Art Matters: Holiday 2022

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Magazine of The Art Center of Western Colorado Volume 7, Issue 5 Holiday 2022

Family Health West was built from the ground up by our community – settled with health and prosperity in mind. Today, we look forward to the future, approaching new horizons in healthcare while taking forward that same spirit of dreaming to create a beautiful tomorrow we all believe is possible.

Art Matters

Director's Letter About The Art Center Announcements Exhibitions

Clay Rocks! Philip Carlton Unconformities Out of the Void Brush & Palette Members' Show 2022


Art Center Art Excursions Oktoberfest First Friday Demo Night Annual Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair Paint the Town: the Fabulous Fifties

Youth & Teen Education Youth

Collection Corner Adult Education Workshops Adult Classes Ceramics How to Enroll

On The Cover: Julia Crocetto, Grand Valley Art Matters Holiday 2022

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Happy Autumn! It’s been an eventful year for The Art Center. After navigating the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, 2022 has been dedicated to trying to find new paths as we get back to something close to normal. First Fridays are back in all their glory, and we’re thrilled. They’re always the highlight of our month and a great way to start the weekend. Please join us for a First Friday soon. Classes are back up to pre-pandemic registration limits. In fact, Summer Art Camp sold out early, almost as soon as we opened registration, and our other children’s and adult classes have been selling out almost as fast. The Art Center Guild’s summer concert series, “Music in the Grapevines,” was back in full swing and offered five amazing concerts which broke previous records raising money to support The Art Center. We’ve started working with local performers like The Theatre Project to present live theatre, dance, music, and more. One of our most momentous accomplishments this year was the opening of the Jac Kephart Gallery. The beautiful new gallery marks the first major expansion of The Art Center in thirty years. Along with that expansion have been several improvements and renovations like new carpet in The Gould Gallery and the installation of a fire mitigation sprinkler system; this will make the building safer for students and visitors. We’re making much-needed repairs in other areas such as many sections of our roof which have needed attention for some time. All of these things have been made possible through the hard work of volunteers and staff and through the generous financial support of individuals and businesses. An anonymous donation of $300,000 to build the Kephart gallery was the impetus for our Fund Development Committee to take on the herculean task of raising more than $500,000 more that has made it possible to bring The Art Center building up to code and begin the work of beautifying the exterior as well. So many individuals and businesses gave generously to help with our capital improvements; it was truly overwhelming. But there’s always more to be done, and more need for your support. Our programs and operations need your support as well. The Art Center does charge for classes, memberships, facility rentals, etc. But in order to keep those prices low enough for our community members and groups to be able to afford them, we rely on your support to help pay the bills. Without your ongoing support, this seventy-year-old institution would not be able to function. So, please consider making a donation to help keep your Art Center a vibrant part of our community. Any amount helps, and no donation is too small. And please believe me when I say that we truly appreciate your support. None of us are working or volunteering here to get rich. We’re here because we believe that the arts are vital to the human condition. I think your support shows that you feel the same. Thank you, Lee Borden, Executive Director 4|


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

Dr. Michael Neste –President David Price – Vice President Anita Pisciotte – Secretary Terri Chinn – Treasurer Gisela Ferguson Elizabeth Fogarty Jennifer Foster Jerry Gryglak Ajay Gustafson 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 Contact Us: 970-243-7337 | Tuesdays are free to everyone thanks to a generous sponsorship by Home Loan & Nationwide Insurance

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FOUNDATION Did you know that The Art Center has an endowment fund that supports our permanent collection and the daily operations of The Art Center? Donations of principal from generous families such as the Goulds, Lipsons, McClures, Kilmers, and Mosses (among others) are invested to provide a continuous source of funding for the exhibits and programs The Art Center offers. Consider a bequest or grant so your dollars will provide a permanent legacy that benefits our beloved community arts organization. Do you want more information? Please contact Gayle Gerson, Foundation Board President, at



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 Kephart 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 Carolyn Jayne Robert & Lou Jenkins Anita Johnson Ken Johnson Melissa & Phil Jones Pat Kephart Karen & Dennis Kiefer Ruth & Terry Leever Luis & Maggie Lopez Mark & Karen Madsen Bob & Kathy Martin Linda McBride Roger and Martha McCoy 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 Chamberline Architects 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

