Environmental sculptor Shan Wells grew up in southwestern Colorado, immersed in nature and the immediate landscape -- which has become his artistic medium -- all his life. It shows in the work: In Wells's visual world, stones, leaves or flower parts might be arranged in patterns on the ground, sandstone slabs nestled in the crook of a tree, or burnt piñon twigs affixed to wooden blocks on a wall. But what happens when an artist's ongoing source of inspiration undergoes radical and unexpected changes within a few weeks' time? That's just what this Durango native experienced when the Missionary Ridge and Valley fires raged through Wells's domain last summer. Some of his responses will go on display Friday, when his... More >>>
"Plume Drawing," by Shan Wells, looms large at the Cordell Taylor Gallery.