Tribute to a virtually Unknown Artist
I don't think I can count the number of times that I've thought of my virtually unknown artist over the years. I call him mine because I may be the only person that's thought of him in a couple of decades. It probably helps or hinders (his notoriety that is) depending on how you look at it, that his artistic work was done in a very small town in Wyoming. His name was Wilbur Mason and he had some of the coolest and temporary artwork you might ever see. Coolest because of the way he characterized his subjects and temporary because most of what I saw was done on the medium of glass. This glass happened to be the store front windows of many and most I might say of the local businesses in the town of Douglas, Wyoming. When I was a high school student I worked at the oldest privately owned grocery store in our small town. Every major holiday of the year you could see Wilbur Mason's work throughout the downtown window glass in Douglas. Sometimes you would even see him on his ladder working away on one of his signature pieces. Christmas season had Santa Claus and the reindeer and the State Fair always brought out the bucking broncs and the cowboys and their chaps. Unfortunately I paid little attention to this marvelous work being done by this quiet artisan. I don't even remember having a single conversation with this man and yet I have a wooden canvas of his work yet today (photo included). The man with the electric bolt going through him looks like my old boss...but thats another story. I still use this artwork today in my own business. It's on my letterhead and business cards, I've used it for some signs in the past and in the phone book years ago. People generally love this logo and it generates a lot of comments and conversation. I enjoy telling the story of its making and never fail to give credit to Wilbur Mason a virtually unknown artist and for me sadly unknown friend.