BEAUTY AND BEAST
Chuck Hanes and Elizabeth Collins of Beauty and Beast Art, long time residents of Morgan County, have been full time time studio potters for over 15 years. They not only make functional pottery such as dishes, face mugs, face jugs, and baking wares but create complex original sculptural artwork using clay and many natural elements. Chuck forges handmade knives and other tools as well.
Chuck and Elizabeth started Chicken Tracks Ranch in 2015, premiering the annual CTAR Festival. They offer after school art academy during the school year as well as summer art camp for kids. Adult classes, retreats and family workshops are offered year round.
Both have been very involved in the nonprofit Madison Artists Guild. The also teach art weekly to students in the Morgan County Alternative Education Program through the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art Outreach. Being involved in their community is a priority for the duo.
Chunk and Elizabeth travel around the Southeast selling their art at festivals as well as selling in many galleries. They are part of the Abandoned Rural America and The Great Folk Art Parade traveling exhibits as well.
They find inspiration especially in nature and enjoy sharing the process of creating with others. The many beloved pets around the ranch keep laughing and entertained! the two also enjoy camping, primitive skills building, rock hounding and general exploration of the outdoors.
"We challenge each other to move forward and expand our outlook, bouncing new ideas off each other regularly. We find joy in our creations and exploration of art and we hope you do too!"