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Church of Art hosts 'Shared Space'

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Photo by Tamie Meck Former Paonia resident Marie Velez Sentner and son Irie Sentner collaborated on the most recent art exhibit at the Church of Art in Hotchkiss: "Shared Space: A Mother Son Collaboration."

"Shared Space: A Mother Son Collaboration," featuring works by Irie Sentner and Marie Velez Sentner, of Durango, is now on exhibit at the Church of Art.

The show "is an exploration into the creative minds" of the two artists. Irie, 14, said that the two share space in just about everything they do. Now, he said, they share space at the Church of Art.

This is the first public exhibit for Irie, whose medium is photography. His show centers around the four seasons and images he shot with both a Canon DSLR and his cell phone. They include an image of a burning hay field taken with his cell phone from the moving car, the smoke contained inside a split-rail fence. A self-portrait taken from behind a sheet of broken glass at his grandparents' house in Paonia focuses on the fractured glass.

Mari, who grew up and graduated from high school in Paonia, is an up-and-coming collage artist. Her exhibit includes a collection of mixed-media collages made largely from a 20-year collection of Rolling Stone and other magazines. In creating her collages, which range from simple to multidimensional, "I keep layering and that gives it texture and substance," she says.

A highly-advanced collage with intricately-cut images, titled "May I Sing Your Land," was inspired by an opera singer she met while at an artist residency Willowtail Springs in Mancos, for which she received a scholarship from the Durango Arts Center.

At the center is a set of 44 hearts, each the same shape and size, but unique in its color and design. "I've been drawn, always, to heart symbols," said Mari. It started one evening when she created a heart stencil and made several collages from the template. "There was something about how they were all the same but completely different."

One heart's shiny gold background is made of Ferrero Rocher candy wrappers. "It's fun for me to be silly, too," said Mari.

The show runs through Aug. 12.

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