Studio Spotlight: Stoner, Williams & Wolff

Featuring the Longmont Clay Artists

Firehouse Art Center

January 1 - February 2, 2014

  • Opening Reception for all artists: Friday, Jan 10 [from] 6-9 PM
  • Artist Talk with Studio Artists: Saturday, Feb 1 [from] 7-9 PM
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The Firehouse Art Center presents an exhibition featuring three of our in house Studio Artists; Rick Stoner, Dwayne Wolff and Martha Williams. The artists together have a combined 44 years at the Firehouse. Their mediums range from watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media and print making.

The main gallery will also feature 17 local clay artists in both sculptural and functional work.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

Monica Deming and Alex Alvis

The Loveland Feed & Grain

Opening Reception: Friday January 10 from 6-9pm

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Arts @ The Feed & Grain will exhibit the work of artists, Monica Deming and Alex Alvis, whose work revolves around memory and time gone by and will feature the Memories Project.

Painter and illustration artist, Monica Deming is a longtime Northern Colorado resident and arts professor at CSU. Deming will showcase work that "deals with the transience of memory - and how undependable our memories are." According to the artist everything she creates is an attempt to relive information -"to share it hoping to gain insight on what is real."

Alex Alvis, has lived in Colorado most of her life. Alvis's unique bronze sculptures focus on horses, their spirit, their nature, and their beauty. While always an artist it is only in the last five years that Alvis has been working as a professional sculptor.

"After seeing Monica's beautiful paintings that referenced farm land and history, I knew they would be an ideal fit for the historic Feed & Grain;" said curator Megan Tracy. Tracy asked Alex to join in the show shortly after. “I was looking for a sculptor who created contemporary farm animals to complement Monica's work.” The art work helps complete the story about the Feed and Grain, conceptually through art.

This exhibit goes hand-in-hand with the ongoing Memories Project, an effort focused on documenting and preserving the rich history of The Feed & Grain. Currently data, photos, ephemera and artifacts are on display at In The Meantime Gallery.

"Arts @ the Feed & Grain" is funded in part by ArtPlace America, a national creative placemaking program, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and by the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town program. Art Works.

Arts @ The Feed & Grain is committed to bringing programs that support innovative art experiences of all disciplines working in the avant-garde. Visit the Loveland Feed & Grain every 2nd Friday from 6-9pm for live music and fine art.  

The Loveland Feed & Grain
130 W 3rd Street
Loveland, CO 80537
970.673.6252
http://www.lovelandfeedandgrain.com

 

The Affordable Art Exhibition

Firehouse Art Center (Longmont)

December 11 - 29, 2013

  • Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 6-9pm
  • In the Art Department: Phone-Ography
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Marco Pino-Yancovic, Britt Ripley, Amanda Gadomski

The Firehouse Art Center presents an Affordable Art Exhibition, self-curated by local artists and artisans. The FAC will transform from a fine art gallery to an exciting holiday gift market featuring hand-made items by local artists with a wide range of mediums, products and price points. Shoppers and collectors alike will enjoy buying original art and gifts, while supporting the thriving and vital Longmont arts community.

Artists include (and are subject to change): Rose Lynch, Marco Pino-Yancovic, Kristine Hill, Karen Poulson, Mysti Gulsrud, Amanda Gadomski, John Goyer, Maura Reiman, Nancy Champion, Lisa Sol, Maya Heneghan, Deborah Coccoli, Lindsey Wohlman, Suzanne Frazier, Renee G Noel, Gerri Bradford, Elaine Waterman, Marian Hoffman Ting, Terrance Poor Thunder, Britt Ripley, Nancy Rynes, Satterly Family, Savannah G, Leslie Emerson, Barb Sparkle Bee, Rocketman, Jennifer Sheperd & Tony Ortega

PHONE-OGRAPHY

Our second annual Phone-Ography exhibition will take over the Art Department with phone-photography from professionals and novices alike. With the growth of smart phones, phone photography is fast becoming one of the most accessible and popular forms of creative expression. The intent of this exhibition is to showcase the ability of an artist to produce stunning photography and film with simply a mobile phone and a good eye. As accomplished photographer Chase Jarvis famously said, “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” All images will be printed, hung and sold by the Firehouse Art Center. Our call for Phone-Ography artists is open until November 25th.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

Andy Warhol: Prints from the Cochran Collection

Fort Collins Museum of Art

December 13, 2013 – March 16, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday December 12 from 4:00-7:00pm
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On December 13, the Fort Collins Museum of art will open a major exhibition of Andy Warhol (1928-1987) prints from the Cochran Collection. The exhibition will run through March 16, 2014. The exhibition includes works from various periods of the artist’s career and features complete sets of his prints from the important Myths and Cowboys and Indians series. The collection also includes two versions of Moonwalk and images of the famous from Mick Jagger to Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Acrylics, silkscreens, and one drawing created between 1974 and 1987 are included.

Denver photographer Mark Sink met Warhol during his visit to CSU and ended up spending time with Warhol and his entourage. A selection of the photographs of Warhol in Fort Collins by Mark Sink will be displayed in FCMOA’s gallery 101 along with a documentary video about Warhol.

This exhibition is presented through the generous support of EKS&H, The Fort Fund, and The Susan Shannon Education Fund.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-482-2787
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
http://www.ftcma.org

 

Ellen O'Brien: The Prevalence of Line

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

December 14, 2013 - March 16, 2014

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Ellen O’Brien: The Prevalence of Line at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

Ellen O’Brien: The Prevalence of Line will be a potent retrospective surveying the artist's rich and varied career. This exhibition developed following the inclusion of O'Brien's work in the FAC's 2009 exhibition Colorado Springs Abstract. Although Ellen O'Brien passed away in October, the FAC continued to work with her sons on the exhibition.

"Ellen's art truly captures the spirit of adventure, skill, mystery and experimentation that drove art forward from the mid-20th century-on. She was among the artists who gave strength and significance to our culture in the Pikes Peak region. I was privileged to include her art in the FAC's 2009 exhibition Colorado Springs Abstract, and I enjoyed her seriousness as an artist and her amazing sense of humor as we planned for her upcoming show. I will deeply miss working with Ellen." – FAC Museum Director and Chief Curator Blake Milteer

When she first came to Colorado Springs, Ellen O’Brien (1922 - 2013) brought with her the precise drawing skills, creative experience, and independence she was afforded at Cornell University and Detroit’s Cranbrook Academy of Art. After a short stay here, O’Brien moved to Paris to work in the studio of painter Fernand Léger, who following Pablo Picasso, had helped develop the visual language of Cubism.

After her return to Colorado Springs in 1951, O’Brien taught at the Fine Arts Center School, where she made a series of lithographs with master printmaker Lawrence Barrett, adding to her advanced skills in drawing and painting. Around this time, O'Brien was among the a small number of Colorado artists to adopt abstraction - a form that was redefining the art world. In her abstract paintings, she continued to create elegant and powerful images through dynamic compositions of undulating and intersecting lines surrounded by strong color. This exhibition celebrates the consistent development of line from O'Brien's early figure studies to her later abstract paintings.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.634.5583
http://www.csfineartscenter.org

 

Family

Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins)

December 6 - 31, 2013

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Tom M. Johnson - Triplets

(from the press release)

What makes a family? It’s complicated, but you’ll find 47 artists’ versions of this varied idea in the Family exhibition. The juror, Kate Ware, is one of the most respected photography curators in the country and this exhibition is a realization of her vision of Family. There is an image of a Roller Derby woman at home with her family, images about traditional family life and not so traditional. The exhibition, right in time for the holidays, is glimpse inside the pain, joy, love, and loss that make up families of all kinds.

Exhibiting artists include: Alpana Aras-King, Nicole Avey, Sarah Baranski, Yael Ben-Zion, Brian Braff, Sam Cannon, Paris Carter, Rocco Ceselin, Daniel Coburn, Norma Garcia, Deborah Hunter, Ellen Jacob, Kathryn Jacobi, Tom M. Johnson, Siobahn Keleher, Bruno Leite da Luz Carvalho, William Lemke, Lora Lord-Fread, Sonia Macak, Ann Madden, Brittian McJunkin, Monika Merva, Ann Mitchell, Daniel Neuner, Kate T. Parker, Daniel Peebles, Shannon Piserchio, Kate Pollard, Jerry Rawlings, Aileen Reilly, Andy Richter, Coleman Rogers, Allen Rosen-Ducat, Charles Rozier, Stacy Slaten, Ali Smith, Michael Teres, Michael Thomas, Alison Turner, Stacie Turner, Marissa Webb, Heinrich Wegmann, Dana West, Christian Wilbur, Kate Wilhelm and Jennifer Wilkey

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Holt Quentel

Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands

Aspen Art Museum

November 15 to January 19 (Quentel) and to February 2 (Trapping Lions)

  • Reception: Thursday, December 19, 2013
  • Gallery conversation about Quentel’s work: Thursday January 16, 2014 at 6pm, featuring the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Associate Professor, art writer, and curator Terry R. Myers
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Holt Quantal - White Plastic Side Chair Caster Base, Eames for Herman Miller/Foam with Duct Tape - 1990
Orange Plastic Armchair Tube Steel Base, Eames for Herman Miller/Grateful Dead Decal - 1989
Images courtesy of the artist

Holt Quentel (b. 1961) achieved recognition in the late 1980s for her paintings made from distressed tarpaulins stenciled with letters and symbols. At Stux Gallery in New York in 1990, Quentel presented an exhibition of modified side chairs designed by Charles Eames and mass-produced by Herman Miller, which she embellished with kitschy fabric coverings, Grateful Dead stickers, and other decals. Falling somewhere between the readymade and found object assemblage, Quentel’s sculptures personalized these highly uniform icons of modern design, touching on what she described as “the contradictions inherent in the utopian desire to create a universal commodity” and ironically addressing the social implications of the modernist aesthetic. Shortly after this exhibition, Quentel absented herself from the art world.

