Ever since her first trip to Portugal, where she was captivated by the intricately designed pebble sidewalks and the stunning, colorful tiles wrapped around buildings in every direction, Susan Alexander has been in love with mosaic art – its agelessness, its multi-cultural significance, its movement and texture, and the endless possibilities inherent in the enduring art form. An art minor in college, she had a successful career in the non-profit sector as a resource development officer, but now has happily re-connected with her essential creative spirit. In classrooms throughout the Pacific Northwest, she shares her love of mosaic art with eager learners of all ages, and in her workshop-in-the-woods in Olympia, Washington, and through her business, SALVAGGIO!, she creates custom, one-of-a-kind mosaic pieces for homes, gardens and businesses using salvaged materials, vintage furnishings, architectural embellishments, and useful household items.
Since 1975, Dave Barry has been involved in almost every aspect of still photography, from executive portraits to advertising to packaging to trade show displays and even a little photojournalism. Starting primarily with commercial photography and audio visual presentations, he then gradually moved to digital photography and digital video production.
Barry Productions has produced corporate videos, training programs, documentaries, PSA's, and commercials for an ever growing number of local and national clients. Dave is committed to staying abreast of the newest technology and previously taught part time at Front Range Community College, and currently at Colorado Photographic Arts Center, a photo school in Denver. He is a Life Member and past Chapter President of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), on the Board of Directors of the HCA Alliance, on the Committee For Public Art in the City of Lakewood, an Apple Certified Expert in Color, a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Monochrome Salon, and is a graduate of the D-65 Workshop .
Tricia Bass paints with a painterly, expressive style with a touch of Russian influence. She resides in Golden, Colorado and enjoys painting throughout the Rocky Mountain West. In addition to working in Colorado, she spends a fair amount of time painting in Utah and Montana. Bass has won a number of significant awards and honors including 1st Place Associate Plein Air Artist Of Colorado 2011 National Exhibition, 3rd Place at the 2009 Wyoming Plein Air, 2nd Place at the Plein Air Along The Yellowstone 2013 in Livingston, Montana and has twice been a selected participant at the highly pretigeous American Impressionist Society National Exhibitions (2011 & 2013). Most recently she has had a painting selected for "Paint The Parks", a national touring exhibition through Coutts Museum in Kansas.
Tricia enjoys painting still life and the landscape but is in her element painting "en plein air" (French for "in open air"). As a colorist Bass prides herself in finding that correct color and does not shy away from even the most brilliant choice. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the University of Florida with a minor in Art History and has studied extensively with Don Sahli, a Russian School painter from Evergreen, Colorado. She feels it's important to continue to study, learn and develop our skills at any level of expertise. "The best part of my day is when I'm standing behind that paintbrush or cruising through an art book, always continuing to learn and grow as a painter", the artist states. Tricia's work is influenced by American painter Edgar Payne, as well as Russian's Sergei Bongart and Fedor Zakharov. She enjoys teaching and sharing her experience as a painter and also enjoys the occasional speaking engagement in the hope to educate and grow another patron of the arts, for any artist. For more information about events, workshops, and galleries visit....
Cynthia Beth Rubin
Cynthia Beth Rubin (b. Rochester NY) is a new media artist based in New Haven, CT USA, with a studio practice extending from New York City to Narragansett, Rhode Island, and beyond. Rubin began experimenting with digital media in the early 1980's. The transition from painting to the electronic arts prompted shifts in both subject and formats of presentation of her imagery.
Rubin's work has been recognized internationally through exhibitions and film festivals, including the Jewish Museum in Prague, the Siberia State Art Museum, the Kyrgyzstan State Museum, and in cities such as Paris, New York, Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere around the world. Rubin's awards include the Connecticut Artist Fellowships, the New England Foundation on the Arts, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and other awards, and artist residencies in France, Israel, Canada, and Scotland.
