Art Matters: Summer 2022

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Magazine of The Art Center of Western Colorado Volume 7, Issue 3 Summer 2022

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Art Matters

Director's Letter About The Art Center Announcements Exhibitions Student Instructor Contemporary Clay Cover to Cover Committee's Choice Escape


Paint the Town: Sparkles & Spurs Art Center Art Excursions Music in the Grapevines

Youth & Teen Education

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Youth Teen

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Collection Corner Adult Education


Workshops Adult Classes Ceramics How to Enroll

On The Cover: Fong Choo, Oceanar Art Matters Summer 2022

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Happy Spring! There have been a lot of changes over the last several months at The Art Center. If you haven’t been by in a while, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what has been accomplished in the last few months. Most notably, the Jac Kephart Gallery has been completed and is now open. The new gallery has a beautiful and striking aesthetic that’s unlike any other gallery in the area. Through mid-June, the gallery will exhibit artwork by the gallery’s namesake, the late Jac Kephart, so please visit the new gallery while Jac’s work is on display. After the current Kephart retrospective closes, other remarkable exhibitions will open in the new space. But, part of every year will feature more artwork by our friend Jac. So, if you miss this show, don’t fret, you’ll have more chances to see his work in the future. Other changes include upgrades to the Gould Gallery. During the construction of the Kephart Gallery, we converted the old brick wall into a gallery wall, giving us an additional nineteen feet of wall space to more easily display artwork. You may also notice that the two small alcoves in the Gould Gallery have been converted into a much-needed fine art storage space (thanks to The Art Center Guild). And, the Gould Gallery has beautiful new carpet. The whole gallery has been transformed and looks brand-new. Another notable change is that the entire building, its contents, and visitors are now protected by a fire-suppression sprinkler system. This has been a need for decades and we’re thrilled with this upgrade. Some behind-the-scenes changes that have been completed or are in the works include new lighting in our permanent collection storage and conservation space (Thanks to Dick Scariano and Omega Real Estate). The new lighting in the PC room is a huge improvement. In the near future, we will be installing new archival storage systems to protect The Art Center’s valuable permanent collection. This spring and summer, we will be working on new landscaping along 7th Street. We will also be replacing the old outdated box sign on 7th Street with a new digital sign, installing security fencing for the kiln yard, touching up paint on portions of the building exterior and much more. The new addition and all these wonderful improvements are possible because of the generosity of supporters like you, and because of countless volunteer hours by The Art Center’s Board, Guild, Development Committee, and many others. So, thank you to everyone for your ongoing support. The Art Center has been the hub for the arts in the Grand Valley for almost seventy years. Thanks to people like you, TAC is getting bigger and better, and will continue to serve the area for years to come.

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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

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



donor spotlight:

family health west and dr. Michael neste

Family Health West was founded and built from the ground up by members of our community in 1946. For more than 75 years, their labor of dedication and hope for the community has inspired and propelled us in our vision to care for our people now and far into the future. Family Health West is a hospital combined with 30 clinics that support the many ailments and health hazards people in Western Colorado face every day. Learn how together we flourish at FHW.Org. Q&A with Michael Neste What do you love about The Art Center? I love The Art Center because it's a common meeting grounds for people of all different areas of life to both view and create art as well as meet other people, discuss art, and analyze the culture here in Grand Junction. How long have you been supporting The Art Center? I've been supporting The Art Center with both volunteer hours and financially for a little over seven years. Why did you first give to The Art Center, and why do you continue to do so? I think that The Art Center is a very important part of the community. Just like any other non-profit, without volunteer hours and financial support from the community, it doesn't exist, and without The Art Center, Grand Junction wouldn't be the city that it is. Why do you believe The Art Center is an important part of the community? The Art Center is a very important part of the community for many reasons, but, when I moved to Grand Junction, which is similar to a lot of people, we come here for the great outdoor amenities – we can ski, bike, hike, right out our back door – but without culture, the city is just not quite complete, and The Art Center is one of the core entities of the cultural center of Grand Junction, which makes it a wonderful place to live. 6 | ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 Ruth & Terry Leever Luis & Maggie Lopez Bob & Kathy Martin Linda McBride Terry McDaneld Chuck & Kendra McDaniel Jean McIntyre

