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Volume 4, Issue 5 Holiday 2019


Magazine of the Western Colorado Center for the Arts

First Fridays Presented by:

Michael Neste, MD

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Art Matters Director’s Letter About The Art Center Development News Announcements Remembering Jac Kephart Exhibitions Metalworkers Clay Magic Brush & Palette

Events Paris Trip Annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair Demo Night

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Youth Education Youth Programs

Art Hacks Teapot Tips

Adult Education Workshops 2D Classes Ceramics How To Enroll


On The Cover: Photograph of Jac Kephart by Catherine Mayer, Jac's great-niece Art Matters Holiday 2019 gjartcenter.org

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Hello Friends! As I have so often said in the past, volunteers are the heart and soul of any nonprofit, and The Art Center is no exception. In the last issue of Art Matters, I talked a bit about The Art Center Guild, a remarkable volunteer arm of our organization. This month, I’d like tell you a little bit about another group of dedicated volunteers–The Art Center’s Board of Trustees. And I would like to introduce you to the five newest board members. As you probably know, The Art Center is governed by a Board of Trustees. These trustees are voted into office to serve a three-year term, and they may serve no more than two consecutive terms. During these three or six years in office, the board and their self-elected officers provide governance for The Art Center and are a crucial part of the fund development efforts of our organization. Board members attend monthly board meetings which generally take between ninety minutes to two or three hours. They each serve on at least one, and often two or three (or more!), important standing and ad hoc committees which each meet monthly. Our board members do far more than spend time at board and committee meetings. They help out in many other ways. Several board members are also members of The Art Center Guild. Others tend bar at First Friday openings or at performances. They sell memberships at events, performances and festivals. They do so much. In fact, the day after our big benefit in May, the staff showed up early the next morning to start cleaning and organizing (everyone was tired and dragging a bit), and one of our board members showed up early, on a Sunday morning, clapped his hands together and said, “What needs to be done?” It’s that type of commitment and enthusiasm that runs rampant through The Art Center Board–and, they do it all as volunteers. When people think of nonprofit volunteers, they often overlook the gift of time, energy, and professional knowledge that board members offer. Being the governing body of such an important nonprofit institution as The Art Center is no small matter. But beyond that, they are also instrumental in helping push fund development initiatives forward in order to help keep the organization financially stable. They use their personal and business networks to encourage new and continued financial support. And, in fact, many of The Art Center’s most generous personal supporters have been, and continue to be members of the Board of Trustees. Currently, our board is made up of sixteen members. Jeremy R Franklin, Ronya Anna, Keri Henning, Lt. Col. Jack Griggs, Cathy Zippert, Dr. Michael Neste, Mykan White, Anita Pisciotte, and Kendra McDaniel are joined this year by Joseph Gonzales (an art educator and gallery owner), Karen Moore (an interior designer and retired local business owner), Pavia Justinian (an important up-andcoming local artist), Lynne O’Connell (a retired insurance trainer and executive), and Sheri Ray (a graphic design, marketing, public relations, and fund-raising events professional). These sixteen people volunteer their time, give freely of their professional experience and expertise, support The Art Center financially, provide governance, and act as advocates and cheerleaders for The Art Center day in and day out. So, to all current and former members of the Board of Trustees, THANK YOU for everything you do. You help make The Art Center the amazing institution it is. Lee Borden, Executive Director 4|


Our Mission: The Art Center is a community arts organization dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and related arts through studio art instruction, educational programs for children and adults, exhibitions, and the acquisition, care and display of a permanent art collection.

Board of Trustees

Art Center Staff

Ronya Anna Lee Borden Executive Director Jeremy R Franklin Jennifer Clark Joseph Gonzales Director of Development Jack Griggs Matt Jones Kari Henning Curator, Programs & Exhibitions Pavia Justinian Rachel Egelston Youth & Special Needs Education Director Kendra McDaniel Terry Shepherd Dr. Michael Neste Artist-in-Residence, Ceramics Director Karen Moore Keith Brewer Lynne O’Connell Membership & Gift Gallery Coordinator Anita Pisciotte Haley Van Camp Design and Communications Manager Sheri Ray Charlie Gordon Mykan White Facilities Manager Cathy Zippert – Art Center Guild President Michael Davis - ex-officio WCCA Endowment Foundation

