July 2015

Delta Fine Arts Association Artists on Display 

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The Creamery Arts Center is proud to feature members of the Delta Fine Arts Association (DFAA) during their July Show in the Peach Gallery. The show will open with a “meet the artists” reception on the evening of July 10th from 6 to 8 pm. This exhibit will be on display until August 10th. This will be the 7th annual showing of the DFAA members at the Creamery. The artists who will be featured in this year’s show are:  Linda Aubery, Mary Bollig, Wanda Brunemeier, Hendrika Cegielski, Laurae Fortner-Welch, Tom Friel, Fred Honchell, Mary Key, Hazel Monzingo, Linda Palmer, Daphna Russell, Bev Thomas, Barb Torke, Dani Tupper, Sheryl Williams, and Sandy Williamson.

The DFAA has supported the Creamery Arts Center in its quest to expand membership throughout the area. We are please to have them as active members displaying their talents monthly in our special wall area dedicated to the Delta Fine Arts Association. They have also been integral in the daily functions of the Creamery –  from attendance at openings, to volunteering their time doing art demonstrations, teaching classes, and helping with activities such as decorating for various holidays and general cleanup.

The DFAA has worked to develop and promote public appreciation and awareness of the visual arts, the artists, and their creative contributions to the life of Delta County and the Western Slope since 1980. They underwrite the development and appreciation of the arts within the Delta County community. The organization provides a focal point where artists meet and plan art activities.

DFAA sponsors the “Art in Public Places” program, providing several public buildings with local artwork including Delta Memorial Hospital, First National Bank in Delta, the Heritage Room at the Apple Shed Gallery in Cedaredge, The Coffee Barn in Cedaredge and the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta. They alternate meetings on the second Monday of the month. Workshops, demonstrations and art programs are offered at each meeting. Anyone interested in art is welcome. For more information about the Delta Fine Arts Association you may contact: Laurae Fortner-Welch at: lbwelch@wildblue.net

The Delta Fine Arts Association will be celebrating their 35th anniversary this year. This organization of artists has flourished over the years and attracted numerous artists from all over Delta County. As a local not-for-profit cultural organization, DFAA encourages and depends on public support of its activities.

The show will be on display in the Peach Gallery from July 10th through August 10th.  Please welcome these deliciously talented, local artists with an evening of home-grown art, refreshments, local wines and micro brews.


June 2015

Art Classes Rock!Student show

Among the many facets of the Creamery Arts Center, some of  which include: a first class gallery featuring over fifty local artists, a Senior Outreach Program and a selection of books by Pennie Alexander bio piclocal authors; the Creamery also functions as a learning center offering a variety of classes for students of all ages. In an effort to recognize their teachers and honor the accomplishments of their students, the gallery will be featuring the work of several of the Creamery’s skilled instructors and their students during the month of June. There will be a gallery opening on the evening of Friday, June 12th from 6-8 pm. The exhibit will be on display until July 6th.Daphna Russell

The instructors and their students’ work which willbe featured in this show include: Pennie Alexander – silk scarf dyeing, Daphna Russell – sculpture, Dani Tupper – watercolor, Penny Ackerman – basket weaving, David Strong – adult and kids pottery classes, Elizabeth Berkhoff – knitting, Don Benjamin – cartooning for kids, and Suki Strong – art classes for kids.


David Strong

The Creamery Arts Center provides space where experienced instructors teach classes in a variety of mediums: cheese making, watercolor painting, knitting, pottery, basket weaving, silk scarf dyeing, sculpture, mushroom growing, cartooning, Facebook, Photoshop, alcohol ink painting, and gourd painting are just a few of the classes that have been offered recently. In addition they offer a variety of art classes for kids year round. It is the goal of the Creamery to offer classes to all ages at affordable prices. The culinary arts workshops have been a huge success and you will be seeing more of them in the future. Do you have a special cooking or craft skill you would like to share? If so, contact the Creamery for more information by emailing: information@creameryartscenter.orgSuki Strong

Art Classes Rock!  is sure to be a fun show and the opening reception on Friday, June 12 from 6-8 will provide an opportunity to meet some of the Creamery instructors, admire the work of their students and ask any questions you may have. Calendars and flyers will be available for all of their upcoming art classes.  Refreshments will be served and wine and beer will be available.


May 2015


Student Artwork Featured at the Creamery in MayHS Show

Join your neighbors at the Creamery Arts Center for the May 8th opening reception for “MORE ART!” – the annual student show featuring the artwork of Hotchkiss High School and North Fork Montessori at Crawford elementary students. This student exhibit will be on display through June 8th.