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 Cheryl and Dan Wenzinger 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 Books 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 ANNOUNCEMENTS | 7

GALLERY Thank you to all who donated to this project to help carry on Jac Kephart’s legacy Judy and Don Allerheiligen Kay and Lee Ambrose Mary Ellen Andrews John and Diane Anglim Ronya Anna and Dr. Andrew Jones Judy and Steve Axthelm Laura May Bacon Betty and Joel Bechtel Nancy Beckwith Michael D. and Deborah L. Berry Miffie Blozvich Pamela Blythe Bennett Boeschenstein and Elizabeth Rowan Fid and Deb Braffett Karla Brown Nancy and Kelley Burford Catherine Burkey Carol and Jim Cadez George and Judy Callison Kay Cambell Laura Carney Tizza Chace and Les Slowik Dixie Chavez Terri Chinn Gaynell and Doug Colaric John and June Colosimo Susan and Thomas Conner Anne and Jack Connolly Maggie Cook John Cooper Janice Copeland Kay Crane Dr. Joe Cruz and Jane Kuenzel Tanya Davis Kate Denning Matthew and Cathy Dokoupil Claire DuPont Lena and Carter Elliott Kay Ferris Jeremy R Franklin Gayle and George Gerson Linda and Dick Gilmore Michael Gormley and Patricia Johns Ruth Gormley Mary Grande Amber Gregersen Jack Griggs Jamie and Justin Harris Gary Hauschulz and Susan Metzger Karoline Henning Sharmaine and Stephen Hillard Janet and Ed Hokanson 8 | ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gjeneve Hopkinson Debbie Horwitz Nikki Hunn Robert and Lou Jenkins Lorraine Jensen and Doug Aden Ruth and Douglas Johnson Melissa and Phil Jones Sandra June Mike and Jamie Kaul Pat Kephart Ed Krebs Katherine Kylen Maggie and Luis Lopez Sharon Lovell Pauline Lyttle-Porter Karen and Mark Madsen Linda and Brian Mahoney Bud Markos Kathy and Bob Martin Martha and Roger McCoy Kendra and Chuck McDaniel Kathleen McGinnis-Feinzig Linda Mendenhall Dr. William and Darlyne Merkel Bill Millius Ellen Moore and Ellsworth LeBeau Karen and Buzz Moore Vera Mulder Georgia D. Munro Bob and Carol Murphy Dr. Michael Neste Susan and Jerry Norton Amy Nuernberg and Owen O’Fallon Lynne and Tim O’Connell Lindsay Pfieffer Carolyn R. Pilkenton-Taylor Anita Pisciotte Janet Pomrenke Joanie and Charlie Post Tricia Powell Anne Powers Peggy Pretti David Price Elise and Dan Prinster Sally and Tony Prinster Wanda Wray Putnam Jacquie Chapell Reid Gudrun Rice and Charlie Kerr Lynette Richardson and David Mayer Janine and Kirk Rider Elizabeth Robillard Deborah & Joel Robinson Cheryl Roy

Sue Samuelson Allison and Tim Sarmo Dick and Sharon Scariano Jean and Mike Sewell Patti and Chuck Shear Rita and Roger Shenkel Terry and Suzi Shepherd Jamee and Doug Simons Cynthia and Bryan Sims Anna and Anthony Smalley Verne and Diana Smith Mike Stahl Gene H and Latisha Starbuck Linda Stout Fay Timmerman and Steve Traudt Deborah Tittle Dee and George Tompkins Christine Tuthill Judy Vanderleest and Andy Kelley Carol Vischer Sara Warzecka Lenna and Steve Watson Sharon Weidner Cheryl and Dan Wenzinger Wayne Westerson and Alberta Husch Dan and Connie Whalen Del Wharton Carolyn White and Bob Noble Christy Whitney Sylvia Wilhelm Dr.and Mrs. Charles Wilson Holly Wilson LeAnn and Les Zetmeir Cathy Zippert Rebecca Zook Advanced Skin Care and Laser Center LLC Alpine Bank Brush and Palette Club Design Works LLC Family Health West FCI Constructors Gates Family Foundation Gay Johnson's Inc. Grand Valley Books Home Loan and Investment Hoskin Farina & Kampf Superior Alarm WCCA Endowment Foundation Western Colorado Community Foundation Zephyr of Grand Junction

