Nationally acclaimed caricature artist Gene Zesch will be on hand at Whistle Pik Galleries Friday, March 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. as part of First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg. An exhibition of his work in wood and bronze will be featured and guests will have an opportunity to visit with Mr. Zesch.
Gene and his wife Patsy live on the 1,200 acre family ranch in Mason, Texas and it is there where his studio is. Growing up in a ranching family gave him inspiration for many of his pieces. He has mastered his talent of showing the respect and affection of the hard working ranch hand while also highlighting the lighter side of life.
A chance encounter with a woodcarver in Santa Fe, New Mexico inspired Gene to take up “whittling”. From there it grew into his passion and his work gained recognition when in the mid 1960’s President Johnson took notice of his work and his career moved into the limelight. He has had shows at the Witte Museum in San Antonio; National Archives and the National Portrait Gallery; and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Whistle Pik Galleries has represented Gene Zesch for over 10 years.