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



Development News The Art Center thanks the following supporters for responding to our summer appeal and helping to provide the critical resources necessary to operate: Robert Armstrong Randall Cupp & Anthony Angelo Samuel Baseler Lynn Brownson Richard & Barbara Churchley Mike Galloway George & Gayle Gerson Chris Mueller Ed Krebs Maria Martinez Gerald & Mary Ann McBride Mr. & Mrs. Michael Mechau Dennis & Carol Oglesby Anita Pisciotte Betty Richards Sue Samuelson Linda Stout Dave Tiffany Nancy Tredway Sue Vittetoe

Welcome to our newest Supporter Circle members! Sherron Helms April Mizell Names listed reflect donation and membership activity from July 15, 2019 to August 25, 2019. If you made a donation within that time frame and your name is not listed, please contact Jennifer Clark at 970.243.7337 ext. 9. We want to make things right!

If you haven't already, become a supporter of The Art Center by joining us at the $100 level or higher! More information on all membership and supporter levels is available on our website at gjartcenter.org. 6 | DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Welcome, Charlie! The Art Center team is excited to welcome Charlie Gordon as our Facilities Manager! Born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado, Gordon has been an active member and volunteer of The Art Center for most of his life. He remembers walking the halls of the center and volunteering as a child. His mother, Rachel Egelston, was also a volunteer before becoming the full-time Youth and Special Needs Education Director. Her love and dedication to our facility's mission is a trait that she has surely passed on to her children. Gordon has spent most of his adult life working as a roofer and has adopted a wide range of skills pertaining to building and construction. His calm demeanor, problem-solving skills, work ethic, and willingness to help make the workplace a more joyful environment, and we're happy to have him onboard. Join The Art Center in welcoming Charlie Gordon to our team!


Remembering Jac Kephart "Art is a wonderful gift." It could be said that human life is as unique and vast as the lights in the night sky. Every so often, one light shines brighter than the rest; that light was Jac Kephart. On May 16, 2019, we said goodbye to local legend Jac Kephart. Jac was an influential member of the arts community and continually showed his support to numerous organizations including The Art Center and Colorado Mesa University. Jac was a major supporter of the arts, and The Art Center. He volunteered as a member of The Art Center Board of Trustees, he gave one hundred percent donations to The Art Center’s annual fine art auction every year for more than a decade, and served on several Art Center committees including the Jac and his wife, Pat, ran Jac’s House of auction/benefit committee and the Flowers in Grand Junction, Colorado. exhibition committee. Jac worked as a florist during the day and created art by night until his career He mentored countless artists of all ages, as a painter became fully sustainable. and inspired artists and art lovers across the country. 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 art making into Jac’s life. He was in search of transcendence. His work conveyed 8 | REMEMBERING JAC KEPHART

Left photograph from Daily Sentinel

things marvelous, those things that are indescribable, things beyond words. Jac compared his work to the discovery of Tutenkhamun’s tomb where a dimly lit room revealed the presence of precious metals and stones. “I want my pieces to leave an impression of something interesting and beautiful that you can’t quite relate to…That is how I want the viewer to see my work–the glint of colors, golds, coppers and silvers, and different materials without perceiving the definite shape of an object.” Jac’s work has a textural quality with strong geometric lines intermingled with flowing organic shapes. Layers of stratified paint and metal appear as if they are carved into the surface. His work has a sculptural quality and projects off of the surface of Birchwood panels that are draped in folds of earth tones balanced by small layers of saturated paint. Distinctive horizon lines with deep grooves through the surface give his artwork added depth and balance.

Jac's work is in art collections across the world, and he is represented by Ratliff Gallery (Sedona, AZ), Deloney Newkirk Gallery (Santa Fe, NM), and Breckenridge Gallery (Brekcenridge, CO).Jac donated works to the Permanent Collection of the Western Colorado Center for the Arts and Colorado Mesa University’s Wubben Hall Math and Science Building. 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.”

