The Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss presents a new member of our art community during its June exhibit. Oil painter and artist, Jean Marie Stortz of Delta, will be showing her most recent work in a show titled "Adobe Awakening."
There will be an opening reception for her work on Friday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Her show, which will hang in the Peach Gallery on the main floor of the Creamery Arts Center, will run through July 8.
Jean and her husband have recently moved to Delta from Minnesota where she was an art educator of young people and adults through many venues: open studios, workshops, home school and after-school programs, evening and summer camp classes, and art centers. She has worked with ASD and EBD children at the middle school and elementary level. She has a degree in interior design from the University of Minnesota with extensive experience in textile art, painting, drawing, mixed media and printmaking. She is currently working with a group of artists to create a gallery in Delta, the "Confluence Gallery, an artists' cooperative."
As a recent transplant to Delta, she was struck by the unusual formations in the adobe hills. Stortz states, "This new environment was so different from my Minnesota roots. It was not a lush green and this last winter was seldom white. My intent was not to paint these hills, but then I realized to know something is to draw or paint it. To familiarize myself with my surroundings I needed to photograph and paint my new home environ. Previously, my colors focused on reds, yellows and blues. Now, the paintings must be in the subdued 'brown' range of colors. These adobe hills give me a rooted connection with the earth.
"My first trip to the local landfill, Adobe Buttes, was what inspired me to start this series. The adobe/clay hills and flats are only one of the distinguishing characteristics of this area. Ancient hills in the most amazing and unusual shapes abound. Their colors and shapes shift depending on the sunlight and shadows, forever changing and new. The snow transforms them again. Not one adobe hill is like another. They are prehistoric, dinosaur-like, some look like animals, weathered elephant-like skin in appearance.
"My paintings are a journal of my experiences. Seeing beauty is my quest every day. My art and my life have crossed paths and are now interconnected. I am always inspired by nature. Nature fills me up. My goal is to give each painting attention and reverence in hopes of drawing forth its beauty. I believe it can happen when there is an emotional connection with the image."
Everyone is invited to an evening of fine art, free refreshments, micro brews and local wines on Friday, June 14, from 6 to 8 pm. The Creamery Arts Center is located at 165 W. Bridge Street in Hotchkiss. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus