Showing in the studios behind the main building of the Creative Center are two other artists on this year's tours. Many people are familiar with the jewelry of Mikal Winn, who has sold his jewelry to many top stores, including Fred Segal and Neiman Marcus. What you may not know about Mikal is that he also does larger sculpture, in the form of glittering, fantastic animals. Winn says that creating these animals is something he has dreamed about for a long time, and has now finally had a chance to see his dream to fruition. These creatures deck the walls of Winn's studio. Mikal has been in the high desert for about nine years. He came here from Columbus, Ohio by way of a short stint in Los Angeles. The sculptures are heavily inspired by his childhood experiences of growing up on a farm. He says they are meant to be playful, drawing ideas from the fantasy world of the movies and books of his childhood.
written by Karine Swenson