Born in western Kansas, Mike Fell has lived in Cowley County for forty-five years. He has always made things, always had a knack for imagining something new from discarded items. An early fascination with the work of Leonardo DaVinci launched his pursuit of art as a way of life.
His mother, Ardith Fell, was his first art teacher. Dave Chapman introduced him to stone sculpting. Fell credits Linda Ganstrom and Toby Flores with influencing his style.
A sculptor who specializes in stone, clay and metal work, Fell is an instructor of art at Cowley College. He remains fascinated with cast-off items. “I see possibilities where other people just see trash,” Fell said. Gallery 1001, itself, is testimony to Fell’s visionary re-purposing.
“Art is a way of thinking, a creative process. Making art is what is important. It’s the process more than the product. Art connects us to the world we live in,” Fell said.
He and his wife live on a farm north of Winfield. Together they have raised four children and now enjoy two grandchildren.
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