Posted: Mar 15, 2013 10:54 PM by Simone DeAlba - MTN News
GREAT FALLS - The Western Heritage Art Show has been going strong for 32 years and become a very popular attraction during Western Art Week.
Janet Christenot and Ken Acton are two of the artists featured, but they aren't exactly artists in the traditional sense.
Janet is discovered her talent when she moved to Chester on the Hi-Line and her medium of choice is wheat.
She said, "There's so much that you can do with it and it's just a beautiful art form."
She says the flexibility of the plant and the color when it's manipulated makes for visually stimulating artwork.
Janet says she's seen a great response to her artwork, noting, "Especially people who are tied to the land and people that enjoy something that you know, is more multi-dimensional."
Ken uses wood carvings to express his talent. His pieces are elaborate and he's never had any formal art lessons.
Ken said, "All my pieces are all one piece, all carved right in place, nothing is carved and inserted in."
And he says the devil is in the details: "The trees, the bushes, the rock, it's what sells my work, it's what most people are intrigued with."
He lets the natural beauty of the wood tell his story with no altercations or wood staining.