Sculptor Jacob “Moon dog” Gillespie was one of three lakecity artists working in residence at their host businesses Friday as part of the ongoing features for the 2011 Art Walk Show and Sale.
Gillespie was born and raised on a side hill in the Badlands of Southern Sask. states his biography in the art walk booklet. At a young age, he found much inspiration riding horseback on the family ranch.
He began his venture into three-dimensional art forms through the abstract art of preparing cattle for competition.
He brought the cattle to their finest presentation by sculpting their hair, a talent that earned him much recognition.
The call of the West Coast grew in his heart.
Following this call, he found new inspiration and became interested in carving wood, antler and bone.
Gillespie spent many years studying with native artists.
These creative influences, combined with the inspiration of his family and the spirit of the ground on which he walks, manifests in his artistic interpretations of today.
The lakecity’s art walk wraps up this Friday, giving people just two days to complete their passport books and get in on a chance to win an $800 pair of diamond earrings from Woodland Jewellers.
Art walk is a project of the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area and the Station House Gallery and Gift Shop Society.
A total of 35 businesses are featured on the walk this year and passport books are free. In other years there was a small fee for the books.
Completed passports should be dropped off at Western Financial Group, Lake City Glass, Rona and Laketown Furnishings.