He's known as a builder of bamboo fly rods, a longtime fly fishing guide, fly-tying expert, author, and authority on the history of fly fishing and antique fly fishing equipment.
Also known as The Gnome, Jeffrey Hatton is now carving out a niche as an artist.
Bodhi Gilroy is one talented young artist. A fifth grade student at North Fork School of Integrated Studies, Gilroy submitted the winning entry for the annual Colorado Tree Coalition Arbor Day Poster Contest.
With a life filled with family, a chiropractic practice, music, sculpture, Dr. Mary Kleinsorge -- known to most people as Dr. Mary -- says purpose is of primary importance.
"My purpose is to make a difference, care for people, plant seeds, spark passion and inspire other people.
For most of her life, Barbara Silverman studied art. At age 11 she submitted a drawing to one of the "draw this" magazine ads for art school. Ah, "too young" they told her.
Carole Lazo's passion for photography stretches back to her childhood near London, England. She recalled "always running around with a brownie box camera," often taking pictures of her five siblings.
Susan Blackstock is a Colorado native who grew up on the Western Slope. From a young age she has loved capturing the essence of a person or a place in a drawing or painting.
Polar bears clinging to ice cubes floating in a sea of Coca Cola. A snow leopard with a bright red bar code on its ear.
Francie Mion of Delta is an illustrator of children's books. Francie and writer Lois Wickstrom have a series of Loretta books out, which have received praise from professionals in the literary world and delight among their young readers.
The Loretta books include "Bees in Loretta's Bonnet," "Ladybugs for Loretta" and "Loretta's Pet Caterpillar."
Clarence Fivecoate creates unique works of art with his wood lathe. During a visit to his shop, located behind his home in Delta, it doesn't take long to appreciate Fivecoate's extensive knowledge of wood varieties and their characteristics.
Joe Milich loves texture and he sees it everywhere: in a shimmering sunset, in the classic lines of automobiles, and the sleek design of aircraft. The prolific artist has translated his love of texture and his insightful sense of color into an amazing body of work.
The artwork of Rosalie Clock is now on display at the Delta Senior Center, 247 Meeker Street.
Clock, a resident of Paonia, says, "It was a love affair of the heart ... that first art lesson.
The western and wildlife art of Rudl Mergelman is on display this month at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC).
Mergelman is a Colorado native and descendent of pioneer families who homesteaded in Iola Basin.
When the adult coloring craze took off in 2015 after the New York Times featured its first coloring book on the best-seller list, Spencer Mahaffey Lightfoot was ahead of the curve. "I joke that I figured out that adult coloring is therapeutic way before The New York Times," said the Paonia artist.
While a piece of metal or wood might not look like much to most, to Milner CNC it's an opportunity to personalize and explore the possibilities. From metal signs and art, to wooden business cards or log furniture, this Paonia business can engrave, cut, or design most materials and ideas.
It's probably not her best work and she didn't even get proper credit for it, but Front Range artist Arleta Pech was instrumental in designing the Denver Broncos' football logo used by the team from 1970-1996. She was a young artist working for a Denver-based logo company forty-eight years ago when word came that the team wanted a new logo.
Local artist Michelle Riley of Life of Riley Designs from Paonia will be exhibiting at the 56th annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival in Nappanee, Ind., Aug. 2-5.
Riley is a jewelry maker whose pieces are available locally at the Refinery in Paonia.
Up a private drive in Crawford a home sits at the top of a hill, overlooking the mountains. From the outside one might not be able to tell, but step through the door and the story becomes clear: woodwork is a speciality of someone inside.
Each year, over $6.5 billion is spent on greeting cards in the U.S. alone. According to the Greeting Card Association, the most popular choices include birthday, thank-you, and of course, holiday cards like Christmas and Valentine's Day.
Mary Meehan, Cedaredge resident, is adding to that pool of cards with a different type of message -- Happy Resurrection Day.
Virginia Blackstock, local artist, was recognized by International Artist magazine, June-July 2018 edition, as one of two watercolor finalists in its Still Life Challenge, for her 15" x 29" piece titled "Refreshing Elegance V."
"This is the first time I ever entered this competition," she said.
The Delta Senior Center is pleased to display works of art by Anastasia Kenner in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.
Kenner was born in New York but grew up in Windsor.
If you haven't had a chance to stop by the Garden Center at 1970 S. Main in Delta to see the student art show, you have a few more opportunities. The show is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through April 22. There is no charge.
Local artists have teamed up to create a stained glass panel for the new Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) in Cedaredge. The group meets regularly at the Splinters & Shards studio in Delta to assemble the large panel.
Stepping into Annette Murry's face painting booth is like stepping into a shaded forest woodland populated by fairies, nymphs and other fanciful creatures.
