In Bed with Art, published by Verlag-Hellblau, is a travel directory of selected inns & hotels from around the world that place emphasis on art.
The author, Katharina Kniess, contacted us many months ago with interest for Dog Bark Park to be included in the 224-page book.
Dennis & I were delighted to share our thoughts about art as it relates to our business & lives. What follows are excerpts from the book.
We are connected to art on several fronts: the most major as husband & wife artists we produce and market our own unique artwork. We are chainsaw carvers with folk art-style renditions of the world’s many dog breeds our specialty.
We have great interest in all genres of art and architecture. Both of us have dabbled in artistic endeavors from our youths. With his yearning to create art, Dennis gave up his career in the design & building trades of many years to become a chainsaw artist. We met a decade after that, which started our combined work as artists.
This eventually led to the design & building of Dog Bark Park Inn Bed & Breakfast located adjacent to our art studio and gallery.
The connection of art to our inn is that the very building itself is an expression of art. The entire building is what is often referred to as mimetic architecture; a building that looks like something else; in this case, a gaint beagle dog……The big dog building was self-designed and constructed entirely by Dennis.
We eagerly interact with our guests to share our art processes & experiences in Idaho. This interchange enriches our lives and we think deepens the appreciation of our guests for the art and lifestyle we have here in Idaho.
Working in the arts is a satisfying outlet for our self-expression. We endeavor to exercise that creativity in everything we do at Dog Bark Park.
In addition to our studio gallery we have an outdoor sculpture garden of self-constructed objects, like a giant red fire hydrant, an old-fashioned electric coffee pot, an intricately designed roofed walkway, etc.
We are very fortunate to earn a living doing exactly what we want to do with art!