December 2014

Amy Daniels and Daphna Russell

December at the Creamery Arts Center will be celebrated in style featuring artwork by sculptor Daphna Russell and painter Amy Daniels in the Peach Gallery. There will be a “meet the artists” reception from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, December 12th. All are welcome to take part in this festive event! Their joint exhibit will be on display until January 5, 2015.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Daphna Russell has been a valued member of the Creamery Arts Center for eight years. She graces the gallery monthly with her sculptural demonstrations. Many of her pieces are on display throughout the Gallery. Daphna’s style is semi-abstract and derives from the essence of the subject – be it buffalo, horse, bird, pig, bear or angel.

Daphna is a nationally renowned artist with work represented by prestigious galleries in Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, and Colorado. Her works appear in collections in the United States and Europe.  She is currently showing in 7 galleries on a regular basis in addition to special cameo features in others.  “I continue to use recognizable subject matter as a point of departure into the world of abstraction.  My point is to create well designed objects in three dimensions.  The elements of design combine with the subject matter to express the content.  I think very little about my ‘creation’ until it evolves, then I express thoughts about its essence which I find I have been developing in the process all along, unconsciously. In between building objects, I squeeze in a few workshops, the delight of my life.  I learn a lot and my students seem to as well as we expand our horizons in the life known as art. We also have a lot of fun”- Daphna Russell.

amy danielsAmy Daniels’ paintings reflect her personal connection with the western landscape she lives in.  Her pastel paintings are interpretive and impressionistic. Her passion for the outdoors encompasses her passion for her flower gardens, herbs, and gourmet garlic production. She has explored the landscape “up close and personal” through hikes, camping, skiing and her love of horseback riding.  In 1998 Amy decided to take some painting workshops in her spare time and discovered the beauty of pastel painting.  “Pastels fit my passion. Living in this beautiful paradise, the landscapes and the ever-changing light holds me spellbound. So please take a minute to see our world through my eyes.”

Daniels is a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, Delta Fine Arts Association, and the Creamery Arts Center, where she served as the Coordinator for the Senior Outreach Program. During the show year of 2014, she entered and received awards at the Palisade Peach Festival, Delta Fine Art Show, and the Edge of the Cedars show in Cedaredge, Colorado.

Don’t miss this excellent display of two of the Creamery’s premier artists in December. Refreshments will be served and local wines and micro brews will be available.


November 2014

November’s show at the Creamery features Ron MacKendrick

The November show at the Creamery Arts Center brings an array of new artwork featuring wood turner Ronald MacKendrick, photographer and clay artist Kyle Hewitt, and woodworker Ralph Sandmann. An Opening Reception will be presented on the evening of November 14th from 6 to 8 pm. Refreshments, beer and local wines will be available. This exhibit of finely crafted woodwork and vivid photographs will run until December 8th.R. MacKendrick pic

Wood turner, Ronald MacKendrick is a native of Hotchkiss – born just three blocks from The Creamery Arts Center.  Talented in laminated, turned wooden bowls and vases, he creates designs that do not exist in nature while maintaining the beauty of the wood itself.  Strongly influenced by R. Mackendrick vaseSouthwestern Indian design, Ron incorporates those motifs into many of his works.  A laminated vessel is made by gluing together pieces of contrasting wood to create a design or “picture”.  Built one layer at a time, using very precisely cut pieces, it is not uncommon for a vessel to contain several hundred pieces of wood and to take 40 to 80 hours of work.

Ron has been a valued member of the Creamery Arts Center family for several years. He has served on the Board of Directors and volunteers in many capacities, including assisting with fund raisers and helping to maintain the facility.

