The Red Teepee – Crow Indian Fair


11.5 X 15.5
18 X 22 Framed
Oil on Canvas

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b.1924 - 2010

A Wyoming native, Mel Fillerup grew up in Lovell where he learned the work ethics of a farmer as his family worked through the Depression years to provide for one another. He graduated from Lovell High School as WWII began. After being discharged from the military Mel enrolled at the University of Wyoming to study law, and while attending met Ruth McNiven. The two were married in 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Upon graduating from Law School in 1952, Mel moved his family to Cody, Wyoming to set up a law practice. Mel would practice law for the next 20 years before closing the business to fulfill his dream of painting full-time.

Mel was active in his art community as a member of the Cody Country Art League, the American Indian and Cowboy Artists, and the Society of Animal Artists. His work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, American Artist Magazine, the Buffalo Bill Art Show, and the Audubon Wildlife Art Show, and was one of the first artists to be represented by the Big Horn Galleries in Cody.

Mel received several awards and honors throughout his career. However, it was the William E. Weiss Purchase Award from the Buffalo Bill Art Show in 2005 that he was most proud of.

Mel created dynamic landscapes and works that reflected his interest in the wildlife and people of the West. He worked in oil, gouache, and watercolor. His works exemplify the grandeur, beauty, and serenity of the western landscape and the cultural heritage of the Native Americans.

Mel Fillerup Painting, Oil on Canvas 11.5 X 15.5 (Interest categories: Oil on Canvas, Indian, , Painting, Western Art, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Mel Fillerup Artist)

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Monday – Saturday 9:30AM-5:30PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM-5:00PM

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

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