Despite the mystery surrounding her self-imposed exile, Quentel and her works have maintained a vital, if underground, presence. Now, twenty-three years later, the Aspen Art Museum brings these objects back together for the artist’s first solo museum presentation, which features seventeen distinct works incorporating Quentel’s altered Eames-designed chairs, and reopens this little-known body of work to new discourse and new evaluation.

Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands: Nine-artist exhibition highlights narrative complexity, ambiguity and disjunction in contemporary art

Curated by Jacob Proctor


Borrowing its title from Alfred Hitchcock’s explanation of the MacGuffin—the element in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion usually despite its lack of intrinsic importance—Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands highlights questions of narrative complexity, disjunction, and ambiguity in recent art. Whether presenting fictionalized versions of actual events, archival documentation of an unverifiable or even wholly invented past, or musing on the aesthetics of the murder mystery, the works in the exhibition often blur the line between fiction and reality. Some weave fragmentary tales around elusive or even entirely absent centers. In other cases, arrangements of objects or images become points of departure for open-ended stories that unfold only in the mind of the viewer. Such works often prompt us to become something of a detective, only to discover that narrative itself can be a kind of MacGuffin—important not so much for the story it tells as for the formal and conceptual moves that its structure makes possible.

Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands features: Mac Adams, Matthew Brannon, Victor Burgin, Katarina Burin, Gerard Byrne, Alejandro Cesarco, Saskia Olde Wolbers, John Smith, and Kerry Tribe 

Aspen Art Museum
590 North Mill Street
Aspen, CO 81611
970.925.8050
http://aspenartmuseum.org

 

Local Showcase: Emerging and established contemporary artists

Firehouse Art Center (Longmont)

November 6 - December 8, 2013

  • Opening Reception Friday, November 8th from 6-9pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, November 21st at 7pm
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“A Lesson in Paint” - Scott Fraser
“Of the Deep” - Chris DeKnikker
“Bioluminescent Bay” - Sarah Hansen
“The Herd” - Maureen Hearty

The Firehouse Art Center is pleased to present an exhibition recognizing established and emerging local talents. From paintings and drawings to ceramics and sculpture, featured artists are pushing the boundaries of contemporary art in our region. Artists were selected from our ongoing submissions, nominations from artist members and word of mouth.

Artists include: Jessica Forrestal, Rick Stoner, Julia Lunk, Scott Fraser, Sarah Hanson, Maureen Hearty, Jonathan Wiley, Rebecca Cuming, Libby Barbee, Chris DeKnikker, Sylvia Montero, Maura Rieman, Julie Clement, Jason Lee Gimball & Lauri Lynnxe Murphy.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

IDentity

The Center for Fine Art Photography

November 1 - 30, 2013

  • Opening Reception: Friday November 1, 2013 from 6-9 pm
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Sandra Loise Dyas - Don, The Modern Barbershop

“Identity” has as many interpretations as there are people. Images in this exhibition explore Identity through issues of family, property lines, body image, partnership, and disappearing Indian professions. Barbara Tannenbaum, the curator of photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art, served as the juror for the Identity exhibition, which includes artists from around the world.

Exhibiting artists include: Geoffrey Agrons, Zach Balber, John Banasiak, Susan Berger, Aaron Blum, Patricia Christakos, Joy Chritiansen Erb, A.M. Clark, Michele Cohn, Anne M. Connor, Supranav Dash, Joelle de Vries, Marcus DeSieno, Kathleen B. Donovan, Sandra Louise Dyas, Mike Enright, Daniel Farnum, Poppy Gauss, Claire Gilliam, Marita Gootee, Brandon Gorman, Doug, Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Daniel Levin, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Coda McCaffrey, Meredith Miller, Emily Hanako Momohara, Roberta Neidigh, Jenny Papalexandris, Vicki Provost, Dan Rioz, Colin Roberson, Edwqrd L. Rubin, Paula Rucket, Whitten Sabbatini, Sarah Hood Salomon, Fred Scruton, Felicia Simion, Larry K. Snider, John Telford, Alison Turner and Joseph Wilcox.  