Her video les affinités recouvrées (Recovered Affinities) was shown opening night of both the Boston and San Francisco Jewish Film Festivals, as well as being included in the Florida Film Festival, Festival Art Vidéo (Casa Blanca), Pandaemonium Festival (London), and festivals in Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Athens, and Singapore among others.
Rubin's current projects include collaborations with Oceanographers in the Menden-Deuer lab at the University of Rhode Island. Her Plankton Portraits
have been shown in a range of venues including the electronic billboard at the Cotton Club in New York City and a presentation at ISEA in Dubai.
She holds degrees from Antioch College and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Painting. She serves as Chair of the Digital Arts Committee of ACM SIGGRAPH, and is serves in advisory roles formultiple arts organizations including ISEA, the Jewish Art Salon, Art Kibbutz, and Knowledge Capital in Japan.
Evelyn Billberg brings over 40 years of teaching experience to her Denver area teaching Studio. She has a masters degree in music, composition and theory from Northern Arizona University and is a member of music teachers national association and active in two local affiliate groups. Evelyn is an assistant to Dr. Arthur Hule with the yearly festival for creative pianists at Colorado Mesa University.
Being immersed in the arts early on, Stephanie, began performing on stage at the tender age of 5. Throughout her education she has created and drawn numerous and award-winning art works. While delving into various mediums she graduated from Denver's magnet school, Denver School of the Arts, as a Theatre Major. Following she received a BA in Theatre and a Minor in Photography from the University of Colorado at Denver. Since college she has grown her own professional arts business, practicing the art of henna, worked several successful years as a photographer for Life Touch and currently continues to pursue portrait photography, as well as teaches painting and kid's art classes.
I would rather be creating than anything else. Whether it be a memory or an object, I create with my whole heart. Art is my tool; it is the one way I know I can make an impact on the world. The art of a party, the art of encouraging a child to smile, the art of creating beautiful objects big and small, they are all important to me.
I am always seeking out new ways to explore my creativity and re-invent the traditional. Traveling and being exposed to a diverse number of cultures has given me the inspiration for much of what I do. Wherever I travel I collect objects and materials for my art: tangible and un-tangible things. Everything I do has a story.
Betsy Buckner-Kadane is a wife, mother and artist, but not always in that order.
She has been a resident of Evergreen for 15 years and a full-time artist for 8.
Betsy has studied
abroad in Italy;
at the University of Colorado Denver;
with the Arts Student League of Denver; at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM;
at Anderson Ranch, Aspen, CO;
at Taos School of the Arts, Taos, NM;
Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO;
and more recently at the Andreeva Portrait Academy, Santa Fe, NM.
Each of her paintings strives to capture her emotions of the moment.
Simplistic, yet vibrant, hurried but planned, musical, expressive strokes are all characteristics of her style.
Nationally recognized artist, W, Jayne Colburn (formerly Stanley) began working with natural fibers in 1985 to carry on the tradition of her grandmothers who coiled baskets for generations. She holds two degrees from Indiana University where she studied Environmental sciences, communications and anthropology. Her work has been exhibited in distinctive shows, museums, books and galleries across the nation for over three decades, and she has been a keynote speaker for many basket making conventions.
She has also worked in radio and television as an integrated media rep and voice talent in Denver. She loves teaching and placing natural fibers in the hands of aspiring artists to help unlock their creative potential and gain appreciation for indigenous art, cultures and the natural world. She gently works around each students pace, one -on-one, and remains available beyond the workshop to help any any questions or provide additional assistance. A proud resident of Evergreen since 1999. Learn more about Jayne at: http://gourdsket.com/
Jo Ann Colton
Jo Ann M. Colton is a local freelance newspaper/periodical/business writer for Canyon Courier, Mountain Connection, JeffCo Living Magazine, and others. She has over 35 years of writing experience. She is also a marketer for small businesses and writers. The author of two fiction and four nonfiction books is a frequent facilitator of business and writing related seminars/workshops. Colton is the founder of Foothills & Vicinity Writers Group (Evergreen), which is recognized by the National Writers Association. She has earned a BS in Business Management and has extensive business and marketing experience as a business owner as well as a manager in the private and public sectors.
