Artist shows at Denton event

Artist shows at Denton event

April 27
00:02 2012

By Lauren Williamson/ Contributing Writer

Anne Vogt is a self-described “one-woman show.” Packing her jewelry, showcases, tents and weights all into the trunk of an SUV, she will travel from her home in Colorado to Texas for the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, where she will show her handiwork, featuring rare and strange gemstones.

The festival allows for artists of various mediums to celebrate art with the community.

“I’m so lucky to be able to do this,” Vogt said. “There’s nothing better than enjoying what you do.”

Kevin Lechler, assistant director for the Denton Festival Foundation, said once artists apply to be featured in the festival, they go through a jury process to protect the artists. The process ensures that the artist’s work is original.

“We want to keep out people who don’t make their own work,” he said.

The decision to make accessories full-time came from Vogt’s job working with head injury victims. Vogt said she saw people whose lives were changed in an instant.

“Whatever time I have left, I want to pursue passion,” she said.

Vogt has made jewelry since she was a teenager, creating beaded work in the shop where she worked. Her craft took a turn when Vogt began dating a metalsmith who taught her the basics of soldering and constructing trinkets.

Community college and university classes also helped to refine Vogt’s skills and she also made connections with stonecutters who would show her gems to use in jewelry.

Vogt said she became obsessed with unusual stones, such as snakeskin jasper and Chinese writing stone, which became the feature of her work.

Traveling to 20 shows a year, Vogt is able to sell her handmade work without the costs of keeping a gallery.

“That’s what keeps me motivated,” she said. “[Travel] gives me the freedom to explore the other parts of the country.”

Taking a business on the road also provides obstacles. Gas and hotel expenses add up, and the show is at the mercy of the weather.

Despite the challenges, Vogt said she prides herself on individually constructing every masterpiece and not mass-producing anything.

The diverse selection of artists, like Vogt, draws attention from UNT students as well.

“Art festivals let people break away from the idea that ‘art’ is what you see in museums,” art sophomore Madi Gilbert said. “I like how it exposes people to such a broad range of artwork.”

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