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Rian Kerrane: Alphabet of Artifacts

Colorado Mesa University Art Gallery in the University Center (Grand Junction)

October 16 — November 8, 2013

  • Presented by the Colorado Mesa University Art Department
  • Opening Reception: Friday October 18th from 5-8pm
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Rian Kerrane: Alphabet of Artifacts

Rian Kerrane, a native of Ireland and sculptor of cast iron, mixed media and installation will exhibit Alphabet of Artifacts. A series of cast forms, found objects and paraphernalia from decades of sculptural practice presented on thirteen steel and glass tables.

Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122
http://www.coloradomesa.edu/art

 

Brenda Biondo: Remnants & Revival

Ivywild School (Colorado Springs)

October 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014

  • Opening reception: Second Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 6pm – 9pm
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Brenda Biondo, "False Solomons Seal | Forest Clearing", Archival Pigment Print, 20"h x42"w

(from the press release)

Remnants & Revival is an ongoing photographic series by photographer Brenda Biondo. Beauty and thoughtfulness combine to address the value and challenges of preserving Western lands. The diptychs in this series reference the dwindling remnants of undeveloped land throughout the West, and the restoration efforts that are bringing back native plants to many farmed and grazed areas while attempting to re-create ecosystems that more closely resemble the originals. Each diptych combines an image of a protected Colorado landscape (i.e. as designated open space, a state park, etc.) with a close-up of a wild-growing plant (either native, introduced or invasive). Each plant image is matched with a photo of an ecosystem where the plant is likely to be found growing. A portion of sales proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to the Palmer Land Trust. Also, Bristol Brewing will contribute $1 per beer sold during the artist’s reception to Palmer Land Trust. Curated by Holly Parker Dearborn.

Biondo has shown in numerous solo and group exhibits around the country, including recent presentations at The Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins), and The Arvada Center, among others. Her work has also been featured in The Denver Post, on Lenscratch, and in other publications. She has received great attention for her series Once Upon A Playground, featuring vintage playground equipment, with numerous exhibits and a forthcoming book being published by University Press of New England (May 2014). A native New Yorker, she has lived in Colorado since 1999 and currently resides in Manitou Springs. Her work is represented by Goodwin Fine Art in Denver. Visit: www.brendabiondo.com

Artist Statement:

Remnants & Revival, an ongoing series addressing the value and challenges of preserving Western lands, was inspired by my love for the Colorado countryside and interest in conservation issues. After writing about environmental topics for nine years as a freelance journalist, I decided to use photography to examine issues of land use and preservation in the American West. The diptychs in this series reference the dwindling remnants of undeveloped land throughout the West, and the restoration efforts to bring back native plants to many farmed and grazed areas in efforts to re-create ecosystems more closely resembling the original. Each diptych combines an image of a Colorado landscape that is protected in some way (i.e. through open space designation, state park, etc.) with a close-up of a wild-growing plant (either native, introduced or invasive). Each plant image is matched with a photo of an ecosystem where the plant is likely to be found growing. Drawing inspiration from the landscape traditions of mid-19th-century photographers who documented the West before the full-scale arrival of Europeans, as well as from the mid-20th-century New Topographics photographers who documented man's intrusion on the natural world, I'm approaching this series as a way to explore the nuances of "natural" versus "unnatural" landscapes and the notion of reconstruction after destruction. By focusing attention on the botanical details of these open spaces, the plant close-ups allude to transformations that have taken place during the past two centuries, subtly dispelling the illusion of landscapes undisturbed by man.

Ivywild School
1604 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO, 80905
http://www.ivywildschool.com

 

Pamela Joseph: Sideshow of the Absurd

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

October 12, 2013 - January 12, 2014

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(from the press release)

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center invites ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, people near and far to step right up and experience Pamela Joseph’s Sideshow of the Absurd, an art exhibition opening in October and marking the FAC debut of internationally renowned and Colorado-based artist Pamela Joseph.

The exhibition opens Oct. 12 and runs through Jan. 12, 2014. There is an exclusive preview for FAC Members on Oct. 11 from 5-7p, featuring a special presentation by the artist at 5:30p and live performances in the gallery by Ormao Dance Company.

As part of the community-wide creative collaboration Gods and Monsters, Pamela Joseph’s Sideshow of the Absurd is an intelligent, adventurous departure from standard museum fare. Audiences are invited to interact with the exhibits, encouraging a shift in perception as they move from the role of spectator to that of participant. On the surface, this show offers a delightful sensory experience, yet an undercurrent of provocative questions run deeply throughout each piece. Traditional gender roles are challenged, as well as a wide spectrum of societal assumptions, creating a space that is rich for dialogue.

