This article introduced Donna back to the Magic Valley and was reported in the Magic Valley Times. Check out the complete article here Magic Valley Times
TWIN FALLS • Before moving from the Magic Valley more than a decade ago, Donna Merchant-Crooks made an impact with her art as a certified drug and alcohol counselor.
Merchant-Crooks, 58, (formerly Donna Davis) now lives in Pagosa Springs, Colo., but will visit Twin Falls to present her traveling art show, “Can You Hear Me Now?” on May 3 at the Church of the Ascension.
“Idaho is a place that once you leave you’ll spend the rest of your life wanting to return to,” said Merchant-Crooks, who raised children in Hansen and still has family in the area.
The self-taught artist will weave stories while unveiling eight original pieces during the sit-down presentation. Although the female form is prominent in each, the variety showcases Merchant-Crooks’ talent as a painter, bronze sculptor and wood carver.
Her work has been featured at Pagosa Springs’ Art in the Garden Festival, Pagosa Center for the Arts and Wild Spirit Gallery, as well as the International Arabian Horseshow in Scottsdale, Ariz. Some of her pieces fetch several thousand dollars; a $4,000 wood carving of mustangs, inspired by her time as a backcountry cook in Idaho’s Frank Church wilderness, is listed on her website, Merchant-crooks.com.
Morgan Jeno of Twin Falls remembers working with the artist decades ago, through New Beginnings Counseling and Consulting in Twin Falls.
“Donna was an art therapist in the same building, and her work is incredible,” Jeno said.
My Presentation this week is at Pathways Center For Healing
March 30, 2012
Powerful insights using the female form
“Can You Hear Me Now?”
The unveiling of the feminine
Weaving stories through voice, slides, and artwork, the award winning artist,
is a natural at creating a world you’ll recognize and remember.
This presentation is emotional, empowering, humorous and educational.
Friday, March 30, 6:30 p.m.
Center for Natural Healing
40031 US Hwy 160 E, Bayfield, Co.
(Please be seated early as the program begins promptly at 6:30)
*Limited Seating*… Reserve your space by calling Pathways @ 970-884-4718
Hope to see you there
The chair is now all glued up. What is left to do is carve the remainder of it into rocks and then carve the two outlaws who will be attached after the fact. Then off to be stained and finished and finally upholstered.
I will add final photo’s to this post asap.
“Welcome to my shop.”
The custom wood carved chair is coming along quite nicely. Visit my work shop in the video below and see just how special this chair is going to be.
More pictures to come. Stay tuned.
Cherry Carved Custom Chair
Picture this, two outlaws have just robbed a bank. they hurriedly ride to the bottom of a mesa where they have tied up their getaway horses and are now scurrying up the rocks to find the hidey hole to bury the loot.
Three things they aren’t aware of is the posse riding over the top of the mesa in search of them. 2nd is the hole in one of the bags that has been leaving a trail of gold nuggets all the way up the climb. Third and dire is the cougar up in the tree above their now “about to bust loose” ponies.
This entire story is being carved into this entire chair even as you read this. The chair you see in this photo is made out of cherry and is currently dry fitted so it can be taken apart to carve.
More pictures to come. Stay tuned.
The Artist Donna Merchant-Crooks has finished a custom bronze inlay fireplace mantle. This bronze inlay was inserted into a much larger wood mantle. The bronze piece is 5’ long and 10 inches wide. The finished wood mantle is 14” inches wide and 10’ long. The bronze has been carefully centered in the mantle. Shown is two sections of the bronze completed. Enjoy the photos of the finished mantle in this remarkable setting.