Kyle Hewitt is a new member of the Creamery, working with multiple disciplines including photography, ceramics and handmade musical instruments. Several hand thrown and artfully glazed drums will be in the show along with his photographs, mounted on acrylic. Before moving to the North Fork Valley in 2013, Kyle spent the previous decade photographing the American West and teaching photography at locations throughout the world.Bryce_canyon_silent city_0744 (1)

“Although dramatic locations and natural landscapes seem to be the primary subject of my images, it’s really the light and geometry that I am concerned with. When composing a photograph, that’s what I am paying attention to. In any given scene, there is so much light that we can’t see with our limited vision. Technology is providing more tools to record and translate these light bands. I love the idea of pushing beyond our eyesight to capture heat, frequency….it’s all just light.” – Kyle Hewitt

Woodworker, Ralph Sandmann will also be joining these two artists in the Peach Gallery for the month of November. His hand carved chests and hutches, adorned with buffalo themes have been displayed at the Creamery recently. For this show Ralph will be displaying his lovingly crafted jewelry boxes smoothed and fashioned from whole logs featuring individual compartments lined with felt for all types of treasures. Ralph’s unique boxes are one of a kind, collectable pieces, which are also very useable.

Don’t miss this show, it’s sure to have some great ideas for the people on your list this Holiday season. The Creamery Arts Center is located at 165 W Bridge Street in Hotchkiss. Our hours are 11 to 6 Monday-Saturday. For more information about this show or other upcoming classes or events call 970-872-4848 or email: gallery@creameryartscenter.org. We can also be found on Facebook.

October 2014

“High Point”: The Art of Showing Horses at the Creamery Arts Center

best birthday present ever - barbara haynie

To celebrate the year of the Horse, Barbara Haynie and Cheri Isgreen will be presenting a 2-person equine art exhibition at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. The show connects their two passions: horses and visual art. The opening reception will be held on Friday, October 10th from 6 to 8pm. This exhibit will be on display through November 10th.

Isgreen and Haynie state: “The show references where and how we live: the rural, high country of Colorado. We entitled the show “High Point” because we wanted a strong connection between the idea of an art show and the idea of a horse show: High Point- the horse with the highest average placing in one year of competition, High Point- a high altitude place with a beautiful view, such as found in Colorado, High Point- the best part of an experience. As horsewomen, the high point of our days is when the connection between the horse and rider is both elegant and sublime. High Point- an art show for art lovers, horse lovers, equestrians, and artists”

Barbara Haynie: “Horses are huge in my life, inexorably woven into my psyche, practically part of my DNA. The older I grow, the deeper are my feelings about them. Art is huge for me too. Put the two together and through some form of magic, the whole becomes larger than the parts. While working for my fine arts degree, I refused to paint horses. At the time I thought it was too convenient a subject and perhaps too conservative for the avant-garde art world. But eventually I reached a point where horses HAD to be in my art. I push the envelope with hog-wild color, giving my paintings a twist between pop art and Fauve”.

c isgreenCheri Isgreen: “I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms. Compositions for watercolor paintings develop as I respond to the interplay of light and dark shapes with initial value studies. As I paint, I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through poured techniques and spontaneous wet-into-wet brushwork. I strive for a sense of mystery and narrative in each painting. A lifelong horsewoman, I study dressage and teach Equitherapy. Monarch, my wise and sensitive partner in this healing work, is a Lipizzan X Andulusian gelding and frequently appears as a subject of my paintings”.

This is a must see show for all horse lovers in the area. Please join us for an evening of hors d’ oeuvres, local wines, microbrews and meet these two dedicated artists. It’s sure to be a “High Point” in your week! The Creamery Arts Center is located at 165 W. Bridge Street, Hotchkiss.

September 2014

Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association to Show at the Creamery Arts Centercolumbines HFAA show 2014

Members of the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association will display works in a multi-media exhibit at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. A “meet the artists” reception was held on Friday, September 12th from 6 to 8 pm. This group show will be on display through October 6th. Exhibiting in the show will be: Jen Sanborn, Mary Smith, Mary Hockenbery, Virginia Blackstock, Susan Blackstock, Shannon Castle, Mary Jursinovic, and Mary Simmons.

Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association membership is open to area artists working in all fine arts and fine crafts media – from professionals to amateurs with aspirations. The HFAA is a well-established organization with over 50 years in the North Fork Valley.  The Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association is the oldest art group in Delta County.  Their first public art show was in October 1959 at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.  The HFAA is currently expanding its membership. According to president Shannon Castle HFAA is “looking at the range of artists who currently participate and looking at the larger group of talented artists and craftspeople who live in the area. We invite new folks to join us! HFAA will be focusing less on the materials used in creating art, but more on the creative process and thinking, the design elements and principles involved in the actual making of the art. By expanding its membership and exhibit participation, the HFAA hopes to re-invigorate the organization.” All ages are welcome to attend their monthly meetings, which are held on the third Monday of the month at 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss, located at 175 N. 1st Street. For more information about the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association contact Shannon Castle at smc_art@yahoo.com

Mesa Winds Winery, located on Rogers Mesa near Hotchkiss, was the featured local winery for the opening reception.


“Tuesday Gals Go Abstract”

August Show at the Creamery Arts Center Will Feature Dani Tupper and her StudentsBlue Heron by Dani Tupper

For several years the Creamery Arts Center has had the honor of displaying the works of local watercolor artist and instructor,  Dani Tupper. The special exhibit in the Peach Gallery in August will also feature several of her students, known as the “Tuesday Gals”. There will be a “Meet the Artists Reception” on Friday, August 8th from 6 to 8pm where the public can browse the new art, enjoy refreshments and perhaps partake of a glass of local wine. The show will be on display through September 8th.

Many of Dani’s students move on to become professional artists exhibiting their art in the many local and regional shows. The group of student artists joining Dani Tupper for the August showing are: Mary Bollig, Wanda Brunemeier, Judy Chapman, Ann Knutson, Sonja Marstad, and Sherry Polcyn.

Wanda's chickensIn Dani’s’ description of her work she states: “I try to recreate the beauty in the world created by the Master Creator, this is my motto. Life has afforded me the opportunity to live in many different states, Australia and Spain and to travel extensively and now to live in the beautiful state of Colorado. I have taught watercolor painting for many years, offering classes and workshops to many followers. Trips are planed to locations all over the world for students. We have painted in Spain, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and many locations in the states.”

Tupper is a signature member and current president of the Colorado Watercolor Society. She founded the Southern Colorado Watercolor Society, serving as their president for six years, and is a member of the Western Colorado Watercolor Society. She is also a lifetime member of The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, belongs to ISEA, the National Watercolor Society, and has been honored with lifetime membership in various art guilds where she has resided.


Laurae Fortner-Welsh
The Delta Fine Arts Association Featured Artist for August:
 Laurae Fortner-Welsh



                                                                     Mindy  Bell  Aug 2014                On the “Wall”

“Things Cowgirls Do Around the Ranch” 

Pottery, Sculpture and Paintings by:

Mindy Bell 

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In the Upstairs Churro Gallery:

 “Farmers and Farms Series”

 Oil Paintings by Dona Doye


July 2014

July Show at the Creamery features the Delta Fine Arts AssociationRaeAnn Simmons

The Creamery Art Center is proud to feature exciting new work from the members of the Delta Fine Arts Association, during the month of July. Over twenty artists will show their latest pieces in the Peach Gallery with an opening reception the evening of July11th from 6 to 8 pm. DFA works to educate and inspire artists, young people, and the general public through exhibitions, programs, and workshops, always striving to encourage high standards of excellence in all media.

SUNSET LAKE  Barbara Torke

The Delta Fine Arts Association 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. DFA underwrites 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. They also promote exhibits of DFA members in public places like Bill Heddles Recreation Center and the Delta Public Library. The Delta Fine Arts Association will be celebrating their 34th 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, DFA encourages and depends on public support of its activities.

Tina Rupp - Bar FightDFA 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, between the Apple Shed and the First National Bank in Delta. Workshops, demonstrations and art programs are offered at each meeting. Anyone interested in art is welcome.

