Several years ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Jackie Henrion and Dan Earle. Dan was displaying his art at the annual show I used to host: the Midwinter Art Fest. This particular year the show was at the Cedar Street Bridge. The last one was at Dover Bay Resort, and each one was pretty successful. How do we measure success? For me, that was when most of the artists sold art. Click the link to see how the last one went.
Dan not only had his art on display, he was painting demonstration art. While he did this, his beautiful wife was playing music. The combination was enchanting.
So, last week I invited the two of them to appear on my show. Their love story is what captured me. See, Jackie was taking an art class years ago, and Dan was the model. According to Jackie, by the end of the class, her heart was beating so hard she could hardly breathe. I guess she asked him out, and they have been together ever since. And no, Dan was not in the nude.
As I have found in my life wonderful, artistic souls are attracted to one and other.
We have another mutual connection. I own a home on the Hope Peninsula where the couple lives. The peninsula became an artist colony when Ed Kienholz moved there in 1973. It is spectacularly beautiful, and both expressed they find it inspirational in their art.
That led me to asking Jackie why she calls her music company Mamaloose Music? Off the coast of the Hope Peninsula is Memaloose Island, and, as Dan explained to me, Jackie is one hot ‘Mama.' Makes sense.
At the end of the show I had Jackie play some of her music to take the show to its end. Yoke's supermarket has a cool singing butcher. Paul grabbed me the day after the show and asked me, "Who was that singer on your show yesterday? It wasn't like she was singing. It was like she was, uh, I can't describe it. It was haunting. I loved it."
Thanks Paul, I think they are both great too, uh, two.
Jackie Henrion - If cafe music were a genre, Jackie Henrion would be at the top of the billboard charts. Her songs create instant candlelight, red wine and chocolate, with a dash of attitude. Whether she sings Piaf, Spanish, 60's folk tunes or her own songs, you will want to take the hand of a loved one or simply fall in love with her.
"She isn't a one-dimensional folk artist; rather, the style of her tunes shifts with the content of her words...her voice brimming with well-balanced humor and grown-up acceptance...The beauty of Mama Loose is in its subtlety and simplicity. It doesn't dazzle with bright lights but lights a candle in a darkened room."
Dan Earle - There is some evidence that an artist sees differently. Is it so by birth or cultivation via the artists's way? Perhaps both, as is the case with Dan Earle. His palette has always been the infinite color wheel of human emotion. A counselor once said that he is the kind of person that can walk into crowded room and within a short time grasp the emotional tenor of the people both as individuals and as a symphony. It is this seeing that infuses his art and is most apparent in his sculptures, which reflect an emotional attitude, story or point of tension
His watercolor, acrylic and print work add the dimension of abstract chaos vs. the mind's natural tendency toward organization. The experience is like squinting your eyes to blur your focus and thereby capturing an essential truth.
Each work evolves during the process of creation to express it's own voice. In the same way that we are unique, each viewer is drawn to a piece based on resonance with their own experience. As a result his work is found in collections ranging from New Hampshire, Washington D.C., Seattle and locally near his studio in Hope Idaho. Studio Decouvrir, meaning "to discover" has been a name and mantra for his artistic journey since 1994. It has guided him through his tenure at the Union Art Co-operative in Seattle to the establishment of his studio and gallery in Hope.
Dan's self-directed study of art has included diverse teachers and mentors from Sandpoint's own Elaine Amsterdam Farley, co-founder of Pepperdine School of Art, watercolorist Zoltan Szabo, Gary Faigin's Academy of Realist Art (now Gage) in Seattle, and most recently at the New York Studio School under Garth Evans and with Anthony Antonios at the National Academy of Art. He has spent extensive time in the great museums in New York, D.C., Paris, Rome and Madrid for instruction and inspiration from the masters.
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