ROCK SPRINGS – During the prehistoric cultural era, about three million years ago, people used sharpened bones, flint hewn stones, shards, shards and chunks of rock as weapons and tools.
A Sweetwater County artist chose these items to design jewelry, wall hangings and other creations.
Senior Resident Cindy Elg has been making art since 1985. She became a licensed dealer in Wyoming’s centennial year. She has a room in the Wyoming State Capital Archives.
“My work was rough in 1985, at least that’s my opinion,” Elg said. “Over time, my creativity and talent have improved, and now I feel very comfortable with my art.”
All of Elg’s work is made up of hand painted backgrounds and she has several characters she can use. The figure is filled with artifact shavings, then covered with a high-gloss plastic covering.
She presented one of her first pieces, the Wyoming Bucking Horse, at a national art exhibition at the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs. She won an honorable mention during this show. She also enters the Sweetwater County Fair every year.
“I was overwhelmed to win the overall Grand Champion title for an End of the Trail painting,” she shared. “It was my first attempt at actual painting. I still have a hard time grasping the fact that I painted this picture.
One of his Wyoming bucking horse chips won a grand prize in the art division.
Last year, she won the title of grand champion in the craft division for a cross covered in purple and gold jewels in a frame with a hand-painted background.
“I make and create about eight different objects,” she said. “I get bored working on one, so I pick up something else. I’ve also learned from attending all the crafting events that variety is a good thing. »
Elg revealed that she is able “to see those things that she is supposed to create in her dreams.”
“It’s my passion,” she says.
She pointed out that making wall hangings with arrowheads has been done for many years.
“I don’t use the actual arrowheads in my bullet points,” she explained. “What I use are chips or spawls.”
Elg received several five-gallon buckets of potato chips when an avid Superior arrowhead hunter died.
“People give me crisps and I even bought a case of them at a garage sale,” she said. “I traded one of my pieces at a flint cutter in Mountain View for a box of chips from that area. These are really vibrant stone colors.
Elg appreciates the people who have supported her as a local artist over the years.
“I would like to thank those who have some of my pieces,” she said. “I hope they will enjoy them forever. They have all inspired me further in my art. I consider my craft as therapy and I praise the talent God has given me.
She and her husband Vern were born in northern Minnesota. They married in 1974 and moved from Minnesota. Since he was a pipefitter, they traveled with jobs until arriving in Wyoming in 1980 for a job with Tipton.
“We decided we liked it here,” she said. “We were hired at Moyer’s Service in Red Desert.”
Moyer’s Service was a cafe, motel and gas station.
“The owners had many stories of arrowhead hunting, and all the walls in the cafe were covered with arrowhead boards,” she described. “Our life there was grand.”
The couple bought a house in Superior in 1985. They were employed by the city for almost 20 years. Vern retired in 2012 due to illness, and she retired just a few years ago.
“I can now spend more time at home with Vern and our little Chi-Weenie dog, Blue,” she said. “I now have plenty of time to devote to my arts and crafts and sign up for all the shows I can.
“Vern and I are enjoying our life here at Superior,” she said. “We are grateful to be able to see our wild horses, deer, elk, well-behaved chickens and to have this amazing, history-laden desert land to explore, just a few miles away.”
Elg remembers his family traveling to Wyoming from Minnesota as a child, camping and visiting Yellowstone.
“I think I decided at the time to one day make Wyoming my home,” she revealed. “And by then I was going to be a cowboy.”
She noted that “most either love it (Wyoming) or hate it”, and “This God Forsaken Land”, a poem by Juanita Leasch, “says it all” about how she feels about the state.