Delta Fine Arts Association also publishes a monthly newsletter. For more information on joining the Delta Fine Arts Association, please contact Mary Key at 970-896-8838, or email logos924@yahoo.com. The show will be on display in the Peach Gallery from July 11th through August 4th. Please join us in welcoming these deliciously talented, local artists with an evening of home-grown art, refreshments, local wines and micro brews.


June 2014

Shock, Awe, and Delight!

Gargoyles for the 21st Century

Rich Powell Show (3)

The Creamery Arts Center is pleased to present the unusual and bizarre works of their newest artist member and sculptor Rich Powell. This unique first of its’ kind exhibition will open with a “meet the artist” reception the evening of Friday, June13th from 6 to 8 pm. You don’t want to miss this show!  It will run through July 7th.

Rich Powell was born and raised in the delta town of Greenville Mississippi and graduated from the University of Mississippi.  He lived in Memphis, Tennessee and New Orleans until hurricane Katrina forced Rich to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia. Rich lived in Atlanta until deciding to follow his dream of creating art and moved to the North Fork Valley. He currently works in the Creamery Art Center clay studio where he has been inventing imaginative, life size faces with multiple features. His clay faces evoke strong emotions and plenty of humor.

Rich Powell Show (2) Rich states: “I create free-form, anamorphic, clay faces/masks.  I consider them modern day gargoyles and each one is unique.  The pieces spring forth from my subconscious and from the act of manipulating and working with the medium. The first ones or prototypes were made after hurricane Katrina when my life was upside down. I originally used polymer/self-drying clay that I discovered at Hobby Lobby in Atlanta.  That was in 2005 and I didn’t make any more until I moved to the North Fork area. This is my first art show and I really can’t tell you where the ideas come from.  I have always drawn and painted since I was little, but never in any serious capacity. This is my first attempt to work with clay and the 3D format. It’s also my first attempt to be a working artist.  I use clays, under glazes, and glazes under the guidance of David Strong.” (Creamery Art Center–Clay Studio Manager)


May 2014

“MORE ART” ~  May show at the Creamery Arts Center features

Hotchkiss High and Montessori Art Students

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The Creamery Art Center in Hotchkiss is proud to feature student artwork from two Hotchkiss schools during the month of May. The combined shows, which will fill both of our special show galleries has become a much anticipated yearly event at the Creamery. Hotchkiss High School and North Fork Community Montessori School students have been preparing all year for this opportunity to present their artwork.  Art educators Jamie Roeber (HHS) and Shannon Castle (NFCMS) are proud of their talented students and excited to share their artwork with the community. An opening reception for the artists will be held the evening of Friday, May 9th from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibit runs through June 9th.

Hotchkiss High School is proud to be presenting their sixth annual art show at the Creamery this May. Students will be displaying the best of their work that has been completed this school year. 76 students, freshmen to seniors, will have pieces in the show. The art ranges from graphite to mixed 3 dimensional pieces.  Students work on their pieces an average of two to four weeks. Jamie Roeber, HHS art educator, runs a choice-based classroom, allowing students to work outside the box as they choose their areas of concentration. They have real freedom to explore and develop their own styles in her class. You can follow along with Mrs. Roeber’s classes on Facebook@ ArtwithRoeber. Opening night at the Creamery is the student’s art final. This experience gives them the opportunity to understand how galleries work, what opening receptions are about, and what goes into setting up a show. Mrs. Roeber provides real life application of art to community involvement, while the students provide an exciting show. “The students do the set-up, food, artwork, and they line up music, so they can experience what it takes to create a gallery opening.” says Mrs. Roeber.