Most festivals, fairs and kids' gathering generally have at least one face painting booth. What sets Annette apart is the attention to detail she puts into creating a fantasyland where imagination takes flight.
The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Linda Aubery in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.
Aubery says, "Art has been a part of my life from an early age.
Arleta Pech, an artist of renown in several areas of art, calls Austin home and is exhibiting at Impression Z in Cedaredge and The Purple Peacock in Ouray.
Arleta also teaches art.
Looking back to the moment when she first realized she could make it as an artist, Ginny Wise recalled that she had been taking art classes for five years before she framed something and put it in a local show. She won a prize and sold the drawing and she remembered saying to herself, "So -- I can do this!"
The results are in and smiles abound. Elevate Fiber announced the winners of its annual fall photo adventure and coloring contest last week.
An amazing variety of handcrafted articles are featured in the Holiday Craft Fair held annually at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Holiday shoppers delight in Christmas decor, handbags, crocheted dishcloths, knitted socks and quilted items. The craft fair draws over 75 vendors, but amazingly you can find all those items, and more, at just one booth -- the one featuring the handicrafts of Paula Mathews.
Elsewhere Studios has been awarded a grant to participate in a unique residency program.
Elsewhere announced last spring that it was among 21 grant recipients from a field of over 265 applicants selected to participate in the "Arts in Society" initiative.
It's hard to say if Cami Bair is primarily a painter who uses stories to enhance her work, or if she's really a storyteller who uses pictures to amplify her stories. But she melds the two art forms so beautifully that the line between storyteller and painter blends, and the end result is just simply the best kind of story: full of feeling and wonder and color and life.
The All Saints Lutheran Church in Cory hosted its annual craft fair the mornings of Nov. 3 and 4. Crafts, artwork, and embroidery were both on display and available for purchase.
Retirement is a major lifestyle change for anyone, but for a restaurant owner who's dedicated nearly every waking hour to his business for 28 years, retirement was a shock to the system.
After Larry Jakubiak sold the North Fork Valley Restaurant to one of his employees three years ago, he decided to take it easy.
The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Daphna Russell in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.
A well-known artist and teacher, Daphna Russell lives in Cedaredge.
Ron MacKendrick completed his first wood turning project 58 years ago in a shop class at Hotchkiss High School.
Today he works on his projects in a partitioned-off corner of a former fruit warehouse.
Since coming to Paonia High School four years ago, Scott Burns has documented school life in sketches. He has dozens of them.
The following are North Fork Creative Coalition member artists represented at the West Elk Clinic in Hotchkiss:
Cassidy Butler's bedroom is a revelation. An ironing board takes up the center of the room.
A group of Western Slope wood craftsmen, with roots beginning in Cedaredge, is carrying on a very old tradition of honoring soldiers wounded in battle. Members of the Grand Valley Woodturners, Grand Valley Woodcarvers and the Black Canyon Woodcarvers handcraft beautiful wooden canes which are presented to local service men and women who have sustained injuries in combat.
Karen Brueggemann has been creating objects of art her whole life. She has been selling her creative works since she was in junior high school.
But it has been only since she and Ted, her husband of 54 years, began their move to Cedaredge 10 years ago that Karen really began to think of herself as an artist.
Paonia artist Mark Malone is among the artists featured in the exhibition Enigmatic Visions at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, a neighborhood on the west side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, Aug. 3.
Stoney Mesa Winery hosted an open house all day Thursday, July 6, offering food, door prizes and discounts, along with a plein air art competition sponsored by the Art Co-op at Stoney Mesa Winery.
As customers flowed through the tasting room during the day, they were able to observe artists on the property creating magnificent pieces on their canvases.
Dorothy Garber would have so enjoyed Friday night's opening at the Creamery Arts Center.
"Changing Direction: New Work by the Hotchkiss Fine Art Association" showcases a variety of mediums by HFAA artist-members Dana Bradley, Rosalie Clock, Jeanine Cowan, Dona Doye, Cedar Keshet Fowler, Gary Hall, Peter Halladay Bobby Hass, Peggy Judy, Mary Jursinovic, Emily Matteson, Gini McNair, Mary Smith, Jean M. Storz, Jaquita Watters, and Lynne Norton Anderson (with Robert Lueallen as firemeister for her raku pottery).
The July 7 edition of Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce's 1st Friday Art Walk brought families and local artists to Main Street for a community evening.
Artists displayed their works at the AppleShed and gave displays of their talents, and children joined the event with colored chalk drawings on sidewalks and crafts projects at the chamber office.
The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Susan Jochum in the dining hall at 247 Meeker Street.
Jochum grew up in Colorado. In eight years of college she studied mathematics, art and humanities.
Original two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art were showcased in the Delta Fine Arts' annual art show. Bill Heddles Recreation Center hosted the show from June 22-24.