Top left and right photographs by Catherine Mayer, Jac's great-niece


Pavia Justinian 10 | EXHIBITIONS


October 4 – November 16 Opening Reception October 4, 6:30-9pm The Art Center is turning up the heat with the metalworkers’ exhibition! We are pleased to welcome metalworkers Sam Speir, Alaina Bittner, Zach Tabb, Mike Allen, Pavia Justinian, and Amanda Davis to this dynamic sculptural exhibition. Mike Allen works with twisted and hammered metals to fashion functional art creations. Alaina Bittner brings the minute details of the natural world to our attention by enlarging a miniscule creature or detail, giving the viewer a new appreciation of the small elements in nature. Pavia Justinian is a mixed media artist whose focus is on figurative works. Justinian's artist's statement notes, “I see objects as shapes and line

that want to fit together–and I weave them seamlessly into female figures…” Sam Speir–sculptor, printmaker, and conceptualist–combines elements from each artform to create stunning forms that discuss the concepts of mass media and media’s progression throughout time. Zach Tabb takes man-made objects and subjects them to the process of time. Tabb speaks to this in his artist's statement — “I am creating material representations of nature reclaiming the man-made world.” Amanda Davis is a mixed media artist who incorporates found objects and metalwork into stunning figurative sculptures. Don’t miss this dynamic exhibition of local sculptors within our community.

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Clay Magic

Grand Junction Clay Arts Guild October 4 – November 16 Opening Reception October 4, 6:30-9pm Every year The Art Center hosts an exhibition of ceramic artwork brought to you by the Grand Junction Clay Arts Guild (GJCAG). This exhibition brings together artists from across the Western Slope in both functional and sculptural ceramics. GJCAG was founded in 2001 by a small group of local ceramic artists. In its 18 years of existence this group has shown itself to be one of the region’s leading organizations committed to the growth and betterment of ceramic arts in western Colorado. GJCAG always welcomes new members to participate in the discussions, demonstrations, and mini-workshops that take place at their monthly meetings held at the downtown branch of the Mesa County Public Library. Step into the Gould Gallery and gain an appreciation of the wide variety of work using different techniques, glazes, and firing styles! Don’t miss the exhibition Clay Magic, October 4 through November 16, 2019. This dynamic group of artists brings an energy to this exhibition with their deep connection to the medium and appreciation of the ceramic art community.

"If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it." ~ Johan Huizinga 12 | EXHIBITIONS

Matthew Jones

Amelia Marlowe

"A thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists." ~ Charles Dickens Ashtonn Means


Cynthia Duff

Brush & Palette

October 4 – November 16 Opening Reception October 4, 6:30-9pm The Art Center is proud to welcome Brush and Palette back for their 72nd annual exhibition featuring artwork by amateur, emerging, and professional artists. This group's mission is to bring painters of all mediums together to create community and encourage individual artistic development through education, monthly meetings, and exhibition opportunities. This year’s juror, Cynthia Duff, is well-known for her acrylic paintings on curved birchwood veneers with gold leaf accents. Duff ’s work 14 | EXHIBITIONS

is inspired by movement and nature. Duff ’s website states, “She accentuates the chemistry of color and shapes of nature, capturing the music in the air, interpreting visual wind chimes on wood, canvas, and paper.” Brush and Palette welcomes new members. Their monthly meetings are held at The Art Center on the third Thursday of the month at 1pm. If you are interested in becoming a member, register on their website at gjbrushandpalette.org.

We're Going to Paris, y'all! Spring 2020 Put on your beret and join Art Center Curator Matthew Jones on a guided tour of Paris and its surrounding areas! Experience the top tourist destinations, galleries, and museums with a special trip to Giverny for plein air painting at Claude Monet’s house and gardens. Take in the countryside with guided tours of chateaus, wineries, and so much more. This designer trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. More information is coming soon!

"Water lilies are an extension of my life. Without the water, the lilies cannot live, as I am without art." ~ Claude Monet

Ashtonn Means EVENTS | 15

Annual Art & Craft Fair Friday, November 22, 6-8:30pm Saturday & Sunday, November 23 & 24, 9am-4pm ‘Twas the night before Art and Craft Fair, when all through the Center The tables were arranged and sprinkled with glitter. Booths were arranged around the center with care, In hopes that holiday shoppers soon would be there; The guild ladies were nestled all snug in their beds, As visions of their sugar cookies danced in their heads; We closed all the curtains, and the staff took a nap. The next morning they rose; each wearing their holiday cap. When out in the lot there arose such a clatter, Keith sprang from the counter to see what was the matter! Away to the door he flew like a flash, Unlocked the doors, and let in the mass! The shoppers in a line, heal to toe, Their teeth all a chatter as they got their hot cocoa. What to their wondering eyes should appear, But a handmade silver necklace and jewelry for your ears. With a hot cup of cider, take a long sip. You picked out the painting perfect for Nick. They wrapped it in paper and hand-lettered his name, There’s something for everyone, no piece is the same. There’re drawings on paper! Paintings and pots. Jams, jellies, jewelry, and hand-knitted socks. From the base of the stage to the ceiling so tall, There are gifts piled up made for you all! We have one-of-a-kind gifts for both girls and their guys. When other shoppers are there, you smile and say hi. Pick up your bags and buy an ornament or two, With a car full of gifts – for your sweetie and you. 16 | EVENTS

