Twisted pieces of barbed wire, metal and glowing pieces of resin will welcome visitors as they enter the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in an exhibit featuring two distinguished regional artists, Jack Wolfsen and Stacey Watkins.

A California-native-turned-Weatherford-resident, Wolfsen creates a variety of art pieces through many mediums, and he has shown a passion for art his entire life. From 1962 to 1972 he worked as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Army and was also officially appointed as the “Combat Artist.”

“It's a lot of dark art. It got me out of sleeping in the mud plenty of times,” Wolfsen said with a laugh.

He reuses scrap metal and old barbed wire to create trees, and he draws artwork from photographs he has taken himself, casts creations from molds he has made and carves wood.

Two of his favorite implements in the creation of his art are barbed wire and sheet metal. Sitting on a rustic metal stand featuring scrollwork cut out with a plasma cutter created by Wolfsen is a two-foot tall, self-standing tree made from old barbed wire. The trunk is created by many strands of barbed wire, and the beginning branches are made with two strands followed by smaller pieces of wire as the tree branches out.

“I straighten it out and then twist two strands together,” Wolfsen said. “Then I unwind the ends and start breaking them down.”

Also on the walls of the OPOMAC, Stacey Watkins' art can be seen, some of which feature bits of metal. A Granbury resident, Watkins creates unique works of art, including angels, guitars and scenery in a kaleidoscope of vivid colors using her main medium, a resin she makes herself. Primarily self-taught, she has been mentored by several artists who have influenced her to experiment with new techniques. 

Cherokee headdress created by Wolfsen.
Cherokee headdress created by Wolfsen. (Julianne Murrah)

Watkins also works with plasma-cut metal art and etched glass. She mixes her resins with different colors and metal flecks, and she forms the resin into angels with metal wings, beautiful women, instruments and abstract pieces of art. Mixed into some of the resins are colors that glow-in-the-dark and change with different shades of light. 

 

Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.