What are the chances? On a small island like St. Simons, that not just one, but two talented artists, enjoy carving soulful and whimsical faces into the bark of oak trees. Soon after our arrival here, we stumbled into the work of local artist Keith Jennings, and wrote several posts about his Tree Spirits.
Recently, we were contacted by another Tree-Spirit artist, William Denmark. And thanks to his detailed directions, we were able to find many of his fascinating works. One thing we’ve learned about Tree Spirits is that they aren’t necessarily easy to find (hence … spirits).
We enjoy this quest because it’s a good excuse to travel to areas we haven’t visited, and Bill’s spirits were no exception. Bill said, “Go to the Ace Garden Center by the shade house. Then go to Mrs. Bennett’s Bait Shop off the causeway, north side, between the two high bridges. At the bait shack, look left.”
We didn’t meet Mrs. Bennett, but we did chat with her pleasant daughter. And now the real purpose of those isolated buildings in the middle of the marsh, is no longer a mystery.
Bill also steered us to some of his early work on College Street, which, for obvious reasons, he affectionately calls his “ZZ Top Collection.”
So a big shout-out to Bill Denmark, and our sincere thanks for the introduction to his artwork. We’ll be looking at his Facebook Page, to ferret out his other spirits, and will keep you posted.
And if you’re curious, check our the other Tree Spirits we’ve discovered on St. Simons Island, Georgia USA.