Hotchkiss High School art teacher Jamie Roeber has been preparing all year for the presentation of her student’s art show in the upstairs Churro Gallery at the Creamery. “New, fun and freedom are a few words to describe this year’s artwork. Students have taken new adventures into the world of fused glass, hypertufa, and so much more. Hotchkiss art has truly broken the boundaries of the typical art room into an explosion of creativity and opportunity” says Roeber.  Hypertufa is a lightweight, porous material used in craft projects to produce artificial stone containers. It is made from a mixture of peat moss, Portland cement, and either sand or vermiculite. After mixing the materials together, they are molded into shape and allowed to dry. This will be Hotchkiss High School’s 7th year of presenting a gallery show at the Creamery. The students design their displays, prepare the food, and 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. The students will also be participating in a raku firing during the opening night festivities, outside in the courtyard.


NFM ShowThe Creamery’s Peach Gallery will be featuring student artwork from the North Fork Montessori at Crawford School (NFM@C). This annual student show will feature prints, portraits, and 3-dimensional work from over 100 student artists in grades K through 6th.

NFM@C is a DeltaCounty public school located in Crawford. The mission of the school is to nurture each child’s natural desire to learn and passion for discovery. The curriculum stresses innovative problem solving and encourages life-long learning. The school’s Montessori academic program is enriched by classes in Spanish, music, physical education, and visual art. NFM@C students attend weekly art class with art educator, Shannon Castle. “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.” states Castle.

Please support the young artists in our community by attending the opening reception on Friday, May 8th from 6-8pm.


April 2015

Thomas Winne’s “Furniture Scapes” on Display in Apriltom winne profile pic

The Creamery Arts Center will be featuring one of the area’s finest artist/craftsmen during the month of April. Thomas Winne will exhibit his classically designed furniture and paintings in the Peach Gallery from April 8th through May 4th. There will be an opening reception held Friday, April 10th from 6 to 8 pm. Thomas Winne is one of the newest artist members of the Creamery and has mesmerized many people with his painting demonstrations during art openings.

thomas winne armoire After many years of home construction, cabinet making, and studies in the areas of art, business & economics; Winne Fine Furniture was established in 1974. From his residence in Mesa, Colorado Tom designs and builds high quality furniture, with projects ranging from privately commissioned works to large commercial pieces. As an artist, Winne combines his talent for oil painting with excellent craftsmanship resulting in beautiful “Furniture Scapes”. Milling is done by machine and hand. All wood is shaped and sized before assembly, hand carved for uniqueness, sanded and put together with corner blocks, screwed, glued and doweled. After many stages of sanding, scraping and hand finishing with layers of stains, dyes and lacquers, pieces are buffed to a rich patina with hand blocks, oils, and powdered polishes. This process produces the finest finish possible and can take as many as eighteen steps to achieve.

tom winne - small chest The concept of visual design that is incorporated into Tom’s furniture is enhanced by his hand painted landscapes. His genius with paints, palette knife and brushes combined with his flair for color adds elegance to the pervasive beauty of these fine pieces. Personal everyday items are enclosed in the beauty of his superbly constructed and artistically finished furniture. Blanket chests, armoires, entertainment centers, dressers, accent pieces and hinged room screens (some as long as nine feet), along with several paintings will be featured in this first of its kind show at the Creamery Arts Center.

Please join us in celebrating Tom Winne’s exceptional talent and imagine a special time and place you treasure, captured in a painting and brought to life in a form you can use every day. Tables full of refreshments, local wines and great company combine, promising an event worth attending.


March 2015

From Russia with HeART

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The Creamery Arts Center is delighted to feature International artist Sergei Romanenko’s distinctive artwork during their March exhibit in the Peach Gallery. The show will open with a “meet the artist” reception on the evening of Friday March 13th from 6 to 8 pm. This exhibit will be on display until April 6.

Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 1990, just one year before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sergei grew up with an interest in art and was blessed to be able to see the works of the great masters in numerous art museums in his home town. As a 100% self-taught artist, he was able to find his own distinctive style through years of drawing, doodling and painting. At age 17, while studying real estate management at Saint-Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics, Sergei suffered an injury from a  rock that flew into his eye from a construction site. He was put into a pediatric hospital for several weeks surrounded by kids with all kinds of eye injuries. They were usually bored, sad and hungry. Romanenko started to draw fun pictures to entertain the children. Drawing was the only thing allowed; no TV, cell phones or laptops were permitted. After healing from the eye injury Sergei continued to draw. He began drawing portraits of friends, and at the same time, developed an interest in abstract art. He had his first personal exhibition in 2009 in one of the main underground clubs in Saint Petersburg – the MOD Club. The exhibition included three different sections – portraits, abstract art dedicated to the life in big city, and “Cuties” – the small stories of cute creatures he created. That exhibition gave a start to the production of stuffed animals called “Cuties”, which he sold at garage sales and designer markets. Soon he was also creating iPhone and iPad “Cutie” cases.

At the same time he became 1/3 of notyetyeti on tumblr.com. This partnership originated in 2009 with friends whose art had similar styles and common topics. The tumblr page was featured on different websites and blogs with more than 40,000 followers. His work can be viewed at: http://notyetyeti.tumblr.com/tagged/Sergei-Romanenko He continued with his self-education in art history, autobiographies, and journals dedicated to art and participated in several exhibitions in Saint-Petersburg, including a collaboration with very talented artist Alina Mifroschinchenko and others in Illustration Days – events featuring Russian illustrators under the same roof. His art is also part of a virtual gallery: http://www.swoppit.org

Romanenko discovered  ‘sktchy’ – an I-Phone app that allows people from all over the world to upload their pictures for artists to draw. He started to draw for sktchy in November 2013 and soon became a “must follow” artist. Following an interview with the co-founder of the app, his art was featured in a sktchy app commercial. In January 2015 one of his portraits became the icon of the application. In the next 15 months, using the sktchy app, Sergei created more than 450 portraits. Most of the portraits that are going to be on display for this exhibition were created and inspired by pictures from that application.

Romanenko describes his artwork as “unique and distinctive, fun and abstract, colorful, expressive, vibrant, slightly zany, playful, resplendent and wholly original! Most of my art works are small in size and I usually use watercolors, ink and markers.” His portraits have a vitality, warmth, humor and fluidity that makes the people depicted in them come alive – both in a visual and also in a deeper more soulful way.

So how does a Russian self-taught artist end up having an exhibition in Hotchkiss, Colorado? “While studying hospitality management in Glion University, Switzerland, a representative from St. Regis Aspen Resort was recruiting candidates for a 1-year internship. They selected me as the face of the St. Regis in Aspen – the front desk agent. That’s how I ended up in Colorado where I met painter Rosemary Ranck (a Creamery member) who liked my art and encouraged me to organize this exhibition at the Creamery Arts Center, which I hope the people of Hotchkiss will enjoy.”

Art lovers can meet Sergei and view his sketches at the opening reception on Friday, March 13th from 6-8pm. International art, tables full of refreshments, local wine & microbrews… this promises to be an event worth attending.


February 2015

Barbara Torke and Students to Show at

The Creamery Arts Center in February

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The February exhibit at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss will feature Cedaredge Artist, Barbara Torke and her students. There will be a “meet the artists” reception on the evening of February 13th from 6 to 8pm. Barbara has been instructing her students/friends of the Cedars Edge Gallery in the fine art of painting and drawing in preparation for this special show. Cedars Edge Gallery painters use pastel, oil and pencil drawing to express their creativity in their own style and direction. Members of this exhibit include Barbara Allen, Amy Daniels, Pat de l’Etoile, Linda Palmer, Barbara Silverman, and Carol Ann Rasmussen. Along with Barbara Torke, these talented artists present paintings and drawings inspired by their own artistic journey and discovery. All have been Cedaredge and Hotchkiss residents for many years and their knowledge of this area, and places they have visited, plus their skill with figure and form, make this an exhibit of exceptional variety and beauty. This exhibit will be on display until March 9th.

Barbara Torke had a career-realignment after 25 years of teaching art in the public schools when she became a full time artist. “Having painted since I was little enough to grasp a crayon, it is not surprising. Since moving to the Western Slope in 1995, I have painted with watercolor, pastel and oil—and some acrylic—many places that my dog and my Isuzu traveled. Plein aire (painting outside—rain and bugs included) is my favorite place to be.”

In 1997, with the help of a dozen or so other artists, the Cedars Edge Gallery took shape.  “For the next fourteen years we explored the art market, taught classes, and ran the gallery. All this time I was painting and exploring Delta, Montrose, Mesa and surrounding counties. Photography has always been a means of keeping records, sources, and… pleasure. Pottery, fiber, and collage also captured my interest. Finally I had the time and energy to work as an artist full time. These skills accentuated my experiences. I do series of paintings about dogs in the west, and cats, plus a series of family history.”

