Brittney Ziebell has been waiting two years to hang her work at Pearl Street Bagels in town. She’s been working on pieces for the show for a year.
She secured a prime time for a showcase, but, of course, that will look different now.
From July 15 through August 15, Ziebell will host private viewings, showing her art as best she can as customers come to the window at Pearl Street — and not inside.
The interior of the shop is closed to the public. Customers order and pay through the front windows and pick up their goods at a table placed outside the door — where it’s easy to maintain 6 feet of separation.
Given the coronavirus-induced restrictions, Ziebell will offer personal, private access to her work by appointment only.
“I’ve been waiting a long time for this, as have many other artists I’m sure at many of the cafes in town,” she said. “I know I’m not alone in this.”
Her work is different from traditional oils on canvas: It is chalk art, layered on a black Sintra board and then “permanized” — set with a matte finishing spray so it won’t smear. She uses a chalk pen.
“The chalk component of my art is very finicky,” she said. “It’s not like painting with paints. I use wet marker chalk pens. They can be quite finicky with layering.”
Each piece takes from a few days to several weeks to finish.
Her displayed work of about 12 pieces will range from 12 by 12 inches to a giant 24-by-48-inch moose skull. Some are framed, and some are on slate. All will be for sale.
Images carry a motif throughout the show: animal skulls decorated with flowers.
“I’ve always had a fascination with sheds and finding skulls and little treasures of wildlife,” Ziebell said. “I kind of fell in love with creating high-contrast depictions.”
She said it has been rewarding to transform the image of skulls into something “not morbid and scary.”
“They are framed with flowers and local vegetation,” she said. “It’s representing the natural Wild West in a way that’s quite beautiful and has been really fun.”
Ziebell’s artistic career began at Jackson Whole Grocer, where she made the chalk signs that inform shoppers of specials and other news in all the various departments. She has also done signs for weddings and restaurants. From there she went on to designing several skulls, which have captured more interest.
Ziebell plans to donate 10% of the proceeds of her sales to Outdoor Afro, a group that works to connect Black communities with the outdoors and leadership positions.
“The outdoors has been my inspiration, and I do hope to contribute to diversifying the outdoors,” she said.
Visit BrittneyZiebell.com to see her work and to make an appointment for a private tour of her Pearl Street Bagels show. ￼