Father-daughter duo open new art gallery in Winter Park
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado
A visionary father-daughter team has opened a new art gallery in Winter Park.
Emery Bear, a new-age painter, and his daughter Angeline Crowder, a jeweler, have opened Earth Enchanted at 98438 U.S. Highway 40 north of the Post Office. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is holding a grand opening and artists reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.
A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, Bear was stationed with the 1st infantry division in Bamberg, Germany, in the 1970s. He later became a certified instructor and began crop dusting in Mississippi in the 1980s. After receiving a serious chemical burn, he retired in 1989.
Bear began meditating. It took a year before he was able to clear his “very noisy brain.”
“It was then that I began seeing things while I was meditating,” Bear said.
A friend suggested that he begin painting his visions.
“I don’t know how to do that,” he replied.
“Last year, you didn’t know how to meditate either,” the friend said.
So, Bear picked up the paint brush. The sixth thing he ever painted sold for $800 to somebody in Ashland, Ore.
The friend suggested that Bear get a psychic reading to help him figure out whether painting was his destiny.
“I don’t do that kind of thing,” he said.
“Well,” the friend replied, “You didn’t mediate or paint either. But, you do those things now.”
Bear went to a psychic at a bookshop and told her his story.
“Emery,” she said. “I am the one the bought your painting.”
Shortly after that, Bear saw his first angel on a hike to a waterfall.
“Now I can see angels whenever I want,” he said. “It’s like flipping a switch.”
Bear spent years on the road, taking his work to international shows, winning the ‘Artist of the Year’ award at the International New Age Trade Show in Denver numerous times before moving to Grand County 13 years ago.
“It’s the mountains, the snow and the cold. You can’t be in a bad mood living up here. If you go outside and look up at those mountains, God will talk to you.”
In addition to painting, Bear performs spiritual readings for people. He has been a drug and alcohol counselor and is an ordained minister.
Today his gallery is filled with five styles of his artwork, all of which encompass the visionary, new age and metaphysical.
“It’s like having five different artists in the store at one time,” he said.
Most of his pieces involve spiritual, angelic or Native American themes. He works with open acrylic on clay, which behaves more like oil, he said. He airbrushes his work to give it a glowing, ethereal look.
His work was previously shown in the Spirit of the Lake art gallery in Grand Lake, and this past year he and his daughter ran a gallery together in Hot Sulphur Springs.
His original work, which sells for $500-$5,000, is available at more than 400 retailers around the world and has appeared on book covers and in magazines. Prints and cards of his work are also available in his gallery.
The jewelry maker
Rocks started talking to Angeline Crowder when she was a little girl, collecting agates on her family farm and on the beaches in Oregon.
By the time she was 5, she was selling her treasures door to door, her father said.
Crowder’s love of rocks brought her to Colorado, but it was a rafting accident as a guide on the Colorado River that ultimately put her on the path to becoming a jewelry maker.
She returned to Oregon where she attended the American Jewelers Institute in Portland, in 2001, and was later certified by the Academy of Melody Crystal Healing in Denver.
Crowder gathers all her own stones, mining crystal out of the mud in Hot Springs, Ark., working her own selenite claim in Utah and chiseling at rose quartz outcroppings near Buena Vista.
She handmakes every part of her jewelry and performs her own lost wax casting in her studio. She uses natural elements, such as flower petals, to create many of her pieces.
Her jewelry runs from $45-$500, and she also sells the crystals and rocks she collects in the gallery.
Samples of her work can be seen at earthenchanted.com.
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