Sunday, February 27, 2011
Jon Evans, Jack of All Trades...Master of Many
Jon Evans in Studio 39 with his Digital Kaleisdoscope Art
I am visualizing a new concept for the Spanish Village Art Center blog in the months to come. I want to feature more articles on the artists and events of the Village as they happen. Around and about Spanish Village Art Center has been a vision of mine, since I began blogging on June 17, 2010. In fact, that is why I was asked to write the blog in the first place.
If you have been keeping up with the blog, you will remember that I did a feature article on Kathi Ruiz and her "Irish Rose" hand spun yarns, on September 10, 2010. The first feature of many connecting the artists of Spanish Village Art Center with the admiring public.
This blog is dedicated to an extremely talented and versatile artist named Jon Evans. As inferred in the title, I truly see Jon as a "Jack of all Trades", and a true "Master of Many" arts. Jon is a detailist (is that a word?) and a perfectionist (that is a very appropriate word) to the max. If you knew Jon, you would know exactly what I mean. In the following paragraphs, I hope to give you an impression of Jon Evans as I see him, a master of "Old World craftsmanship" and an enigma unto himself. His work and dedication to detail are certainly reminiscent of the craftsmen who originally inhabited Spanish Village during the 2nd California Pacific International Exposition in 1935.
Jon's genius and his person are housed in Studio 39, where he carries on the tradition of that memorable exposition. You may watch him work at least two days a week, either in front of the studio under the bougainvillea, or inside when his work requires dust and environment free finishing.
"Finishing". That's a good place to start. The magnificence of the finishes Jon gives to his woodwork is astonishing and breathtaking. One's hand involuntarily gravitates toward the warm glow of wood and colored laminates that he incorporates into the palm pods he finds in the park. These large pods are something that you may see any day lying about on the ground after a strong wind. But, what Jon Evans does with them is nothing short of "Magic"!
Keep your imagination tuned to "warm wooden glows and laminated palm pods". Back with more on the enigma of Jon Evans, and Old World craftsmanship in a bit. Stay tuned!
Written and posted by Cassandra Shepard, Studio 32
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