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ARTISTS OF GEM VALLEY

The Grace area has a rich cultural heritage which stems from the aesthetic sensitivities of the early settlers of the valley. Consequently, there has been an abundance of diversified innate artistic abilities handed down through the generations.  As new  people have moved into the area, they also have integrated their artistic talents into the community through church and community activities.  Often these talents have been discovered and shared because of the aesthetic needs of the community, whether through the performing or the visual arts.

The annual Caribou County Fair has been a great stimulus in promoting the visual arts in the county.  Under the direction of fair board member Alice Smith, who has been a great promoter of excellence in the community, and with the assistance of many dedicated local artists and citizens, the art department of the fair has been greatly expanded and they now have their own separate building to house the art exhibits. 

There are separate exhibits for both art and photography and together they have become a highlight of the annual fair.  Amateurs and professionals alike have an opportunity to share their works with those who frequent the fair.  The art exhibit of the fair has been a great stimulus for artistic endeavors and has given the many talented people in our area an excellent opportunity to exhibit their works. 

Local artist Neva Harrison - Click to enlargeThere are also fine art classes and workshops offered in the community.  Both Neva Harrison and Marie Prescott Jenkins, two  local professional artists that work in two and three dimensional art, offer formal instruction.  Marie Jenkins also offers outdoor workshops for those who are interested in improving their skills.. 

A variety of artisans and craftsman, including fine artists, tole painters, jewelers, photographers, wood and antler carvers, sculptors, potters and others to numerous to mention reside in the Grace area. 

Local Artist Marie Jenkins - Click to enlargeThese include cowboy poet Dave Tingey, ceramic artist Joan Farnsworth, woodworking artisans Dar Weaver and Grady Golson, jeweler DeVal Gillette, decorative metal artisan Dee Farnsworth, carver Roger Rigby, leathercrafters Robert Jensen, and Glenna Rasmussen and Libby Hubbard and Ruth Mussler, who teach secondary art in the schools. 

Local professional photographers include Bill Burke.

You will find the works of our local artists on display in local businesses, art galleries, community functions and in the homes of family and friends, both locally and outside of the area.   They have done much to enrich our area. 

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