Shannon Castle, North Fork Community Montessori School art educator for grades 1st through 6th, teaches a variety of media and techniques to her students, including: collage, clay, drawing, fiber art, pastel, printmaking, sculpture, and water media. Students are encouraged to use and understand visual arts as a way to communicate. The NFCMS mission 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 North Fork Community Montessori School is a Delta County public school currently located in Hotchkiss. Next year the school will expand and become North Fork Montessori at Crawford. The school’s Montessori academic program is enriched by classes in Spanish, music, physical education, and visual art.

The “MORE ART” show will include work from all 77 NFCMS student artists, preschool through 6th grades. Sheila Torkelson is the art educator for the preschool and kindergarten students. This year all of the NFCMS students were able to visit the Creamery Art Center’s Clay Studio for clay classes with Shannon Castle and some of their clay pieces will be featured in the show. The high school students and some of the older Montessori students have also been making raku pieces in the Creamery’s clay studio. These pieces will be fired on opening night. The raku firings are quite amazing to watch and are always a great spectator event.

Please plan to join your neighbors at the Creamery for an evening of fun, food, and culture on Friday, May 9th as we show support to the young artists in our community. Refreshments will be provided at this free event. The Creamery Arts Center is located at 165 W. Bridge St. in Hotchkiss, CO.

April 2014

Gayla Michaud

The Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss is proud to present the work of twelve artists from Delta’s Confluence Gallery, who will be combining their efforts for a show in the Peach Gallery during the month of April. An artists’ reception will be held Friday evening, April 11th from 6 to 8 pm. This show will be on display through May 5th.


The Confluence Gallery: An Artists’ Cooperative was founded in the spring of 2013 by a group of artists interested in creating a gallery space in Delta, Colorado. They are located inside the 4th & Main Exchange in downtown Delta, at 365 Main St. The members are a diverse group, some who are full time artists and some who have jobs and also love to create. Their vision is “to be a fun and interactive destination in Delta for art enthusiasts, to promote fine arts and crafts uniquely created by local artists through visual displays and demonstrations, to connect the community with the handcrafted cultural movement, and to give the community and its visitors a hub for art commerce.”

Fred Honchell

At the Confluence Gallery you will find a variety of creations including: paper crafts, paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, handmade soaps, mixed media, jewelry, photography, drawings, sculpture and more. They also offer classes, demonstrations and artist receptions. The Confluence Gallery always welcomes new members and encourages interested artists to join their meetings and get involved. For more information, contact Jean Stortz at 763-607-1448 or find the group on Facebook.

During the past year they have shown their artwork at Delta’s Saturday Street Market, Deltarado Days,  Applefest, and the Delta Home and Garden Show. The Confluence Gallery is a member of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and is currently attending  Downtown Delta Revitalization Meetings and helping to plan the 50th Anniversary celebration for the Delta County Museum.


Jean Stortz

Confluence Gallery artists participating in the Creamery Show in April will include:

Gayla Michaud~ Photographer, Dana Nesbitt~ Weaver, Mary Key~ Painting and Stone Etching, Fred Honchell~ Watercolorist, Victoria Sterkle~ Abstract Oil Painter, Jean M. Stortz~ Oil Painter, Laura Curtis~ Alpaca Yarn Quilts, J.Che’Davies~ Painter, Nancy Giordano~ Jewelry Maker, Jessica Good~ Paper crafts, Soaps, & Jewelry, Chuck Christie~ Sculptor, and Penny Heuscher~ Photography.


We hope you will join us in celebrating these gifted area artists at the Creamery Arts Center located at 165 W. Bridge St. Hotchkiss, CO  81419. Opening night festivities on April 11th include free refreshments and a cash bar for local wines and micro-brews. Gallery hours are:  Monday through Saturday from 11 to 5. The Creamery Arts Center can be reached at 970-872-4848.  For up to date show and class information follow us on Facebook.

March 2014david cary - lightshipsart

The Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss is proud to present the exceptional art of Dave Cary in a show titled “Natural Vision.”  The show will be displayed in the Peach Gallery from March 12th through April 7th with an opening reception held on Friday, March 14th from 6 to 8pm. Refreshments are provided and local wines and micro-brews will be available. 

