Art Matters: Spring 2022

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Magazine of The Art Center of Western Colorado Volume 7, Issue 2 Spring 2022

First Fridays Presented by:

Michael Neste, MD

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Art Matters

Director's Letter About The Art Center Announcements Exhibitions Monuments and Canyons Rockies West National CMU Student Exhibition Altrusa

Art Center Art Excursions Tours

Youth & Teen Education Youth

Art Hacks Adult Education

Out-of-Town Workshops COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements Workshops 2D Classes Ceramics How to Enroll

On The Cover: John Phillips, Quiet Towers Art Matters Spring 2022

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Hello, I want to take this opportunity to echo what Art Center Board President, Ronya Anna, so eloquently said in the previous issue of Art Matters. Thank you! Thank you for supporting the arts, and The Art Center. The Art Center, like most nonprofits, depends on ongoing financial support from people and businesses who believe in its mission and founding principles. Our mission statement is simple: “The Art Center of Western Colorado is a regional arts organization dedicated to enriching lives by promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the arts.” Our members and financial supporters make it possible for The Art Center’s staff, instructors, board, and volunteers to fulfill that mission. At the end of 2021, The Art Center was offered two matching grant opportunities. Matching grants are fantastic ways to help donors stretch their philanthropic giving by doubling their donations. One matching grant was offered by an anonymous donor through the Western Colorado Community Foundation – this grant was for the Kephart Project capital campaign. The other was from Dr. Michael Neste and Family Health West and was a match for donations to programs and operations. Both grants matched donations up to a total of $20,000. You and other generous donors stepped up and helped us easily reach both matching grant goals! Supporters like you have made it possible for The Art Center to move forward with maintenance and improvements. One of the improvements is the installation of a fire mitigation sprinkler system; this will make the building safer for students and visitors. The Art Center’s aging roof will also be addressed. These and many more improvements are in the works thanks to donations to the Kephart Project. And, of course, the new Kephart Gallery is under construction and will be completed sometime this spring. Of course, any nonprofit’s greatest need is always operations. Operations is just that – keeping the business operating. When you donate to The Art Center operations, you directly support the exhibitions, programs, concerts, classes, tours and all the other things you love, by keeping the organization strong and able to fulfill its mission. None of the classes, programs, exhibits, tours, or anything else that’s offered by The Art Center is possible without sustained support of operations. Because of your financial support of programs and operations, The Art Center has begun to rebuild the momentum we had before the pandemic hit. We’re offering new classes, events, and programs and will continue to be innovative and think outside the box in order to make the life-affirming beauty of the arts available to everyone. And it’s all because of you. So - thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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Our Mission: The Art Center of Western Colorado is a regional arts organization dedicated to enriching lives by promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the arts.

Board of Trustees

Ronya Anna - President Dr. Michael Neste - Vice President David Price - 2nd Vice President Terri Chinn - Treasurer Anita Pisciotte - Secretary Gisela Ferguson Ajay Gustafson Joseph Gonzales Pavia Justinian Kendra McDaniel Lynne O’Connell Sheri Ray Mykan White Cathy Zippert – Art Center Guild President Jeremy R Franklin - ex-officio WCCA Endowment Foundation

Art Center Staff Lee Borden

Executive Director

Matt Jones

Curator, Programs & Exhibitions

Rachel Egelston

Director of Youth Education & Art for All

Terry Shepherd

Artist-in-Residence, Ceramics Director

Damien Sweet

Membership & Gift Gallery Coordinator

Haley Van Camp

Design and Communications Manager

Charley Gordon

Facilities Manager & Exhibition Preparator

Anna Walters Accounting

Sarah Dishong Gift Gallery

Art Center Hours 9am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday Admission $3 (free to members and children under 12) There is no charge to visit the Gift Gallery Tuesdays are free to everyone thanks to a generous sponsorship by Home Loan & Nationwide Insurance

Operational funding provided in part by



KEPHART GALLERY New addition coming soon!

We've officially started construction on the Kephart Gallery! THANK YOU to all of our donors for making this project possible!


kephart project We still need your help!

