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Antler Artist Larry Glaze Introduces New Gallery to Honor His Wife

Larry and Judy Glaze would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversay November, 2013

January 20, 2011|Doug Magditch | dmagditch@kspr.com

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The gallery, and pieces in it, are new, but they're the work of an experienced artist: Larry Glaze. His customers include President Bush (senior and junior), along with a number of country music superstars.

"Everybody has some form of art in them," says Glaze.

Glaze considers himself an environmental artist, because he creates with what nature leaves behind: mostly wood and antlers. The antlers he uses are only sheds, by the way. Glaze is an avid hunter, but he never kills to create.

"I won't cut down a tree or shoot an animal to make something," says Glaze.

It's his attention to detail that sets his work apart, but the inspiration can be described with three simple words: God, family, and country. His signature piece is an eagle, made from moose antlers.

"Nobody else has done it, and nobody has done it since," says Glaze.

He also makes antler chandeliers, root lamps, and whatever else someone commissions him to do.

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"I've been doing furniture, chairs and dining room tables, out of hedge and walnut, for 20 years," says Glaze.

You can see it all in his new gallery, in the two main rooms of his home. It's his most important project yet, and he's just now unveiling it.

While the pieces were under construction, he couldn't bear a distraction. This is a task he needed to focus on, because it isn't just for him.

"Everything was made from August 23rd (2009), to the first of this year. Everything in this home was constructed during that time frame," says Glaze.

August 22nd, 2009, Glaze lost his wife Judy to brain cancer. 2013 would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.

"I sent her x-rays and cat-scans to 18 hospitals throughout the United States, by Federal Express. They all came back, 'no treatment available,'" says Glaze.

Eight weeks after doctors diagnosed Judy, she died, but not without asking her husband for the gallery.

"She says, 'turn our home into your gallery, so that's what I done,'" says Glaze.

So, for over a year and a half, Glaze focused on creating and perfecting. It was his bucket list. He decided what was on it, but Judy told him to create it.

The gallery is his way to honor Judy, and fill his time until he sees her again.

"She says, 'I'll see you later. So, when I die, I'll see her later,'" says Glaze.

If you're interested in finding out more about Glaze's work, or to schedule a private viewing, check out his website: antlerartoftheplains.com

Glaze's most recent commissioned work is on display at the Sound of Freedom Shooting Range in Ozark, MO.

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