And then in a sprinkling, snow fell on the roof; Holiday season is here and this is the proof. The shoppers drove off with their bundles of presents, And turned back around just to go back for seconds. The gifts were all sold and we turned out the lights; Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night! The Art Center welcomes everyone to this year’s Holiday Art and Craft Fair the weekend before Thanksgiving. This is The Art Center’s second largest annual fundraiser. We hope that you all will join us to do your holiday shopping November 22, 23, and 24.

Demo Night

Friday, November 1, 6:30-9pm Have you ever stopped to listen to the sounds of creation? When you look at a piece, do you hear the sound of charcoal on paper, the striking of a hammer on metal, the pottery wheel turning the clay, the squeaking gears on the printing press, the paint squeezing from the tubes, the music in the artist’s studio? We are breaking the silence and making some noise at this year's Demo Night. This event is one of Grand Junction’s largest collaborative demonstrations and brings together a multi-faceted group of artists to show off their skills in an evening of art-centered activities. Demo Night is open to all ages and takes over the entire building. This event gives the general public a glimpse into the artisans' creative processes and allows the artists an opportunity to interact with the public and share their knowledge. This event proudly showcases The Art Center’s mission of bringing artists from all mediums together to express community sharing through a love and appreciation of the arts.


Fall Break Day Camp Ages 5-13 9am-4pm, early drop-off at 8:30am with art games! Tuition per day per child: $22 member / $27 non-member All materials provided Don’t forget to bring a snack, a lunch, and a water bottle! Monday, Nov 25: Inspired by artist Andy Warhol, students will design a label and attach it to a food can. These cans will be donated to the homeless shelter. They will also create a mixed media cornucopia, thankful tree, and pinecone animals. Tuesday, Nov 26: Let’s get crazy! Fly swatters, marbles, pendulums,

painting with frozen paint, and more

Wednesday, Nov 27: Lego™ sculpture, how to use your art materials the proper way, artist trading cards

All youth classes address the Colorado Model Content Standard for visual arts. Content standards used in class will be provided upon request. Students and parents are assured of a unique classroom and project experience whether it be in fall, holiday, winter, spring, or summer sessions. Classes are taught by art teachers and teaching artists. 18 | YOUTH

Holiday Break Day Camp Ages 5-13 9am-4pm, early drop-off at 8:30am with art games! Tuition per day per child: $22 member / $27 non-member All materials provided Don’t forget to bring a snack, a lunch, and a water bottle! Live animals are coming to The Art Center! Holiday Break Day Camp offers participants the opportunity to draw a series of visiting animals and engage in additional art instruction and activities. Monday, Dec 23: Visiting Animal - Harley the Pomeranian. Create a Star Wars lightsaber, Death Star art drawing techniques

Thursday, Dec 26: Visiting Animal – Picasso (turtle); soft sculptures, color theory, art in the style of James Rizzi

Friday, Dec 27: Visiting Animals – Splinter & Linguine (pet rats); watercolor, abstraction, one point perspective, oil pastels

Monday, Dec 30: Visiting Animal – Sweeney (duck); painting winter scenes, weaving a small wall hanging, collage animals

Tuesday, Dec 31: Visiting Animal – Patches (pygmy goat); Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Art Center – we will make Chinese drums, party hats, create our own “firework” explosion with paint, and celebrate with refreshments

Thursday, Jan 2: Visiting Animal – mourning dove; printmaking with

winter themes, pastels, how to use colored pencil

Friday, Jan 3: Visiting Animals – Destiny & Augie (guinea pigs); aluminum foil sculpture, cartooning Monday, Jan 6: Visiting Animal – TBA; STEAM - watercolor and oil, building with straws, integrated circle art Tuesday Jan 7: Visiting animal – TBA; watercolor resist, recycle sculpture,

Northern Lights chalk art

Not a member? Join today and save $5 per day per child! A 1-year Family membership is just $55. YOUTH | 19

After School Program: ART FOR KIDS Rachel Egelston and guest artist Tuition per session: $55 member / $70 non-member This multimedia program is designed to inspire students’ imaginations and discover their artistic potential while having a great time in the process. These ongoing sessions offer an evolving curriculum.

Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm, Ages 5-8 Session 1: Oct 23-Nov 13 (4 weeks) Tuition: $55 member/$70 non-member Decorate a pumpkin, build on your drawing ability, clay pottery

Session 2: Dec 4-18 (3 weeks) Tuition: $45 member / $60 non-member Clay sculptures, secret homemade gifts to give, how to build a painting

Fridays 4:30-6:00pm, Ages 8-12 Session 1: Oct 25-Nov 15 (4 weeks) Tuition: $55 member /$70 non-member Just in time for Halloween! Maman spider sculpture, working with clay, cartooning and Manga Session 2: Dec 6-20 (3 weeks) Tuition: $45 member / $60 non-member Curating an Exhibition. Students will decide an exhibition theme and create one or more works of art to support their theme using the medium of their choice. The finished exhibition will be installed at St. Mary’s Hospital Pavilion in January. Artwork will be returned to students in February. Students will also have the opportunity to work with clay in this session.

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School’s Out Day Camp Ages 5-13 9am-4pm Nov 25-27; Dec 23, 26 & 27, 30 & 31; Jan 2 & 3 Tuition per day: $20 member / $25 non-member All materials provided Experience an entire day of in-depth art exploration! Subjects range from drawing to painting, sculpture, process art, and more, and all involve hands-on learning. Each day includes some sort of physical activity and balances openended creative exploration with art instruction. Students are asked to bring a lunch, snack, and water bottle.

Home School Program Thursdays 1-2:30pm Oct 17 – Dec 12, skipping Nov. 28 $110 member / $130 non-member All materials provided; need-based scholarships available Let your imagination soar! This class encourages creative thinking through a variety of mediums, including collage, paint, clay, pastel, and found objects. Students will explore the building blocks of art (color, line, texture, shape, and composition) and new ways to see and express the world around them. People, animals, landscapes, architecture, and the work of renowned artists will serve as sources of inspiration. This course is designed for students to have fun while learning about art. Projects will vary from other sessions to accommodate returning students. All materials provided.

Kids' Birthday Parties The Art Center offers customized art-centered birthday parties! Have your child select their own party activities from a long list of available options. Bring your own refreshments and celebrate at The Art Center. For more information, contact Rachel Egelston at 243-7337 ext. 7.

Did you know that engaging in the arts enhances a child’s ability to learn? The Art Center offers a variety of fun artcentered activities for children and students that provide them opportunities to think creatively, build confidence, and solve problems. YOUTH | 21



Masked Lily Cain Monday, October 28, 4-8pm $75 member / $100 non-member Supply list available Take a workshop in mask-making and learn the history of this beautiful tradition. We will learn how to make and contemporize different techniques and significance of Venetian Carnival masks. Using the characters of carnival masks of the Republic of Venice, we will use mixed media, assemblage, making, and design to create a beautiful mask worthy of a Masked Ball or just to hang on a wall! All levels welcome. (Please bring snacks! Base mask will be included.)

Printmaking Ornament Workshop Lily Cain Saturday & Sunday, December 7-8, 9am-3pm $125 member / $150 non-member Supply list available A small block of linoleum, Speedball Relief Kit, black markers, wooden cooking spoon, glue stick, ruler, and exacto knife – these are all the materials that are required for this fun printmaking workshop! We will go over basic linoleum printing. Everyone will get a pre-marked template to fill with their own creation and design. We will learn basic cutting relief techniques that are fun for any level. The end result is a beautiful handmade 3-dimensional ornament for you to decorate your holiday season or give as a beautiful gift. Come celebrate the holidays in this Printmaking Ornament Workshop! (Linoleum block will be included.)