"Art is a wonderful gift." – Jac Kephart

DONATE NOW Donations of $200+ qualify donor for the enterprise tax zone credit The Jac Kephart Gallery and related improvements will: • Bring our facility up to current building codes • Protect our patrons, property, and permanent collection • Improve spaces and programming vital to students, artists, visitors, tourists, and our community • Enrich lives through greater accessibility to the arts

Visit or make checks payable to THE ART CENTER with Kephart Project in the memo line


Thank you to our major supporters! Gallery sponsors:

Gould Gallery - Chuck & Robbie Breaux Studio Colorado - Dr. Michael Neste & Family Health West North Gallery - Timberline Bank Atrium Gallery - Your Name Here

Exhibition 2022 sponsors: Chuck and Kendra McDaniel Dean and Mary Harris Chuck and Patti Shear / Shear Inc The Ron Beckman Estate Bernie and Mary Beth Buescher

Friend, Supporter, Champion, and Title Supporters: Judy and Don Allerheiligen Barbara Alpha Kay & Lee Ambrose Robert Armstrong Judith & Dr. Stephen Axthelm Laura May Bacon Chuck & Robbie Breaux Lynn Brownson Bernie and Mary Beth Buescher George & Judy Callison Terri Chinn Gaynell & Doug Colaric Karen Combs Steve and Sibylle Doyle Patricia Feinberg William Findlay Jeremy R Franklin Harry & Joanie Griff Jack Griggs Glen & Evelyn Haley Dean & Mary Harris Jill & Bill Hilty Robert & Lou Jenkins Anita Johnson Ken Johnson Melissa & Phil Jones Pat Kephart Karen & Dennis Kiefer Bob & Kathy Martin Linda McBride Terry McDaneld Chuck & Kendra McDaniel Jean McIntyre 8 | ANNOUNCEMENTS

Janet McRae Juliah Menconi Don Meyers Bill Milius Carole Moritz Donald Neal Gloria Nedved Clifford & Judith Neste Dr. Michael Neste Lynne O'Connell Carol Oglesby Brian & Joyce Olson Sharyl & Bob Peterson Anita Pisciotte Peggy Pretti Tony & Sally Prinster Jonathan Purdy Beck Ritter Sue Samuelson Pam Scala Dick & Sharon Scariano Carole Sneddon Jim Sebela & Nina Williams Chuck & Patti Shear Gail and Barry Tuohig Paul & Bonnie Van Camp Judy Vanderleest & Andy Kelley Georgie Weir Del & Joe Wharton George Wheeler Carolyn White & Robert Noble Mykan White & Dr. Caleb Stepan Holly Wilson

Wilson Family Lawrence Wild Dr. Tonya Wren Advanced Skin Care and Laser Center LLC Alpine Bank The Art Center Guild The Art Quilt Association The Christi Reece Group Colorado Creative Industries City of GJ Commission on Arts and Culture Family Health West Grand Valley Creative Alliance Harold & Ruth Moss Charitable Foundation Home Loan & Investment McBride Family Foundation Omega Realty Peggy Foster Estate The Ron Beckman Estate Timberline Bank WCCA Endowment Foundation William & Mai Robinson Charitable Trust

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS While at The Art Center, be a hero and please: Do not visit The Art Center if you or anyone in your household is ill or has been ill recently

Wash those hands frequently Wear a face mask

Follow posted occupancy limits for Maintain a minimum each gallery/ six-foot distance classroom between yourself and others not in your party

Do not shake hands or engage in unnecessary physical contact with others

Show proof of vaccination for adult classes

Use provided hand sanitizer when entering the building TAC will make sure high-touch surfaces are cleaned frequently and will continue monitoring CDC and MCPH guidelines to stay up-to-date with protocols. ANNOUNCEMENTS




An Exhibition Featuring Artists’ Works from the Monument & Canyons Plein Air Event March 4 – April 9

The Colorado National Monument Association and The Art Center of Western Colorado present the Monuments and Canyons Exhibition of Art. The display follows the Monuments and Canyons Plein Air event held in October 2021, where selected participants from all over the nation came to take in the region’s stunning landscape and capture its beauty through color and form. After the event, participating artists returned to their studios to further develop the works painted or inspired during their experience at the Monuments and Canyons event. This exhibition is a rare glimpse into the wonder of plein air painting and its culture. 10 | EXHIBITIONS

“This exhibition showcases the drama and beauty of the incredible public lands surrounding the southwestern natural boundary of the Grand Valley consisting of Colorado National Monument and the adjacent BLM lands.” - John Lintott