A very successful 45th annual Edge of the Cedars Art Show sponsored by Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority has been completed. Ninety-two artists exhibited a total of 256 entries which included paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, stained glass and an open category.
With strong support from the arts community, from patrons of the arts, and from local business and individual sponsors, members of the Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Sorority staged the 45th consecutive Edge of the Cedars Art Exhibit at Cedaredge Middle School last week.
Ninety-two artists entered a total of 256 individual works for this year's exhibit and sale.
Artists ages 6-18 and adults are invited to submit up to three pieces of original art in Delta Fine Art's 2017 annual Art Show. Email Linda Aubery for the show entry guidelines at email@example.com or call 970-765-5034.
When Scott Sullivan retired from his career at the Delta Correctional Center after 16 and a half years, art became a much bigger part of his life.
With new-found free time he now had for pursuing his passion, he completed construction of a studio behind his house just north of town in Cedaredge.
Elsewhere Studios in Paonia has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Arts in Society Program, a collaboration between Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Elsewhere was chosen as one of 21 recipients from a field of over 265 applicants.
Gallery de la Luz announces a plein air artists' gathering Saturday, June 3, in conjunction with Outdoor Heritage Day in Delta.
Gather up your art supplies or camera equipment and meet at the gazebo on the island in Confluence Park.
The Edge of the Cedars Art Show is coming soon. Area artists are encouraged to submit their artwork as soon as possible.
After traveling to the Western Slope regularly to fish at Crawford Reservoir, Dee Brown and her husband Joe decided Delta County would be a great place to retire.
Although the move became a reality 10 years ago, Dee has yet to kick back and relax.
Roger "Hutch" Hutchison started a student art show in 1988, the same year he joined the faculty at Delta High School. So it was only fitting that he capped his long career during the opening reception for this year's student art show.
The Delta County Student Art Show is now on display at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge. This year, the show was expanded to include art from district elementary and middle schools.
Calling all artists to submit up to three pieces of original art in Delta Fine Arts' annual art show. Email Linda Aubery for the show entry guidelines at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-765-5034. The show is open to adults and students ages 6-18.
The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Marcella Kunes in the dining hall at 247 Meeker Street.
Marcella was born in Iowa, but her family moved to the Boulder area of Colorado when she was young.
Dani Tupper, a Delta artist and instructor, has been awarded master signature membership in the Western Colorado Watercolor Society (WCWS). This honor is bestowed upon artists who have had their work accepted in at least 10 juried WCWS national exhibitions.
A curmudgeon is defined as a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man. Although retired, Rick Smith is not elderly, nor does he seem to be ill-tempered.
An Eckert man has taken his talent for art, merged it with lessons his dad taught him years ago and created a vocation for himself and a distinctive type of craftsmanship.
John Good found early in life that he had a talent and love of art which he pursued into his adult years.
Paonia artist Cedar Keshet is a prolific painter. Her works, mostly oils on canvas, take the viewer on a tour of western landscapes, from the first snowfall on Mt. Lamborn and summer on West Beckwith Pass, to the desert cacti of the Southwest and the formations of the Great Basin of Nevada. Her works have shown from Chicago to San Francisco and are held by collectors across the country.
Sylvia Karner has been cutting, coloring and styling hair in Delta since the mid 1970s -- nearly as long as she's been making jewelry. While beadwork has become increasingly popular in recent years, it's a hobby that has fascinated Sylvia for some time.
The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Erin Williams in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.
Williams has made western Colorado her home for the past 42 years and says the visual splendor of this area is a constant inspiration for her work.
Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn that can change one's course forever. For Mark and Joei Malone, that unexpected turn happened two years ago on a road trip to explore the possibility of relocating from Summit County to Montrose.
The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Hendrika Cegielski in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.
Cegielski was born in Vookhout, The Netherlands. Her family immigrated to the United States to Pennsylvania when Hendrika was a small child.
Art is part of life, and life is about giving. Cedaredge area artist Ella Kelly has found that art and giving have been center points in her personal and professional life.
"We are so blessed to have people in our lives who teach and help us with their talents," Ella says.
Paris, Milan, New York . . . you'd hardly think that Cedaredge, Colorado, belonged on the list of cities known worldwide as fashion meccas. But then again, only a handful of people have seen the clothing that Mitchell Gronenthal makes, creations gorgeous enough to make grown-up girls long for the days of dress-up.
Artists of the Blue Sage, featuring works by the talented board members, committee members and staff of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, will be on display Nov. 8 through Dec. 23.
If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then you might say that Ryan Strand's artistic journey begins with picking up a single stick.
Strand is the artist behind the many stick art sculptures found in the North Fork area, including in yards, businesses and inside The Paradise Theatre.
Nancy Giordano is one of those crafty individuals who never runs out of ideas for beautiful, unique items, whether she's turning a pair of old blue jeans into an apron or stitching a colorful piece of fabric into an "on the go" purse.