Richard has spent more than 40 years "trying to make paint behave." His art has been seen and enjoyed by millions around the world. Richard has taught innumerable classes and workshops worldwide. He has had a long association with Kendall College of Art and Design where as a Member of the Board of Trustees, one of his responsibilities was to insure that students were receiving the highest quality and most current education as artists and painters. He frequently taught Master Classes there. Richard is also a life long student and still studies with some of the Nation's top artists, such as Clayton Beck out of the Palette and Chisel in Chicago.
A native of Chicago, Richard graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a "lifelong visual eavesdropper," he creates pieces that seem to have a narrative and a broad appeal.
After searching the world for the perfect place to move his studio, he decided that Evergreen, Colorado was that magical spot. His studio is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and is surrounded by hundreds of miles of park land. The large north light windows have a view that never gets old.
Richard also is the owner of Cooper Gallery, located on Main Street of historic Evergreen. It is a cozy place where people are tempted to sit and linger, much like an old pub. The artwork is never intimidating.
He is a long-term member of the Kendall College of Art and Design Board of Trustees and Mensa, the International High IQ Society. He is also a passionate world traveller and has read over 4,000 books in his lifetime. Richard loves to camp in his 1948 Airstream, which often becomes his rolling studio.
Richard says,"After all these years, I'm still uncorking thousands of ideas that are just waiting to be decanted into a painting. What could be better than following your own bliss?"
For more information on Richard Cooper please visit his artist website, richardcoopergallery.com.
Jackie Crivello is an internationally published outdoor/nature photographer
whose photography combines extreme action with striking detail. Her work
brings life to images that draw the viewer into the world of the still untamed
Wild West. Although she travels extensively throughout the US and around the
world on a relentless quest to capture the perfect image, living in Evergreen,
Colorado provides her with an opportunity to reside among the scenery and
wildlife she loves to photograph. Jackie's unique and intense work features
action at its finest and showcases her extraordinary ability to catch wildlife in
the moment at the height of their expression.
Jackie's work has been highly awarded and includes National Geographic's
honor as one of their photo's of the year 2011, Sigma's Best Of Photography
2013, also and not limited to, The International Nature Photography award by
Audobon of greater Denver. Her work has been featured on the landing page for
Bing.com, Digital Pro Magazine, Kingston.com, Finalist Cowboys and Indians
Magazine, Colorado Outdoor Photography magazine, book covers, and
greeting cards, also Montana State Park's visitor center. Her work is sold in fine
art galleries in multiple states. Is published by a major European green greeting
card line. Her personal clients include corporate executives, Beverly Hills
physicians, oil companies and professional athletes. See her work in Frisco, CO
at Buffalo Gallery, in Georgetown, CO at Grizzly Creek Gallery, at Creations
Gallery in Louisville, CO, at Link Gallery in Cheyenne, WY. Or see Jackie on the
Bronco NFL sidelines with Sports Illustrated's Peter Read Miller.
Sally Davidson-Marovich brings a wealth of experience to her classes. Sally is a licensed art educator and working artist. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of art.Sally revels in encouraging her students to take risks and find their voice. She guides their journey as they gain confidence and excitement about their art. Sally's work is collected across the country. See her work at Colorado Mountain Art Gallery in Georgetown and on the web at www.sallydavidsonarts.com
Herb inherited his carving tools and bit of talent from his father, who was a master carver from Austria. He inherited additional woodworking tools from his father-in-law in 2001 and he then started carving – the first love affair.
The second love affair started in 2005 when he bought a lathe and turned a variety of bowls, vases, and lidded boxes.
His advice? "I'm living proof of finding a passion and some talent in the arts. Take some classes and find if you've got some hidden within you."
As much as possible he tries to salvage wood that has been cut and is going to the dump. If you get him a chunk of wood, there will be a free bowl in it for you.
Pem Dunn has lived and painted in Colorado since 1984 and maintains residences in Evergreen and Tabernash. His paintings are a clear reflection of his love of the out-of-doors. Hiking the backcountry trails of the Rocky Mountains provides much of his inspiration. Viewing Pem's work, one sees many familiar vistas of these areas in his oils. Pem is inspired by the constant changes in light and weather. This inspiration is evident in the light and subtle nuances of color that bring a great deal of richness to his work. Pem has studied with some of this country's finest artists including Joseph Dawley, Natalie Becker, Karen Vance and Scott Christensen.
Allie Seracuse and Kayla Wewer are both alumna of CAE's Summer Camps.
Carolyn Evans Campbell
Carolyn Evans Campbell has taught poetry, memoir and creative writing in Evergreen and the region for twenty-five years. Her six books of poetry, the historical novel Fireweed, A Woman's Saga in Gold Rush America, and a play with music, have won wide recognition, including The Colorado Book Award, the Willa Literary Awards for historical fiction, and six first place awards from the Colorado Author's League.
Pixie Glore is an award wining artist--particularly in watercolor. She has a BFA in fine art and was a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society before moving to Spain, where she lived for thirteen years. In Spain she taught art, ran life drawing and put on numerous exhibitions including starting their first "American Style" art festival in Marbella Spain, which included participants from twenty six different countries. She is a certified Colorado teacher and has taught for many years in both public schools and privately. Her classes are fun and lively and she encourages individual uniqueness while learning classical art skills. Her students tend to become good friends and study with her for many years. Two have gone on to further study in the UK at prestigious art schools. Others are now professional artists exhibiting and showing in Spain.
She is a current member of Plein Air Artist of Colorado, Art Students League, The American Impressionist Society, Evergreen Artist Association (VP) and Center For The Arts Evergreen.
You can see her work at www.pixieglore.com
Judy loves to combine her love of nature with her skills in art. In the past 12 years she has taught various populations as a Mt Evans Park Ranger, summer camp teacher, Rock Climbing Guide, Wilderness Education Director, Montessori Teacher and of course, at the Evergreen Center for the Arts Ceramics Instructor. Her organic sense to use an artistic lens to see the natural world combines her passions in art and science while building Anagama wood kilns, pit firing and creating Raku sculptures. As a mother, Judy lives everyday through Rachel Carson's Sense of Wonder while watching "dee dees" and colorful sunrises with her 4-year-old son and new baby girl. A recent Master's degree in Environmental Education accentuates the years she spent studying ceramics to now enrich those Mudslinging activities!
Cathy Jones has a love affair with art as well as teaching. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in the Teaching of French and a minor in French Art History from the University of Illinois. She has a strong art background from her studies of French Impressionism on a semester abroad in France and from ongoing professional artists' workshops. She also has a strong teaching background in art obtained from teaching classes to children and adults at the Center for the Arts Evergreen for the last five years. She has been a professional practicing artist for the past eleven years with a dedicated artist studio in her home in Evergreen. Her artwork is represented exclusively at The Evergreen Gallery in downtown Evergreen.
Yvonne has an undergrad degree from UofM (Michigan) – ABEd major in philosophy and
teaching (art) major with a minor in history. She worked on her MFA from Eastern Michigan
in metalwork. Her graduate studies included raising a chalace for a priest from a flat sheet
of brass, lined in silver and handle in rosewood. She has been a designer, teacher, publisher,
photographer, jeweler, interior decorator, faux painter and still finds metalwork the most rewarding of all arts. Metal clay is the most amazing and versatile product ever. The ability to combine metals, glass, polymer
clay, precious and semi-precious stones with it make it limitless in scope and design capability.
Yvonne lives with her husband, Michael, in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Artist, Art Teacher, and Yoga Instructor.