John Phillips, Quiet Towers EXHIBITIONS

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rockies west national Juror Lorraine Watry March 4 – April 9 This national juried exhibition is brought to you by the Western Colorado Watercolor Society. The WCWS has a long tradition of hosting one of the most competitive and versatile exhibitions in the medium. This exhibition brings in a multitude of talented watercolorists from all over the nation. Unlike oils and acrylics, which utilize canvas and hardboard as painting surfaces, watercolor requires use of hot and cold press papers and demands a level of added attention in managing the flow of water, as well as the timing associated with the absorbent quality of the working surface. Timing, paint consistency, and brush strokes determine the desired effect. The end results are stunningly vibrant, gestural, and organic compositions. These qualities make watercolor as a medium alluring to the artist and viewers alike.

her artist statement, “Watercolors hold a fascination for me – the transparency of the paint allows a glow from the white paper; there is always something new to learn, or new to deal with because the water and color often have minds of their own.” She has been a watercolor artist for over 27 years, embracing the natural lighting, bright colors, and small details in simplistic scenes that could go unnoticed by a passerby. She focuses on highlighting reflective surfaces, welcoming the challenge of capturing the realistic elements in reflective objects and landscapes. She is a very active artist, participating in exhibitions nationally and internationally, as well as teaching classes and workshops in person and online. Want to learn the techniques that Watry has to share? She will be conducting a workshop in conjunction with this exhibition. For more information about the exhibition or workshop, The juror for this exhibition is visit the WCWS website at Lorraine Watry. Watry writes in

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” -Leonardo da Vinci Lance Hunter, Crimson Snow


CMU Student Exhibition An Exhibition of CMU Student Artworks Juror Paul Tholl March 4 – April 9 Take the opportunity to come see the latest artworks from the creative minds of CMU Art & Design students in this year’s annual juried student exhibition. Art & Design students are encouraged to explore techniques, to push the boundaries of their mediums, and to develop their own voice within the artwork. The professors in the Art & Design Department are nationally and internationally respected artists and strive to push the students to achieve their educational goals and pursue their art careers. The CMU Fine Arts program fosters the ongoing development and education of degree-seeking students with art as their primary focus. Mediums will include drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, film, animation, and photography. This year’s juror is Paul Tholl. Tholl is an art educator at Grand Mesa Middle School. Tholl states, "The forms that I create are influenced by industrial and manmade objects from the mid-20th century, and the surfaces are influenced by the inevitable decomposition that time and nature have imposed on them. This weathering and wearing down brings these objects to life, tells their story of time passed by, and celebrates the natural world that will slowly take them back."



An Exhibition of District 51 Student Artwork April 11-29

The Art Center is proud to host Altrusa’s annual student art exhibition. This exhibition features a variety of twodimensional and threedimensional artwork in mediums including ceramics, painting, drawing, and more. Step into the minds of our youth as you peruse the art galleries, getting a glimpse at the perspectives of our middle and high school students from D51. They are our future

artists and creators; embrace their beginning and soak in the perspective, knowledge, and exploration they are pursuing in a multitude of mediums as they begin to dip their feet into the artistic world of today. This exhibition will last three weeks and includes a ceremony for students and parents to honor those who received awards during the jury process.

“In our time it has been seen… that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness, have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius, instructed solely by the example of these beautiful paintings and sculptures of Nature.” -Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574)

Bayley Zobel


Announcing the 2022 Art Center

Art Excursions Tour Series

In an effort to introduce Art Center members to the culture, art, and heritage of our region, we are proud to present to you a selection of first-class and exclusive excursions. Note: Prices and dates are approximate and might change depending on demand, availability, and unforeseen opportunities. April 21: Dominguez Canyon Hike with Zebulon Miracle Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Dominguez Canyon and view some of the most spectacular collections of Ute, Fremont, and Archaic rock art. Members Only: $70. Includes transportation, sack lunch, and a wonderful memory.

May 24: “We Built This City”: Telluride’s Historic Pub Crawl with the Telluride Historical Museum

economic centers, trading posts are central to the evolution of the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi arts such as weaving, jewelry-making, and pottery. Members Only: $1,300 / $300 SingleSupplement. Includes transportation, lodging, admission, and a journey into the world of Native Art. Does not include meals.

