Trailside Galleries is pleased to present a new collection of alabaster bowls and vessels by Oregon based turner William Pickerd. These newest works by Pickerd will be on view at the gallery throughout the month of November and collectors will have the opportunity to meet him in person during an artist reception at the gallery on Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Picked spent 35 years teaching cabinet and furniture making before embarking on a career turning alabaster. For Bill, life as a teacher, woodworker and artist have all been part of an artistic metamorphosis. His exquisite bowls, each carved from a single block of stone, have transparent walls, which are just an eighth of an inch thick, allowing light to penetrate, and highlighting the veins and natural beauty of the stone.
He has aptly titled his newest collection of work “The Pueblo Series” heavily influenced by the works of the late Hopi artist and jeweler, Charles Loloma. He notes, “The Pueblo Series is my reaction to seeing an entire room at the Wheelwright Gallery in Santa Fe of work created by Charles Loloma. He was the first Native American to be heralded worldwide for his work. He was also one of the first Native American artists to work with large amounts of gold and semi-precious stones as well as traditional turquoise, silver and red coral.”
Since viewing that exhibit, Pickerd has been on a path of discovery, both about who he is as an artist and how far he can go. He has immersed himself in Loloma’s manner of working with color, symmetry, simplicity and balance: symmetry without being symmetrical and rhythm without a mathematical pattern. “My work for the Pueblo Series,” says Pickerd, “is an attempt to immerse myself in his work looking at shapes, colors and complex patterns, blending them into simple and harmonious creations in metal, stone, and all manner of wonderful materials and ultimately, taking simple shapes and transforming them into objects of incredible beauty.”
Since 1963, Trailside Galleries of Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona has been regarded as one of the pre-eminent dealers in American representational art, specializing in a rich and varied collection of works by the leading western, wildlife, figurative, impressionist, and landscape artists in the country. The artist roster includes members of the Cowboy Artists of America, National Academy of Design, Oil Painters of America, Plein-Air Painters of America, Prix De West, Society of Animal Artists, National Sculpture Society and Masters of the American West.