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.