Lanning, a Bryant Nagel Gallery in Sedona, welcomes award-winning gourd artist Bill Colligen to its 1st Friday Artist Reception February 2nd, from 5:00-8:00 pm. The artist offers what promises to be a fascinating Artist Talk at 6:00 pm that evening as he reveals his singular techniques and inspirations.
For Bill Colligen, a hard-shell gourd provides a unique canvas on which to perfectly express his creative vision. After studying for a career in art at the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, Colligen chose instead to work in landscape design, specializing in small Zen gardens, while studying to be a Master Gardener. But he still felt a tug to express something deep within on a more personal level. That is when his callings came together: Discovering the gourd’s potential as a canvas became a perfect union of art and nature.
Bill Colligen calls his remarkably exquisite pieces “Zen Vessels,” using pyrographic pen engraving, dye applications, patinas and hundreds of meticulously applied dots of paint to transform each of his distinctive works. A newer style of gourd Colligen is creating replicate the look of ancient ritual vessels. These elaborately hand-carved pieces appear heavy with the weight of old bronze, well-marked with the patina of age – and yet are as light as air.
Numerous awards have been bestowed on Bill Colligen including several 1st Place at the Santa Fe Plaza Arts Festival, Best of Show at the Sedona Arts Festival, and, Best in Category at the Indian Wells (CA) Arts Festival. This exhibition runs through February 14.