Art has a mysterious way of connecting people, even when the connection is not something intentional or anticipated by either of the parties involved. Last year, while browsing an outdoor art exhibit at the Main Street Square in Rapid City, we came upon a bronze sculptor whose work seemed very attractive. We at hART Sense Design love birds, and he was sculpting birds. We prefer realism in art, and his sculptures were hyper-realistic. We talked for a bit, we admired his art, picked up a business card which was promptly lost after being brought home, and that seemed to be the end of it.
Fast forward to this past Friday and a storytelling workshop organized by Arts Rapid City, an online hub for all things arts and culture in the Rapid City area, and bronze feathered friends were reunited with hART Sense Design. In a casual chat with one of the workshop participants, we were invited to take a look at the website of the artist she represented. Lo and behold, we found ourselves face to face with this little fellow we so admired at the Main Street Square show.
Marsh Song, bronze sculpture by Jim Green
After a mild shock of instant recognition, we decided to "immortalize" our impressions in this blog, lest we forget the name of the wonderful artist again. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you Jim Green, a bronze sculptor from Rapid City, South Dakota.
Jim has worn many different hats in his life: draftsman, machinist, steel fabricator, sign maker, neon bender, foundry man, and mold maker. Still, first and foremost, he is a bronze sculptor. Jim started sculpting full time in 2010. In these past four years, his work achieved quite a bit of recognition. His pieces had temporary public placements at The Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City, on the SculptureWalk in downtown Sioux Falls, and have recently been chosen as part of the South Dakota Governor's Biennial Art Exhibit which will tour museums and cultural centers throughout the state over the next two years. His work also won awards, and his sculpture "Pelican Ahoy!" was installed for permanent placement in the Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado.
Pelican Ahoy! bronze sculpture by Jim Green
Jim's work is known not only in South Dakota and Colorado. Several galleries in Maine, South Carolina, and New Mexico carry his sculptures as well. Who knows where these bronze feathered birds will take flight next? Deep South, farther West, or maybe even overseas? The sky is the limit.
Jim actively participates in several large art shows annually, and if you are nowhere near Rapid City, you might want to check the upcoming shows in Thomasville, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina or even Little Rock, Arkansas. A little bird told us some of his bronze feathered friends will be making their appearance there. In the meantime, make sure to check out jimgreenart.com and visit with the jaunty pelican, the great blue heron, and friends.
The Red Knot Cafe, bronze sculpture by Jim Green
Also, while you are browsing the web, stop by ArtsRapidCity.org and look up Jim Green and hART Sense Design in the artist and brand listings on the site. Stay for a while and browse other talented Rapid City area artists' listings, then next summer, come and visit our beautiful, artsy corner of the world.
Do you have a favorite South Dakota artist? Tell us in the comments below.
You have probably never heard of Gardnerville, Nevada - a town of about 5,700 inhabitants - and if you have, you probably think there is nothing remarkable about it. For the most part, you would be right. Although a few movies were filmed there, Gardnerville is still a pretty quiet small town with not much going on. That is, unless you want a high quality custom made saddle. In that case, Gardnerville is the place you definitely want to visit.
Saddle maker Doug Cox, originally from Salmon River / Rocky Canyon area of central Idaho, now lives and works his saddle magic in Gardnerville. For over 30 years Doug has designed and built many types of saddles on many types of trees. Because he builds saddles that are truly customized to achieve a comfortable fit for both the rider and the horse, Doug's work also includes time spent working with horses, experimenting with different aspects of saddle styles and construction. All of his saddles are made to order, and flower carving is drawn freehand, distinctively carved deep and hand set on properly cased leather. He never builds two saddles alike, and he enjoys creating unique designs for his clients who come from the ranks of working cowboys, pleasure riders, and competitors, as well as fine art collectors.
Growing up on an Idaho ranch gave Doug Cox hands-on experience with riding, training horses, and working cattle. He was known as a capable hand, hiring out for day work at ranches across Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. He also started his own colts, entered the show arena in reined cow horse and cutting competitions, and he even did his share of rodeo bronc riding. All along, saddle-making intrigued Doug, so from 1976 to 1981, he trained under well-respected traditional saddle makers, Bob Kelly and Ray Holes. Doug opened his own saddle making shop in 1981, and the rest is proverbial history.
Santa Barbara headstall by Doug Cox
In addition to saddles, Doug also creates headstalls, breast collars, and chaps. His work has been featured at the Santa Ynez Historical Museum in California, Western Folklife Center in Nevada, and has been purchased for private collections throughout the world. For his Collector Series of saddles Doug collaborated with California silversmith Ron Mewes, creating - among other pieces - the Silver Mounted Saddle #1, reminiscent of famed Visalia Stock Saddle and Edward H. Bohlin styles of the early 1900's. Just one look at this piece, and you will be making a trip to Gardnerville, Nevada for your own custom saddle by Doug Cox.
To see the famed Silver Mounted Saddle #1 and many other great designs of Doug's, visit his website at www.dougcoxcustomsaddles.com. To see both Doug's and many other beautiful saddles and gear, visit our Tic-Tack-Toe Horse Fashions board on Pinterest... and while you are there, make sure to follow us.
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