June 23--25: Experiencing High Country Theaters: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre & Colorado Candlelight Dinner Playhouse with Lee Borden

In cooperation with the Telluride Historical Museum, this journey will toast the mining and skiing heritage of this San Juan community with visits to such historic watering holes as the New Sheridan, the Last Dollar, and more. Members Only: $120. Includes transportation, admission, tips, and three rounds of drinks. Does not include meals.

Enjoy High Culture in the High Country as we attend a performance of Jersey Boys at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake and Singing in the Rain at the Colorado Candlelight Dinner Playhouse near Loveland. Members Only: $950 / $200 SingleSupplement. Includes transportation, lodging, admission, and dinner at the Colorado Candlelight Dinner Theatre.

June 9--13: Native Trading Posts and Native Arts: Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi with Peter Booth

July 21--25: Santa Fe High Culture: Pletka, Spanish Market, and Opera

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Enjoy the 69th Annual Spanish Market and Santa Fe Opera’s

performance of Carmen. The trip will be highlighted with a visit to the studio of nationally renowned artist (and former Grand Junction resident) Paul Pletka. Members Only: $1,350 / $350 SingleSupplement. Includes transportation, lodging, admission, tickets, fees, and a weekend enjoying Santa Fe’s high culture.

Date TBA: Aspen’s High-Altitude Culture Enjoy exclusive visits to the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen Historical Society, Hotel Jerome, the opera house, and more. Members Only: $120. Includes transportation, admission, tips, and more. Does not include meals.

September 7: Escalante Canyon Tour with Zebulon Miracle Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and epic heritage of Escalante Canyon with a stop at Fort Uncompahgre. Members Only: $100. Includes transportation, sack lunch, and a wonderful memory.

September 9--13: National Park Grand Circle: North Rim Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon Join The Art Center in this wondrous journey through the grandeur and splendor to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon national parks. Members Only: $1,350 / $300 Single-Supplement. Includes transportation, lodging, admission, tours, tips, and more. Does not include meals.

September 21--23: San Juan Mountains Plein Air Workshop with Loren Eakins Experience the San Juan Mountains during the glory of its fall colors through a Plein Air workshop with Art Center favorite Loren Eakins. This three-day workshop will use Ridgway as its base of operation as it ventures out into the wonders of the San Juans. Members Only: $1,050 / $200 Single-Supplement. Includes transportation, lodging, and instruction. Does not include meals.

October 21: Moab Rock Art Trip with Zebulon Miracle Discover with local historian Zebulon Miracle the rock art treasures that are found in the red rock country around Moab, Utah. Members Only: $110. Includes transportation, admission, tips, and more. Does not include meals.

December 7--9: The Grand Canyon by Train in the Holidays Enjoy this Holiday excursion to the Grand Canyon with its natural wonders wrapped in a winter splendor. We will travel to the Grand Canyon in first class luxury on the Grand Canyon Railroad and stay at the legendary El Tovar Hotel. Members Only: $1,550 / $200 SingleSupplement. Includes transportation, train tickets, lodging, admission, tips, and more. Does not include meals.

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Spring Art Week Save the Dates: March 28 - April 1 Mark your calendars for Spring Art Week, March 28 – April 1, which is in its 33rd year of providing kiddos and teens the opportunity to observe professional working artists as they create, explain their process, and inspire students; there will also be two hands-on stations. Check out The Art Center’s website for more details or call Rachel Egelston at 970-243-7337 ext. 7.

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Sponsored by The Art Center Guild and Alpine Bank Ages 5-13 8:30am-4:30pm Tuition per day, per child: $30 member / $35 non-member All materials provided Don’t forget to bring a snack, a lunch, and a water bottle! Monday, Mar 21: Spring is Here: Students will go outside to do plein air sketching and painting; spring flowers, batik, and basket weaving. Tuesday, Mar 22: STEAM: Design a biosphere, gravity art, design science flip books, chromatography butterfly magnets and found sound. Wednesday, Mar 23: Getting Close to Nature: Create a garden grass gnome, how to paint animals, bird feeders, garden collages. Thursday, Mar 24: Sculpture and More: Discover the capabilities of Legos, Steampunk entomology, wire figures, salt dough, and drawing with different materials. Friday, Mar 25: Celebration of Earth Hour (March 26): Projects ranging from watercolor to recycled art, earth necklaces, create art with dirt, board game.

