Howelsen gallery hosts David Marshall’s metal sculptures |

Howelsen gallery hosts David Marshall’s metal sculptures

Margaret Hair

Sculptor and part-time Routt County resident David Marshall talks about his work, which includes pieces made from found and recycled metal objects. Marshall's work is on display at Howelsen Place Gallery at least through early summer 2010.

— Howelsen Place Gallery owner Barbara McNary has pinpointed the most common reaction of visitors to the art space, which features work by sculptor David Marshall.

“I think the first week I started a tally sheet of all the ‘wow’s I heard, and I got a little tired of adding that up – it’s significant,” McNary said.

Howelsen Place Gallery opened at the beginning of June. The venue displays and sells metal sculptures, metal accessories and organic-styled wood-root pieces.

What is it about Marshall’s sculpture and design work – much of it crafted from reused metals and materials – that elicits an awed reaction?

“It’s shiny, the gold and silver look, and : it’s never been seen here before,” McNary said. “There’s something about David and his work that is very solid and inviting to people.”

McNary, a North Routt resident, said she met Marshall when he started looking at property in the northern part of the county.

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That was about two years ago, Marshall guessed, sitting in Howelsen Place Gallery on Thursday morning.

Marshall is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, and has lived and worked in Spain since the late 1960s.

“We drove down from Bozeman (Montana) to have a look at different places – Jackson Hole, Big Sky – and came back here again because we liked it here, and that was it, basically,” Marshall said. He and his wife, Dagmar, have a house near Hahn’s Peak where they spend a few months each year, he said.

Marshall has work at galleries across Europe, with representation in Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Denmark and England. He uses wooden roots from Indonesia and elsewhere, crafting wood-and-metal pieces that don’t lend themselves to easy comparisons.

On Wednesday, David and Dagmar go back to Spain until late January, when they plan to make a trip to North Routt.

Marshall built a barn near his Hahn’s Peak house from beetle-kill wood he got from Dutch Creek, which he uses as a studio and “a place to play around with all my bits and pieces,” he said.

Those bits and pieces might come from the 12 or so old farm machines Marshall has disassembled and started to incorporate in his art.

At Howelsen Place Gallery, there is a chair made from a polished gearbox alongside platters that started life as scrap metal.

“It’s kind of like being a kid, isn’t it? Having fun, playing at what you like to do,” Marshall said.

If you go

What: David Marshall – a sculptor and designer who lives in Spain, is originally from Scotland and has a house in North Routt – will have his work on display and for sale at the Howelsen Place Gallery

When: The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed Sundays. Marshall’s work will be on display at least through early summer 2010.

Where: 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B104

Call: Barbara at 846-0659 for more information.

More: See examples of David Marshall’s art online at http://www.davidmarshall…