*We apologize for any names we may have missed*


A Retrospective of Jac Kephart’s paintings April 1 – June 11 The Jac Kephart Gallery is now open to the public! We are honored to have the opportunity to become stewards of the artwork of such a legendary figure in our community. The Jac Kephart Gallery now stands as a monument to his legacy as Jac’s work will be exhibited several times each year. Jac and his wife, Pat, ran Jac’s House of Flowers in Grand Junction, Colorado. Jac worked as a florist during the day and created art by night until his career as a painter became fully sustainable. Jac attended Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) with aspirations of attaining a degree in architecture. However, his talent as a fine art painter led his life in a different direction.

Early on, Jac explored experimental abstract compositions, but his ability as a representational painter caused him to veer towards the creation of traditional painted landscapes. In the 1990s, he made the leap back to the abstract and nonrepresentational art he had experimented with in the past. This injected a renewed enthusiasm for artmaking into Jac’s life. He was in search of transcendence. Jac's work and passion for art speaks for itself in many ways, but he described it best when he said, “I am not documenting subjects or making statements; I’m creating original creations and trying to make an emotional connection. I want the viewer to connect with their viewing experience and be happy when they look at my paintings. I’ll paint for the rest of my life, always searching for that one ultimate creation – art is a wonderful gift.”


A message from

the Art Center of Western Colorado’s Endowment Foundation Board: The Endowment Foundation’s mission is to keep our beloved Art Center financially healthy and able to fulfill its mission of providing the highest quality of art programming for our community. Most of us have been involved at The Art Center for years and have seen it grow into the vibrant center for creativity that it is today. In order to ensure many more tomorrows at The Art Center, the Foundation Board maintains an endowment fund that uses investment earnings to support the day-to-day operation of our Center. We are also the caretakers of many pieces of art in the Permanent Collection, including most of the Native American weavings and several paintings and works of sculpture. We are asking you to consider a donation to our Endowment Fund which can be done in three ways: 1. an outright donation, 2. a bequest in your will, or 3. another form of planned giving. Your gift will ensure that our Art Center continues to grow and thrive. Thank you! Gayle Gerson, Acting President of The Art Center of Western Colorado’s Endowment Foundation Board 10 | ANNOUNCEMENTS



An Exhibition of The Art Center’s Students' and Instructors' Artworks July 1-30 CALL TO ARTISTS Artwork drop-off: Tuesday, June 28, 10am-2pm Artwork pick-up: Saturday, July 30, 10am-2pm In July the Art Center honors its students and instructors in this annual exhibition. The Art Center has over 200 students in classes throughout the year ranging from amateur to professional and over 15 instructors throughout the year. We at The Art Center are proud of the broad array of courses that we offer to the Grand Valley community. The exhibition is open to all mediums including

ceramics, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and more. All instructors who have taught over the past year and all students who have attended classes over the past year are invited to show their work. As you walk through the gallery space you can see the talent in The Art Center community, and we are honored to exhibit their artwork in North, Atrium, and Colorado Galleries.

John Phillips, Quiet Towers Loren Eakins, The First Snow






An Exhibition of Ceramic Art Juried by Fong Choo Sponsored by Bernie and Mary Beth Buescher May 13 – June 25 First Friday opening June 3 The Art Center’s Contemporary Clay Biennial began in 2006. In the past 16 years it has grown to be a stellar exhibition featuring artwork from top artists in the contemporary ceramic field. This year’s juror, Fong Choo, has chosen 92 pieces to be exhibited from the 146 entries submitted. Along with the juried artworks, the invitational component to Contemporary Clay allowed Fong Choo to select a small group of professional colleagues to show contemporary ceramic work from nationally known artists.

attitude towards clay: it requires poking to awaken it. One must push the limits, test waters, search, prod and explore its many boundaries. I feel blessed to be able to pursue the life of a potter – especially when it requires poking the sleeping tiger...”