Pamela Joseph’s Sideshow of the Absurd will open for extended hours on Friday, Oct. 25 (7p-12 midnight) during which the FAC hosts a costume party, the Gods and Monsters Bash. The Gods and Monsters Bash features live cirque-style performances, food, drink, and dancing. Advanced tickets for this special party are $5, tickets purchased at the door are $10.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.634.5583
http://www.csfineartscenter.org

 

Center Forward 2013

The Center for Fine Art Photography

October 4 - 26, 2013

  • Juror: C4FAP's Hamidah Glasgow
  • Opening Reception: Friday October 4 at 7pm
  • Featuring the Latest in Photography from International Artists
  • Also on display until November 23rd: Heidi Kirkpatrick’s Lost & Found, a 3D Photographic Installation
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Image credit: Tim 149 © Joseph D.R OLeary

(from the press release)

CENTER FORWARD is an annual exhibition that highlights top emerging photographic artists from around the globe. Discover original works from 45 artists selected by the Center’s Director and Curator, Hamidah Glasgow. “This is such an exciting time in photography; it is an era in which creative, imaginative artists have been producing work that pushes the boundaries of the familiar.“

Exhibiting artists in the Main Gallery are, Andrea Basically, Nikki Antenucci, Sheri Lynn Behr, Brenda Biondo, Stephanie Brunia, Ernie Button, Kim Campbell, Sally Carpenter, Pazu Chan, Goseong Choi, Kirk Crippens, Catherine Day, Mark Dorf, Steven Ford, Ana Galan, Randi Ganulin, Susanna Gaunt, Meg Griffiths, Carolyn Hampton, Robert Heller, Katie Kalkstein, Sandra Klein, Eliza Lamb, Heidi Lender, Amiko LI, Jennifer McClure, Kendall Messick, Diane Meyer, Blue Mitchell, Robert Moran, Heather Munoz, Yoichi Nagata, Joseph O'Leary, Kate T. Parker, Lori Pond, Nataly Rader, Stan Raucher, Michelle Rogers Pritzl, Robert Rozumalski, Deb Schwedhelm, John Singletary, S. Gayle Stevens, Sean Stewart, Suzette Troche Stapp, Alison Turner, Grace Weston and Dianne Yudelson.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Northern Colorado Invitational

Fort Collins Museum of Art

October 4 – November 22, 2013

  • Opening Reception: October 4th from 5:00-9:00pm
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From October 4 through November 22, the Fort Collins Museum of Art will present an exhibition that highlights Northern Colorado Artists. The Northern Colorado Invitational is the brainchild of longtime arts leader and philanthropist, Gary Hixon, who chose the project as part of his 2013 Masks Honorary Chairmanship. The exhibition includes works by many local and regional artists who Gary has known, admired and worked with during his many years as leading arts supporter.

For more information about this exhibition visit www.ftcma.org

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-482-2787
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
http://www.ftcma.org

 

Perspectives: The Paintings of Joellyn Duesberry

Loveland Museum/Gallery - Main Gallery

October 5, 2013 - January 12, 2014

  • Admission: $5, free for Museum members; Free Days: Wednesday, November 6; Thursday, December 12; and Friday, January 10
  • Artist Demonstration: Saturday, November 2, 1 – 3 pm; Watch a work of art come to life as artist Joellyn Duesberry exhibits her creative talent
  • Artist Gallery Talk Thursday, December 12, 5:30 pm; Learn more about Joellyn Duesberry’s motivations, goals, and connection to the natural world while viewing the artwork in an intimate setting. Reservations are not required, but space is limited
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Hogback Entry into Roxborough Park, Srping 2007

(from the press release)

Joellyn Duesberry is among the most important artists working in Colorado today and is considered to be one of the most significant landscape painters in the West. Waterways, cityscapes, quarries, junkyards, and natural landscapes are all part of Duesberry’s visual language. She suggests ephemeral aspects of these places, such as passage of time, atmosphere, and transitory human presence.

Included in this exhibition are more than 50 “high-voltage” paintings of landscapes from the American West, the northeastern United States, and Europe, covering the artist’s range and development from the 1980s through 2013.

I am fiercely committed to my materials and to an internalized subject, blissful or terrifying, in deepest emotional memory, which I projected long ago onto the setting where first emotions occurred. I have attempted to re-create these primal motifs in new places. From my first landscape painting I became a part of the landscape, with a good animal understanding of it while within it. No matter the continent or square foot upon which I set an easel, I seek an authentic, direct, and high voltage response to the land on canvas. ~ Joellyn Duesberry

Loveland Museum/Gallery
503 N. Lincoln Ave.
Loveland, CO 80537
970.962.2410

 

 

Robin Smith, Marco Pino-Yancovic & Amy Johnson

Firehouse Art Center (Longmont)

September 11 - October 6, 2013

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 13th from 6-9pm
  • Artist Discussion: Wednesday, September 11th from 6-8pm
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  Robin Smith: Echoes I - ; Marco Pino-Yancovic: Soundscape; Amy Johnson: Fade to Black

