A Book Maker, 2 Potters and a Painter
The Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss will be featuring four exceptional artists during the month of December. In the Peach Gallery award winning artist Suki Elisha Strong will be displaying her pastels, and potters Gini McNair and David Strong will be showing a wide range of pottery pieces. Also joining this line-up is Maxine Bucholtz who will be showing her unique and unusual hand bound journals. The opening night festivities and reception will take place on Friday, December 13th from 6 to 8 pm. Join us for refreshments, local wines, micro-brews, great art and good company. The show will be on display through January 6th.
Master Potter David Strong of Cedaredge is a “potter’s potter”. His work reflects the power of the potter’s wheel. Several of his pieces are 22 inches in diameter and many are over three feet tall. The work is beautifully glazed in earth tones with flecks and speckles of complementing colors. David has been a potter for over 40 years. He studied at Anderson Ranch in the 1970’s where he was the “Artist in Residence” and taught classes in ceramics. He also worked at the Sun Valley School for the Arts, in Sun Valley, Idaho as the Community School Director. In 1980 he and his wife Suki moved to Cedar Mesa near Cedaredge, CO, and built their studio: Brymstone Pottery. His work has sold throughout the region as well as nationally, and has been included in shows at the Foothills Art Center, Anderson Ranch Gallery and the Art Center in Grand Junction among others.
David was instrumental in the development of the Creamery Arts Center, where he manages the clay studio, teaches classes to all ages, and is an exhibiting artist. He has taught many workshops and classes around the region and for the Delta County Vision Program. David has produced many solo shows and won awards in local exhibitions. His huge platters, massive bowls, functional dinnerware, teapots and cooking vessels would be a grand addition in any household.
Gini McNair graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, focusing primarily on ceramics. She has taken workshops with Warren MacKenzie, David Shaner, Ken Ferguson, Dan Reeves, Jim and Nan McKinnel, and most recently from Donna Rozman. She founded the Magnolia Pottery Studio and Gallery in Nederland, CO in 1976 and displayed her work there until 1983 when she moved to Hotchkiss with her husband Bob to build a home and studio. She has been a potter for over forty years, focusing primarily on functional stoneware pieces. “Mugs, plates, bowls, the pieces that we touch and use on a daily basis, these are the ones that interest me. I pay close attention to rims, handles and balance when I make my pottery. My goal is to make pieces that will make people smile each time they use them”
In 2004 McNair’s pottery career took a slight detour when she co-founded Fat Cat Pottery: a “Paint Your Own” pottery shop in Delta. “It was very fulfilling to have a business that brings so much fun into people’s lives, and to help people who don’t think they are artistic create something truly beautiful!” says McNair. She sold the business (which is still in operation) in 2012 to pursue her own pottery work again. She is an exhibiting artist at the Creamery Arts Center and took over the position of Marketing Director there in the Spring of 2013. Recently Gini has branched out into other fired arts and has been creating fused glass jewelry, and slumped wine bottles. “I love turning a bottle that would have ended up in the landfill into a useful, repurposed bowl or plate.”
Pastel artist, Suki Elisha Strong studied as an apprentice at Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho, and most recently with local artist Sara Oakley. She has worked and exhibited in photography, pen and ink, clay, and graphics. Suki has been a full time studio potter for thirty-five years and continues to create high fire slab ware and whimsical porcelain pieces, which she has shown throughout the western states. “Recently, I have turned to pastel painting and may have found my true medium. I have been blessed to receive many awards.” says Strong. Some of her recent awards are: 2011~ Honorable Mention at the Pastel Society Member’s Show, 2012~ 1st Place Special Category at the Palisade Art Lovers Show, 2012~ Honorable Mention at the Ouray Artists Alpine Holiday, 2013~ Best Professional Artist at the Palisade Art Lovers Show, 2013~ Juried into the International Pastel Society Member’s Show. She also was selected to create six colorful posters for the 2012-2013 Classical Series Concerts sponsored by the Blue Sage Center for the Art.
Suki was also very involved in the development of the Creamery Arts Center and is an exhibiting artist there as well as the current instructor for the After School Art Program. She also manages the displays in the Creamery’s Youth Gallery and teaches the Summer Art Camp Classes. In addition to the Creamery, she is also currently showing her work in Delta at Doghouse Espresso, and in Cedaredge at Munson’s Main St. Gallery.
Maxine Bucholtz started her life in the arts after a 28 year career with Abbott Laboratories, Illinois. She moved to Grand Junction in 1998 and became involved in The Art Center. “Max” tries to take a couple of art related workshops yearly and loves to learn.