Secrets to a Great Painting – The Elements Terrie Lombardi Friday – Sunday, September 27-29, 10am-4pm $200 B&P Member / $230 Non-Member

Terrie Lombardi was born and raised in Denver and has been painting for nearly three decades. She has studied with many exceptional fine artists including Quang Ho, Kang Cho, Albert Handell, Michelle Torrez, Lorenzo Chavez, Doug Dawson, Desmond O'Hagen, and Kevin Weckbach. She is fueled by beauty and vibrancy, and her art is an expression of her love for nature. She paints how and what she feels and sees, and her goal in a painting is to create an image that beckons the observer to step closer, to see the beauty and expressive use of rich color that flows throughout the work. Terrie's workshop is open to all students from amateur to professional, and all paint mediums. Be prepared for a fun, relaxed, and inspirational painting experience. You'll have a blast! More information: eliselind10@gmail.com, or 270-0951

Ruth Wilson

Terrie Lombardi


Bev Lee

All Levels Pastel

Bev Lee Tuesdays 1-4pm, October 22 – December 10 (8 weeks) $110 member / $130 non-member Supply list available Students will have fun while learning the versatility of the pastel medium. Basics of value, color, composition, and design common to all mediums will be explored. Bev will present demos as well as give individual instruction. Artists will gain more confidence in their work as they build new skills. Work will be from life as well as photos. Concepts learned in this class can be used to paint any subject. 26 | CLASSES

Adventures in Mixed Media Gayle Gerson Mondays 1-4pm, October 21 – December 9 (8 weeks) $127 member / $163 non-member Supply list available Gayle Gerson is teaching a workshop-like class to give artists of all skill levels practice in working with experimental painting and collaging techniques 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 build compositional skills and strengthen the “creative habit.” Art journaling and drawing sessions will also be part of this dynamic class.

Open Studio for Mixed Media Gayle Gerson Thursdays 9-12pm, October 24 – December 19, skipping Nov 28 (8 weeks) $127 member / $163 non-member Supply list available Join Gayle Gerson in the Red Door Studio for three hours of moodling and puttering in mixed media projects. This class is designed for the experienced student and artist who would like to spend some time in an environment of camaraderie and inspiration. Please bring your own projects and supplies for mixed media and collage. Ideas and creativity will be shared with generosity and abandon by all. Gayle will provide coaching, some demos, and lively conversation on the latest trends in the world of mixed media art. Participants should be prepared to work, laugh, and provide feedback to their fellow artists.

Open Studio Figure Drawing Bev Lee Mondays 9am-12pm, October 21 – December 19 (8 weeks) $130 member / $150 non-member Supply list available Do you want to explore figure drawing without the confines of the traditional classroom? Are you interested in refining your skills or exploring gestural figurative works but can’t make it to a night class? Then this course is for you. Join us for this eight-week open studio format figure drawing class, facilitated by nationally acclaimed artist Bev Lee. Every week of the course, drawing a new model will give your work variety in line shape and form. The instructor will be available for one-on-one instruction for students searching to develop their skills. CLASSES | 27

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Introduction to Painting and Materials Lily Cain Wednesdays 6:15 – 8:15 pm, October 23 – December 11 (8 weeks) $110 member / $130 non-member Supply list available This class is an introduction to the dynamics of painting and color theory through gouache. Do you find watercolors intimidating because of their delicacy? Do you love acrylics but they dry too fast? Meet gouache, your new best friend. Gouache is water-based and, like watercolor, uses water to become translucent but can be opaque like acrylic, and is very forgiving. Each week we will build a still life with different textures and colors that challenge our sense of depth and dimension. All levels welcome. During this Holiday Session, please join us in beginning to learn painting with the study of Winter and Holiday Botanicals. We will begin the first class with a brief review of color theory, then learn to paint different winter flora with an iron oxide transfer. We will go over textures, colors, atmospheric perspective, and botanical geometry. Our final project will be a set of greeting cards.


Lily Cain

Color Theory

Lily Cain Fridays 1-4pm, October 25 – December 13 (8 weeks) $110 member / $130 non-member Supply list available Using color is challenging; even the most professional and learned artist can find color mixing difficult at times. This class prepares any artist at any level with an introduction to color theory. Each week we will take a color scheme (skin tones, neutrals, tints and shades etc.) and analyze / recreate their color content with different techniques. Discussions will include color relativity, color philosophy, color psychology, Josef Albers, Albert Munsell, color field painting, and more. All levels welcome.