Leon Loughridge, a Colorado native, is recognized for both his watercolors and woodblocks of Colorado landscapes by collectors, national galleries and museums. His watercolors done on site while hiking are used as inspiration when developing compositions for his woodblocks prints and larger oil paintings.
Whether interpreting lush landscapes, dynamic cityscapes, the human form, or pure abstracts, Bruce Marion's lyrical coloration and dramatic use of light and shadow lend his forms a distinctive glowing quality, as though they're illuminated from the soul. Combined with his dynamic knife work, light and texture come together to ignite his works with an energy all their own.
His works on canvas express feelings and sensations, more than actual people and places. "I don't so much seek to portray a specific locale, as to capture a sensory memory of it- as though a camera could somehow photograph a space as seen through your emotions, rather than through your eyes." It's an idyllic, dreamy world, that feels softly familiar. Marion explains, "I constantly hear people saying to each other, 'Oh, doesn't that remind you of when...' as they view my work. And it's a different recollection for everybody, but always a happy one! Really, it's one of the most gratifying parts of being an artist."
Marion received his BFA from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he studied with world-renowned artist Pat Nagel, and Lorser Feitelson, the father of Post-Surrealism. He has taught at the Otis Parsons Institute of Art in Los Angeles, as well as privately, and has received several grants to implement month-long art programs for Arizona elementary school students. Marion recently completed a major public commission for the new social sciences and humanities building at Sam Houston State University in Texas. He is a 2013 nominee for the Governors Arts Award for the state of Arizona.
Sunny Monaco received her BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which included an exchange program in Ceramics at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a MA from University of Colorado at Denver. Currently she is a studio artist in Boulder, Colorado and a part-time Art teacher. Sunny's work has been shown at the BMOCA gallery in Boulder, Roshanda Art gallery in Niwot, Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, NS Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Art in Halifax, NS, Sibelle Wolle Art Gallery at the University of Colorado, and Abanakee Art Studios in Indian Lake, NY. She is currently a member of the Foothills Art Center in Golden, CO and the Evergreen Center for the Arts. Her collaborative artwork, Stella Riga Designs, can be found in shops and galleries in Denver, Evergreen, Boulder, Buena Vista, Winter Park, Golden, Tabernash, Fraser, Glen Haven, Fort Collins, Aspen and Indian Lake, NY.
Jan Myers, a painter for over 40 years, travels throughout the Southwest and other regions photographing and sketching for several weeks at a time. "I'm not really an outdoor painter. Nature can be exciting – like a glorious sunset – but usually enhancement is needed. If I emphasize color and contrast, there's an excitement the viewer feels. If I'm going for a more tranquil, healing, spiritual sort of landscape, the color choices are much different. It's amazing how much I always need to simplify a scene, leaving a lot out, in order to convey a focused, powerful message; even if it is a peaceful message." Jan holds a BFA from the University of Colorado and has been a signature member of the Pastel Society of America since 1993.
Helene North is a native of France and has taught French language for many years in Denver and in Evergreen to both adults and children. She is also a fiber enthusiast.
Stephanie is currently the Director of Education and Festivals at Center for the Arts Evergreen, and the Manager of the Colorado Mountain Art Gallery. She exhibits her fine art photography in several galleries, and owns a wedding and portrait business.
Dan Oakleaf has lived in Colorado his whole life, and explores the back country whenever he can. Dan studied at the Art Students League of Denver, and with Molly Davis, Kevin Weckbach, Quang Ho, John Lencicki and Tony Ortega. Now Dan is painting full-time, and still paints with Kevin a couple times a month. Dan sometimes paints in the field, sometimes in his studio, or even in the back room zoology department at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Although Dan believes the most important parts of a painting are the visual properties and technical aspects of a work, nature still provides the inspiration.