She won Best of Show in the Rocky Mountain Collage Society Show for her personal collage book, 2~First Places at the Fall Art Festival in Glenwood Springs, Best of Show and First Place at the Mesa County Fair, and First Place at the Cedar’s Edge Art Show for collage. She has taken classes with Daniel Essig, Thomas Ashman, Gayle Gerson and others. Today she teaches privately, at the Art Center and Grand Valley Books, both in Grand Junction. Her books are cherished in homes around the world, from Paris, France to Paonia, CO. She is member of ArtSpace Colorado and Rocky Mountain Collage Society. Her journals are created using repurposed leather. She is also enjoys creating books and journals with more of an artistic flair. The pages of each journal/book are of quality paper (Rives BFK or Arches Text Wove), and hand torn for a more vintage look. The books are all handmade and hand stitched using Coptic and Ethiopian stitches used by monks to sew Bibles together in the very early (4th) centuries. She also uses longstitch and the pamphlet stitch, sews on beads one at a time, and creates paste papers and other unique and artistic embellishments. Her work can also be found at Grand Valley Books, 350 Main St., Grand Junction.
Also in December, artist Hendrika Cegielski is currently featured in our upstairs Churro Gallery. She works in oils and also makes carved gourds, hand built ceramics, lamps and beautiful hand stitched leather pillows
“Found Objects: Old & Discarded”
Oil Paintings by Jean Marie Stortz
The Creamery arts Center proudly announces the opening reception for Creamery artist-member Jean M. Stortz. The show titled: “Found Objects: Old & Discarded” will feature oil paintings which focus on found objects. Objects old and discarded can be an artifact, a tool, or the remains, portions or bits of something left behind. A new resident of Delta, Colorado; Jean M. Stortz, is discovering new beauty in her environment: bones – lovely, organic shapes.
The opening reception will take place on Friday, November 8th, from 6 to 8pm in the Peach Gallery. The paintings will be displayed through December 9th.
The oil paintings in this show range between found bones from the Delta County landscape, a turtle shell and a nest from an old willow tree. From her Minnesota farm, the rusted spear and metal tackle box owned by Jean’s father, Raymond, give the paintings a personal touch. There is an essence of a life imagined in that old discarded object, portrayed in her paintings. Jean’s father would be in his mid 90’s today. As a young boy, Ray toted that heavy artifact and speared, Redhorse Suckers, near his farm in Minnesota. He carried the green, metal tackle box, with its lures, weights and hooks, to the small lake on the farm where he was born.
There is a fusion of place and object, as Jean recalls the origins of the objects in her paintings. As she became interested in the topic of bones, it spurred conversations with others and people she met loaned their found bones, skulls and stories, for the project.
Jean found her first skull in Colorado, in Eckert, as she and her husband Steve were scouting for Sand Hill Cranes this past year. That first skull started her quest to look for more bones. As her husband fly fishes rivers in Delta County, Jean arrives with her camera ~ for that perfect photo of a landscape or object, a hat, protection from the sun, and a bag to hold a bone, piece of wood, trash or stone.
Among the 22 oil paintings some appear to be abstract and others have a still life quality. Also included are collected items that inspired the series. This is the second special showing of Jean’s oil paintings. Her show in June of 2013 featured views of our surrounding landscapes with emphasis on the unique “dobies” land formations which fascinated her.
Please join us in celebrating this local artist and her unique talents. Refreshments, local wines and micro brews will be served. The Creamery Arts Center at 165 W. Bridge St. is open 11 to 6 Monday through Saturday. Call us for more information at 970-872-4848 or visit us on Facebook.
Also in November
Fiber artist Connie Willett will be featured on the “Wall” during the month of November. Connie uses vintage clothing and images for her fun and quirky pieces. She also has photographs and a variety of note cards on display
Artist Hendrika Cegielski is currently featured in our upstairs Churro Gallery. She works in oils and also makes carved gourds, hand built ceramics, lamps and beautiful hand stitched leather pillows.
October at the Creamery Arts Center opens with a first of its kind special showing of three of the areas’ basket weavers: Gayle Smith, Tena Price and Debbie Cheesman. Felted crocheted purses and photography by Krista Ruetman will also be featured. Gayle Smith, the Creamery’s manager, first became involved at the Creamery as a teacher, and that serendipity was the inspiration for this month’s show. She met Tena and Debbie when teaching a coiled basket class and Krista in crochet class. Together they have dreamed and imagined and now share the results of their creative processes with you. Micro brews, local wines and refreshments will be offered. Show runs thru November 4th.
