AppleShed's holiday art show opens Saturday

By Press Release


The AppleShed is hosting a holiday art show featuring the works of Pat Stelter, Lian Canty, Lee Johnson and Roy and Jeff Kastning.

An opening reception is planned Saturday, Nov. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. The art will be on display through December.

Pat Stelter, a resident of Grand Junction, is known for her sensitive landscapes of the Rocky Mountain West. As a fourth-generation native of Colorado, her appreciation of the area comes naturally. Expansive skies, southwestern vistas and aspen scenes are favorite subjects.

Acrylic, her primary medium, is applied in thin, transparent glass to achieve a watercolor effect. Her representational style creates quiet scenes, which include both detail and indistinct areas, inviting the viewer's imagination.

Stelter has earned signature membership in the Colorado Watercolor Society, The Western Colorado Watercolor Society and the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society.

Lian Canty lives in Crested Butte and has loved creating art since she was a young child.

"My father was a taxidermist, specializing in fish. While watching him, I became fascinated with the process where he would delicately restore the colorful fish to their living splendor. My artistic abilities were apparent to my family, so they encouraged me to pursue my passion. I enrolled at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, graduating with a degree in illustration and design. The following year I moved to Crested Butte and opened Rendezvous Gallery & Framing," she said.

In search of elegant, personal ways to express herself, she has created detailed botanicals, elegant calligraphy, stylized posters, spontaneous plein aire paintings and sensual figurative work.

"I am always evolving as an artist, striving to express myself and communicate through my paintings," she said.

Lee Johnson is a Delta resident who has had a long and successful career in the field of art. He was a museum assistant director/curator, director of an artist-in-residence program, a university art professor and more recently, emeritus professor of art.

Throughout his career he has been a highly productive artist. His dedication has translated into the investigation and experimentation of painting, sculpture and photography in many forms.

"I have found that a large format view camera works best for me when photographing architecture," he said. "The overall picture quality is outstanding, with exacting fidelity in line and tone. When using black and white film, the needed contrast helps create the perfect balance in the composition."

Roy and Jeff Kastning collaborate under the name Colorado West Photography.

They have been involved in photography and the arts, both casually and professionally, for most of their lives.

"Photography has been a big part of our family both in the military and later on with a portrait business and pro color lab," Roy said. "We were early adopters of digital imaging and have continued to upgrade our equipment and skills as the technology constantly improves and matures.

"We have recently rediscovered an old passion of shooting large format 4x5 film, except now we scan the film after processing to be printed on a large Epson Pro printer," Roy said. "While we are still painting, mostly in watercolor, we find we are using the paintings more and more as a starting point for digital printmaking. We love the fluid nature of digital imaging and the possibilities that emerge from combining the traditional with digital. We are constantly learning and experimenting with the unlimited potential of digital printmaking. Our show features the range of what we are doing now -- from traditional to digital and in between. We are thoroughly enjoying the process, the experimenting and learning. It is a lot of fun for us and we hope you enjoy seeing what we are doing and our show!"

The AppleShed Gallery is located at 250 S. Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge and is open seven days a week.