(from the press release)

Carbon is the fourth most abundant chemical element in the universe, it can be found in diamonds, graphite, plants, fossil fuels, limestone, marble, water and our atmosphere. Because of the varying forms carbon takes, our interaction with the element can vary widely. In Elemental Experiences, the viewer is confronted with carbon in three forms; charcoal drawings by Robin Smith, laser engraved wood by Marco Pino-Yancovic and fossil fueled metal sculptures by Amy Johnson. Viewing Pino-Yancovic, Smith and John sons work together evokes energetic, contemplative and sometimes uneasy thoughts. At an elemental level, the origin and idea behind the work becomes as important as the work itself. Consider the development of this artwork, from the beginning of carbon, to what you see on the walls today and allow your opinions and memories to guide your experience. Each artist has a unique message, based on the environment in which the idea was born and the materials needed. Their process and technique are combined with skill and precision to create extremely engaging works. Ultimately, it is our experiences with nature, our environment and each other that form our percep tions and opinions on how we live.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Marcospent his childhood in northern Chile. After earning an architectural degree from Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria in Chile and a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, he has worked in the design and architecture fields in Chile, New York, Cincinnati, Boulder and Denver.

Amy Johnsonis a conceptually oriented, 3D artist who finds inspiration from post-minimalism. She has a BA in Policy and Social Values, a minor in Peace and Conflict Stud ies, a diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, and next spring will receive an MFA in Metalsmithing from Colorado State University. Her interests lie in connecting her love of art making to her interest in social justice issues.

Robin Smith, born in Denver, Colorado in 1985, completed her BA in English at Colorado College (with studies in France and Ireland) on a prestigious scholarship from the Boettcher Foundation. She later returned to Ireland to study at the Burren College of Art where she graduated from the post-baccalaureate program in studio art. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Art at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Robin has been an artist in residence at the Burren College of Art, the Watershed Research Station (a division of the Science Museum of Minnesota), the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation in Maine, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, and Spiro Arts in Park City, Utah. She has also spent time as a TA with Colorado College, the Ah Haa School for the Arts, and The Laguna College of Art and Design. Her work is a part of local and national collec tions. Robin is represented by Walker Fine Art in Denver.

Firehouse Art Center
Fourth and Coffman
Longmont, CO
303.651.2787
Wed-Sun: 12-5pm
http://facebook.com/Firehouseart
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

Water!

The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins)

August 30- September 28, 2013

  • Gallery Reception: Friday September 6th from 6-9pm
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(from the press release)

Water is the essence of all life but is becoming a scarce resource. In the upcoming photography exhibition Water! at The Center for Fine Art Photography, this visually stunning entity is explored in its many forms and uses: liquid, clouds, steam, snow and ice, to calm us, inspire us, and shape our landscape. The artists displayed in Water! highlight its symbolic, coveted, transformational, and political properties. Come explore water and it’s complexity at The Center for Fine Art Photography.

The Water! exhibition was juried by the highly sought after Wally Mason, director of the Haggerty Museum of Art. Mason has curated over 90 exhibitions and is renowned both nationally and internationally. The exhibit will open to the public on First Friday, September 6th. The public and artists reception will be held the same day from 6-9 p.m. to celebrate the selected artists at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO.

Water will be on exhibit in the Center's Online Gallery at c4fap.org, and in the Main Gallery at 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado from August 30- September 28, 2013. The artists' and public reception will take place September 6, 2013; from 6 - 9p.m.

Please join the Center and artists from across the globe, for an evening of art, inspiration, and community. This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Grant and a Colorado Creates Grant. Since 2004, The Center for Fine Art Photography has been a preeminent supporter of photography. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the Center is supported globally with donations, grants, and memberships. Based in Fort Collins, CO, the Center for Fine Art Photography offers three public galleries, classes, and online exhibitions that give photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world an opportunity to engage with the Center and it’s community. For more information about the Center, including information on workshops, membership and exhibitions, please visit the website at http://c4fap.org or call 970-224-1010.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Rex Ray: Colortopia

Turner Carroll Gallery (Santa Fe, NM)

August 23 - September 29, 2013

  • Opening reception: Friday August 23, 5-7 pm; Come meet Rex Ray!
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Rex Ray, Cappa A4#1, 14 x 11," oil and pigment print on canvas with silkscreen

(from the press release)

Come one, Come all to the Turner Carroll Gallery’s Rex Ray exhibition opening August 23! There have been exciting new updates regarding the exhibition, and the show will now include a series of vibrant clown portraits in addition to his well-known geometric abstractions. To celebrate the edition, the gallery will stray from its usual opening reception by hosting a carnival themed party with popcorn, cotton candy, circus peanuts, balloons, clowns, and more! The celebration will take place on August 23 from 5-7pm, and the show will be up through September 29.