Also in October – Upstairs in our Churro gallery -
Sandra Williamson and Hendrika Cegielski
Crested Butte Summer Meadow by Sandra Williamson.
Autumn’s Call by Hendrika Cegielski
And on our “Wall” in our downstairs Gallery
Natural Process 1, Pollination 5 by Rita Clagett
The Creamery Arts Center presents “Neighbors, Strangers, and Friends,” celebrating life in the North Fork Valley through the voices of eighteen community elders, and the lens of photographer Rita Clagett. This multi-media installation, opening September 13 in the Peach Gallery, features portraits of senior citizens that Rita interviewed over the past year and a half, and highlights some of their stories in a soundtrack that will play throughout the show.
“I hope people will come and sit in the gallery and listen to these stories of valley lore and unique personal experiences, and enjoy looking around the room at the faces of their neighbors,” says Rita.
The exhibit is the culmination of Clagett’s term as Senior Outreach Coordinator for the Creamery. While the volunteer duties of the post include scheduling Creamery artists to present ongoing demonstrations and workshops in several senior centers and homes throughout Delta County, she wanted “to do something more to recognize and celebrate the value of older people.” The Creamery enthusiastically embraced the idea of honoring and showcasing some of the community’s senior citizens.
“Some of the people I interviewed were friends,” she says, “and some were neighbors or strangers who have become friends. If you come to the show, you’ll see some of your own friends and neighbors, and probably some strangers, too.” Clagett says she put the word out that she wanted to interview people over sixty-five who had lived in the valley all their lives or who had chosen to come to it later.
“ At first I didn’t get a lot of response,” she says, “and I also felt kind of awkward asking strangers to open up to me like that. It took a while, but eventually one person would suggest another, and so on. I heard a lot of wonderful stories in the past year and a half. Everyone has stories that other people can enjoy and learn from. Sometimes it just takes someone wanting to hear them.”
Selecting audio clips from the interviews, Clagett has woven together a soundtrack of voices that will accompany the photographic portraits with stories of wisdom, courage, humor, and local history.
The people she interviewed will each get a disc of their interview and a portrait as a thank you for participating in the project. “Their families will be able to enjoy these stories for years to come,” says Rita, “and the community will have a recording of some of its history.”
Also on display in the gallery will be artworks by some of the residents of Horizons Care Center in Eckert, who participated in watercolor classes taught by Creamery artist Sherry Polcyn last winter. As part of the Senior Outreach program, Sherry volunteered to teach two classes a month for three months to an avid group of senior students, and framed their resulting paintings for display.
The Creamery invites you to come meet “Neighbors, Strangers, and Friends” at an opening reception for the show on Friday, September 13, from 6-8 p.m., at the Creamery Arts Center, 165 West Bridge Street in Hotchkiss, Colorado. This gala event is free to the public and features refreshments, a cash wine and beer bar, great art throughout the beautifully restored building, and always excellent company. Summer hours for the Creamery are Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Creamery Arts Center would like to invite you to help us celebrate the wonderful art produced by the talented students who participated in our Summer Art Camp Program. The opening reception will be on Friday, September 13th from 6 ~ 8 pm. Come show support for the budding artists in our community. This special show will be on display in our Young Artist’s Gallery through October 7th.
Also in September – Upstairs in our Churro gallery -
Crested Butte Summer Meadow
by Sandra Williamson.
One of our local authors, Karen Gallob will be having a book signing at our August 9th opening reception. Her current series, The Sumbally Fallacy is a richly imagined, epic novel in 4 volumes about Neandertals who live among us. The book is set in Colorado. Gallob is a rancher who was born and raised in Crawford. She’s a Boettcher Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in biological science and a Ph.D. in anthropological linguistics.
“Windows” Exhibition at the Creamery Art Center
On August 9th the Creamery Arts Center will present the works of Dani Tupper and her students in the Peach Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 8pm. This exhibit will be on display through September 9th
Dani Tupper is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society, which she founded in 1999 and served six years as president. She is a lifetime member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She is also an associate member of the National Watercolor Society and Western W.C. Society. She is affiliated with numerous art centers and other art groups. Dani has donated her time and talent to many local charities. The Pueblo Art Council honored her in May of 2002 by choosing her as “Artist of the Year”. Tupper’s work has gained many honors and awards in juried exhibits.
Recently, Dani has offered workshops in watercolor painting throughout Colorado and surrounding states and held painting holidays both in the U.S. and abroad including Spain, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Gulf of Mexico, Taos, Santa Fe, Ouray and other Colorado locations.