This exhibition brings contemporary clay artists to the Grand Valley, pushing our views of the ceramic world and demonstrating clay’s incredible adaptability as an artistic medium. It demonstrates how artists from around the world continue to Fong Choo specializes in mastering push the limits of clay and expand the form of the teapot. In his the boundaries of the art medium. artist statement he notes, "What is so exciting about looking at a Fong Choo will be offering a sleeping tiger? 2-day ceramic workshop alongside this exhibition on June 4th and "Nothing. But if you take a stick 5th. The workshop will focus on and poke at it, you will remember exploring low-mid-range glazes that tiger for the rest of your life! and pushing the glazes in the firing to achieve dramatic results "This is part of a conversation I outside of the usual scope of lowmid-range glazes. once had at the Minnesota Zoo. In many ways, this parallels my

Fong Choo, Dancing Karmel


The 7th Biennial Rocky Mountain Collage Society Members’ Exhibition An Exhibition of Collage and Mixed Medium Sponsored by Dean & Mary Harris May 13 - June 25 First Friday opening June 3 The Art Center is proud to announce the 7th Biennial Rocky Mountain Collage Society Members’ Exhibition from May 13 to June 25. Collage as an artform was first popularized by creating original works of art using expensive wall papers. Intricate original designs would be formed by seaming together a variety of patterns or illustrative works to create beautiful and luxurious interior design. The process was adapted by modern artists, the most popular of whom was Pablo Picasso. This technique can be seen in his work Bottle of Vieux Marc in 1913. The artform has since expanded to include all

aspects of art history, mediums, and designs. Tattered edges, torn seams, snipped and frayed, hammered metal, rusted nails – these are just some of the common aesthetics presented in this sophisticated art form of Collage and Mixed Media. The approach to art materials that collage provides offers a unique perspective on artmaking. Its use of a variety of non-traditional materials frees up creative potential and leads the artist down a path unbound by materiality and function. The collage artist is free to explore their inner desires, playful imagination, and creative impulses.


Tom Calenberg, Book of Safari Dreams

Local mixed media artist Gayle Gerson says, “In the autumn of 2021, members of the collage society collaborated on an exchange of art journals. Four artists worked in

each journal responding to the art they found in the journal when they received it. During the exhibition, they invite visitors to pick up each journal and browse through it.”

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be done and asked why not.” - Pablo Picasso

Tom Calenberg, Book of Ravens


Committee’s Choice An Exhibition from The Art Center’s Permanent Collection May 13 – June 11 First Friday opening June 3 Recently the Gould Gallery has undergone a makeover in conjunction with the building addition of the Jac Kephart Gallery. This makeover has created additional space for hanging and installing artworks. Each member of the permanent collection committee has selected two works to be shown in this exhibit. The exhibit will feature favorites such as Daniel Sprick and Paul Pletka, and other artists represented from the Permanent Collection. This is a unique opportunity for the permanent collections committee to highlight specific works that may have drawn them in to a volunteer position at The Art Center in the Permanent Collection. It demonstrates why preservation and stewardship are important components of The Art Center’s mission within the Western Colorado art community.


Daniel Sprick, Pots & Pans, detail

ESCAPE An Exhibition featuring Works of Art from The Art Center's Artability/Art for All Program July 1- 30 Escape showcases the work of students in The Art Center’s Artability/Art for All outreach program. Initially comprised of one class every other month, Artability has grown to four to seven classes each week and serves over 160 students with mental and physical challenges. The student artists in this exhibition are members of local agencies Strive, Ariel, the Grand Junction Regional Center, and Pathco. Escape welcomes the viewer to enter an ethereal environment where artistic works emulate the natural world. The premise behind Escape was to take everyday and environmental objects and either use them as tools or assemble them together to create artistic works. Some items used include cotton balls, wooden skewers, organic matter, push pins, rubber bands, toothpicks, water, factory discards, paper clips, tissues, broken glass, and tree branches, sticks, and stumps. These simple objects take on new meaning as they are transformed into artworks and environments that evoke systems inherent to the natural world. As you view the exhibition, we encourage you to look past the components of each piece in order to see what you see, rather than what you think you see. You’ve read by now that the artists in this show deal with mental and physical challenges, and maybe you have some assumptions about what that means. We challenge you, the active viewer, to (re)evaluate those assumptions. Whether an art object or a person, there is always more than meets the eye.