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Ages 5-13 Rachel Egelston and guest artist Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm, March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28 $105 member/$155 non-member All materials provided; need-based scholarships available Homeschool program is designed to meet the needs of the homeschool community by offering art classes that address art standards. There is a balance of open-ended artistic expression and creative process in the format of these classes. The classes will explore a variety of different art fields such as ceramics, drawing, collage, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Students will have an opportunity to work together while experimenting with different art skills. Art will be used to make a connection to other academic subjects in an integrated approach in the art class curriculum. The program is designed to have fun while learning about art techniques and increasing artistic knowledge. Classes are different from session to session.


Sponsored by The Art Center Guild and Alpine Bank Ages 5-13 8:30am-4:30pm Tuition per day: $30 member / $35 non-member All materials provided Thursday, March 10: In celebration of the new Batman movie, we are having Superhero day; come dressed as your favorite superhero or not. Students will create and design their own superhero, while learning how to lay color with markers using line, perspective, and proportion. There will be a variety of materials to create artwork in this class. Not a superhero fan? Then there is a different option for you. Friday, March 11: Inspired by the movie “Turning Red,” students will draw their spirit animal; make Kusama style artwork, chalk landscape drawings, and watercolor paintings; and learn how to make a doll figure. Friday, May 13: Discover different art and crafts – mixed media animal, amazing things to do with crayons, bad hair day drawings, shrinky dinks handprints, and rock art.

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Ages 5-12 Rachel Egelston and guest artists Fridays 4:30-6:00pm Tuition per session: $55 member / $70 non-member Extend your student’s learning beyond the classroom with this afterschool program. Children will learn something new and develop their own artistic voice while building their critical thinking skills. These ongoing sessions offer an evolving curriculum. Spring Session: March 11, 18, 25; April 1: Art Foundation: Painting, drawing, clay, and sculpture.

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Raku and Low-Salt Firing Workshop Part of World Stoke, March 11-14, Penryn, CA Terry Shepherd College student $250 / Non-College student $300

Terry Shepherd will be conducting a 3-day Raku and Low-Salt firing workshop as part of “World Stoke 2022,” an International Symposium of wood-firing, artist demonstrations, and discussions to address social equities in ceramic art. This workshop is being staged by Rodney and Gina Mott at their Penryn Studio and Gallery in Penryn, California; no travel expenses are included. Keep an eye out for updates and how to register on our website at and at

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COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR ALL ADULT CLASSES & WORKSHOPS In order to safely increase class sizes to pre-pandemic numbers, The Art Center will require proof of Covid-19 vaccinations in order to register for the 2022 Spring class session. The Art Center has suffered substantial financial losses for a year and a half due to social distancing guidelines which required significantly smaller class sizes. The Art Center cannot continue to incur these losses and still remain financially viable. At the same time, several of our instructors and students, as well as our entire Artability program student base, are at high risk for complications from COVID-19. In order to help protect the health of instructors and students, proof of full vaccination will be required for all adult classes. Classes will also require the use of face masks, in addition to proof of vaccination. Face masks are required throughout the building.

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Designing Forms for Creative, Unorthodox Glazing Methods Ceramic workshop Fong Choo Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5, 9am-4pm $250 per student The study of form has always been a core interest in Fong Choo’s clay career. As a result, for over 25 years he has focused consciously and meticulously on a single form: the teapot. At this workshop, there will be wet work demonstrations on his signature teapot forms, teacups, bowls, cylinders, and all it takes to harness and accommodate the flowing nature of Choo’s glazing techniques. Glazing has significant dynamic potential as the crucial final step. Envisioning glaze interplay with both other glazes, and with heat, is a laborious and patiently acquired skill. Ideally, glazes become as creatively fluid, colorful, and vibrant as a painter’s palette. You will learn his unorthodox approach to using pre-made, easily available, low-fire and mid-fire glazes. For over three decades, Choo experimented with hundreds of combinations of both glazes and firing techniques; you will see the few, special survivors. All of these glazes are “at home” and comfortable in the typical Cone 6 oxidation environment most potters use. It is difficult to envision beauty coming from over-firing low-fire glazes given the inevitable problem with running. However, what if we take these "faults" to the edge and make these characteristics more predictable tools in the art of glazing? Can usual enemies – overmelting, running, and flowing – become friends? Can we harness the effects of over-melting? In fact, perfectly exquisite effects can come from over-firing lowfire and mid-fire glazes together. When glazes run in the directions and ways you know, layering and over-firing can produce a variety of intriguing, exciting, and luscious combinations. When in harmony with one another, they create a marbling effect with deep and lustrous, jewel-toned hues. And if time permits, Choo will demonstrate how to attach a dyed reed handle to finish off a teapot. There will also be homemade tools and a selection of his work available for purchase. Keep an eye out for updates on this workshop in the summer issue of Art Matters and on our website at WORKSHOPS | 27

