X. Geis is featured artist
Featured artist at this year’s 40th annual Central Idaho Art Association Spring Art Show is bronze sculptor, John X. Geis of Grangeville.
Geis, born in Winchester, Idaho, has been sculpting for 28 years. His sculptures tell stories that capture the historical events of the West. John draws from events told to him from long time cowboys, and gleaned from his own years as a young man, working on a ranch in Eastern Oregon. People seem to enjoy hearing the stories behind the bronzes, as much as the art itself, and John enjoys keeping these stories alive.
He exhibits his work in art shows throughout the Northwest, as well as his own annual show during Grangeville’s 4th of July Border Days Celebration. He has won many awards, including Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards.
Geis uses the lost wax method which involves many steps. He sculpts the originals in a specially blended soft clay mixture. John is a “full service artist,” and he does all of the steps of creating the finished sculpture, except for the actual metal casting.
Geis’ sculptures are very limited editions, usually a total of 25 and after the last of the edition is sold, and the mold is destroyed. He has about fifty individual sculptures and also does commission work. His artwork has been collected all over the U.S.
The Featured Artist display may be seen at the Historical Museum, 305 N. College, during the Spring Art Show. Show times are Thursday and Friday May 3rd and 4th from 9:00 until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00 p.m. Art for the Show may be entered on May 1st from 1:00 until 7:00 p.m. On Saturday after noon the drawing will take place for the original art of CIAA member Mary Bakker. Mary’s award winning artwork has been featured in the national Artist’s Magazine, and she has won numerous awards in local art shows such as the Snake River Art Showcase, Idaho Paints Idaho, and took first prize for her rendition of Van Gogh in the Valley Art Center’s “Faking the Famous” contest. Tickets for the raffle are available from any CIAA member and at the Spring Art Show. For information contact: Ellamae Holes, 208-983-0466, Mary Bakker, 208-839-2414 or Linda Stubbers, 208-962-3346.