an art center benefit saturday, may 7, 2022 fine art auctions to support the art center themed cocktails, entertainment & More Doors open at 5pm Tickets $30 for one, $50 for two 18 | EVENTS

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

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

Repertory Theatre & Colorado Candlelight Dinner Playhouse with Lee Borden 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.

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

Enjoy the 69th Annual Spanish Market and Santa Fe Opera’s Besides being social and economic centers, trading posts performance of Carmen. The trip will be highlighted with a are central to the evolution of the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi arts visit to the studio of nationally such as weaving, jewelry-making, renowned artist (and former Grand Junction resident) Paul and pottery. Members Only: $1,300 / $300 Single- Pletka. Members Only: $1,350 / $350 SingleSupplement. Includes transportation, Supplement. Includes transportation, lodging, admission, and a journey into the world of Native Art. Does not include meals. lodging, admission, tickets, fees, and a weekend enjoying Santa Fe’s high culture.

June 23--25: Experiencing High Country Theaters: Rocky Mountain

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Mark your calendars! Opening Concert of Music in the Grapevines:


Tuesday, May 24, 7pm Two Rivers Winery Additional Concerts: EXIT 42 Wednesday, June 22 WILD FLIGHT Tuesday, July 19 DONNY MORALES & GLENN PATTERSON Tuesday, August 16 STRAY GRASS Wednesday, September 7 For tickets and additional concert information, visit Sponsored by


A unique experience every week Sponsored by The Art Center Guild Monday – Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm Tuition $110 member / $135 non-member per week, per child Need-based scholarships available Classes are broken down by age: 5-7 and 8-12. Classes are designed to challenge and teach to the ability of the students in that class. Don’t forget to bring a snack and a water bottle! Summer Art Camp gives children the opportunity to explore art in all its forms and encourages those students to explore their own creativity. Summer Art Camp is taught by both professional and certified art teachers. A reception is held at the end of each week, and families and friends are invited into The Art Center to see the work that the campers have accomplished during the week. This year’s Summer Art Camp collaborative community project is “The World of Color” and will run throughout June to allow campers to build friendships and a feeling of contributing to something bigger than oneself. “The World of Color” project will be displayed in the July Student/Instructor Exhibit.

May 23-27: The Great Outdoors (Camp will meet at Sherwood Park on Wednesday, May 25) • Clay • Wind spinner • Botanical sun prints • Different techniques of painting with watercolors and tempera • Variety of drawing materials • Shaker sticks • Weaving with branches, and much more • Community installation

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May 31 – June 3: STEAM $88 member / $110 non-member (4 days only, skipping May 30) Explore the natural world to find eco-friendly inspiration • • • • • • • •

Peep catapult Science flip books Force and motion artwork Marble track challenge Shadow drawing NASA-inspired projects Design a vessel for an egg-drop Community installation

June 6-10: Art in Motion • • • • • • •

Theater games and exercises Dance Kinetic art Optic art Animation and sequential art Paint spinner, and more Community installation

June 13-17: Heritage Art • • • • • • • •

Safe whittling Whirligig Yarn/Rag dolls Sewing projects Tin punching Granny apple people Beading, and more Community installation

June 20-24: Animal Week Returns • • • • • • •

Learn how to draw from live animal models Create artwork inspired by Laurel Birch cats and The Blue Dog Stone pets and their environment Papier-mache pets Sea turtles light, driftwood sea horses and fish Endangered animals art Community installation

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June 27-July 1: Artist Box • • • • • • • •

Clay Fiber art Drawing with pencil, colored pencil, and marker Printmaking Encaustic art Oil pastels Painting with watercolor and tempera Learn the proper way to use your art tools