This year, Dani created a new series of “window paintings”. Dani’s latest piece is called ‘Rocky Mountain High III’. The subject is the western slope of Colorado with familiar scenes including the Grand Mesa, the Crystal Mill and Maroon Bells near Aspen and includes many of Colorado’s unique activities and wildlife scenarios.
Inspired by her “Window Painting”, she then challenged students in her Tuesday painting class to create a big painting sectioned off like the viewer was looking through a window.
Some of the “Window” themes that Dani’s students chose are: an Alaskan trip by Sherry Polcyn, Memories by Sonja Marstad, Africa Animals by Ann Knudsen, and My Bucket List by Wanda Brunemeier. This is the first time any of the students have painted a large painting so not only did they turn out wonderfully, the artists also gained a real sense of achievement. While the show is featuring the “Window Paintings”, many recent works by Dani and her class will fill out the display. Others that will be showing with the group are Judy Chapman, Patty Capen and Betty McKinney.
Please join us for an evening of fine art, finger food, micro brews and local wines. The Creamery Arts Center is located at 165 W. Bridge St. in Hotchkiss. Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm.
A Tribute to Mary Green – July 12 to August 5
The Creamery Arts Center will present a tribute to local artist Mary Green with an opening reception in the Peach Gallery, Friday, July 12th from 6 to 8 pm. Mary passed away April 16, 2012 at the age of 98. She held many offices as charter and lifetime member of the Delta Fine Arts Association. The Creamery is pleased to feature some of Mary Green’s work and other pieces collected by Mary. All will be for sale in a silent auction during the month of July. The Delta Fine Arts Association will use the proceeds from the auction sales for establishing a “Mary Green Scholarship Fund” to benefit artists throughout the community.
The exhibit will run through August 5th.
Also in July:
Upstairs in our Churro gallery -
On the “Wall” in our Main Gallery
PREVIOUS MONTH’S SHOWINGS INCLUDE:
“Adobe Awakening” Oil paintings
by Jean Marie Stortz June 11th through July 8th
Oil painter and artist, Jean Marie Stortz of Delta, will be showing her most recent work in a show titled “Adobe Awakening”. Jean and her husband have recently moved to Delta from Minnesota where she was an art educator of young people and adults through many venues: open studios, workshops, home school and after-school programs, evening and summer camp classes, and art centers.
“My first trip to the local landfill, Adobe Buttes, was what inspired me to start this series. The adobe/clay hills and flats are only one of the distinguishing characteristics of this area. Ancient hills in the most amazing and unusual shapes abound. Their colors and shapes shift depending on the sunlight and shadows, forever changing and new. The snow transforms them again. Not one adobe hill is like another. They are prehistoric, dinosaur-like, some look like animals, weathered elephant-like skin in appearance.”
“My paintings are a journal of my experiences. Seeing beauty is my quest every day. My art and my life have crossed paths and are now interconnected. I am always inspired by nature. Nature fills me up. My goal is to give each painting attention and reverence in hopes of drawing forth its beauty. I believe it can happen when there is an emotional connection with the image”.
Churro Gallery June 2013
Photographs by Sandra Williamson
Peach Gallery – May 2013
“More Art” ~ Hotchkiss High School and Montessori School Student Show
The Creamery Art Center in Hotchkiss will combine two student shows to fill both the special show galleries in May. Hotchkiss High School art teacher Jamie Roeber has been preparing all year for the presentation of her student’s art show at the Creamery. Also showing at the Arts Center for the first time is a show featuring the artwork of the North Fork Community Montessori School (NFCMS). An opening reception for the artists will be held the evening of Friday, May 10th from 6 to 8 pm. The High School Exhibit runs through May 21st and the Montessori student’s show will be on display until June 10th.
“This is the Hotchkiss High School student’s fourth year doing a gallery show”, says teacher Jamie Roeber; “They do the setup, food, artwork, and they line up music; so they can experience what it takes to create a gallery opening. Every student in the program gets a piece in the show. Students opened their eyes to how much art is a part of the world and they came back saying: I know what I want to do now.”
The student exhibit in the Creamery’s Peach Gallery will include artwork from all 79 North Fork Community Montessori School student artists, preschool through 6th grades. The artists created works using a variety of media and techniques including; collage, clay, drawing, fiber art, pastel, printmaking, sculpture, and water media. The Montessori 1st through 6th grade students attend weekly art class with art educator, Shannon Castle. Preschool and kindergarten students create art with one of their classroom teachers, Sheilla Torkelson.
Students are encouraged to use and understand visual arts as a way to communicate. They utilize the elements and principles of art and explore a variety of art materials and techniques throughout the school year.