We got it going on, on Wednesdays Lectures, Tutorials, Workshops – Oh My! 1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm Free and open to the public Come get your creative juices flowing! On the 1st Wednesday of every month, CMU Alumni of Art and Design will host the night’s activities. Whether it's lectures, tutorials, or instructional workshops, there is always something new. CMU Night is held from 6:30 to 8:30pm and is free to the public. Visit The Art Center's Facebook page to find out what's happening each month.

Drop-in Figure Drawing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of every month, 6-9pm $10 member / $15 non-member If you’re a CMU student, flash your CMU ID and receive an instant discount!

On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of the month, The Art Center offers drop-in figure drawing sessions from 6 to 9pm. Come relax and unwind while you draw without the pressure or obligation of the classroom. We currently have 4 models on rotation offering both themed and nude figure drawing sessions. Visit Art Center Figure Drawing on meetup.com to view each week's theme and any other updates.


Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing Beginner/Intermediate $200 member / $240 non-member All sessions of Fundamentals include Raku, a fun and quick firing technique.

Holli Means 30 | CERAMICS

Robbie Breaux Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, October 21– December 9 (8 weeks) Tuesdays 1-4pm, October 22– December 10 (8 weeks) This course is for both beginner and intermediate students. Beginners focus on simple forms (bowls and mugs with handles), 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: chuckrobbiebreaux@gmail.com

Gary Andrews Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm, October 22 – December 10 (8 weeks) 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. At times Gary will provide pre-thrown pots for students to practice glazing. Come relax and tap into your right brain.

Bob Jappe Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm, October 24 – December 19, skipping Nov 28 (8 weeks) Give your wheel-throwing skills another perspective. This course offers students of varying abilities the opportunity to explore and improve their command of the clay medium. The class will focus largely on specific vessels students would like to create during the session with instruction designed to broaden their range of clay techniques, problem-solving, and best practices. Sharing of design ideas, texture enhancement, and glazing techniques will be robust throughout the session. Command the fundamentals, learn new techniques, and begin to develop your individual style as a potter.

Terry Shepherd Thursdays 1-4pm, October 24 – December 19, skipping Nov 28 (8 weeks) 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 7th week of class. Students will engage in constructive critique and challenge themselves in order to improve their skill level. Notebook and basic pottery tool kit are required. Instructor email: tshepherd@gjartcenter.org


Intermediate Wheelthrowing

Terry Shepherd Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, October 23 – December 11 (8 weeks) $200 member / $240 non-member 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 like 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: tshepherd@gjartcenter.org

Advanced Wheelthrowing

Terry Shepherd Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, October 23 – December 11 (8 weeks) $200 member / $240 non-member 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: tshepherd@gjartcenter.org

Sculpting in Clay

Ron Cloyd Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm, October 25 – December 20, skipping November 29 (8 weeks) $200 member / $240 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.


Combined Sculpture and Hand-building Ron Cloyd Mondays 1-4pm, October 21 – December 9 (8 weeks) $200 member / $240 non-member

In this course students will mix it up by combining sculpture and hand-building techniques to their clay creations. Ron Cloyd is a well-known ceramic artist whose work is both sophisticated and whimsical. His positive energy and engaging personality makes for a pleasant learning environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks and exploring new territory. Instructor email: roncloyd@gmail.com

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 Holiday registration opens Tuesday, Sep 24 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, Tuesday-Saturday 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!

We love early registration!


Musings The Type Exhibition, Hidden in Plain Type, introduced an interactive element that took onlookers from bystanders to part of the installation. A word search led participants around the gallery and helped to illuminate unseen details. Some worked independently and others in groups. Visitors of all ages were engaged, examining the smallest features of each installation.

A Word from the Wise A great idea should always be left to steep like loose tea leaves in a teapot for a while to make sure that the tea will be strong enough and that the idea truly is a great one. ~ Phoebe Stone


Illustrated by Matt Jones Digital Color by Haley Van Camp The teapot has been interpreted in its many forms by countless potters throughout time, but there are some fundamental principles that should be considered when attempting to create one of your own designs. Spouts can be problematic for beginners or even intermediate students due to the relationship between the spout, lid, handle, and fill line. As the pot rotates to pour, the water will remain level as the vessel tips downward. If the relationship or “rotational allowance� between the spout and lid is too small, the water will pour out the top. With the correct rotational allowance and spout-to-fill-line relationship, the teapot should pour with ease. (See page 23.) EXTRAS | 35

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Holiday 2019 Art Matters  

Holiday 2019 Art Matters