The broken pieces are often the most beautiful ones and when combined together, something really beautiful can come from it.

From individual artistry to collaboration, Angie Ellis and Jenny Perry now showcase their work at The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.

The exhibit titled “Broken Beauty: The Individual and Collaborative Works of Angie Ellis and Jenny Perry,” will remain on display from Oct. 8 through Jan. 4, 2021.

From mosaics to watercolor and ink, the artists feature their work with variety.

Perry’s work can be found in public and private collections from the United States, England, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, including the Oklahoma State Capitol Governor’s Gallery.

“I’ve been making mosaics since 2001,” Perry said. “I just love it.”

Perry collaborated on a few pieces with Ellis in this gallery showcase.

“I like to do mixed media too,” Perry said. “Angie and I did some collaborations in this, she would paint something, then give it to me and then I would finish it.”

Explaining the process, Perry went over several steps as she talked about one of her favorite pieces.

“For mosaic, I just take glass and stone and I cut it with a hammer and hardie or with my little glass cutters and carefully place them,” Perry said.

Perry said her favorite piece is made with a stone called Chrysocolla and with rusty pipe fittings she got at an antique store on the coast of Maine.

Raised in Southwest Oklahoma, Ellis’ art has been influenced by the Wichita Mountains in the short distance north and the beautiful plains surrounding her childhood home, according to a biography release.

As a self-taught artist with passion for mixed media, Ellis incorporates this into her art.

“Some of it is watercolor and some of it is ink,” Ellis said. “There’s gold leaf — I love old book paper, receipts — they’re all a little bit different.”

Ellis uses a lot of texture in her art pieces and her favorite to work with is layers.

“I like the texture that I add to them,” Ellis said. “Paper is my favorite. I really loved the abstract part of it. I loved the drawing part of it.”

Ellis had two ideas to make one piece, coming from help from a mentor friend of her’s.

“My mentor that kind of taught me how to paint, really draw and do things, she said, ‘put them together,’” Ellis said. “She helped me figure out how to mesh them into one piece, so that they kind of go together and fit.”

Ellis said her favorite piece is one of her Circle of Life pieces, titled “Crow.”

“He was the very first piece that I put together,” Ellis said.

Ellis is drawn to circles and they show up in many of her pieces.

“Everything has circles, I don’t know why,” Ellis said. “That’s just how it happens and so that’s why this whole series is called the Circle of Life. If you notice, the feathers float through all of these pieces and in through the big pieces.”

Ellis said she loves the gold leaf also.

“It just makes it rich to me,” Ellis said.

Ellis and Perry are the first artists to host a display in the newly upgraded Garis Gallery of the American West.

For more information about the exhibit, call 580-252-6692. For more about the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, visit https://www.facebook.com/onthechisholmtrail or https://onthechisholmtrail.com.

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