Artique sets up Cowboy Camp for First Friday
What: Cowboy Camp art with Walt Evans When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 Where: Artique, 283 Main St., Kamas Cost: Free Web: facebook.com/artiqueartandgifts
Oakley resident Walt Evans is known throughout Summit County for his acoustic music skills. He hosts a monthly singer-songwriter showcase with Traci Madison at the DeJoria Center and has performed in Park City.
Evans can now add “smith,” “woodworker” and “leatherworker” ” to his resume thanks to his upcoming Cowboy Camp art show, which will open during the First Friday Artist event at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at Artique, 263 Main St. in Kamas.
“While I’d like to think I’m an artist, I don’t have a great imagination,” Evans said. “Besides, I’m not so much an artist as I am a craftsman.”
The engineer-poet still creates eye-catching objects with reclaimed leather, steel and wood.
“In each case, I work with materials that have been repurposed, and that’s a lot of fun,” Evans said.
While he doesn’t do a lot of leather carving, he does a lot of stitching, which results in leather bracelets.
“I have a big collection that I’ve been doing with a student at South Summit High School,” he said. “I also make leather journal covers.”
The covers are reusable.
“Each time you fill up the journal, you can get a new blank book for the cover,” Evans said. “The more you use the leather cover, the more it gets worn and the better it feels and becomes part of your everyday life.”
Evans recycles horseshoes for his steelworks. Those horseshoes turn into coat hangers and key racks.
The wood becomes picture frames.
“Living out in Oakley, I find a lot of barnwood, and I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the ranches who have allowed me to use some of their old barnwood to make the picture frames,” he said.
These frames primarily measure eight inches by 10 inches or eight inches by seven inches, but there are a couple that are significantly larger – 12 by 36 inches – and Evans uses these frames to highlight photographs taken by Jan Drake, who works with horses and riders at the National Ability Center. Drake has made a pastime out of studying and documenting the Onaqui wild horse herd, a group of free equines that roams an area of the West Desert about 40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. The Bureau of Land Management estimates that the herd consists of about 450 sovereign horses.
“Her photographs are unbelievable,” Evans said. “And she’s been doing this for a while. She has photos of colts and fillies who are now studs or mares in the herd.”
The photos and frames will also be part of Artique’s First Friday Opening, Evans said.
“We hope people will see them and want to add them to their art collections in their homes,” he said.
Evans started playing music and working with his materials when he was a boy, growing up on a ranch in Northwestern Colorado.
Now retired and living in Oakley, Evans still nurtures his love of music with the Eastern Summit County music community.His connection with Artique and its owner, Katie Stellpflug, is only a couple of months old.
“My wife Pam and I have been dropping on her shop for many years, and I finally asked her if I could bring some samples of my work to her,” Evans said. “My compliments to Katie for her vision of providing a place to show off our works and ideas.”
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