AND JANE AT THE “2016” GOURD FESTIVAL HELD IN CASA GRANDE,
IS THE “DEER DANCERS” WHICH WON BEST OF MASTERS
Sager has done a variety of things in his working career. He and
his wife Jane are now retired and spend their time in Idaho and
Arizona. In the Southwest he has become enchanted with the
desert landscape and the Indian culture.
has embarked on a new venture and is creating artistic masks
made from gourds. Each mask is unique and the variety of
materials used makes each not only an item of interest but an
object of art. Hal
will carve, burn, stain and paint, adding such items as
feathers, fabric, beads, twigs, ancient pottery shards, gem
stones, silver, jewelry, leather, antlers, carved bones, fur,
horse hair and other creative materials.
Masks can be simple or dramatic and will enhance any home
or office décor. Jane does the fine detail painting.
masks are not just for the Southwest.
From his travels he has drawn inspiration from
civilizations worldwide. Africa, Mexico, Peru, Equador, several
islands, Canada, Alaska and of course the Western Indians
have all produced masks.
Hal and his wife, Jane spent thirty five days in Africa
in 2007, researching the art of several African countries. Jane
was in Kenya Africa in 2016.
2005, 2007 and 2008 Hal donated masks to the University of
Arizona Museum of Art. They brought top dollar at auction. In
2007 Hal was the featured artist in the Northern Dipper gourd
newsletter and their web site in Canada.
has had three masks commissioned by the Agua Caliente Cahuilla
Tribe of Indians in Palm Desert California. His latest was
auctioned off at a fund raiser in December of 2016.
has competed in the Casa Grande Gourd festival since 2007.
Working his way up and improving his art he eventually won the
'BEST OF MASTERS' in 2016.
was asked to show a new original piece of gourd art at the Casa
Grande Gourd Festival in the 'GRAND MASTERS' division for the
2017 festival held in February.
was an honor to be asked and Hal accepted.
spends the summer months in McCall, Idaho where he has other
pursuits, he spends seven months a year in Arizona creating the
gourd masks so his supply is limited while demand is strong.
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