Dave creates functional art which reflects the majesty of the mountains that surround his home in Ridgway, CO. His lamps, mirrors and tables are intricately crafted from delicate, contorted willow, water-worn driftwood, reeds, recycled metal and hand made, water colored rice paper. A dozen new lamps and mirrors will be featured at this exhibition.

Dave Cary Creamery Exhibit 2 revisedMuch of Dave’s most recent work features lamps made from Japanese rice paper combined with hand-finished driftwood. Complex reed structures in geometric shapes are applied to the driftwood, then Dave slowly applies layer upon layer of rice paper coated with resin paper maché. “You would not think a 6ft. 6in. guy would love delicate, painstaking work,” Dave says, “but the results are well worth the effort. My newest mirrors are a virtual textural delight.” His latest elliptical mirrors feature circles of perfectly finished Cedar, burned Aspen, Maple and Cottonwood arranged around the frame. Other mirrors feature driftwood with hand carvings that reflect symbols found in Nature. “I am constantly inspired by shapes found in Nature, Dave says. After all, Nature is really the artist. I just joyfully go along for the ride. I always respect the form and beauty of the natural materials while crafting a fine art piece that will cast its glow for a lifetime.”

Dave has been creating mirrors and lamps made from driftwood, antlers and hand painted rice paper, since 2006. His mirrors are crafted from the driftwood that washes down from the mountains each spring and harvested. Each piece is cleaned, hand sanded many times and securely screwed onto a frame or lamp base. There are hundreds of screws in each mirror – but you will not see or feel them because they are countersunk and then made to look like the surrounding wood. A few naturally shed antlers or a bit of hand carving adds the finishing touch.

dave cary lamp

We hope you’ll join us for this unusual show and browse the excellent work of our other dedicated Creamery Arts Center members as well. You can view Dave Cary’s full portfolio at: www.lightshipsart.comClick here to see his poster. The Creamery Art Center is located at 165 W. Bridge St. Hotchkiss. For more information you can contact us at 970-872-4848 or find us on Facebook. Our hours are 11 to 5, Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays.

 February 2014


Mingled Members” Show at the Creamery Arts Center in February

A combined exhibit of over 20 Creamery Arts Center artists will be featured during the month of February in the Peach Gallery. The opening reception will be held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Wine and Chocolate Extravaganza on the evening of February 14th from 6 to 8pm. Two and three-dimensional pieces will be displayed. Creamery artists take pride in their artwork and are excited to have this opportunity to individually showcase their work in the Peach Gallery. This show will be on display through March 10th.

January 2014

Warmth in Winter with Lois Fritz and Wandy Brunemeier

The Creamery Arts Center invites all to warm up for winter and attend our January opening reception staring quilt maker Lois Fritz and painter Wanda Brunemeier.  The festivities will be held Friday night January 10th from 6 to 8 pm. This cozy show will be on display until February 10th.

lois fritz - boots


Lois Fritz is one of the Creamery’s long time, valued members. She originally joined the Arts Center as a jeweler displaying her unique semi precious stone settngs, belt buckles and jewelry. In addition she began showing her quilted pieces. Lois states: “From the time I was a child, using scrap paper and crayons, and cutting figures out of the old Montgomery Ward catalogs to make paper dolls, I have loved color. While raising our three children, mostly on dairy farms, I made clothes for the kids, and true patchwork quilts, mostly from thrift shop fabrics. In the late seventies, I entered the nursing field, as an aide, LPN and RN. As the “nest” emptied, I moved to Washington State, where I found time and fabric shops! I bought a new sewing machine, a couple of quilt books, and dived in, mostly baby quilts at first. After 5 years in Alaska (3 with Indian Health at Barrow), I returned to Hotchkiss, and worked in local nursing homes and at Delta Hospital until I retired in 2002.