Rex Ray has always worked with layers of imagery and shapes, often using varying sizes of colorful dots and grids that decorate his collages on linen. Now, in his clown series, he is layering concrete imagery with the same shapes. Dots create a textured, almost pixilated background and tie the digitally painted portraits with the collages making a cohesive body of work that can easily be recognized as Rex Ray. Because the clowns are more human, the imagery is relatable to us all and, therefore, the striking emotions rendered in the pieces are easily accessible to the audience. The edgy and vibrantly colored clowns exaggerate the clown’s own courageousness, exuberance, happiness, and energy. These are familiar emotions that cause one to sympathize with the seemingly twisted figures, and the clowns become representative of some type of archetypical outsider to us--a caricature of ourselves, that we all find incredibly compelling when we see it exposed outside ourselves.

Drawing inspiration from his acknowledged influences—the Arts and Crafts Movement, Abstract Expressionism, organic and hard-edged abstraction, pattern and textile design, and Op Art—Ray combines these formalist concepts with decorators’ tips gleaned from lowbrow publications and sources of popular culture. Rex Ray has become one of contemporary art’s hippest members, having designed album covers for Bjork, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Beck, and Joe Satriani. His work is widely exhibited at museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Modern Art, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Turner Carroll Gallery
725 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.986.9800
http://turnercarrollgallery.com

 

James Jensen from the Wayne F. Yakes, MD Collection

Fort Collins Museum of Art

August 9 – September 22, 2013

  • Also on display: Colorado Still Life Painters 
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(from the website)

On August 9, the Fort Collins Museum of Art will open an exhibition of Fort Collins native, James Jensen. Early in his life, Jensen aspired to be a concert pianist and he studied music and composition at the University of Colorado. While pursuing his interest in music, Jensen also discovered his passion and talent for the visual arts and he became increasingly aware that this was the direction he wanted to take in life. The subject matter in Jensen's work varies from still life to large images.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-482-2787
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
http://www.ftcma.org

 

5th Annual “Gone to the Dogs” Show

Niza Knoll Gallery

August 16 - September 28, 2013

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(from the press release)

Sirius, also known as the “dog star” is the brightest star in the night sky and is part of the constellation, Canis Major or “Greater Dog”. In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather they dubbed, the “dog days”. Every year during this sizzling stretch Niza Knoll Gallery pays it’s own tribute to the dog in which she exhibits the best and the brightest artwork from the constellation of local artists who were asked to submit original works in any medium depicting the dog. The gallery invites dog lovers to escape the heat and visit this year’s show that runs August 16-September 28, 2013 at 915 Santa Fe Drive including the following special events:
  • Opening and Artists’ reception: Friday, August 16, 6-9 pm
  • First Friday: September 6, 5-8 pm With adoptable dogs from MaxFund
  • Third Friday: September 21, 5-8 pm
This years Jurors include DD LaRue and Dana Hawk. LaRue is a self-taught award winning, mixed-media artist whose work has been featured in galleries, publications and TV, most recently in a March issue of the Denver Post. Using a combination of sturdy, lightweight media, DD creates striking free-standing interior and wall sculptures which explore the complex relationships between animals, man and their environment. Sometimes whimsical and sometimes challenging, DD's eye-catching animals combine a fearless point of view with a respect for the dignity inherent in all animal species.

Dana Hawk captures the essence of all her animals—household pets and farm animals alike —with the same warmth and character. Dana’s delightful images may be fresh in the minds of visitors to Niza Knoll gallery as she was featured in a successful one women show in 2012 and has participated in the gallery’s annual dog-themed juried exhibit for three years winning “Best 2D in Show” in 2012. She currently lives in New York but will be visiting Denver to participate as a juror for this exhibit.

MaxFund is No-kill animal shelter established in May of 1988. They take in and nurture any animal with no known owner and finds homes for these animals once they have recovered. For more information visit www.maxfund.org.  

Niza Knoll Gallery
915 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.953.1789
http://www.nizaknollgallery.com

 

Pattie Lee Becker: Objects in Place

Firehouse Art Center (Longmont)

August 7 - September 8, 2013

  • Artist Insider (Members only event): Friday August 30 @ 6 PM
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(from the press release)

Objects in Place became a fresh look at creating composition and pattern. It began with on inquiry: can random arrangements of volumes and lines kick-start an investigation into what pattern, flatness, space, and objects may convey. The simple experiment revealed the process for this new series which explores seem-ingly mundane objects of doily life, often choreographed by compelling snapshots from my personal ar-chived photographs. Primary objects ore abstracted into flatness and non-materiality, leaving only shapes which may at bed trigger memories as familiar silhouettes. Surroundings with depth are flattened and then abstracted as vibrant explosions of patterned surfaces that possess their own kaleidoscopic depth.