Oil Painting

Dan Logé Mondays 9am-12pm, March 14- May 16, skipping March 28 Mondays 1-4pm, March 14- May 16, skipping March 28 $150 member / $190 non-member This class is open to everyone interested in learning how to create a beautiful oil painting from beginning to completion. This will be a fun, casual class full of information, and Dan will be there to answer any questions that you might have about making art. Dan teaches a method that is simple and easy to understand which will bring you positive results. All skill levels are welcome!

Sketching Animals

Dan Logé Tuesdays 9am-12pm, March 15 – May 17, skipping March 29 $150 member / $190 non-member Is it a drawing or is it a painting? Actually, it’s both! This is a class designed to improve your drawing skills by sketching animals with oil paint. The sketches are not finished paintings, but they show the student the importance of how most paintings begin, with a gesture or quick study of the subject. The sketches will be done monochromatically (limited palette) and with a time limit of 5, 10, or 20 minutes in duration. The instructor will supply photo references of various animals and birds from which that students can choose.

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Maryann Benoit

Mixed Media for Beginners

Gayle Gerson Beginner Wednesdays 9am-12pm, March 16 – May 18, skipping March 30 $150 member / $190 non-member Gayle Gerson is teaching a workshop-like class to give artists NEW to mixed media techniques practice in working with experimental painting and collaging to create beautiful compositions, both representational and abstract. Students will be able to devote plenty of time to each of 4 or 5 art works, creating a pleasing image that releases the sparkle of the artist’s personality. During the beginning of each class, Gayle will present a “mini-workshop” to teach the elements of design and build compositional skills and strengthen the “creative habit.” Art journaling, drawing sessions, and presentation of the art of historical and current mixed media artists will also be part of this dynamic class. CLASSES | 29

Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing Beginner/Intermediate $230 member / $270 non-member Ashtonn Means Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, March 14 – May 16, skipping March 28 Supplies required: basic pottery toolkit, towel This course is designed for both beginning and intermediate students. The projects and demonstrations will be geared toward the skill level and interest of each student. Throughout this course students will learn techniques for wheel-throwing and glaze application, while forming a strong understanding of materials and firing practices associated with the medium. We will discuss in detail, during demonstrations and projects, the design principles for functional pottery, the fundamentals of form and form alteration, as well as aesthetic surface design techniques. Beginners will be encouraged to focus on bowls, cups, and mugs as a method for gaining comfortability with the materials. Intermediate students can continue to explore these basic forms or stretch their abilities with more complex forms and techniques. Instructor email:

Robbie Breaux Tuesdays 1-4pm, March 15– May 17, skipping March 29 Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm, March 17 – May 19, skipping March 31 Supplies required: basic pottery toolkit, towel This course is for both beginner and intermediate students. Beginners focus on simple forms (mugs with handles, and bowls), glazes, and glazing techniques. Intermediate students receive instruction on techniques they want to hone, such as lidded vessels, plates, or stacked forms. Throughout the session, students are introduced to different surface designs to enhance one’s work. Instruction will be tailored towards the students' interests! Instructor email:

Instructor TBA Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm, March 15 – May 17, skipping March 29 Supplies required: basic pottery toolkit, towel Escape into the world of clay. Students learn the basics of hand-building, then dive into the skills needed to throw fundamental forms which have been used through the ages. Come relax and tap into your right brain.


