The Creamery Arts Center proudly announces the opening reception for Creamery artist-member Jean M. Stortz. The show, "Found Objects: Old & Discarded," will feature oil paintings which focus on found objects.
Objects old and discarded can be an artifact, a tool, or the remains, portions or bits of something left behind.
A new resident of Delta, Stortz is discovering new beauty in her environment. The opening reception will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Peach Gallery. The paintings will be displayed through Dec. 9.
The oil paintings in this show range between found bones from the Delta County landscape, to a turtle shell and a nest from an old willow tree. From her Minnesota farm, the rusted spear and metal tackle box owned by Jean's father, Raymond, give the paintings a personal touch. There is an essence of a life imagined in that old discarded object, portrayed in her paintings.
Jean's father would be in his mid 90s today. As a young boy, Ray toted that heavy artifact and speared Redhorse Suckers near his farm in Minnesota. He carried the green, metal tackle box, with its lures, weights and hooks, to the small lake on the farm where he was born.
There is a fusion of place and object, as Stortz recalls the origins of the objects in her paintings. As she became interested in the topic of bones, it spurred conversations with others, and people she met loaned their found bones, skulls and stories for the project.
Stortz found her first skull in Eckert as she and her husband Steve were scouting for Sand Hill Cranes this past year. That first skull started her quest to look for more bones. As her husband fly fishes rivers in Delta County, she arrives with her camera — for that perfect photo of a landscape or object — a hat for protection from the sun, and a bag to hold a bone, piece of wood, trash or stone.
Among the 22 oil paintings some appear to be abstract and others have a still life quality. Also included are collected items that inspired the series. This is the second special showing of Stortz's oil paintings. Her show in June 2013 featured views of the surrounding landscapes with emphasis on the unique "dobies" land formations which fascinated her.
Come celebrate this local artist and her unique talents. Refreshments, local wines and micro brews will be served. The Creamery Arts Center at 165 W. Bridge Street is open 11 to 6 Monday through Saturday. Call for more information at 872-4848 or visit them on Facebook or at their website, www.creameryartscenter.org.
On Monday, Nov. 11, the Kids' Pasta Project will have a benefit dinner to help buy supplies for the clay and art studios at the Creamery Arts Center. These will be used for the "After School Arts" program. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked pasta dinner complete with salad, bread and dessert for only $14 for adults and $8 for kids. The dinner will be held at PJ's Pub, located at 107 W. Bridge Street, Hotchkiss (seating is from 6 to 6:30 p.m.). For more information call the Creamery or visit the Kids' Pasta Project website, www.kidspasta
project.org to reserve your seats.