July 5-8: Storytelling $88 member / $110 non-member (4 days only, skipping July 4) • • • • • •

Presentation of storytellers Drawing Sculpture Mixed media Explore storytelling methods “Got Paint” – allow paint to tell its own story (traditional and nontraditional) • Sock puppets and their homes • Story stones

July 11-15: Comic Cartoons & Characters • • • • • • • •

Alter ego illustrations Traditional drawing and creating a storyboard Line character sculpture Self-portrait Minions Techniques in drawing and inking with markers How to draw a superhero Human proportion and color schemes Watercolors and colored pencil

July 18-22: Messy Week • • • • • • •

Painting with your feet Painting with water balloons Artwork inspired by Abstract Expressionism Frozen paint, homemade driveway paint Eruption prints Resist art with watercolor Open-ended sculpture

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July 25-29: Legos Meets the Art World • • • • • • • • •

Lego® master Nathan Sawaya Printmaking Cubism Build a circle device for drawing Lego® puppet theater Drawing Creating small murals Salt dough figures Photo work

August 1-5: “A Little of Everything” • • • • • • • • •

How to paint with sharpies Batik Drawing, painting, chalk drawing Self portraits Art influenced by the Masters Zentangles Make your own stuffed creature Making paper And more


Sponsored by Grand Valley Creative Alliance The Art Center’s Teen Council creates a space for young people to share their voices and opinions with The Art Center. High school students from across the valley meet twice a month to immerse themselves in exhibitions, plan programs for teens, meet local artists, and cultivate a creative community. Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of the month from 4:15 to 6:15pm. Council is scheduled to start June 16. Facilitated by local university studio art major students. Check for more details. If interested, contact Rachel Egelston,, 970-243-7337 x 7.

FIELD EXPERIENCES The Art Center is offering Artability/Art for All Field Experiences to schools, youth, teen programs, birthdays and adult groups. A field experience includes hands-on class and a tour through the galleries. We can design a class to your interests in most arts and crafts, or you can check The Art Center’s website for a list of classes. For more information, please contact Rachel Egelston, 970-243-7337 x7 24 | YOUTH & TEEN


Monday – Friday, 12:30-4:30pm Tuition: $67 member / $72 non-member per week, per student Expand your creativity and artistic awareness, build your portfolio, or simply spend time with peers and professional artists. All materials provided

June 13- 17 Instructor TBA, Ages 15 and up

Essential Drawing and Painting Techniques: This workshop is perfect for teens looking to develop the foundational skills of drawing and painting. Teens will use their observational skills and gain familiarity with diverse media (such as graphite, charcoal, and acrylics) through drawing exercises that may include gesture drawings, blind contours, and contour drawings. Linear perspective, color theory, and building form with light and shadow will also be covered as teens render their artistic creations.

June 27-July 1 Instructor Mary Kain, Ages 14 and up

Learn the ins and outs of clay hand building in this exciting ceramic class. On the down days when clay is being fired; the class will work on a fiber art project.

July 11-15 Instructor TBA, Ages 13 and up

Learn how to draw heroes, villains, monsters, and props for comic books and manga! This workshop covers basic anatomy, style, and idea generation through step-by-step instructions.

July 25-29 Instructor Mary Kain, Ages 15 and up

One has endless possibilities when working with fiber. Students will learn different techniques such as sewing and embroidery while creating a finished project.

August 1-5 Instructor TBA, Ages 15 and up

Learn to develop and create your art portfolio through critiques and individual attention on how to develop a body of artwork. Workshop will include what is needed in an art portfolio. Students will work in a variety of art mediums to help improve art skills.

