Meet Amy

Fine Artist & Wild Flower

From a very young age I always knew I wanted to be an artist, yet as a major people pleaser,I let others talk me out of becoming one, at least for awhile . When I found my voice in art as a profession, I felt like I had taken my first breath! It is always my hope to inspire the young and old to embrace their purpose in life, and shoot for the stars! I believe we are all given a super natural path to soar in.

I have been working in fine art stained glass mosaics and mixed media for over 21 years and feel like I have established a unique niche within the art world, having the pleasure of creating for several celebrities and featured most recently at the elite “Gaylord Texan Resort”, for four years in a row, as one of their ten artists chosen around the United States, where pieces are viewed by over 300,000 each year .

As a native Texan, who’s family mostly resides in NW Arkansas, I am proud to call Rogers, AR home, with my precious husband Craig, who is a wonderful pediatrician by day and incredible musician by night.

I am the mother of two fabulous grown kids , Kara and Haid, and a “Lolli” to my adorable grand boy Bentley, and beautiful grand girl Suede.

I have been building on my vision for “Amy Keever Gallery “ for most of my life. My hope is when you step foot into this space, that you will feel lighter, more love, and inspired through both the stage that has been set for you, and the art that was created straight from the heart to transcend your world! I can’t wait to meet you and introduce you to my heaven on earth, my version of a Parisian Art Salon full of elegance and glamour . Please be my guest and visit me at Amy Keever Gallery, just one block south of the square in gorgeous downtown Bentonville Arkansas!

Behind the Scenes, In The Studio

Here is a unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes view of just how Amy works and the inspiration behind it.

There are several layers to my process of sculpting which usually starts with large lightweight blocks of polystyrene, where I use wire brushes to define the shape, which will then be covered with several layers of protective fiberglass mesh, followed by a polymer fortified concrete. It is then when the magic begins as I add in layers of hand cut glass as well as other intricate beading and adornment.

 

Here you see pictures of the beautiful rare Italian smalti. It comes directly from Murano Italy from one of the best Italian glass companies in the world . It is made by mixing sand, soda and lime and coloring from a secret recipe handed down for three generations. It is melted at 1450 degrees and hand poured into a press which creates small “pizzas” of glass. Another beautiful glass from Italy I use is called “filati “. It derives from smalti but when it’s hot it is pulled by hand to create extremely delicate threads of glass for detailed work.

 

 

 

 

 

I find immense inspiration in delicate layers of organza and fine embroidery silks, which I then translate into my own art form of using glass beads and stones that of course are hard, to manipulate them in a way and creating something that to the eye is very soft and welcoming . I find most of my ideas in the everyday parts of life . To see a fresh petal of a peonies or a ruffle in a skirt gives my imagination full permission to go wild! All things wilds inspire me to keep going and keep revealing what’s not yet been introduced to the world .

What you might not know is when I start on a piece, I’m always searching in the large panes of glass for those “nuggets “, those beautiful swirls or pops of color, something that speaks to me . The sheets of glass have been as big as 3 ft long, and little by little O score and cut down the glass to my liking , which almost is like painting with glass. Like on my large steer, who is over 15,000 pieces of hand cut glass, it can easily take 5-10 cuts on each piece to get it to fit as tight as I’d like . That means in a piece that has over 15,000 pieces, it probably took almost 150,000 cuts to finish the piece !

“I have never seen such quality and perfection. Amy puts her heart and soul into every piece she creates. The intricacy and attention to detail are incredible. I would recommend Amy Keever Gallery 100% to anyone wanting an original, quality piece- perfect for a gift or for yourself”……Nicole Ashton

“Amy is full of life and captures the real beauty of her work….mesmerizing and intricate. A wonderful addition to any space.”……Jeff Rogers

“Amazing art by an amazing artist! The detail and craftsmanship that goes into each piece shows a true love for art.”…….Deanna Crenshaw

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Let’s create something together.

From the beginning, I will help you explore and birth the heirloom piece of work you so desire. I will be attentive to take in all the various facets of your hopes for the piece and initially sketch something to give an idea of where we can take the design and give you a concrete time frame and price. Once we find the perfect match, I will get started on creating something unique and timeless that you can enjoy for years to come.

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