Western style captured at Wyoming show

Jay Rogers’ sculptural boxes on display at the Society of Arts & Crafts
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The Western Design Conference featured the work of Bruce Schuettinger.

The Western Design Conference featured the work of Bruce Schuettinger.

The roundup of talent at the 25th annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale in Jackson, Wyo., showcased the latest in Western design style from the work of juried artists of all mediums. Held again at Snow King Event center from Sept. 7-10, items included functional art for the home and handcrafted furniture. 

The event featured over 150 juried artists and exhibitors specializing in home décor, jewelry, fashion, woodworking and mixed metal. It was founded on the idea of cultivating the best of contemporary craft. 

Rob Hare’s storage piece at the Western Design Cobference.

Rob Hare’s storage piece at the Western Design Cobference.

Furniture exhibitors included Bruce Schuettinger of MosArt Fine Art Furniture in New Market, Md., who combines his background in studio furniture and abstract painting to create custom-made tables, chairs and sideboards with sustainably sourced wood varieties; John Gallis, who mixes contemporary and rustic styles for his furniture company Norseman Designs West in Cody, Wyo., and Doug King of D.A. King Design in Missoula, Mont. 

For more show information, visit www.westerndesignconference.com

Sculptural boxes at SAC A new solo exhibit, “Fantasy Architecture: Sculptural Boxes by Jay Rogers”, will be on display from Oct. 26 through Dec. 9 at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. 

The annual Western Design Conference featured over 150 juried artists and makers.

The annual Western Design Conference featured over 150 juried artists and makers.

Rogers has been making boxes and sculptural containers for over 30 years and in that time has made thousands of sculptural boxes inspired by many sources. His current work is about the psychological realm of architecture, inspired by the work of artists such as Giovanni-Baptista Piranesi and M.C. Escher. The sculptures are containers with hidden drawers and secret compartments, and range in theme, size and material. 

For more, visit www.societyofcrafts.org

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue.

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