Growing up at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, landscape painter Stacey Peterson developed a love of the outdoors that influences her artwork today. An avid hiker and mountain biker, Peterson draws upon her time outdoors to provide the inspiration for her paintings. She often works on location, and uses her plein air studies as reference for studio works that depict locations in the wilderness areas of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. Stacey is an award-winning painter, most recently honored with awards in the 2013 OPA Western Regional, 2012 Salon International, and the 2012 Plein Air for the Park show. She was featured as one of Southwest Art Magazine's "21 Under 31" in 2006, and has also had her work published in American Artist and Western Art Collector Magazine. She lives in Evergreen with her husband and two children.
I have been an avid sewer and quilter for a very long time. I have lead technique workshops for my quilt guild and have organized a group at a Senior Center to make quilts for charity. I have entered some of my quilts in local county fairs and quilt shows,winning a few ribbons along the way. Making quilts brings me a lot of satisfaction.
I have worked in pastels, oils, watercolor, acrylics, and
gouache. In addition, I have produced smaller limited edition archival prints and greeting
cards of my work. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art the Academy of Art in San
Francisco. A associate Degree in Graphic Illustrating at Indiana Tech and a Tool Design
Drafting at Purdue. I am a member of the Evergreen Artists Association, the Center for the
Arts Evergreen and Open Door Studios. This year (2014) am entered into several festivals in
the Evergreen Area.
LARRY PORTER is a concert and jazz pianist who has performed internationally. As a music educator he has taught at Texas Christian University, the University of Northern Arizona, Antioch College (Ohio), & Santa Fe Community College. He is President and Founder of International Piano Institute of Santa Fe.
Mr. Porter holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Northern Arizona University, and has Doctoral Studies at Arizona State University and the University of North Texas.
He has served as assistant technician at the University of North Texas, Concert Technician for Antioch University, Primary Contractor for Baldwin Factory Piano Outlet Stores in Cincinnati and
Indianapolis, Steinway Technician
for Graves Piano in Columbus and
Steinway Department Manager for
Hauer Music in Dayton. Porter has
contracted as piano technician for major
dealers and manufacturers such as
Fazioli, Bosendorfer, Baldwin, Steinway,
Hamburg Steinway, Petrof, Mason and
Hamlin, Seiler, Shimmel and Yamaha.
I have had the pleasure of being a professional floral designer for more than thirty years. My degree is in Horticulture, and I studied floral design in Amsterdam. I have owned my own retail flower shop and wholesale dried flower design business. Now able to take a step back from my career, I enjoy teaching floral design. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to share something I love with my students. Flowers have been a wonderful livelihood allowing me to express myself artistically while enjoying the experience of owning a small business.
Stephen Quiller is an internationally known painter who works primarily in water media, monotypes, and intaglio printmaking. He is best known for his innovative approach to water media painting: watercolor, gouache, acrylic, casein and their combinations, and for his use of color.
Don's journey to become a professional artist began at an early age. During high school, he was honored as a gold key finalist at the National Scholastic Art Competition for an unprecedented four consecutive years. At age sixteen he was exhibiting and selling his work at galleries in Taos, New Mexico and in Texas. As a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, he made the Dean's list and his work was selected for the student faculty show.
In 1982 he met Sergei Bongart, the famous Russian colorist. "I attended a painting demonstration by Sergei Bongart at his summer workshop in Rexburg, Idaho. There I saw Bongart use color, paint and confident brush strokes like I had never seen before. At that moment I knew I wanted to be a painter in this colorful tradition of the Russian School. My life was changed forever in an instant."
At Bongart's invitation, Don moved to Los Angeles, CA and became Bongart's last scholarship student and apprentice. Sahli was also a pupil of Sunny Apinchapong Yang, Bongart's long time teaching assistant. Don studied with Bongart for three years, until his passing in 1985.
In 1995 Don Sahli opened the Sahli School of Art in Evergreen, Colorado where he continues the tradition of color and temperature in the lineage of the Russian masters. "My teacher Sergei Bongart taught, his teacher Peter Kotov was taught by Nicolai Fechin and Fechin was a pupil of the fountainhead of all modern Russian painting Ilya Repin." Sahli keeps this tradition alive in giving back to the student as this is a critical aspect of the artistic learning processes.