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COLLECTION CORNER Highlighting works from The Art Center's Permanent Collection

Reincarnation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars by Aaron Farris

Reincarnation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars, a newly acquired print to The Art Center, presents a turnof-the-century transition for a medium in the history of Japanese art. As one of the most prolific


artisans of woodblock printing (ukiyo-e), Toyohara Kunichika grants a unique lens through a style of actor prints (yakusha-e), revealing the stories and and customs of the golden age of

Kabuki theater. Renowned for his printmaking abilities, Kunichika consistently created a wide variety of luxurious works until his death in 1900. The downfall of a onceflourishing medium directly coincided with the passing of the acclaimed artist. As a dedicated printmaker throughout the Meiji period (1868-1912) of Japan, Toyohara Kunichika reached the culmination of his career by portraying his beloved Kabuki theater through a voluminous series of actor portraits. Published by Fukuda Kumajiro in 1893, 100 Roles of Baiko is the title of the second series of prints commissioned to Toyohara Kunichika featuring a popular actor of Kabuki theater. Celebrating the career of theater actor Onoe Kikugogo V (stage name Baiko), each individual print features Baiko as the leading actor in the main panel during one of the most dramatic and memorable scenes from each play. This particular print is based on the play titled Reincarnation of the Sun and Moon and Star Clusters (Jitugetsusai Kyowa Seidan), portraying Baiko in the role of a monk from a dramatic narrative based on real events. As fifteenth from a series of one hundred, this print shares the same amount of carefully crafted work and clarity of detail as the other ninety-nine in the series. The upper left register of each print typically features a supporting actor, and in the adjacent panel a description of

the play is provided. The series title is in black to the far right with Toyohara Kunichika’s Toshidama seal beneath the series name in the main panel, and a ribbon of fine script down the left side credits the printing company responsible for distributing the finely crafted print. The final product from the meticulous process of yakusha-e printing (especially multi-colored prints) elevated or commemorated the legacy of actors such as Baiko. Common to all prints in this series, number fifteen features lavish embellishments on thick quality paper, including uncommon colors from imported aniline dyes. Kunichika accentuates a traditional Utagawa style with seldom-seen dark purple and scarlet hues. A burnishing technique known as shomenzuri is applied to the monk’s robe, producing a glossy surface on a darkly colored area. Embossing on the white inner portion of the monk’s robe provides additional texture to enhance the dimensionality to the otherwise flat figure depiction. A polished mica-encrusted background is an intentional nod to the revered ukiyo-e artist Sharaku, who was famous for the same technique. For its age, this print presents exceptionally well with little-to-no deterioration on the high-quality paper used for its application. All elements combined create a stunning print that is only completely appreciated in close proximity. COLLECTION CORNER | 27

Designing Forms for Creative, Unorthodox Glazing Methods Workshop by Fong Choo, juror for Contemporary Clay 2022 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 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. Attendees 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; attendees 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.

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 – over-melting, 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.

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Fong Choo, Tangerina Series

Summer Registration Opens Tuesday, May 3, at 9am Oil Painting

Dan Logé Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, May 30 – August 1, skipping July 4 $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!

Tai Chi in the Park

Sifu Matthew Jones Canyon View Park Saturdays, 9-11am, June 4 – July 30 $90 member / $135 non-member This Tai Chi class is geared towards beginning/intermediate students. Sifu Jones will guide students through the beautiful and elegant movements of the classical Chinese Yang Style Tai Chi form. Increase the flexibility, agility, and balance of both the body and the mind. Classes will meet at Canyon View Park at 9am near the handball court.


Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing Beginner/Intermediate $230 member / $270 non-member Ashtonn Means Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, May 30 – August 1, skipping July 4 Tuesdays 1-4pm, May 31– July 26 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:


Ashtonn Means

Robbie Breaux Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm, June 2 – July 28 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:

Gary Andrews Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm, May 31– July 26 Supplies required: basic pottery toolkit, towel Escape into the world of clay. Students learn the basics of handbuilding, then dive into the skills needed to throw fundamental forms which have been used through the ages. At times Gary will provide pre-thrown pots for students to practice glazing. Come relax and tap into your right brain. Instructor email:

Terry Shepherd Thursdays 1-4pm, June 2 – July 28 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, June 1 – July 27 $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, June 1 – July 27 $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 Wednesdays 1-4pm, June 1 – July 27 $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:


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Sculpting in Clay Ron Cloyd Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm, June 3 – July 29 $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.)

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The Nitty Gritty Summer registration opens Tuesday, May 3

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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