Denman Island metalwork artist Mary Hicks traces her inspiration all the way back to King Tut.
Or more specifically, to the renowned international exhibition called The Treasures of Tutankhamun, which toured the world from 1972 to 1979, sparking global interest in the life and culture of this Egyptian Pharoah, who ruled 3,000 years ago.
At the time, Mary Hicks was a pre-teen living in Chicago. Already a lover of art, Mary spent much of her spare time visiting the city’s many museums, galleries and sculpture gardens. When the King Tut exhibit came to the Chicago Natural History Museum in 1977, Hicks braved the long line-ups, and was not disappointed.
“I remember maneuvering through the crowds to get to the front of the showcases and being so struck by the beautiful metalwork, the brilliance of it, the play of light and the enduring quality of it. These things had been created so incredibly long ago and still remained. For me, that was the start of wanting to create objects of beauty that will arouse emotion or intrigue.”
Hicks also makes art jewelry.
“People started asking me to make jewelry. They’d see my sculptures and say, ‘I’d wear that if it I could.’ I have woven copper jewelry pieces, pendants, earrings and hair barrettes.”
The jewelry will be the main feature at Hicks’ table at the Denman Island Christmas Craft Fair, set for Dec. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m to noon, along with small sculptures, ornaments, and photography. Hicks has been vending at the Denman fair for 10 years, and says the event is a highlight of the season.
“I’m honoured to be part of this community of incredible artists. I’ve attended several fairs and this is one of the best,” she says. You can see Mary Hicks’ artwork at www.maryhicksmetalarts.com
There will be a free shuttle from the ferry to Denman Island Christmas Craft Fair, for anyone who would like to walk on the ferry at Buckley Bay.
Home-made meals and treats available all day. For more information, visit the Facebook page or https://denmancraftfair.wordpress.com/