She paints rocks, embellishes clothing with beads and creates magnets, but finds the most joy in jewelry making.
Celebrating the significance of the North Fork Valley, Blue Sage Center for the Arts presents Paint Paonia 2016. Paint Paonia is an annual plein air competition welcoming painters from across the Western Slope of Colorado.
Lynn Miller of Cedaredge has decided to take a different path in life than others who might think their years of contributing to community are past.
Reaching a milestone in life that would signal others to take to their rocking chairs, Lynn decided instead at age 80 to take up watercolor painting.
Celebrating the significance of the North Fork Valley, Blue Sage Center for the Arts presents Paint Paonia 2016. Paint Paonia is an annual plein air competition welcoming painters from across the Western Slope of Colorado.
Have you ever wondered, "What's up on Redlands Mesa?" Well, here's your chance to find out. A group of artists, gardeners and farmers on Redlands Mesa, near Hotchkiss, have collaborated to offer a self-guided tour of their studios, farms and gardens on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A lover of history, John York volunteers at Fort Uncompahgre once a week. As a docent, he shares the history of the original fort, which was built by Antoine Robidoux in 1828. The Indians and trappers brought furs to trade for sugar, coffee, beads and other goods brought in from the United States and Mexico.
"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.
Sheryl Williams has taught hundreds of students the art of painting with alcohol ink, but only one has actually stepped foot in her Delta studio. The remainder are online students who follow Sheryl's instructional videos via the internet.
Jerry Lehl's home is a museum for horseshoe art.
The driveway is marked by horseshoe stands that look like flowers. Wind chimes with horseshoe ends clink and clang in the breeze. Signs with letters made out of horseshoes greet visitors.
Over 300 people attended the Black Canyon Camera Club's annual show and sale, which this year was themed "Color Me Ansel." The second annual show and sale was held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Art can't thrive in isolation -- it needs a community of artists and a community for expression.
A new artists' cooperative gallery in Cedaredge is providing both types of community connection for local artists who have a new venue for display and sale of their work.
Some may look at the vintage automobiles on Orval Proctor's Main Street lot and see a pile of rust; others see variations in color and shape that demand a paintbrush. That was the case with Buffalo Kaplinski and his longtime friend, Fred Honchell of Delta.
T he Fantastic Four came from all around the country, and are the latest in a long line of resident artists at Elsewhere Studios.
One is from Appleton, Wis., and designs fashion out of her own life drawings.
Lindy Palmer of Eckert is the featured artist of the month for April at the Grand Mesa ImpressionZ artists' co-op gallery.
The gallery opened last December and is making sales for the approximately 25 local artists who are contributing members.
Cartooning may not be a good way to make a living, but it can certainly keep you entertained. Pencil in hand, you surround yourself with superheroes, whimsical animals and humorous characters who pepper your drawings with witty comments.
A total of 430 entries are on display for the annual Western Slope High School Art Show. The show and sale is open at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge through April 26. The gallery is open 9-5 daily.
The citizens of Delta County have been presented with two artistic gifts -- landscape paintings that depict the remarkable Western Slope area.
They are oil paintings by Dick Doherty, a well-known artist and muralist who has also contributed his talents to the City of Delta murals program.
The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by W. Richard "Dick" Doherty in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street. Doherty is a well-known artist and teacher who has played an important role in the development of the arts in this area.
Rockies West National 2016 will be held March 2 through April 2 at The Art Center, 7th and Orchard in Grand Junction. The exhibition is the 24th annual water media show put on by Western Colorado Watercolor Society.
When Sue Jochum decided it was time to leave the corporate world of high technology and pursue her life-long passion for art, she chose the Surface Creek Valley as home to be near other family who live here.
Now, with her computer programming days behind her, she is finding the time to enjoy plein air painting sessions with friends, to participate with her work in shows and exhibitions, and to develop an enterprise in portrait painting, a discipline that she has discovered a natural talent for.
The arts community comprises a vibrant part of Surface Creek Valley's community life.
The ongoing displays, occasional special shows and events celebrating the arts are enhanced by local artists who give individual instruction at their homes and their studios, thereby increasing the knowledge, talent base and participation in arts here.
Recognizing that we're all connected in some way within our community, Gallery De La Luz in Delta has issued a call for artists for its upcoming benefit, "The Ties that Bind." Artists are asked to create a piece featuring or showcasing neckties.
When you hear the word "doors" do you think of entering your home or job or storefront, a hidden passage, or something more abstract and emotional? Twenty-four members of the Grand Junction Art Quilt Association (AQuA) submitted their fiber interpretation of "Doors" for a special exhibit to hang in October at both the Quiltfest Oasis in Palm Springs and the 24th annual Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara, Calif.
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