Featured Artist For Waterville Gallery

A biography is a funny thing to write.  It can only be interesting if you’ve lived long enough and it’s always evolving.  Anyway the Silver Lining Gallery has done a very nice job featuring me in their latest news letter. The owners of this gallery are two very cool women whom I admire greatly.  They had a dream and now they are living it.  Kudos to them!

Featured Artist of the Week

Ann M. Beck

Fiber art, Jewelry

Born in Wyoming and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Ann is a Western-hearted artist.  She has three kids who were born in New Mexico. While currently residents of Bowling Green, Ohio, Ann and family also lived in New Zealand for a period of time.  Ann’s traveling has evoked a love for different environments and climates.  There is something special about every place she has lived and she tries to capture that “something” in her art.  Her love for nature and human interaction with nature is evident in her paintings, and to some extent, her jewelry.

Ann explains, “My educational history is somewhat sorted, starting with 3 years of college and no direction.”  She decided to work in order to travel, which lead her to Sweden and Denmark on her own in search of life’s meaning.  Later she worked in galleries in New Mexico and became an apprentice to a New Mexican potter for some time.  She took random classes that interested her through the years and became a certified childbirth educator where she worked in a hospital for 6 years before having her twins with her geologist husband, Kurt Panter.  Ann’s family is her greatest pride.  But through it all, her artist heart kept pushing her to create. 

Her art education had come primarily from “playing with things”.  She had an interest in painting from a very young age, but was introduced to oils in high school.  She took to oils quickly and became passionate about landscape and portrait painting.  Her interest fiber art began much later.  Now she has produced felted pieces using various felting techniques.  Throughout her exploration of materials and mediums, jewelry making became a constant passion.  Her older sister and husband are both geologists, and so exposure to gem and mineral shows as well as hands-on outdoor experiences started at a very young age.  Minerals have always fascinated her because of their naturally occurring colors and shapes.  Creating designs with beads made from these minerals is a perfect creative outlet for her.  The paper and felt earrings she also makes have evolved to become something that is uniquely her own from start to finish.  Ann tells us, “I take a tremendous amount of pride in my work and love the process of creating.  I am still struggling to try to connect my art more closely to the natural world, as well as the expression of my concern at the rapid loss of our natural world.”

Follow Ann’s art blog at https://ambeckart.wordpress.com

Samples of Ann’s super cool earrings available at the silver Lining Gallery:

 

 Silver Lining Gallery hours currently are:

  • Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays and Mondays

~ by ambeckart on August 27, 2010.

One Response to “Featured Artist For Waterville Gallery”

  1. Ann’s heart and soul are put into everything she does. She is truly a beautiful person through and through, and this beauty is reflected in her creations. Her touch upon my life has enriched me beyond measure. It is my hope that many others get to experience a measure of her spirit through her art.

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