issues. Kalene says, “Non-traditional quilts appealed to me so I pursued the style called ‘landscape art’ and ‘modern minimal.’ I’m inspired by the spectacular scenery of Capitol Reef National Park.” Kalene has 3 children and 5 grand-children. When not quilting, Kalene enjoys riding motorcycles and hiking in the area.
Troy, along with sons Clinton and Austin make a variety of wood spoons and other kitchen utensils with emphasis on reclaimed or salvaged wood: Pecan from orchards in southern Arizona removed for a housing development; Olive from the University of Arizona's agriculture department; Apple, Black Walnut, and Apricot from a friend here in Wayne County. The burnished look of salvaged wine barrel stave wood is the red wine staining from the inside of the barrel.
Mary, Mary quite contrary,
Doesn’t consider herself an artist.
She grows a garden just south of town
And creates jewelry from the harvest.
Tamie raises her beautiful alpacas in Torrey, Utah. The wool from Sunset and Rudy, mother and son, graces a soft and sturdy area rug. This “Rudy” rug was pressed in Mona, Utah. If you visit Tamie’s alpacas, stay alert to watch as they duel with their necks and spit at each other. Manners, please!
Lanny grew up in the N.Y. Metro area. He, his wife, and a big dog literally ran out of gas in SLC a year into a road trip. There he took up stone sculpture, gold and silver work and exhibited nationally and at the Salt Lake Art Center. He moved to Torrey in the mid-70’s and opened his woodshop. Lanny has built everything from custom homes to historical restorations, fine furniture to picnic tables, doors, cabinetry and also does repair work.
Jessie is a metalsmith and business owner who is forever exploring and learning. She loves creating new designs and takes inspiration in everything from nature to literature to pop culture. Jessie is thrilled to be back in Utah, where she was born and raised, and will continue to grow her business, spend time with family, and take lots of hikes.
A native of Wayne County, Marsha grew up and returned to live in Loa, Utah. She is married to her Wayne High School sweetheart, Don. Farm life taught her to work hard and that a handshake and your word was “law.” Her parents instilled a desire to always learn and grow. Marsha enjoys all facets of the quilting experience. The challenge of designing is a special joy. She has been published with her patterns. Her “quilting room” is eye candy for those who visit her home.
Barbara has been a fiber artist for many years, crocheting, knitting, recently learning to spin, and a yarn hoarder. A friend showed her how to cast rhubarb leaves to use as yard art or indoors as trays or bowls. She was fascinated…not only by the process, but because each leaf is unique, and becomes a work of art when it is cast. She also works with cabbage leaves and is on the lookout for other organic matter to preserve. These leaves come from local farms and gardens, and are a reminder to us of what nature provides.
Paul has lived in Torrey since 1997. He was a general contractor for 50 years. In his spare time, he and his wife Jan, build ornate and usable bird houses from reclaimed barn wood, stained glass, and patina copper.
Taeler is a multimedia artist specializing in drawing and bead work. Her beaded bracelets are the perfect medium for her expression of patterns and designs she sees in the world through the influence of Utah’s rich Native American culture. Taeler volunteered in several foreign nations. There she came to love the people and cultures she encountered through time spent at local artisan markets. She offers thanks and gratitude to those who left their impression on her by offering to others a similar joy and experience.
Scotty’s art springs from looking afresh at the natural world to see its rhythms and flow, shapes responding to each other, colors blaring one moment and singing softly the next. She looks to convey nature’s spirit, its numinosity, creating art that is more than the landscape and can be enjoyed on many levels. Utah’s variety of form and color and immense scale offer a joyous inspiration. Scotty paints on site. For her, being present with the subject is the best way to capture its vitality and spirit.
Jan is a fabriholic. She hopes someday to kick the addiction, but for now she’s taking it a yard at a time. Jan lives in Teasdale, Utah, was raised in Fillmore, and is married to Owen Olpin, her high school sweetheart. Anyone needing a special fabric, color or design can visit Jan. She’ll surely find what’s needed in one of her drawers, boxes or under the bed in her quilting studio. She’ll never miss a yard or three.
Gary is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, New York. He brought Café Diablo in Torrey to fame as Owner and Certified Executive Chef. He switched careers in 2013, sold the restaurant, and pursued his love for creative sewing, upholstery, and leather work…oh, and to spend winters as a ski bum. The same care, quality, and freshness he brought to his culinary exploits is now found in Gary’s functional and exquisite leather work.
Originally from Massachusetts, Melody has always been passionate about the arts and creative expression. This multi-faceted artist works with a wide range of mediums including watercolors, textile arts and silk painting. Drawing inspiration from nature, Melody’s paintings express the moods and emotions of the wild desert plateaus surrounding Torrey, Utah where she lives. Each unique handmade creation can take several hours to complete. Like her work, Melody is a diverse artist with a gift of bringing magic and beauty to whatever she creates.
The first time Diena saw alpacas in person, her soul was touched by the spirits of these gentle souls, and was changed. She connects with her Dutch ancestors as she works the magic while carding, spinning and knitting high-end unique, wearable pieces of art. Her alpacas love living in the high mountain area just twelve miles from Capitol Reef National Park. Alpacas are shorn once a year and they gift their fleece. Three times warmer than wool, their fleece is fire retardant and water repellent.
Since 1972, Bryce has used clay and wax to create original sculptures which are then turned into limited edition bronzes. While friends and locals know him as Mike he signs his work “Bryce.” The thing that sets Bryce apart from most sculptors is that he casts and finishes his bronze sculptures himself at his home just outside of Torrey, UT, using the lost wax process.
Donna came to Torrey 24 years ago and has loved living here since. Her love of stones and fossils comes from her dad, a silversmith and lapidary artist. Living in this beautiful part of Utah inspires Donna’s jewelry design. She loves to explore and find stones to use in her jewelry. Donna beads, cuts, and carves on stone and antler. She also redesigns old broken jewelry to make it wearable again.
Traci lives in a log cabin in Fremont, UT. She makes soap, bath, and body treats. Her products are made in small batches using the finest ingredients gathered locally including goats milk, honey, and botanicals. Traci creates from the belief that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them.
Dick Teasdale and his awesome wife Judi wandered into Torrey some 22 years ago and never left. Semi-bored in retirement, Dick turned to cluttering Judi's small-ish and tidy home with his hand made wood slab tables. When Judi finally had had enough she encouraged Dick to seek markets for his creations elsewhere in Torrey. So here at The Old House is the only venue on the planet that Dick's creations are available for the discriminating furniture buyer looking for something a bit different. Enjoy!
Bernie 'Skydrummer' Wuestefeld
Bernie's art work began with cutting beautiful sandstone into tiles as a back-splash for a sink project. Slowly, pieces began to come together into different forms…picture frames, table tops, fireplace hearths, bird baths. Later, his landscape art began to mirror the magnificent red rock mesas of this area. “There is so much beauty in the earth.”
Bernie also enjoys making Solar Roasted Coffee.
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