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Barb demonstrates her weaving on The Old House porch from time to time.
Becky was formerly co-owner of a knitting and weaving shop in Salt Lake City. She enjoys knitting socks, animals and wearables. Becky considers her time at home in Torrey as inspiring.
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.”
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.
Carol grew up outside Cleveland OH. She went east to college and never looked back. Adventure and change called, so she lived in a commune in Boston. Carol dug clams and lived in a teepee in Maine. Then she became a crap dealer in Las Vegas and sailed for six years on a 39-foot sloop with her husband, Dominick. Today they live in a log house in Torrey, enjoying retirement and occasional visits with their kids and grandkids.
Dennis Hiskey has called Teasdale home all his life. He was trained in a Cabinet and Millworking program. He uses those longtime skills to create a variety of desktop boxes, children’s toy fences, and wooden magnets decorated with replicas of native artwork. Dennis often harvests locally sourced lumber for his shop. He worked in the fish hatchery program of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Now retired, he enjoys exploring the red rock areas of Wayne County and discovering the Native rock art found there…and spending time with family and grandkids.
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.
Donna came to Torrey 3 decades 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.
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.
Hollie was born and raised in Salt Lake City. Now a retired school teacher, she lives between Salt Lake City and Loa. Gardening, good food, and travel are among her pursuits. Hollie credits her mother as the person who first influenced her to be "crafty".
Jennifer is an emerging artist, excited to pursue her love of bead weaving full-time after retiring from a career in the military. She is inspired by the colors, shapes, and patterns of nature in her beaded works. She has a PHD in Meteorology and is passionate about merging science and art, creating wearable pieces that are visual representations of scientific data.
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.
Kalene is a Loa native. She began quilting in 2005 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.
Laura retired from a career in corporate health management. Needing a creative outlet in the visual arts, she combined her lifelong passion for gemstones as well as the beauty of her natural surroundings. Jewelry design is an extension of her landscape painting roots. Laura utilizes stone, glass and silver as the palette to depict impressions of favorite locations. Each piece is hand rendered, unique and inspired by nature, often using found rocks and repurposed materials.
Lisa Mcgillicuddy Curt
Lisa is a Chicagoan by birth and westerner by choice. The big sky and windswept mesas invite introspection and encourages the imagination. An appreciation for vivid color, shape, and variety is found in her jewelry that celebrates the whimsical.
Lonnell received his first rock collection when he was 8 and cut his first stone at 13. He was hooked! After high school, Lonnell worked cutting and repairing stone. A career in environmental geology put his work on hold, then he got serious again about jewelry. He uses .925 silver and copper to fabricate a wide variety of items. He delights in "watching the intrinsic beauty in a stone manifest itself as it's cut." Lonnell lives in Bicknell where he fabricates new pieces and is known to repair heirloom jewelry.
Whether climbing trees as a child, photographing them, or collecting intriguing branches, one of Lynn Rochelle’s passions is trees. Years ago, Lynn viewed an entire wall covered in a wood sculpture representing a blue heron. She took a photo, and it inspired her to teach herself how to make art from wood. That led to her choice to represent magnificent animals in wood.
A native of Wayne County, Marsha grew up and returned to live in Loa, Utah. 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. Marsha made the quilted 'OPEN' sign for The Old House.
Mary, Mary quite contrary,
Doesn’t consider herself an artist.
She grows a garden just south of town
And creates jewelry from the harvest.
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. Melody’s work expresses the moods and emotions of the wild desert plateaus surrounding Torrey, Utah where she lives. Like her work, Melody is a diverse artist with
a gift of bringing magic and beauty to whatever she creates. Her art on cards are available at The Old House.
Nena Flo Law
Nena has always been fascinated with art…of all kinds. Watercolor became a favorite and she continues to create landscapes, forests and red rock country. Nena taught for 20 years in Utah and Hawaii. Music played a big part in her teaching, helping shape children with piano, guitar, and ukulele. Nena has three grown children and enjoys living near two of them in Teasdale, Utah.
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.
Ricky was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He learned the art of knapping from his father. Little did he know this skill would provide peace of mind and lead to a new way of life in his “golden years.” Ricky married his best friend Bonnie in 1999. Together they built their dream home in Fremont, Utah. Ricky gained a passion for knapping and primitive skills. He walks the mountains hunting sheds for knives and flint for arrowheads. Every morning you can find him chipping away in the garage, living his dream.
Scott T. Smith
Scott has been a full-time freelance photographer since 1988 when he quit his “real” job. He and his wife, Mary, lived in their truck and a tent in the backcountry for a year while making photos.
More recently, Scott has made photos of several historic buildings in Wayne County. The wonders of digital photography allow him to make the prints almost look like a watercolor painting.
Scott's photos of vintage cars, trucks, and other vehicles, all in various "poses," are a visual treat.
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 luminosity, 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.
T. S. Jorgensen
Steve is Utah born and raised. He feels a deep and special connection to Torrey, the Entrada Institute, and Capitol Reef National Park. The varied landscapes and wonders are an inspiration. Steve studied Fine Arts at the University of Utah. He says he is "now retired from over 45 years in Utah's ski industry" and now enjoys "the opportunity to concentrate on artistic endeavors." His lost reduction block prints are unique since there won't be another the same. When the block reaches its final cut, it is "retired."
Toni lives in Fremont and has a long family history in Wayne County. Her mosaics include whimsical displays, scenic works, and still-life pieces. Along with her very patient husband, Toni finds recycled cups, plates, bottles, and glass to create her work. Her self-taught work is an obsession she hopes to never get over.
Traci Salt lives in Loa, 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.
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.
Valerie grew up on the Wasatch Front and visited Wayne County all her life. Now retired, she lives in Fremont with her husband, Jeff. Following in the steps of her grandfathers, Joseph Hickman (Hickman Bridge) and Art Chaffin (Goblin Valley), she and Jeff love hiking in the wilderness. There they find beautiful rocks and petrified wood. The treasures get tumbled for about five weeks each and end up as pieces of handmade jewelry.
Vance Morrill has made Native American-inspired wood flutes for a quarter century. He is a graduate of Wayne High School. After working in uranium mines in Ticaboo near Lake Powell for nearly two decades, he moved back to the Morrill Ranch. In 1999, he built the Flute Shop on Utah Highway 12. Vance produces wood flutes from Cedar and Poplar in assorted keys. Ask and he'll proudly give a tour of his workshop.
Wayne makes rope baskets using recycled lariats from ropers he knows and from a local shop. Wayne likes to imitate Navajo pottery forms in his basket designs. Each basket is unique in form, color, flaws and characteristics left in the rope from use. Lariats and baskets are washed and disinfected, ready for use in your home. When he's not crafting rope baskets and antler coat racks, Wayne serves as orchard manager for Capitol Reef National Park.
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