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Metalwork and more at Breckenridge art fest

CAROL CRAIG
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Two artists, many amazing works of art.

That is the theme for Jean and Mark Oberkirsch, a husband and wife metal artist team attending the 34th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival in Breckenridge this weekend.

In 1976, Mark and Jean Oberkirsch’s metalworking hobby became their livelihood. After years of working with metal in a variety of jobs such as fabrication for sculptors and metal shop work, he decided it was time to take his love for metal to a new level, by creating beautiful pieces of inspired art. His wife joined him in the effort several years later, and today their work takes them to art festivals and clientele all over the United States. Both are self taught, with minimum formal schooling; their creativity leads them into developing new skills and techniques. The Oberkirsch style ranges from arts and crafts and mission/bungalow design to contemporary Southwest.

Inspired by their love of the Southwest and their antique collection, Mark and Jean Oberkirsch’s current work is a contemporary construction of copper and handmade papers with accents of beads, cording, fetishes and metals. The primary subject of each piece is made of hand-tooled copper. They execute their design work from the back; drawing the design, then turning the metal over and finishing the surface with color. They use patination, hand painting and metal leaf in their copper creations, combined with a variety of handmade and metallic papers. They then embellish the pieces with other objects and metals. All of their art is showcased under glass, with a shadow box textured frame, which complements the copper art.

You can visit the Oberkirschs, and more than 100 other fine artists, at the 34th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival, presented by Mountain Art Festivals, this weekend.


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