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November 12, 2013

James W. Denkins Award Winning Display at Kewadin's Horseshoe Bay Restaurant

James W. Denkins Award Winning Display at Kewadin’s Horseshoe Bay Restaurant

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (November 8, 2013) - James W. Denkins, of Cooks, MI, has been creating works of art for over 20 years. His specialties include realistic humans and caricatures.  He is known for his attention to detail and lifelike proportions.

One of his most award winning carvings - ARTPRIZE Entry:  "Edge of the Forest" – is currently on display at Kewadin’s Horseshoe Bay Restaurant in St. Ignace.  The piece was recently at the Grand Rapids art show.

“It’s a great piece,” said casino manager Steve Sprecker.  “When he contacted us to see about having it in the facility, we jumped at the opportunity.  Not only is he a local artisan, but the feel of the piece mirrors that of what our casino décor is.”

According to Denkins, “Edge of the Forrest” is a collaboration of multiple plants and animals all surrounding a forest gnome, who is looking out from the edge of a forest.  “It’s a tribute to our fragile ecosystem,” explains Denkins on his artist statement.  Each piece of the sculpture signifies something – the gnome is a play on how humans are in the midst of everything.  The sprouts of grass a sign of hope for regrowth and understanding and the trees of how age and the elements affect everything.



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