In the Spotlight... “Daniel was diagnosed with Autism at three years old. He was non-verbal at the time and would get very frustrated with his inability to communicate. While speech therapy was a daily event and his language skills were slowly developing, it quickly became apparent that art was his favorite form of communication – he loves to create! “When we moved to Grand Junction 16 years ago, services outside of school were very limited. But Daniel's sister attended art workshops at The Art Center and met Rachel Egelston. That is how we found out about Art Center classes for all abilities.” Daniel started taking classes in the Artability program in 2009 and has been coming ever since. “His art ability continued to progress through his relationship with The Art Center and with the help of a fabulous art teacher at Central High school.” Daniel has been working on a mural at The Art Center for two years. “The Art Center has always been a ‘happy place’ for Daniel; he has always felt welcomed. He looks forward to coming to The Art Center every week to work on his mural. The mural at The Art Center really shows a lot about Daniel – his ability to draw freehand is incredible. “In addition to the mural he created at The Art Center, he was asked by the librarian at West Middle School to paint a mural for the library. “Although his verbal skills have continued to improve through the years, art continues to be one of his favorite forms of communication.” – Jill, Daniel’s mother


CLAY ROCKS! An Exhibition of Ceramic Art from The Clay Arts Guild October 7 – November 4 Clay as an artistic material has been utilized by humans for thousands of years. From the Venus of Willendorf to the vessels of the Jomon period, people have explored their creativity through this unique medium. Its use throughout our society varies among sculptural, functional, and industrial purposes. The ceramic artist creates forms and aesthetic decorations through a variety of applications. The aesthetic objects that are created enhance our experiences of the world and range from the mundane to the aweinspiring.

support The Art Center of Western Colorado.

The guild was established in 2001 by a group of local ceramic artists. This dynamic group brings together some of the most talented ceramic artists from the Western Slope in both functional and sculptural ceramics. Their ongoing mission is community sharing and encouragement to advance the level and appreciation within the clay world. In its many years of support, the guild has shown itself to be one of the region’s leading organizations toward the growth and betterment Join us for an exhibition of of the arts within Western Colorado. ceramic art presented by the Grand Junction Clay Arts Guild. Works Interested in becoming a member within this exhibition will range of the Grand Junction Clay Arts from high-fired to mid-range- Guild? Contact Grand Junction fired, raku-fired, saggar-fired, and Clay Arts Guild President, Ron more. Each artist has developed Cloyd, at their individual techniques, firings, surface design, and styles GJCAG has monthly meetings at for their work. Wander through the the Mesa County Public Library Gould Gallery to see the variety of or at a local artist’s studio. Contact work produced by ceramic artists in Ron to receive an invitation to the Western Colorado. In conjunction next meeting and details about with the exhibition, GJCAG will becoming a member of this active have a mug sale with 100% of the clay organization. proceeds from this sale donated to


Philip Carlton An Exhibition of Paintings by Philip Carlton October 7 – November 4

Philip Alexander Carlton is a selftaught plein air painter who takes delight in the endless challenge of observational painting. Although his foray into outdoor painting began in the urban midwest, his artistic passion for scale and atmosphere left him painting extensively throughout the western United States before settling in Fruita, Colorado.

evolve, his paintings still carry with them the same soul of his early plein air work. They have always served as a visual journal of his life and travels, and as such tell a story which can vary wildly between both the classically grand and the uncomfortably gritty locales that he explores. Since his transition from midwestern city life to rural living on the Colorado Plateau, Carlton's time behind the easel has increasingly been spent in search of the kind of color and depth that can only be found in the great expanses of the American West. He feels most artistically at home in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming, as well the deserts of Utah and Arizona.

