This Saturday, Meet The Artist: Michael Musselwhite
The Leadville Arts Coalition (LAC) and Leomyka Gallery will be presenting another Meet the Artist event this Saturday, Oct. 19 from 5 – 9 p.m. The featured artist will be Michael Musselwhite.Sculptor Michael Musselwhite poses with his functional creation: a weathervane.
A sculptor, jeweler, and woodworker, Musselwhite does it all, mostly with items he has found, combing old mines, settlements, scrap piles and auctions. He adds to his self-described “junk yard” and finds creative new purposes for his treasures. Many of his sculptures are functional pieces of art: weather vanes, gates and garden sculptures.
Whether he has uses Leadville turquoise for a beautiful pendant, or a unique sculpture, Michael creates something of beauty. He calls himself an avid rock hound, and plans to show some of his jewelry pieces at Leomyka Gallery, located at 601 Harrison Avenue. Expect to see a variety of work, including large sculptures.“Ghost Figure” features Leadville turquoise, jet, mother of pearl, pearl eyes, and walrus tusk ivory, mounted on a natural block of Leadville limestone and Utah wonder stone.
Musselwhite and his wife Edie consider Leadville their hometown, and still maintain a strong connection, while they reside on the Purgatory River, near Hoehne, Colo. Musselwhite spent time in Leadville after graduating from Colorado State University. He did contract mining in various local mines, and attained a degree in Metals Technology from Colorado Mountain College, Timberline Campus.
Musselwhite’s creations will be available for sale at the show and through November at the local art gallery at 6th & Harrison. The evening will also include refreshments, provided by caterer Ruth Jacobs.This gate creatively uses wrenches and horseshoes, among other items to create its unique appearance.