After retirement, with time to “play”, I began to experiment with different  techniques, hand applique, fusible web, etc. and began designing quilts and making custom-themed ones to order.  My scraps have now taken over my house,  leading me to mix quick and easy traditional patterns with odd blocks and crazy quilt backs for donation to organizations such as the fire department, the Linus project, and for fundraisers for area groups. If you are aware of any others who could make use of these, please contact me at 872-4156 or via email at max617@tds.net  or on my Crooked Stitch Quilts page on Facebook.

wanda b.Sharing the Peach Gallery with Lois is treasured member Wanda Brunemeier. She has been instrumental in contributing to the Creamery Art Center’s After School Program with generous donations from her frame shop Mattes & More. Wanda began painting thirty years ago, and says, “I have not found my niche yet because I paint all types of things from whimsy to fine art detail, including animals, flowers, native art, and ocean scenery. If I like the subject, I’ll paint it ~ even if I don’t, I’ll try it.  As an artist, I started painting in oils twenty-five years ago and recently have tried other mediums like pastels, watercolors, oil pastels, ink, and clay sculpture. I have worked all my life in service related jobs, interior decorating, sales and advertising until I started Mattes & More.”  Wanda currently operates her antique store and works part time at Mattes & More, a business she started with her daughter that offers artists affordable matting and framing. She enjoys helping customers see their artwork come to life as she helps them create custom displays without breaking the bank. Wanda, now semi-retired, still plays a large role at Mattes & More, and has personally trained her staff to be able to help each customer with their individual needs.

We hope to see you at the opening party where refreshments, micro brews and local wines will be served.  We are located at 165 W. Bridge St. Hotchkiss, Co.  81419. For more information you can reach us at 970-872-4848 or www.creameryartscenter.org  or you can also follow us on Facebook. Our winter hours are 11 to 5 Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.

 2nd Annual Pottery Seconds Show Opens January 10th  at the Creamery

pottery seconds

Our pottery seconds show was such a success last year that we decided to make it an annual event! If you are a pottery fan you won’t want to miss this chance to find some treasures at bargain prices. This event will be held in our upstairs Churro Gallery and new items will be arriving nearly every day.

December 2013

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.david strongMaster 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 mcnairGini 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.”white horses - sukiPastel 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 leather bookMaxine 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 Handmade books by Maxine BuchholtzSociety. 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.Needle rock Ricky 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

November 2013

“Found Objects: Old & Discarded”

 Oil Paintings by Jean Marie Stortz

jean stortz - spear and fish

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

Connies African Quilt On our “Wall”

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

Upstairs in our “Churro” Gallery – hendrika gourd

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 2013

basket show3 Basket Cases and a Bag Lady –

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


Autumn's Call (Bugling Elk)





Crested Butte Summer Meadow by Sandra Williamson.   

Autumn’s Call by Hendrika Cegielski

And on our “Wall” in our downstairs Gallery

Close up of bee, pollinating flower

Natural Process 1, Pollination 5 by Rita Clagett


September 2013rita claggett senior show photo 1

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 Hosts Young Artistshandprint painting

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

Crested Butte Summer Meadow

by Sandra Williamson.


August 2013

Creamery Arts Center Hosts Book Signing of Author Karen GallobKaren Gallob, Author of "The Sumbally Fallacy"

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

#1Tupper, D,Rocky Mountain High III

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.  

July 2013

A Tribute to Mary Green – July 12 to August 5

A Tribute to Mary Green

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 –

Churro gallery  artists for July

 On the “Wall” in our Main Gallery

Susana Replogle



“Adobe Awakening” Oil paintings

by Jean Marie Stortz  June 11th  through July 8th

Oil pjean-stortz-pictureainter 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.

jean-stortz“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 WilliamsonSandra Williamson

Peach Gallery – May 2013

More Art” ~ Hotchkiss High School and Montessori School Student Show

Crested Butte Summer MeadowMore Art from Hotchkiss High School Students

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.”

More Art from North Fork Community Montessori School (NFCMS)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.