In the late spring of 2010, Raven’s Edge Studio became a reality. “Here I can hop from b torke portraitcomputer to garden to easel and enjoy the scent of sage and dirt, and watch the clouds haul over Grand Mesa. Cedars Edge Gallery is my own entity and business name. Working with other artists gives me another outlook and direction. Teaching for me now is a reality check. Here is what I know: 1. they teach me more than I can ever teach them and 2. I can never paint more than I know, but I can never quit learning more. From insect to black hole there is more to see, and to aspire to put to paper. They are illustrations of my perspective of the world, things I have seen and recorded, with paint or with word.”


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStudent Lilly Middleton’s Art on Display                                                

Lilly Middleton grew up in a home where art supplies were in abundance, so becoming an artist was not a surprise. Her favorite medium is colored pencil, which she began working with four years ago. Lilly is a prolific artist who has taken “After lilly middleton - birdsSchool Art” classes at the Creamery Arts Center for many years. She has studied with local artists Suki Strong and Rosemary Ranck. Lilly lives in Hotchkiss, and has been homeschooled her whole life. You can meet Lilly and see her artwork at an opening reception on Friday, February 13th from 6-8pm. Lilly’s work will be on display in the Young Artists Gallery until March 9th.

January 2015

The Creamery Hosts a Trio of Artists

The Creamery Arts Center has an exhibition planned for January that will feature three of their member-artists in the Peach Gallery: Beverly Thomas, John Mitchell and David Strong will present their talents in paint, photography and pottery at an opening reception on Friday, January 9th from 6-8 pm. Their show will be on display through February 9th.

Bev Iola Blue MesaBev Thomas has been a Creamery artist-member for over five years. She brings her flair for color to her acrylic and oil paintings with gusto. Inspired by her surroundings, Bev employs a simplistic, expressionist style to her work, giving the local landscape subject matter a subliminal quality. “I’ve always been interested in painting and drawing. I attended Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio, then went on to Ohio State, Washington University in St. Louis and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Even though I’m from the Midwest, I’d much rather paint mountains than cornfields” says Thomas. Bev is instrumental in making the Creamery’s second Friday opening receptions run smoothly. She’s nearly always there to lend a hand in the kitchen or to help with whatever needs doing at the monthly gala events.john mitchell

John Mitchell of Ridgway, Colorado is a painter/photographer exhibiting works in many local venues and galleries. He has also been a Creamery artist-member for many years. John has been working as a hobby/semiprofessional artist in oil, acrylic and watercolor since about 1970, studying under several teachers in the Houston, Texas area, where he was a member of the Houston Civic Arts Association. After retirement he moved to Ridgway, Colorado and began working as a professional artist in watercolor, oil and photography. He also studied photography with Kathleen Norris Cook and Steve Traudt, and watercolor and drawing with Meredith Nemirov, Danni Tupper and Barbara Torke.  His drawings, watercolors, photographs and oil paintings have been accepted for the Artists Alpine Holiday juried shows in various years. John’s works have been displayed as part of Delta Fine Arts’ Art in Public Places, Lolita’s Bazaar, Resource Gallery, Ridgway, CO, the Creative Corner, and Westfield Art Gallery, Westfield, MA. John also lends a hand at the Creamery’s opening receptions as our steward at the wine and brews table.

david strongJoining Bev Thomas and John Mitchell for this show is master potter David Strong. David is the manager of the Creamery Art Center’s Clay Studio, conducting classes in all types of clay forming and glazing techniques. He is a master of his media. “My work is produced on a potter’s wheel and is fired to stoneware temperatures.  For over 30 years I have been making limited edition functional ware and vessel-based, one of a kind pieces, I am interested in exploring the possibilities of form and function, design and expressiveness in my work.”

David worked at Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Colorado in the early 1970’s as a clay student, workshop organizer and assistant, eventually becoming an artist in residence in clay at the Ranch.  Since 1980 he has been working at his Brymstone Pottery Studio business in Cedaredge, Colorado. His work has sold throughout the region and nationally and has been included in shows at the Foothills Art Center, Anderson Ranch Gallery and the Art Center in Grand Junction among others. Strong has taught classes and workshops at a number of community art centers, in local schools, and in his home studio.  He is one of the founding members of the Creamery Arts Center, in 2006.

A “Meet the Artists” reception from 6 to 8pm on Friday, January 9th  promises to be an evening of warmth, fine art, finger food, local wines and great company.