Art Seen: Shack attack |

Art Seen: Shack attack

The art shack is one of those off-the-beaten-path places you find only by chance or referral. Although it has a Main Street, Frisco, address, it is actually behind the Tuscato restaurant and shares the adjoining space with The Red Crayon Studio. Finding the gallery is worth the little trouble it takes.

Owners Brian Howard and Andrew Held are perhaps best known for founding the Art Bike program, created to raise money for the Chris Ethridge Scholarship Fund and Summit Recycling Project.

The partners exhibit a genuine concern for the well-being of our community through these and other programs. The pair will sponsor another live auction of the bikes Oct. 26. Call (970) 668-4740 for details.

Opened in March, art shack exhibits the partners’ three-dimensional, multi-media creations alongside unique works by several other artists.

The tiny space, designed and built by Held and Howard, incorporates the duo’s handcrafted work, which blends easily into the surroundings. Ceramics, pottery, drawings and paintings by other artists grace the walls.

Several pieces in particular caught my eye. One was a carousel horse by Howard. He completed the piece in 1997 after 900 hours of painstaking carving. A collaborative airbrush decoration of his brother Shawn complements the carousel horse.

In addition, Howard’s small, beautifully carved, bristlecone pine pieces are delicate, paper-thin spirals that invite the touch – but only if you hold your breath while doing so.

I was amused by Held’s trio of tiny, wooden utensils in shadow boxes, appropriately called, “Bite Me, Hit Me, Cut Me.”

Anchored in the center of the room, a steam-bent, white oak table by Held showcases his woodworking and joinery expertise, even though it is only a work in progress.

Sharing the space are fascinating sculptures by Eric Hudspeth, an art shack discovery. These pieces, carved from blocks of white marble, exude talent and innate skill made all the more impressive when seen next to his bronze figures.

Easily overlooked, but not to be missed, are drawings by Robert Kellogg.

Their intricacy, humor, attention to detail and allegorical subject matter conjure images of Persian miniatures. Studying them close at hand is the only way to appreciate their workmanship and inventiveness.

Several talented teachers from the famous Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass also display work at the art shack. Pottery by Bradley de Walters, ceramics by Jill Oberman and ceramic baskets by Rick Parsons help round out this unconventional showing.

Oh, and be sure to view the charming work by Held’s 92-year-old grandmother, Ruth Wallison.

In all, art shack is helping to bring Frisco to the forefront of the High Country’s art market.

Stew Mosberg is a writer and journalist working out of Blue River. He holds a bachelor of design degree from the University of Florida, College of Fine Arts and Architecture, is the author of two books on design and is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

art shack

? Location: 311 Main St., Frisco

? Hours: By appointment, (970) 668-4740

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