Montana Made: After Image Metal Art

Montana Made: After Image Metal Art


MANY PEOPLE WOULD THINK TO TRY.MTN’S KALEY COLLINS TAKES US INSIDE HIS SHOP… TO SHOW US HIS METAL ART FOR THIS WEEK’S MONTANA MADE. “WHEN I’M IN HERE, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF IT’S AN HOUR OR 10 HOURS, IT’S KIND OF LIKE A MEDITATION FOR ME.”JASON GARNEAU IS A METAL ARTIST.COMPLETELY SELF- TAUGHT MINUS THE TWO YEARS HE TOOK OF WELDING TO GET CERTIFIED.HE’S OWNED HIS BUSINESS AFTER IMAGE METAL ART FOR SIX YEARS, BUT TO HIM, IT’S NOT REALLY A JOB. “SOMETIMES I SAY JOB, BUT THEN, IT REALLY ISN’T TO ME BECAUSE IT’S FUN SO IT’S NOT LIKE A JOB, IT’S A HOBBY.”GARNEAU’S LOVE FOR ART STARTED AT A YOUNG AGE AND STAYED WITH HIM THROUGHOUT ADULTHOOD.”WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE NAVY AFTER 16 YEARS, I STARTED GETTING MY DRAWING BACK A LOT MORE, THEN THIS HAPPENED AND IT’S BEEN A DREAM SINCE I STARTED.”HE STARTS BY SKETCHING AND TRACING HIS DESIGNS, THEN CUTS OUT THE METAL.”AS SOON AS YOU CUT, THEN YOU KIND OF KNOW IF THE PIECE IS GOING TO BE NICE OR NOT.”HE GOES THROUGH SOME EXTRA STEPS TO MAKE SURE THE EDGES DON’T CUT HIS CUSTOMERS.AFTER THAT HE GRINDS IN THE DETAILS, LIKE THE MOUNTAINS AND TREES ON HIS SIGNATURE MONTANA PIECE.THEN IT GOES THROUGH ITS FINAL STAGES.”USUALLY THE TYPICAL PROCESS IS A COUPLE OF DAYS BECAUSE YOU’RE GOING THROUGH VARIOUS STAGES, PLUS YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH A CLEAR-COAT STAGE AFTER IT’S FINISHED AND A CURING PROCESS. TYPICALLY WHEN I MAKE A PIECE FOR SOMEONE, ON A SMALL PIECE, IT’S USUALLY IN TWO WEEKS OR LONGER. OF COURSE, THE BIGGER YOU GO, THE LONGER IT’S GOING TO TAKE. “THEN THE PIECES ARE OFF TO FIND A NEW HOME.”IT’S VERY REWARDING. IT’S LIKE I GET CONNECTED TO EVERY PIECE I MAKE AND SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO LET THEM GO.”IN GREAT FALLS, KALEY COLLINS, MTN NEWS GARNEAU FREQUENTLY SELLS HIS ART AT SHOWS ALL AROUND MONTANA.HE JUST WRAPPED UP A SHOW AT THE OUT WEST ART SHOW IN GREAT FALLS.

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