In 2012, I was asked to create keys to the city of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, to be presented to honored artists at the Green Box Arts Festival. Wildfires shut down the festival last year, but this year all systems are go. Christian Keesee, founder and promoter of the event, talks about this year’s festival in the Denver Post.
I worked with artist Holly Troy to design the keys and we created this unique art piece. The keys are cast in bronze and then are hand-hammered and highly polished, giving each key a unique surface texture. They come with a bronze chain and a medallion naming the recipient of the key and the year. The keys are approximately nine inches long by three inches wide.
This was an amazing project, and it is really exciting that my work will be used over the next several years.
There is an urgency to Matagi’s designs. The carvings appear to have rapid movement—a surge of energy, like a fast flowing stream swirling and eddying over and around stones and branches, or the splash and froth of water as an ocean wave curls upon itself. I am amazed that Matagi’s bold carvings create a sense of fluidity in solid silver. His design sense is both skilled and intuitive. — Holly Troy
This ring is squared for an extremely comfortable fit between the fingers and the inner edges of the ring are beveled for smooth wearing. Hand-carved whitened silver, one-of-a-kind.
Come to the event! Your support is more important than ever – and smarter than ever.
There will be several items available for raffle. Tickets are only $5.00! My partner, Holly Troy, is donating a painting, fiber artist and director of Flagstaff’s Vagina Monlogues,Wendy Wetzel is donating a quilt, and other artists and local businesses will be giving as well.