His artistic philosophy centers on the belief that painting is just as much about process as it is about product. Consequently, all of his work is started and finished on location, often over multiple days as light and conditions dictate. For Carlton, painting “en plein air” is its own form of expression and is not just a stepping stone towards creating larger works or a means Carlton has shown his work on by which to study an environment; both the east and west coasts, creation in nature is at the core of received first-place honors in his artistic practice. multiple plein air competitions, Although his chosen subject and has been featured in matter may change with the season Plein Air Magazine. and his visual style continues to


Philip Carlton, Viridian Dreams



Unconformities An Exploration in Layers and Time Fiber Art by Julia Crocetto October 7 – November 4 This body of work was inspired by the unconformities and peculiar formations of the Colorado Plateau, reflections on geologic time vs. human time, experiences of socio-political turmoil, the forces at work in shaping them, and my emotional responses to the anomalies witnessed. My ongoing inquiries revolve around the contemplation of place and layers of memories, expressed with mark-making through painting, printmaking, and stitching. Through wrapping, collecting, and mapping, I create tangible, meaningful connections with place, embracing the perceived futility of harnessing the intangible. In this work I have layered my thoughts of loss, grief, beauty, and joy which are stratified and eroded through processes of stitching, unstitching, and re-stitching. My work is influenced by living in the Greater West and witnessing our fraught relationship with wilderness and wildness. I am curious about the overlap of systems, points of friction, adaptation, and cooperation, and seek the poetic conversations that can be found there. My practice leverages process and alchemy to imbue the work with the complexity I encounter and experience.

recorded on location, scientific data, and actions such as tracing, collecting, wrapping, binding, stitching, and unstitching. Mental states of solastalgia (pain related to loss of home/place), topophilia (love of place and landscape), and biophilia (love of nature) are parts of the equation. By using aerial views, satellite imagery, and crosssections, I attempt to recalibrate my perspective. In this data I find facts and poetry, unmistakable traces of humankind and beautiful abstractions of truth. Meshing macro with micro, I integrate these tangible attributes with my field notes and memories, attempting to articulate intangible aspects of place through incubation, hand work, and alchemical interactions with materials. Akin to dealing with grief, these “slow” processes cannot be accelerated. The resulting artifacts, which have been drawn, printed, stitched, folded, buried, neglected, rusted, painted and/or dyed may be seen as maps, journals, or objects of contemplation; image and object become intertwined. Textiles have a history of carrying narratives; the quilt is the iconic storyteller of the West. I embrace the quilt for its oscillation between image and object, and fiber as a medium because of its response to my techniques and for its intimate Employing creative mapping, I relationship with humans. layer found materials, impressions Julia Crocetto, Crossbedding VII



Out of the Void An Exhibition of Painting and Prints by Roger and Martha McCoy September 2 – November 11 Over the last 52 years, Martha and Roger McCoy have profoundly influenced their individual development as artists. This show is about those processes, critiques, and encouragements that have affected their work and who they are. Roger’s work is focused on finding a visual idea that expresses the human condition, while Martha’s art emphasizes her dreams and poetry. The process of making art is the same. They both believe in the importance of having not only an open mind free from any precise outcome, but also one that catches and expresses what is true and hopefully beautiful. It is this attitude that allows them to freely dance with the void of the working surface and to explore the unknown mystery within them, which is both horrific and sublime.

Roger’s work tends to be more rational, while Martha’s work leans towards the irrational. A work of art that is strictly rational will only be a lifeless corpse, and work that is solely produced from an irrational point of view will be just a chaotic mess. An insightful image must include its opposite to be consequential. This is one example of where their differences have helped them produce more substantial work and personal growth. This artistic partnership over a lifetime has made them healthier and more psychologically integrated. As Marion Woodman, a psychoanalyst and writer, states: “A life truly lived constantly burns away veils of illusion, burns away what is no longer relevant, gradually reveals our essence, until, at last, we are strong enough to stand in our naked truth.”

