Gary Olds

Artist Statement:
Like many artists, my activity sways in a few different directions, though in my own mind I feel they all connect.  My main art focus for years has remained fiber and textiles, principally weaving.  From that I also move into and through periods involving projects of clay, metal and handmade paper.



All of my work is inspired by three recurring themes reflected in objects I create—family heritage, time, and relationships.  My heritage is from a mining family, copper and tin, and the various occupations surrounding a mining community.  Much of my weaving is composed of colors used in homage to this underground mining background:  black, copper, and jewel tones.  My obsession with time is reflected in metal work and to some degree clay sculpture.  A favorite poem of mine written by Theodor Suess Geisel (Dr. Suess) reads: “How did it get so late so soon?  It’s night before it’s afternoon.  December is here before it’s June.  My goodness how the time has flown.  How did it get so late so soon?”  My copper metal box titled “Reflections of Time” was specifically created with this poem in mind.  The importance of relationships for me is more complicated.  By nature I see myself as quiet, reserved and preferring a background role.  Of course there are situations that push me into other scenes–outgoing, conversational–but in general I bend inward.  I’ve always been intrigued by the quiet nature of many people who lead amazingly active, accomplished lives but who never boast of their achievements.  I’m dating myself, but there would be those who beg the question “who WAS that masked man?” or, the Bruce Waynes of life.  It is these people who inspire me to create sculptures in paper or clay—those seemingly everyday people who quietly, humbly accomplish amazing feats.

More about Gary Olds:

Scarf & Ring

Scarf & Ring

Gary is a member of the O’Fallon and Fairview Heights arts commissions and a committee member of the Midwest Salute to the Arts art festival.  He also assists from time to time arranging exhibitions at local galleries.  He works as the Programs Coordinator at the Scott AFB Arts and Crafts Center—a wonderful facility and morale building benefit for our active duty military, veterans, civil servants, and family members. Scott Arts and Crafts Center consistently offers the largest number and widest selection of classes in the Air Force. Automotives, glass, textiles, fibers, health/beauty, framing, pottery, music, painting, drawing, basketry, cooking, and dozens of other subjects are available.

"Reflections of Time"

“Reflections of Time”

Gary also is a Juried Illinois Master Artisan. See website for workshops, classes, gallery of works: Find him also on as “Gary Olds, Art and Fine Craft”.

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