Friday, April 12th 6 – 9 p.m.3 Hours – 3 Artists
Dylan Cavin: Choctaw
Steven Judd: Kiowa – Choctaw
Fernando Padilla: San Felipe Pueblo
Join us for a night of Silent Auctions, Fine Art & Jewelry. Demonstrations & lectures on the ancient art of wire wrapping by Fernando Padilla along with a variety of substantial works (by these artists and others) offered into a silent auction. Open to the public, no registration, fees or premiums.
Jeremy Dylan Cavin was born and raised in July of 1978 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He has been drawing ever since he can remember; however, it wasn’t until middle school, when he developed his interest of comic books, that he put a handle on what he would want to do with his life. Dylan attended the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on an Art Talent scholarship. It was here that he found his passion for painting and figure drawing. In his last year of college, he decided to emphasize in graphic design as a more stable career. Dylan graduated with a BFA in 2000 and has been in the graphic design field ever since.
Dylan enlisted in the army in July of 2006 wanting to get away for awhile, he only served nine months. He was honorably discharged after breaking his leg. It was during this off time, after dabbling in other aspects of artsuch as photography, tattooing (a majority of his tattoos are done by himself), and comic art, that he started doing portraits of friends and pets. He finally felt that he established an outlet for his artistic expression. “After years of being in the design field, it really felt good making something with my hands that others could connect to, appreciate and in return was self gratifying.”
Steven Judd is a member of the Writers Guild of America. Was a staff writer Disney XD comedy series “Zeke and Luther.” Zeke and Luther launched in June 2009 with the highest-rated prime-time debut among kid demos in the 10-year history of the channels. His episode “A very hairy problem” premired on January 25ht 2010. Judd was inspired to write and direct film to offset the stereotypical portrayal of American Indians he saw as a child. Judd has written and co-produced several projects including “Silent Thunder,” a PBS documentary. Judd received the Story Teller of the Year Award from the Native Word Craft Writing Circle in 2005. “MAC v. PC with a Native Twist” garnered Judd a semifinalist position in NBC/Universal’s Comedy Short Cuts Diversity Film Festival in 2007 and inclusion in an installment at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Judd was one of 14 selected from 2,500 script submissions for the Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship Program a paid writing position with ABC/Disney. The Disney /ABC Writing Fellowship has become one of the industry’s best known and well respected writing programs with over 250 alumni among Hollywood’s elite, including screenwriters, directors and television show runners. Judd was also nominated Distinguished Alumni for the University of Oklahoma and asked to speak at the University as part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series. Judd won the Creative Spirt Award and was allowed to direct his winning screenplay “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco”. He co-wrote the movie “Shouting Secrets” staring Twilight Saga actors Gil Birmingham and Chaske Spencer, as well as Qorianka Kilcher (The New World), Tantoo Cardinal, Rodney A. Grant, and General Hospital’s Tyler Christopher. Born in Oklahoma, Judd is Kiowa and Choctaw and graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University and attended Oklahoma University where he studied Communications and Native American Studies. His awards and accomplishments over the past year are too great to list, his films and art have landed him in various markets in the winning circle.
Fernando Padilla, Jr. – “A Wire Wrap Artist in the Making, Winds Up in Norman”
Padilla’s progression as a Master Artist – an ongoing journey of surprises, discoveries, and creative challenges. Expanding his repertoire of mediums and techniques to include the ancient art of Wire Wrapped Jewelry was not “on the drawing board”, so to speak. However, once he surveyed the stunning results of amazing jewelry artworks by established wire wrappers he was duly inspired. He is enraptured through study of ancient examples.
Wires of fine metals have captured exquisite lapidary stones and select gemstones since the age of Sumerian history, approximately 5300 – 2000 BC. Traditionally, the uniqueness of wire wrapping is that it does not rely on soldering or heating of the metals, contemporary craftspeople have generally allowed torch work applications. Padilla has used torch work in “flame painting” metals but has left soldering aside. Spools of wire and sheets of metal are hand crafted to capture stones, bones, shells, fossils, glass, coins, gemstones, and just about anything that can be used in a jewelry setting for rings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Stylish cocktail rings may contain up to four feet of wire expertly and artistically fashioned to slide smoothly on the intended ring finger.
For over a year Padilla has focused exclusively on wire wrapping, setting other projects aside so as not to be distracted from the task of mastering the medium; bending, shaping, and even hammering copper, brass, sterling silver and gold filled wires into wearable pieces of art. He follows sketched designs and patterns for many of his creations, and at the same time utilizes the inspired spontaneity stone, mineral, and metal may evoke. Padilla openly demonstrates his techniques on-site during gallery exhibitions and show events, each piece being one of a kind, “even if I try to replicate a desired design or pattern, they will never be exactly the same”. With his penchant for detail and high quality, this art form will consistently be masterfully refined into Padilla designs; utilizing the challenges within this medium to fuel the passions of creativity that this multi-media artist lives for.
Realizing a high calling through his artistic gifts and talents Padilla has recognized that inherent guidance available in creating his various and earlier award winning art pieces. Master works in paintings and sculptures have gained the recognition and acknowledgement of so many admirers and collectors throughout the years. You may notice one medium overlapping and interweaving onto another, just as an evolving artist will do as they challenge that creativity to go beyond complacency, patronizing approval, and artistic trends.
Padilla is excited to share these creative imaginings…ecstatic to do it alongside one of the southwest’s most recognizable galleries – Tribes 131 Fine Art Gallery, in Norman, OK.