“A life truly lived constantly burns away veils of illusion, burns away what is no longer relevant, gradually reveals our essence, until, at last, we are strong enough to stand in our naked truth.” - Marion Woodman Top left: Martha McCoy, Dream Hat 2, detail Bottom left: Roger McCoy, Atonement, detail EXHIBITIONS | 15

Brush & Palette Members' Show 2022

An Exhibition of Painting October 7 – November 4

Brush and Palette (B&P) will fill the walls of Studio Colorado at The Art Center of Western Colorado (TAC) with beautiful artwork in a variety of media showcasing the talent of its 71 members. The show also accepts entries from the public. Artists may submit their artwork in one of four categories: professional, advanced, amateur, and nonjudged. Monetary prizes from sponsors are awarded for bestin-show, first-third places and honorable mentions in each category. Additionally, individual patrons may purchase Honor Ribbons for artists’ paintings. Honor Ribbons are tokens of remembrance for special people, pets, or events in patrons’ lives. 16 | EXHIBITIONS

This year’s exhibition is juried by nationally recognized plein air painter Philip Carlton. He will be presenting a workshop on Saturday, October 8, 9am-4pm at The Art Center. Registration for this workshop opens Tuesday, September 20. Carlton will present a lecture on his life and methods prior to the workshop. Carlton will be exhibiting his artworks in TAC’s Atrium Gallery in conjunction with the B&P exhibition. B&P is the oldest art club in Grand Junction and has been offering art education, display opportunities, and art shows for almost 75 years. The club’s beginning dates back to a few years after WWII when a group of artists established the Sharon Hutchings, Canyonlands

Brush and Palette Club. While working in a house next to the current Art Center location, the members organized meetings and art shows. The Brush & Palette club’s mission is to encourage within Grand Junction, Colorado, and surrounding communities an appreciation for the fine arts. It provides its members with opportunities to learn from other members, as well as from leading professionals within the field. Members benefit from interaction and friendship with other artists in the community. They provide members with timely information about fine art activities and events within the community, mount exhibitions of members’ work, and support, whenever feasible, The Art Center of Western Colorado.

They offer monthly demonstration programs presented by guest artists that are designed to be interesting and educational while exploring a wide variety of media and techniques: watercolor, oil, pastels, ink dyes, colored pencil, and more. Please attend their monthly art demonstrations/ meetings which are held on the third Thursday of the month (no meetings in the summer months of June, July, and August) at 1pm in Colorado Studio at TAC. All meetings are open to the public and are free of charge. B&P and TAC hope many of you will participate in this year’s Fine Art Show, visit to view all the lovely artwork that will hang in Studio Colorado and The Atrium Gallery, and join Philip Carlton’s workshop and lecture.

2022 Art Center

Art Excursions Tour Series

Note: Prices and dates are approximate and might change depending on demand, availability, and unforeseen opportunities. Upcoming Tour: 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 Single-Supplement. Includes transportation, train tickets, lodging, admission, tips, and more. Does not include meals.

Visit to reserve your spot today!


Oktoberfest First Friday October 7, 6:30-9pm

Join us for the First Friday of October for an Oktoberfest-themed reception! We'll have Ramblebine Brewery's Oktoberfest beer available and themed hors d'ouevres. October 7 is also the kickoff date for the 7th Annual Downtown Art Festival presented by Alpine Bank. Pick up a gallery passport at TAC, collect stamps at participating galleries, and turn in a completed passport for a discount on beer at Ramblebine! Visit to learn more. In collaboration with

Demo Night November 4, 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 during an evening of artcentered 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 gives 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 for the arts.



Fine Art & Craft Fair

Members-only preview: Nov 18, 6-8:30pm Public hours: Nov 19, 9am-4pm and Nov 20, 10am-3pm Claus, Dear Santa and Mrs. I have been How have you been? I have done very good this year. all my chores all my homework and was really nice most of the time and en though she to my little sister…ev out asking. takes my things with e very busy I know your elves ar king toys for all this time of year ma the world and the children around ng the time to I appreciate you taki want for the read my letter. All I for everyone to holidays this year is season! find joy this holiday

This year join Santa at The Art Center for your holiday shopping. A handmade gift will bring joy to everyone on your list, both young and old. (We cannot guarantee that the actual Santa Claus will be attending this event). EVENTS | 19

Save the Date!

Paint the Town the

Fabulous Fifties An Art Center Benefit Saturday, May 6, 2023 Fine Art Auctions to support the art center themed cocktails, entertainment & More Doors open at 5pm Tickets $30 for one, $50 for two

Call for Artists!