The juxtaposition of objects portrayed as emptiness with surroundings portrayed as surfaces begins a playful visual oscillation as well as o rewriting of the relationship between the two. The series emphasizes shifts of space and materiality where the hollow stillness of monolithic negative spaces and detailed vibrant surfaces aro each vying for our attention. Translating this exploration sculpturally, these objects as negative space; have been crafted as three dimensional non-objects devoid of specificity, afloat in their patterns as space.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

The Art of Travel: Works from Around the World by Heidi Keyes

Tenn Street ART

Aug 2 - 25, 2013

  • Opening Reception: FIRST FRIDAY, August 2, 6-9 PM
  • Music Guest at Opening Reception: Soul Timey
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Tenn Street ART is excited to host painter Heidi Keyes for a solo exhibit featuring her travel paintings during the month of August. Tenn Street ART Curator Sharon Meriash has long been a fan of Ms Keyes' work and is thrilled to share this exciting artist with the Tennyson ARTwalk. She says, "Heidi's work is such a treat for the eyes and senses. Her bold expressions and fun with abstract ideas are a true art experience. They are a reflection of her enthusiasm for adventure and engage the viewer in time and place. I know you will find her and her work contagious."

More about Heidi: Heidi Keyes is a travel artist, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and currently living and working in Denver. Having previously been an international flight attendant for several years and still an avid adventurer, the primary focus of her work is semi-abstracted landscapes from around the globe, with an emphasis on playful movement, energetic texture, and intoxicatingly vivid color. Her work is included in collections around the world and has been exhibited internationally, including Colorado, Wisconsin, Oregon, Illinois, California, Norway and Scotland. She enjoys a nice glass of wine (with cheese, being from Wisconsin), climbing mountains, live music, and her cats, Pickle and Olive.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/heidikeyesart

Tenn Street Art
4418 Tennyson St
Denver, CO, 80212
303.455.0279
http://www.facebook.com/TennStreetArt

 

Leigh Anne Langwell: Photograms: Life Illuminated Photography Exhibition

The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins)

August 2 - September 28, 2013

  • Public reception: Friday August 2 from 6 - 9p.m
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“I have always envisioned the core of the body as somehow illuminate—a self contained lighting storm.” Leigh Anne Langwell

Leigh Anne Langwell’s search for meaning via the human body affords the audience a sensual experience of photography.

Upon experiencing the artist’s immense mural, Dark Field (1999), it is clear that Langwell’s photograms break and exceed traditional photographic strictures. Dark Field conjures feelings of connection with the universe simultaneous with the inner workings of the body. Through the presence of fluidity, ambiguous content and contrasts of dark and light, pure and impure, Langwell’s work elicits bodily responses of disruption, pleasure, and wonder. The five-panel piece is a vision of energy, life and death simultaneously.

“It harbors within it an excess, a rapture, a potential of associations that overflows all the determinations of its “reception” and “production.” Jean Francois Lyotard Photograms: Life Illuminated will be on exhibit in the Center's Online Gallery at c4fap.org, and in the Main Gallery at 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado from August 2- September 28, 2013. The artist’s and public reception will take place August 2, 2013; from 6 - 9p.m. Please join the Center and artists from across the globe, for an evening of art, inspiration, and community. This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Grant and a Colorado Creates Grant.

Since 2004, The Center for Fine Art Photography has been a preeminent supporter of photography. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the Center is supported globally with donations, grants, and memberships. Based in Fort Collins, CO, the Center for Fine Art Photography offers three public galleries, classes, and online exhibitions that give photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world an opportunity to engage with the Center and it’s community. For more information about the Center, including information on workshops, membership and exhibitions, please visit the website at http://c4fap.org or call 970-224-1010.  

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Lorna Simpson and Hayley Tompkins

Aspen Art Museum

July 26 - September 22, 2013

  • Thursday, July 25 at 5pm: A members-only gallery conversation with exhibiting artists Lorna Simpson and Hayley Tompkins led by AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and AAM Curator Jacob Proctor
  • Thursday, September 19 at 6pm: Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head, Contemporary Art, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, discusses the work of Lorna Simpson
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(from the press release)

Beginning with a free public reception with both artists on Thursday, July 25, 2013, the Aspen Art Museum presents 2013 Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence Lorna Simpson’s Lorna Simpson: Works on Paper, which features over 100 works—including a new series created during her tenure as the AAM’s 2013 Distinguished Artist—and the first U.S. solo museum presentation of the artwork of Glasgow-based artist Hayley Tompkins.

Aspen Art Museum
590 North Mill Street
Aspen, CO 81611
970.925.8050
http://aspenartmuseum.org

 

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