Connie Norman
Connie Norman

Among Friends Art Show and Sale: “The Artists Part 1″

Chad Blakely

Chad has been a long time friend of mine.  He has taught art across the hall from me for 11 years.  He and I teach the advanced Junior High Art classes.  He teaches 2-D classes and I teach the 3-D classes.  This year he is reproducing all his paintings into greeting cards, his original paintings will also be for sale and in the show.

 Check out Chad’s blog here.

This year most of Chad Blakely’s artwork is “PINK” in honor of his sister who is battling breast cancer, and he is donating all his proceeds to help Heather with her medical bills and missing so much work.  She is a second grade teacher and is taking the rest of year off for all her medical procedures. 

I will be raffling off one of my bowls for Heather as well.  I haven’t decided which one yet.  Check back to buy a raffle ticket.

I was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where I started drawing at the age of 3 and the guidance of my mom. She taught me to draw Popeye, and I’ve been drawing cartoons ever since. I graduated from UW in 1999 and started teaching art in Cheyenne that same year.  As an illustrator I have self published four comic books and done inking for various companies. I am currently working on an original graphic novel that I hope to have published by summer 2011. I currently live in Cheyenne with my wife and two kids.

Kelley Jones

I met Kelley when she lived in Cheyenne, but unfortunately she moved to Colorado.  I love Kelley’s work.  I traded her for one sculpture last year, and it is a favorite of everyone who comes to my house. 

Check out Kelley’s website.

My work is inspired by a childhood of low-tech toys, comic books and cartoons.  My later years of studying art in college, however, did not lead me to my dream job of being a cartoonist.  Time passed, kids were raised, and alternative careers explored. Eventually, my guys (a sort of 3-D cartoon character actually) were created. I now have a home studio in Eaton, CO, where I live with my husband and the lords of the house: the dogs.
Each piece is hand sculpted, painted, and sealed. The captions are original, intended to be humorous. Kinetic features add another level of whimsy.

 Heather Fetsco

Heather Fetsco lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her Husband, Dan and their Son, Jackson.  She has been creating jewelry since 2001, when she knew what she wanted for her Wedding, but just couldn’t find it.  She uses only natural materials like glass, semi-precious stones, metal and even rocks – no plastic or resin.  Many of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, but she also enjoys doing custom sets for Weddings or other special gifts and events.  Her styles range from classic, to thoroughly modern.

The Among Friends Art Show and Sale

Dec. 9 -11

Artful Hand Gallery

3o2 East 1st Ave.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

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