Jared Gates, of Colorado, experienced that dilemma first hand this year. Gates is an artist, who uses metal as his medium. He usually attends Renaissance Fairs in various parts of the United States, beginning in February and throughout the year until around Thanksgiving.
Most of the art Gates produces is purchased by attendees of those fairs. He needed to quickly adjust his plans, when those fairs were cancelled. Luckily for Gates, his skills are sought after by other companies who contacted him when they found out what he could do to meet their needs.
A large apartment complex in Highlands Ranch, CO (a suburb south of Denver) contacted him about replacing all their signage that included apartment numbers on metal signs with their logo of Palomino horses. Gates not only did the artwork and finishing work on all the signs, but also became the installer.
Signage was another project Gates undertook for Coloradoland Tire and Service. His impressive metal signs can be seen inside and outside the store, as well as the special artwork of a climbing ATV on a mountain scene, that is used inside to hang the customer service order envelopes.
A friend of Gates was in a bit of a bind when his company began selling thermometer scanners for companies to use at their entrances to check temperatures of employees and customers entering the building. He was able to design and produce stylish stands to hold the scanners and to meet the needs of the customers.
Gates also designed special metal artwork that can be installed on jeeps and similar all-terrain vehicles in the wheel wells. Enthusiasts agree it adds a special touch for their passion, and love for the outdoors.
One of the other major projects Gates had been working on was new logos for a local high school, which is his alma mater. The school had designed a new logo and Gates had developed metal art for use on lockers, vehicles and also for signage in new additions of the school that were being built. Plans were for students to use various styles of the metal logos as fund raisers for activities. This is to help increase school spirit for the students and the community boosters.
The school logo fund raising project was put on hold as schools adjust to the new schedules of instruction at school or away from school, and the yet determined school activities. This project now seems to be gaining interest again as things begin to settle down.
With many graduations being cancelled this year, Gates decided to provide personalized metal art depicting graduation caps, graduation year and school colors. A student’s name could also be made into the artwork. Students throughout the nation were able to have artwork order to their needs through the website.
So although we can’t always do the work we may plan in a given time frame, sometimes changes open up other opportunities and generate new ideas.
You can see the hundreds of different metal art products Gates’ company offers by visiting his websites at: wildsteel.com and wildsteelrose.com .
Photos of some of the various new art products Gates developed are included below.