Integrating Old With New:
Vilona Gallery ARTICLE EMILY O’BRIEN
ilona Gallery has been a dream for oil painter, Cheri Vilona, and her husband, James Vilona, who has been creating art for over 25 years. Together they designed the interior of the gallery as a reflection of their love of artistic materials, metals, woods and reclaimed steel, bringing a touch of natural warmth to its space. Located at 18th and Pearl Street, the idea behind Vilona Gallery is to create a welcoming space for artwork that includes sculpture, mineral and fossil arts, functional artwork, painting, photography, mixed media and more that resonates with its philosophy of bringing contemporary art with a historical or traditional component. This may be in the form of a subject, selection of materials or artistic process, or a combination. “What we’re currently presenting is functional art with this component of vastly unique artifacts,” says Director Cheri Vilona. Art goers often comment on the uniqueness of the premiere group show in which fossils, minerals and functional artwork are seen intermingled with bronze sculptures, mixed media, painting and photography. Currently there is an emphasis on three-dimensional work. A Mobius bench, James Vilona’s signature piece, always catches people’s attention partly because of its beauty, but also because it’s a piece you can actually touch and sit on. Cheri says, “We are passionate in representing diverse artwork that, through
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these various artistic touches, translates our cultural and artistic history into contemporary artworks. Our grown children are also artists, and you’ll get to see alternative process photography and wood and steel sculptures in the gallery from their studios.” Vilona Gallery will hold rotating shows exhibiting collections of contemporary art by outstanding, emerging and established artists and is committed to showcasing exciting and innovative artistic perspectives. “Within the coming months, we’ll exhibit works by additional painters and continue to enliven the space with new artists that resonate with our philosophy and blend with our work here,” says Cheri.
MARCH GALLERY PROGRAMS MARCH 1-15: MOP-Boulder-A Photographic Exhibit for CU Students and Alumni coinciding with the hundreds of collaborative photographic installations and exhibiting events through Denver, Boulder and our region during March. MARCH 21 AND 28: Visiting artist series “Dialogue and Process” offers a live painting session featuring Judy Greenan and Marie Channer, and will continue on select Saturdays with new artists thru the year.
March 2015 Issue of Boulder Lifestyle