We invite artists and collectors to donate their best work for a fine art auction to sell in support of The Art Center’s work and mission Visit to learn more 20 | EVENTS

The arts are endlessly beneficial to children. Through the arts, children learn to think creatively, build confidence, are challenged to solve problems, hone their ability to focus, and much more! School’s Out Art Days Ages 5-12 8:30am-4:30pm Tuition per day per child: $35 member / $40 non-member All materials provided Experience an entire day of in-depth art exploration! Projects range from drawing, painting, and sculpture to process art, and more, through hands-on learning. Each day has open-ended creative exploration with art instruction. Children enjoy learning, exploring, observing, and creating in an inclusive and inspiring environment. Students are asked to bring a lunch, snack, and water bottle.

Nov 4: Discover different arts and crafts – mixed media animals, amazing things to do with crayons, bad hair day drawings, Shrinky plastic jewelry, and rock art.

Nov 21: Let’s get crazy! Fly swatters, marbles, snap painting, mud art, pulled art, and more.

Nov 22: Explore your imagination – as in the “Strange World” movie. We will explore using unique color palettes and create bizarre creatures, chalk landscape drawings, watercolor painting, and learn how to make a doll figure.

Nov 23: Fall Crafts. Thankful tree, pinecone animals, turkey leaf lanterns, Folk Art.

Not a member? Join today and save $5 per day per child! A 1-year Family membership is just $55. YOUTH | 21

Holiday Break Art Days Ages 5-13 8:30am-4:30pm Tutition per day per child: $35 member / $40 non-member All materials provided; don't forget to bring a snack, a lunch, and a water bottle! Dec 22: Learn about holiday crafts and customs from different cultures, holiday ornaments

Dec 23: Watercolor, abstraction, one-point perspective, hand-printed patterns for card-making, oil pastels

Dec 26: Lego™ sculpture, how to use markers, artist trading cards Dec 27: Soft sculptures, color theory, how to build a painting, and more Dec 28: Discover Wacky Ways to paint and sculpt Dec 29: Strengthen your drawing skills, Surrealist art games, painting with oil pastels

Dec 30: Celebrate New Year’s Eve by making New Year glasses, Chinese drums, party hats, good-luck clay Chanachitos from Chile

Jan 2: Fiber art, color pencil, and watercolor techniques Jan 3: Draw your own selfie, zentangles, how to create a cartoon character Jan 4: STEAM projects, celebrating NASA through art projects Jan 5: Find your inner superhero, the ins-and-outs of painting, printmaking

Jan 6: Develop your imagination through animal yoga, making games, and a variety of art making

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After School Program Ages 5-12 Rachel Egelston Fridays 4:30-6:00pm Tuition per session: $55 member / $70 non-member All materials provided Welcome to the wonderful world of art! After School series is geared toward any child who loves to draw, paint, and use a variety of material. Join in the fun!

Holiday Session: Nov 4, 11, 18; Dec 2: Drawing techniques, batik bandana, clay treasure box

Home School: Art Explorers Ages 5-13 Rachel Egelston Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm, Nov 3 – Dec 22, skipping Nov 24 $79 member / $117 non-member All materials provided; need-based scholarships available Let your imagination soar! This class encourages creative thinking through a variety of media, including collage, paint, clay, pastel, and found objects. Students will discover not only the building blocks of art—color, line, texture, shape, and composition—but also 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 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.

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

Steve Hilton OpEd by Jennifer Ries

When I see a piece of art, I wonder, “Where did the artist learn their skills? Under whom did they study? What relationships did they build while they were developing their abilities? How have they evolved?” In questioning these things, I feel a sense of connection to something that is much bigger than myself. While walking through The Art Center recently, I came upon a teapot made by Steve Hilton. The teapot is one of many that Hilton made for a larger installation, comprised of several teapots that hung as a grouping, on the wall. This installation was originally presented at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Texas. The teapots have since been dispersed to different museums and private collections, including the one gifted by Camille Silverman in 2018 to The Art Center of Western Colorado for its Permanent Collection. Hilton uses a unique technique in which he folds, pushes, and rips the clay in a way that creates a very specific, organic-textured surface. This highlights his exploration of how the clay behaves while also maintaining the form 24 | COLLECTION CORNER

