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Please join me on a literary journey of the visual! You are about to enter an unrestricted area. It's a place not limited to the changing seasons nor the latest trends. There is a dimension beyond that which is known to man. A dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle grounf between light and shadow, realism and abstract, science and superstition - and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge, his judgement of beauty and his ideal of art.

THIS IS THE DIMENSION OF IMAGINATION! IT IS AN AREA WHICH WE CALL LOVETTS GALLERY!

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Let us begin with bronze artist Ed Natiya. His newest piece, Quanah Parker, is not only beautifully carved and bronze cast; it is of historical significance as well. I became so enchanted with Quanah’s story that I fell in love with this powerfully serious-looking bust of the chief of the Comanche’s.

Quanah Parker was one of the last Great Chiefs of the Comanche. His name means “fragrant”. He was considered a highly intelligent, enigmatic leader and warrior of the Quahada band, and later in life, he was known as a wealthy rancher. In 1836, His mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, was abducted as a child during a raid from Fort Parker in East Texas when she was 9 years old. She was raised as a Comanche and later married a Comanche Chiefs son, Nicona. Quanah was her first child; she would eventually have two others. Her life would take a tragic turn 24 years later, when in 1860, Cynthia was “rescued” by Texas Rangers. A year later her baby girl would die. Cynthia Parker, deeply depressed, who wanted to go back to live as a Comanche, would die shortly afterword refusing to eat food or drink water.

Quanah was a major figure in the Comanche’s resistance to white settlement and reservation life. As leader of the Quahada band, he led the assault in the famous battle of Adobe Walls in 1874. As a warrior, Quanah never lost a battle he participated in. Yet his intelligence also allowed him to see the handwriting on the wall. He knew eventually the Comanche would have to surrender. Following the establishment of the Comanche reservation, Quanah became quite wealthy and helped the Comanche people prosper due to his shrewd use of land rights. Quanah would eventually become a cattle rancher, entrepreneur and friend of American presidents. He truly was a man of two worlds.

To quote biographer Bill Neeley, ”Not only did Quanah pass within the span of a single lifetime from a Stone Age warrior to a statesman in the age of the Industrial Revolution, but he never lost a battle to the white man and he also accepted the challenge and responsibility of leading the whole Comanche tribe on the difficult road toward their new existence.”

Quanah Parker died on Feb.23, 1911. He is buried at Fort Sill Cemetery, Okla., next to his mother and sister.

Artist Ed Natiya has a way with storytelling through his sculptures! His Navajo roots are his anchor and drive to his creative processes. With his exceptional talent and attention to detail, serious art collectors know this leading Native American bronze artist is powerfully serious about his work.

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What happens when you combine a torrent of talent, a deluge of awards and recognitions, and a mighty wind of the love of wildlife? You get a perfect storm!…………….Scot Storm that is!

As a photorealistic painter living in Minnesota, Scot’s attention to very fine details shows his intimacy of his subjects. His paintings have a 3D quality; Jack says of a previously sold deer painting,”you feel as if you touched the picture, to pet the deer ,you would have felt his hair!”.Scot was so captivated by the outdoors with it’s nature and wildlife that he surrendered his career in architecture to be a fulltime artist.His love of wildlife has also led him to be quite active in matters of conservation. Scot embraces his competitive spirit, of which originally led to his initiation into art.

He debuted with an entry for the Minnesota Duck Stamp and placed second. And that was just the beginning! Twice he has been Duck’s Unlimited International Artist of the Year and Minnesota Duck Stamp winner for 2015, and so many others, it is too much to mention here.

Scot extensively travels and spends a lot of his time in the field for study and observations. Armed with his camera, he captures those defineable moments in nature. Executing his work in acylics on panel with precision and purpose, he educates and inspires us with the strokes of his brush. You can have a field day with Scot too! Lest you think he only paints waterfowl……think again! His life subjects also include hunting dogs, wolves, deer, birds, fox and badgers. A Tigertail Butterfly to a majestic tiger in the wild. At Lovetts, we recently were graced with a personal visit from Scot Storm and his very kind and cute wife, Kristin. We were also graced to receive for exhibit,his piece “Dinner Time” Brown Bear. His beautiful eyes, the water dripping from his fur, the fruit of his labor in his mouth ready for eating. We are in love with this bear! 107317 You owe it to yourself to see this painting in person. New as well in the Gallery is “Bird on a Wire”, “Green-Wing Dabblers”, “Basswood Cardinals”, “Red Fox”, and “Badger”. Scot takes you so close to these animals that you think you may hear the rustle of the ground cover around the badger or hear the silence of the snow and the sound of the fox’s thoughts!

For some, Scot’s images will remind you of your own experiences in the outdoors…..in the wild. For others , myself included, he let’s us “be there” where otherwise we wouldn’t be able to. Thank you,Scot!

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New to our dimension is artist Daud Akhriev! Most of you are already familiar with and collectors of the work of artist Timur Akhriev. This is Timur’s father. Born in the former Soviet Union in 1959, he studied classical painting and drawing for 14 years, graduating with honors from the Repin Institute (Russian Academy of Fine Arts) with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art, under the tutelage of the late painter and academic Piotr Fomin. In 1991 he emigrated to Chattanooga. Akhriev, now a U.S. citizen, shares his time between Andalusia,Spain and Tennesee.

Painting oil on linen, Daud has created the piece “Western Bride”. The clouds have a wispy feel as if they were lace on a wedding garment, not just floating overhead but seeming to reach out. Majestic and meditative. This was inspired by an actual wedding taking place in Telluride, Colorado, that Daud and his artist wife, Melissa Hefferlin happened to have stumbled upon and Akhriev captured it’s essence.

“Locks and Bolts” is an oil done on board. A door….representing passage and exit, access and closure. Daud certainly performs the feat of illuminating the multi-dimensions of how beauty is defined. In Akhriev’s words,”I had a series called “Weathered People”, after which I wanted to paint objects which also were well-aged and worn. It is so pleasant to work on representing objects which clearly have a history. It is one of the woodworking shops in Florence,Italy.”

Not only painting, Daud works in clay, hence his piece “Sense of Contentment”. This sculpture was inspired by the young women who walk with their mother in the Semana Santa Processions in Andalusia,Spain. Beautiful! Daud, in collaboration with artist Mary Lynn Portera, offer their unique vessel works such as the piece “Velasquez to Picasso”. He says he was riffing on the thought of what would it look like if Picasso were re-drawing Valasquez’s Las Meninas and having a ball doing so! No doubt that Daud was having a ball doing it too! These works are done in stoneware clay with underglazes and high-fire glazes and sgraffito (“to scratch”-a subtractive technique). We additionally have their vessel pieces, “Carnival”,”Old Times”, and “Forgotten Times”.

In Chattanooga, Tennesee, a few weeks ago, Daud and Timur co-taught a painting and drawing workshop in the classical Russian Academy style. Historically, Representational Art, drawing and painting, were always taught together. This method, used by French, Italian,and Russian schools, is for improving skills and understanding of tone (value), anatomy, composition, and line quality. The instruction drew heavily on the methodology developed by the Russian Academies of Art over the last 300 years with modern influences utilized as well.

As you can see, we are busy, and so are our artists!

We strive to stimulate your intellect as well as your senses about art, for this is the space between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge.

Thank you for supporting artists and their work. The importance of art in our existence will always be as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. Lovetts Gallery never operates as “a one man show”; We are keenly aware that we exist in partnership with you, our clients! It can’t be said enough…….Thank you!!

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Raven Sawyer, the Beak Speak of Lovett’s, reminding you that life is more colorful when you have a good Artitude!

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