The Art Center closes one exhibition, opens another – Estes Park Trail-Gazette
Closed on June 7
“Lyrical Landscapes” featuring the work of Mary Benke.
Opening June 11
“Becky’s Family and Friends” / “FACE of Fiber in the Rockies” with member artist Rebecca Gilberto and guest artists Brenda Nelson, Meredith Lockhart and Monte Michener. This exhibit showcases the diverse talents and media of Becky and her guests.
“The art I create has evolved from many years of exposure to professional artists in many mediums,” said Becky Gilberto. “My first artistic experience with fiber was learning to knit, crochet, sew and embroider, all before the age of six. My first class at Felting was with Natasha Lehrer Lewis. She owns Esther’s Place in Big Rock, Illinois, and is a wonderful and joyful teacher, still teaching and cultivating. The artists who have influenced me are Georgia O’Keeffe, Klimt, my mother Helen Byrd and the art of the American Indians. I made a series of Klimt inspired pieces for this show. I also made a series of woven wall hangings that I call my “COVID Rescue” pieces.
Brenda Nelson is a local quilt artist. Brenda has been quilting for over 40 years. She started her love of quilts by repairing old quilts. She’s made too many quilts to count, but as Brenda said, “I always have someone in mind when I make a quilt, and I usually give her that quilt.”
Meredith Lockhart Collections has a team of talented artists she collaborates with, including Patty Boldridge and Gordon Elliott on a regular basis for many of their pieces. They also create their own distinct art forms. The clothes and jewelry are all handcrafted and made with the highest quality materials. The newly added works of art are made by all three artists and they have many years of experience in many types of media. Meredith, Patty and Gordon are all award-winning artists who have participated in numerous shows and worked in several galleries across the country. All of the beautifully handcrafted pieces by MLC artists are made in the beautiful agricultural country of Northeast Kansas.
“I am excited about the reuse of materials,” commented Monte Michener. “Most of my work is rediscovering a new use, for a material, which can be seen as junk or clutter. Rusty, chipped, weathered by the elements, fires, floods and other natural events, create a patina and an opportunity for something new. My goal as an artist is to continue to see the opportunity that these materials have and to create.
This exhibition will feature fiber artists from across North America. These artists are nominated by other fiber artists for their excellent quality and their creative approach to textile art. In addition, each of the 2019 winners was invited to present a new piece.
There will be an opening reception from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 11. No refresh at this time and masks will be required. For the comfort and safety of our guests, the opening reception will offer extended hours so that guests can view the exhibits in a less crowded environment. Becky and representatives of the FACE committee will be on hand to greet visitors and answer questions about the artwork.
Also on display in the gallery are the exceptional works of other artists who are members of the Art Center, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramic, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media.
Opening weekend door price
Featured artist Rebecca Gilberto donated a hand-designed scarf for the Opening Weekend Door Prize. The public is invited to register by going to the Gallery or by sending an e-mail address and a telephone number to [email protected] Registrations can be made from 2 p.m. on June 11 until 5 p.m. on June 14, date on which a winning name will be drawn and notified.
The Art Center is now open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Art classes in June
“Let it flow! Colorful watercolor landscapes ”with Kathleen Lanzoni
June 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art center Members $ 135 Non-members $ 150
«Painting the landscape in pastel (also oil painters) with Lydia Pottoff
June 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art center Members $ 67.50 Non-members $ 75
“Handmade felt tapestry” with Mary Morse
June 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art center Members $ 63 Non-member $ 70
“Continuous color …” with Cathy Goodale
June 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art center Members $ 72 Non-members $ 80
“Ink Spots Wearable Art” with Sandy Fritz
June 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Art center Members $ 54 Non-members $ 60
“Shake ‘n Roll – Cool Felt Beads” with Mary Morse – KID’S CLASS
June 29, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fee: $ 20
To register, contact the Art Center or visit our website at www.artcenterofestes.com. Each class has a maximum number of participants, so it is suggested that if you are interested, register as soon as possible.
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