of a traditional functional ceramic vessel. The entire body of the teapot is built using this technique. It is made from a stoneware clay, fired, and then cold-finished with layers of washes. Not only do I see Hilton's teapot as a beautiful work of art, but I also enjoy all the textures and techniques that were used to create it. Hilton began his career with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology from Missouri State University. He was a high school science teacher for 15 years before he fell in love with ceramics. He started working with clay after a colleague, who taught ceramics at the same high school where he instructed, insisted he should try it. Hilton went back to university and received a Master of Arts in Art Education from MSU and then a Master of Fine Art in Ceramics from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in Arizona. He has since served as an art professor at Midwestern State University in Texas from 2006 to present. Hilton has also served on the Board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

Hilton travels frequently and has his work displayed all over the world. He gains inspiration from the environments that he loves and has explored in his many travels. As an environmentalist, he is cognizant of the footprint his work may leave behind. Because of this, much of his work is left unfired. This has led him to explore and study what properties the clay has naturally and how different elements in the environment can influence and change it. I knew right away that I wanted to learn more about Hilton and his process. For me, understanding how information is passed down from mentors to students could better help me understand the work I’m making today. KyoungHwa Oh, my mentor, is an Associate Professor of Art at Colorado Mesa University. Like Hilton, Oh didn't start out in ceramics. She had a

career in fashion design before developing a passion for ceramics. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washburn University in Kansas. She went on to get her Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University. She was invited to serve as the first Artist in Residence for two years under Hilton at MSU. After her residency, she accepted a professorship at CMU. Oh uses many beautiful techniques, and each has its own origin story. One technique that can be seen in both Hilton's and Oh’s work involves folding and tearing of the clay to create organic textures. Oh’s work encompasses her influence between traditional Asian values and modern Western society. She uses contrasting textures and negative and positive space inspired by nature to create a sense of balance and harmony.

Steve Hilton, Untitled COLLECTION CORNER | 25

Oh has since passed down to me Hilton’s techniques of surface decoration. Like Oh and Hilton before me, I did not start out in ceramics. I have worked the past 10 years in the human service field, and the last five years with at-risk teens. I knew if I wanted to do more in that field, I would need to seek degree advancement. That is when I fell in love with ceramics. In the process of creating, I have found incredible healing. I aim to create artwork that, when touched, gives our senses a little reminder of the harmony and peace that is within and surrounds us every day in nature. Therefore, I am lucky my mentor, and hers before her, just happen to also be inspired by nature. Though we all utilize similar techniques, we have made them our own and are connected through the passage of knowledge. I loved seeing the lineage of knowledge and skill that has been passed down from teacher to student. I believe that connection is fundamental in building a sense of belonging, but it also provides a sense of validation within the field. Not only am I able to use these techniques and skills that were passed down to me by Oh, an incredible ceramicist, as it was passed to her from Hilton, but I am now also able to more fully appreciate that connection. I feel a great admiration and respect for their dedication, drive, passion, and hard work. I feel honored to be a part of their lineage and will 26 | COLLECTION CORNER

continue to add to the knowledge and skill that I have been given. In our modern world you can learn how to do almost anything from online tutorials. These online tutorials are what I like to call “superficial skills.” I have dubbed them such because I know nothing about the person who created the tutorial. I have a ton of tools in my artistic tool bag that I have obtained from various online sources. I appreciate them and they have their uses, but all I know is what is shown in the video or written in the instructions. They are techniques passed to me without any knowledge of character or lineage. In contrast are the skills and techniques I have learned from Oh and my other professors at CMU. These are rich with history, dedication, passion, and a wellstudied understanding of subject and material. They have taught me to not only question what I see, but to find the answers. Learning from my mentors is much more valuable to me because of the relationships I am honored to have built with them. That connection gives me a sense of validation in knowing where I come from. It has taught me the importance of making connections to communities of artisans in order to create something beautiful and magical. I feel if we honor our mentors and keep that connection to the past, we can be timeless.

