Articles published in the Blue Mountain Panorama

This blog was created to preserve digitally, articles written by Janet Wilcox for the Blue Mountain Panorama. This newspaper is published in Blanding, Utah by Neil and Becky Joslin. By publishing digitally, more photographs can be added, and your comments and corrections can be quickly noted. Thanks for reading my articles in the newspaper, as well as on the Internet. If you have ideas for stories, please contact me at 42janetkw@gmail.com

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Edge of the Cedars Museum meanderings and musings

For those interested in archaeology with local connections, the Edge of the Cedars has several wonderful new and improved displays. It’s a great way to spend a cold afternoon on a winter day.

Most recently Richard and Eve Lynn Perkins donated a wonderful collection to the museum.  A new Kocopelli display in the lookout corner tells the story of this Pied Piper of the Pueblo, and a pristine bird flute found on their property is prominently displayed.

Adjacent, a beautiful Pueblo display on the second floor has been upgraded and expanded into a permanent exhibit.  This also features hundreds of objects while telling the history of the Four Corners area.

The Shumway, Holliday, Perkins collection has been digitized and viewers can now understand more of what they are looking at in the large glassed permanent display.  By using the adjacent computer, with a simple click of the mouse you can understand quickly what you’re looking at, where it was found, and other relevant data.  This visible storage can also be visited on-line: http://static.stateparks.utah.gov/visible_storage/visiblestorage.html

Small pots which are part of the Pueblo display on the 2nd floor.
For those new to the area, a visit to this local attraction will be time well spent.  The museum was built at the site of an ancient village which included dwelling units and a kiva. The kiva and some other structures have been restored and can be viewed behind the museum.  It’s a great adventure for families, and the museum even has a children’s area, with a miniature pueblo, drums, books, and puzzles.  With cutbacks in staffing the hands on activities have yet to be developed, though an intern this summer will hopefully finish up the education work that Rebecca Silverstone began.  Because of State cutbacks, her job was terminated, and she now works at the School District Media Center.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Local Artist wins awards throughout the West

By Janet Wilcox

Though Gilmore Scott worked nine years with the forest service, putting out fires, he now uses his creativity to fan the fire of his artistic talents.  
Gil is a Montezuma Creek resident, and a graduate of San Juan High School.  After high school Gilmore took classes at CEU/SJC and then went on to Utah State University, where he is just a few credits short of getting his degree.  One of his mentors in his rise to recognition was his old high school art teacher, Tony Wojcik who continued to encourage him.   
“The main thing I liked about Mr. Wojcik," Gilmore explained,  "was that he always had good advice about my work and how to improve it. He’d explain how to take a different approach. Not many people give out good real constructive ideas. As a kid he also saw me working here and there, and would say, "It's a lot better to sit in an air-conditioned room and paint!"
“Gilmore was a talented student with a quiet demeanor, when I had him in high school,” Wojcik said.  “I just tried to help him and the other kids with color, design, texture and organization.  It’s like the writing process in many ways where you take the components of words, phrases, descriptions, and sentences and create paragraphs with strong images.”
  “I talked a lot with them,” Wojcik contined, “about creating their own style—something that would set them apart from any other artist. I'd say, 'What makes a Gilmore Scott style? How can you take a Native American theme and stylize it'?” 
Gilmore Scott took that advice seriously and has developed his own style.  Today he uses a strong, dramatic palette of colors that are bold yet simple.  Portraying the culture of his Dine (Navajo) heritage, he uses the high southwest desert landscapes and traditional objects such as baskets, rug weavers, and hogans in his paintings.  Not only are his style and color choices dramatic, but also his end product often features a distinct glossy brightness.  Scott incorporates watercolors, acrylics, and color pencils—sometimes using all three mediums to complete art.
His dedicated efforts have not gone unnoticed and during the past two years he has garnered a dozen art awards throughout the west.  For the past two years his art was honored at the Edge of the Cedars Art show in May.  In 2011 he won 1st place for “Colors of Beauty,” and he won Best of Show in 2010 for his painting “Our Mother”.  This piece also won the Judges Choice Award at the 18th Annual Southwest Indian Art Fear at Arizona State, in Tucson, as well taking 1st at the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City, OK. 
In June and July 2010 he won 1st place, both at the Mesa Verde Indian Art Market, and at the 23rd Annual Native American Arts Festival at Pinetop Lakeside, Az. In 2011 he again won at Pinetop for “Spring Rain.”  One of his images will be featured  on this years 2012 festival poster.
Two of his pieces were selected for publicity purposes.  One for the 2010 T-Shirt  for the Totah Art Festival in Farmington, and in 2011 he was the poster winner for the Totah Festival.
It’s obvious today, that Gil Scott has found his style—one which others recognize and appreciate, and he plans to take Wojcik’s advice and do a lot of painting in his, hopefully, cool studio in Montezuma Creek.