It’s not every day you pull up to your friendly, neighborhood grocery store and get a private art showing.
But that’s what shoppers at the Coborn’s Food Store in Albertville received last Friday morning.
Dixie Jewett was hauling a piece of her work to the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when she pulled off for some groceries during their journey east.
In the meantime, her new piece, “Gold Fever,” was on display for all who were shopping.
Here’s what one witness, who asked not to be named, submitted:
Only a few shoppers were privileged to witness this amazing piece of art
that was briefly on display in the parking lot of Coborns this morning. As
people gathered around the trailer to take pictures of the sculpture, the
owner, Dixie Jewett, returned from walking her dog. She shyly declined to
be in their photos, but answered a few questions. She offered her name and
that she was from Dayton, Oregon enroute to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The
onlookers soon dispursed, but one onlooker was curious to know more about
Dixie and her horse, so she searched the internet. It turns out that this
sculpture, named Gold Fever, will be on display at the DeVos Place
Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dixie’s sculptures are also
displayed in many galleries and shops in western U.S. She has an
interesting life story and a unique artistic flair.
Jewett is described as a “fabrication artist” by the Lanning Museum, one of the many places that has purchased her works for display.
“Jewett has now become a renowned fabrication artist working broken tools, rusted car parts, farm equipment and myriad odds and ends together to create her indisputably life-like horse sculptures. One has only to admire the precision with which she captures the nuance of a delicate fetlock or pastern, and the strength captured in every flank and withers, to know this is an artist of truly significant skill,” the Lanning states of her work.