Painting Workshop with Philip Carlton Saturday, October 8, 9am-4pm (Lunch on your own 12-1pm) $185 member / $200 non-member

Join nationally recognized artist Philip Alexander Carlton for a oneday workshop covering techniques for observational painting with an emphasis on capturing the landscape. The workshop will begin with a talk about Philip’s artistic background as a plein air painter and a brief introduction to the basic ideas, themes, and techniques that go into any painting – with a focus on the importance of drawing and how and when to simplify elements of any scene. After a demonstration of his process from start to finish, students will get to work on their own paintings with frequent one-on-one guidance. This workshop is for painters of all ability levels, and will be especially valuable to painters looking for tips on how to transition from painting in a studio to a plein air setting. Although students may work in any medium, instruction is tailored towards painting in oil or acrylic. Students should bring painting materials, a blank canvas or panel, and an image (either printed or accessible via their phone or tablet) to use as inspiration for their own scene. This workshop will be held at The Art Center in Studio Colorado. See you there.

Philip Carlton, Juicing The Lemmon


Holiday Registration Opens Tuesday, Sep 20, at 9am Last day to register: Thursday, Oct 13 Please note: all classes in the Holiday session are 8 weeks

Projects and Processes in Mixed Media Gayle Gerson Beginner/Intermediate Wednesdays 9am-12pm, October 19 – December 7 $144 member / $184 non-member

Join Gayle Gerson in the Red Door Studio for exploration and practice in ways to approach the limitless world of mixed media. Participants will create four projects that employ different techniques in collage, prepared papers, prints and assemblage. No experience necessary; just bring your creative spirit and a mind open to the possibilities of paint, glue and found images and objects.


Gayle Gerson, Doors to New Worlds

Dan Logé

Oil Painting

Dan Logé Mondays 9am-12pm, October 17 – December 5 Mondays 1-4pm, October 17 – December 5 $144 member / $184 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, October 18 – December 6 $144 member / $184 non-member Is it a drawing or is it a painting? Actually, it’s both! This class is 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 10, 20, and 30 minutes in duration. The instructor will supply photo references of various animals and birds that students can choose from. CLASSES | 29


Ashtonn Means, Floral Foot Mug

Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing Beginner/Intermediate $215 member / $255 non-member Ashtonn Means Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, October 17 – December 5 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. Open studio time is available and strongly encouraged to practice skills learned during class time. Instructor email:

Robbie Breaux Tuesdays 1-4pm, October 18 – December 13, skipping Nov 22 Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm, October 20 – December 15, skipping Nov 24 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! Open studio time is available and strongly encouraged to practice skills learned during class time. Instructor email:

Gary Andrews Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm, October 18 – December 6 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. At times Gary will provide pre-thrown pots for students to practice glazing. Come relax and tap into your right brain. Open studio time is available and strongly encouraged to practice skills learned during class time. CERAMICS | 31 Instructor email:

Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing Beginner/Intermediate $215 member / $255 non-member Terry Shepherd Thursdays 1-4pm, October 20 – December 15, skipping Nov 24 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. Open studio time is available and strongly encouraged to practice skills learned during class time. Instructor email:


Intermediate Wheelthrowing Terry Shepherd Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, October 19 – December 7 $215 member / $255 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. Open studio time is available and strongly encouraged to practice skills learned during class time. Instructor email:

Advanced Wheelthrowing Terry Shepherd Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm, October 19 – December 7 $215 member / $255 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. Open studio time is available and strongly encouraged to practice skills learned during class time. Instructor email:

All Levels Hand-building

Robbie Breaux Wednesdays 1-4pm, October 19 – December 14, skipping Nov 23 $215 member / $255 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. Open studio time is available and strongly encouraged to practice skills learned during class time.


Sculpting in Clay

Ron Cloyd Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm, October 21 – December 16, skipping Nov 25 $215 member / $255 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 Ron Cloyd, Offering

The Nitty Gritty Holiday registration opens Tuesday, Sep 20 Students must register by Thursday, October 13 to secure a spot.

Registration: Registration can within 14 days of the start of the 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 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

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 $27.49 plus tax. Need-based scholarships are available. Visit our website’s scholarships page for more information!

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