"I am a better painter because I teach and I learn from my students. The Russian tradition of painting continues. Bongart's heavy steps are still heard in my classes and studios".
Presently, Don's work is represented by galleries across the country and in private collections nationally and internationally. Now at 52, Don has been a professional painter earning a living as an artist for over 35 years, he has a firm pedigree and is prolific, producing large studio pieces, numerous plein air works including public and corporate commissions.
Known for his use of paint; his brush stroke is exciting and carries a positive emotion to the viewer. His work is diverse carrying many labels, plein air, impressionist, colorist, realist, luminous, modern, and contemporary.
As my painting style continues to evolve my goal with each piece is not a literal rendering of the scene. Instead it is to capture and convey its essence.
In terms of composition, I look for simplicity. I've found that there are many opportunities to simplify a scene without compromising its sense of 'place'. Therefore I'll seek out the big abstract shapes in the landscape and use them for the underlying design concept. And because I've departed from a literal interpretation, I'm free to rearrange elements to fit this concept. In this way I am able to describe the scene in my own "words".
Finally, capturing the essence of a landscape involves a realistic rendering of color, light and atmosphere. This requires direct observation and is why most of my paintings begin in the field with a plein air study. But studying the physical aspects of nature isn't the only reason I paint outdoors; for me, the sensory experience of being there is equally important. There's no better way to get to know a place on earth than to sit for a couple of hours and contemplate it while painting. This intense observation brings a spiritual intimacy with the scene that can't be achieved in mere passing and allows me to "speak" with complete sincerity in each painting.
Michelle Silverstein is an artist of all trades residing in Denver, CO. She recently graduated with a bachelors in Art Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Although she appreciates all forms of art her passion surrounds ceramics and their functional forms. She is intrigued with process based art and the connection it provides that is lost through the hectic nature of everyday life. "The process of art helps me to slow down and appreciate the origins of things that most people take for granted, it provides a connection to life that otherwise I think would be lost."
Ann Simpson is a life-long art teacher. She is currently the art teacher at Evergreen Middle School.
Maggie Smiley is a long time resident of the Evergreen community. She taught art in the public schools prior to opening her own art studio, Artonomy. Artonomy hosts art workshops for kids and adults, through themed camps and one-day art experiences. Maggie enjoys making art through painting, collage and pottery.
Artist, J. B. Sullivan's critters and creatures cause young and old alike to peer closely at his work. Hundreds of pencil strokes go into each piece, resulting in a realistic, representational style of immense detail. A raconteur, Sullivan's art conveys an unforgettable story.
A rare Colorado native, Sullivan's art reflects his western heritage and love of the outdoors. Wildlife and animals of all kinds are his favorite subjects. Each animal must be anatomically correct and true to its species. Snouts, hooves, and fur are carefully studied by Sullivan. He possesses a well developed eye for the unique composition, proper lighting, and special moments in time.
Graphite, Sullivan's specialty, starts with a rough sketch. A detailed drawing emerges from literally hundreds of hours of close pencil work. Tonal variances are created by skillful use of the correct lead and contrasting white space.
Yona Verwer is a Dutch-born artist working in New York. Her art explores identity, urban culture, tikkun olam, and kabbala. Verwer holds a master's degree in fine art from the Royal Academy of Art in The Netherlands.
Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Huffington Post, the NY Daily News, the NY Jewish Week and the Jewish Press, amongst others.
Verwer has shown and curated in numerous galleries and museums including the Yeshiva University Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Anne Frank Center USA, Center for Jewish History, the Mizel Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum of African-American Art, Canton Museum of Art, and the Holocaust Memorial Center.