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Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing Beginner/Intermediate $230 member / $270 non-member Terry Shepherd Thursdays 1-4pm, March 17– May 19, skipping March 31 Supplies required: basic pottery toolkit, towel, notebook This course is for entry level beginners and intermediate students with some previous experience in throwing and hand-building. Students will focus on the fundamentals of technique in throwing forms and explore hand-building skills and surface design including decorative slip techniques and a wide variety of surface design approaches. Instruction in glaze application and material properties of glaze elements and firing process will be studied. Basic vessel forms for mugs, bowls, pitchers, oil bottles, and other forms will be studied in detail. Instruction is tuned to the individual to help students develop confidence in exploring the boundless and curious potential of clay and ceramic process in their pursuit of creative expression! Students will make work for a Raku firing scheduled for the 8th week of class. Students will engage in constructive critique and challenge themselves in order to improve their skill level. Instructor email:

Intermediate Wheelthrowing Terry Shepherd Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, March 16– May 18, skipping March 30 $230 member / $270 non-member Supplies required: basic pottery toolkit, towel, notebook Take this course if you are confident when it comes to wedging and centering, can throw a 6-8" cylinder using 2-3lbs. of clay, and have experience with basic hand tools and slab rollers. Techniques such as altered throwing are introduced. Come with an open mind, ready to engage in constructive critique and explore and develop a more in-depth approach to ceramics. Instructor email:


Advanced Wheelthrowing Terry Shepherd Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm, March 16– May 18, skipping March 30 $230 member / $270 non-member Supplies required: basic pottery toolkit, towel, notebook Take this course if you meet the requirements for intermediate ceramics, have confidence when it comes to throwing a 10-14" cylinder using 5-10lbs. of clay, and have a desire and willingness to acquire a deeper understanding of the material properties of different clays (such as cone 10 stoneware and porcelain) and glazes, as well as alternative firing processes. Students engage in constructive critique and challenge themselves in order to improve their skill level. Instructor email:

All Levels Hand-building Robbie Breaux Mondays 1-4pm, March 14– May 16, skipping March 28 $230 member / $270 non-member Use slabs of clay to make beautiful artwork. We’ll focus on functional ware – mugs, casseroles, bowls, etc. Various hand-building techniques, surface treatments, and glazing will also be discussed. Students with prior knowledge in clay will have freedom to work on personal projects. Instructor email:

Sculpting in Clay Ron Cloyd Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm, March 18 – May 20, skipping April 1 $230 member / $270 non-member Whether you are a novice or seasoned clay artist, this course is one that will help you transform your visions into finished fired forms. With a focus toward whimsy and humor, Ron’s sculpture class will consist of demos and discussions about project inspiration (“where did you come up with that idea?”), use of tools, clay manipulation, firing, and finishing. You will be able to work through instructor-guided projects, or immediately begin sculpting from your own ideas. Some tools are available, but students are encouraged to bring their own as well. Instructor email: Included in every ceramics tuition is one, 25-lb. bag of clay and 3000 cu. in. of glaze firing (firing fee after 3000 cu. in. is 2 cents/cu. in.) 34 | CERAMICS

The Nitty Gritty Spring registration opens Tuesday, Feb 15

Students must register three days before the start of a class to secure a spot.

Registration: Registration can be completed online at gjartcenter. org, over the phone, or in person at The Art Center. For phone registration, call 970-243-7337, x. 2. To register in person, stop by during gallery hours, TuesdaySaturday 9am-4pm. Payment:

Payment can be made by American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, check, or cash. Class space will not be reserved without full payment. Please be aware that classes require a minimum number of students and are subject to cancellation. The best way to ensure that the class you are interested in does not get canceled is to register early, and don’t forget to urge a friend to sign up!

Cancellation Policy: To cancel

a class or workshop registration, notify The Art Center at least 14 days before the start of the class or workshop. If given the required 14-day notice, The Art Center will issue class credit in full or will refund your payment minus the registration fee ($15 for adults and $5 for children). No refunds or class credit will be issued for cancellations made

within 14 days of the start of the class or workshop. If you register for a class or workshop within the 14-day period, you will receive no refund or class credit for cancellation. Sorry, no refunds or class credits for no-shows. This registration policy helps instructors plan and prepare for upcoming classes, ensuring you receive ample notice if a class has insufficient registration.

Art Supplies: Supply lists

for each class are available on our website. Unless otherwise specified, the student is responsible for purchasing art supplies. Some supplies are available at The Art Center Gift Gallery. Tuition for ceramics classes includes one, 25-lb. bag of clay and 3000 cu. in. of glaze firing (firing fee after 3000 cu. in. is 2 cents/cu. in.) Ceramics students will need a pottery tool kit, not covered by tuition and available from The Art Center Gift Gallery for $20.99 plus tax. Need-based scholarships are available. Visit our website’s scholarships page for more information!

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