Celeste Havener is a Laramie, Wyoming based artist who uses bailing wire animals, landscapes painted in oil, pen and watercolor drawings to create original artwork that will be on display and for sale at the 6th Biennial Touchstone Laramie Art Exhibition hosted by the Laramie Artists Project.
Painting is Celeste’s therapist. While Celeste is not sure if she is cheaper, she is certainly available 24/7. Centennial Valley, where Celeste makes her home is inspiration for much of her work, the animals and the landscape provide constant sources of images daring to be captured. As a child she enjoyed drawing, the brightest crayons in her Prang box of crayons were always worn to stubs first. Her parents took her to see the work of Birger Sandzen, an artist who lived in Lindsborg Kansas. The brilliant Rose Madder and Ultramarine Blues she saw in the wheat fields and rivers in the Midwest gave her new eyes with which to view the world. To see the threads of red in the sumac, the Prussian blue of the shadows, the way a river was rarely just blue but rather a mirror to the trees and vegetation around it. She didn’t follow through on putting those colors to canvas until forty years later. Celeste is self-taught and likes to think one can see Birger’s inspiration in her work.
As to those wire animals, well she has Bella and Obi to thank for those. Her two BLM horses are opportunistic feeders, her two Arabs are princesses. This has dictated that Celeste become cafeteria monitor in the mornings to make sure the mustangs don’t chow everyone’s food. While she waited she began twisting the baling wire into balls for easy disposal, then the balls became animals. The barn filled with pronghorn and horses and probably would have stayed that way had not a friend, an art instructor no less, asked where she was selling the figures. It really hadn’t occurred to her that someone would be interested but the world can surprise you. Now Celeste’s repertoire had expanded to include bison and moose, and to various types of wire.
You can see more of Celeste Havener’s work at Works of Wyoming in historic downtown Laramie, Wyoming, Blue Moose Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado, and 3 Crows Gallery in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
This is Celeste’s 3rd time exhibiting at Touchstone Laramie and her 5th year as part of the Laramie Artists Project. This years he will exhibiting new original paintings and bailing wire sculptures for the 6th Biennial Touchstone Laramie Art Exhibition on November 10th and 11th, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Laramie, Wyoming.