Verwer received critical acclaim for her "Urim & Tumim" paintings, as well as her "Tightrope" eruv installation at New York's Yeshiva University Museum. Her "Kabbala of Bling" series comments on the appropriation of Kabbala by pop icons. Her "City Charms" and "Temple Talismans" amulet printsinvoke protection from acts of destruction on buildings, particularly terror-watch-list targets.
Her mural work includes a large-scale "7 Days" installation at the SAR High School in Riverdale.
Verwer is the director / co-founder of the Jewish Art Salon, and has lectured at The Jewish Museum, 14 St Y, the JCC Manhattan, the Isabelle Freedman Jewish Retreat Center,& many other venues.
She serves on the advisory boards of Art Kibbutz - the International Jewish Artist Residency, Zeek - A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Jewish Art Now, Art Sprinter, and the Jewish Design Collective.
Tom Ware is a longtime resident of Evergreen, Colorado where he has his studio on the shores of Evergreen Lake with ongoing life drawing and sculpture classes. His shows include the Own Your Own Show and the Denver Metropolitan in the Denver Art Museum, 15 years in Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, and a one-man show in the new Lake wood Cultural Center. He is a four-time prize winner in the North American Sculpture Exhibition.
Melanie Warsinske Nuchols received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University in 1976, with an emphasis in experimental painting and a minor in ceramics. She began her experimentation with texture by forming slabs of clay into sculptural pieces and using mixed media such as metal and wood in her paintings, a method which she continues to use today. Growing up with a love of the outdoors, Melanie's appreciation of nature began early with regular visits to her family-owned cabin in Montana. Along with traveling extensively for most of her life, Melanie appreciates the diversity of cultures and magnificent landscapes, both of which have influenced her art on many levels. Presently, Melanie finds herself focused as a fine artist working predominantly with oils and mixed media in the style of Contemporary Abstract. Most recently she was selected to exhibit in the International "Peace" Exhibition at the Nagasaki Art Museum in Nagasaki, Japan.
In 2013, Lyle K. West achieved his MFA in painting & drawing from New Mexico State University, where he taught multiple levels of drawing for three years.
Although Lyle's primary focus is with traditional drawing media, such as ink & pastel, he is also adept in watercolor, acrylic, and 3-D media, such as metals.
"My teaching style, and artwork alike, follow philosophies of positive reinforcement and building on strengths, while encouraging experimentation and personal expression. For the past year I have focused on mixed media collage & low-relief sculpture. However, exciting and recent changes have prompted me to begin exploring installation & performance. I hope to eventually complement my new pursuits with a doctorate in interdisciplinary arts in 2015."
Melinda Wilson was active in community theatre growing up on Center/Stage with the Evergreen Chorale and the Evergreen Player's. While attending Evergreen High School Melinda performed in theatre productions under director Neil Fox. She went on to pursue a professional acting career in L.A. where she continued training in acting, voice, and dance and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre. She received many acting awards while performing on professional stages and earned her Actors Equity Association union card. Upon Melinda's return to Colorado she continued performing. She has performed in shows on nearly every theatrical stage in Denver including The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex, Arvada Center, Denver Civic, Country Dinner Theatre, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center and Aurora Fox, to name a few.Melinda brings back to Evergreen an extensive background in the performing arts and is enjoying passing on her expertise to others, both experienced and non, who share her same passion.
Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer
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Most of Ed's work has been painted in the Rocky Mountains and southern Maine. It depicts the far reaches of working farms and ranches, places where human labor communes with the land and its creatures. Over the years Ed has painted with a variety of realist masters, including T. Allen Lawson, Scott Christensen and Mark Daly. His paintings have been featured in various galleries throughout the country including Greenhouse Gallery (San Antonio, Tx), Salmagundi Club (NYC), and Maynard Dixon Country (Mt. Carmel, UT).
Says Ed, "The allure of a good painting awakens the spirit to a deeper contemplation of the natural world. It renders profound truths and returns us to that "great good place" we go for succor and strength. It never fails to remind me why we're here... and why I paint"