“The Beauty of the Natural World through My Lens” featuring the photography of Artist Member Scott Dorman is currently on display.
Highlighted Founding Member
Featuring the wood art by John Lynch
In addition to the photography of Artist Member Scott Dorman and the woodworking by Founding Member John Lynch, there is a display on the Theme Wall “Reflections in Water.”
Also on display in the gallery are the outstanding work of the other Art Center artist members, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed half.
The Art Center is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Art Center will be open 5 – 7 pm on Aug. 5 for First Friday. Going for Baroque will provide entertaining and light refreshments will be served.
Upcoming Estes Valley Plein Air Events
Thirty-six artists will soon be arriving to participate in our 4th Annual Estes Valley Plein Air. The Public is invited to attend Quick Paint, August 20 from 8:30 am to noon. You can observe artists producing a painting in 90 minutes; their artwork will be on display and then will be auctioned off. The public is invited to attend the Gala Opening and Awards Ceremony, August 26 from 5 – 7 pm with the Awards to be presented at 6 pm
Art Classes in August
Landscape Collage – Beginners welcome! with Sandy Fritz
August 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Art Center Members: $100. Non-Members: $110.
Join Sandy Fritz in this dynamic landscape painting workshop. She will guide you through her multi layer mixed media process. And she provides all of the materials/supplies you will need to participate in this fun day of creativity. You will learn about hand painted collage, mark making, spray painting to add layered visual interest and composition. The first part of the day you will “get ready” to create a landscape of your choice later in the day. It’s a great workshop for all levels of artistic talents including beginners. Sandy’s motto is, “You are creative… you just don’t know it yet.”
Our leader into the exciting world of “Landscape Collage” is popular Loveland mixed media/collage artist, Sandy Fritz, currently RV’ing around the country with her husband. Fortunately, she stops in Estes Park each summer to visit her Dad de ella, the Art Center’s own Bill Fritz, and enjoys teaching at the Art Center. “My art expresses how I view the world; full of life, color and emotion,” said Sandy.
Materials List: All supplies are provided by the instructor.
Translating Small Abstract Designs into Sketchbook Sized Realistic Watercolors with Cecy Turner
August 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Art Center Members: $67.50. Non-Members: $75.
Cecy Turner is an award-winning artist who lives in Dallas, Texas most of the year. She and her husband de ella summer in Estes Park, and she spends most days painting in the Park. The Art Center has been lucky enough to have persuaded Cecy to spend a day in town and teach a class for us the past few years. She paints/teaches in both oil and watercolor, and is particularly fond of plein air painting.
She said, “In this one-day workshop, we will use water-soluble value pencils to translate small (approx 4 x 6), quick abstract sketches into sketchbook sized realistic watercolors. This method can be applied to both your studio and plein air paintings and is one you’ll want to incorporate into your watercolor habits from now on! There will be demonstrations throughout the day. Weather permitting, those who want to can practice this method on the beautiful aspens right outside the Art Center after lunch.
Materials List: Provided
Watercolor Journaling: Capturing Estes Park with Line and Color! With Karen Ramsay
August 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Art Center Members: $72. Non-Members: $80.
Karen Ramsay, celebrated Colorado watercolor artist and instructor, devotes her time capturing beautiful landscapes, urban scenes and figures that surround her. She has a passion for sharing and teaching students the techniques and joys of her favorite medium of her.
Capture Estes in line and watercolor! Toss your sketchbook and some simple tools into your daypack, and explore Estes Park with us! We will fill our pages with sketches and watercolor scenes of the area. Approaches will include simple sketches with pencil, ink and watercolor.
Through instruction, demonstrations and free exploration time, you will be able to capture the beauty around you. Participants will learn (or sharpen) some basic sketching and observation skills, along with some watercolor tips. We will then head out to practice these skills in a variety of locations in the town of Estes.
This workshop is perfect for those:
• Journal-keepers who want to add illustrations to their writing
• Artists who want to fill their sketchbooks
• Gardeners and naturalists who want to learn more about the world around them
• Travelers who want to record their journeys
• Dreamers, scientists, observers, recorders, or anyone who wants to improve (or acquire!) skills in all these categories.
For those who wish to bring their own supplies, Karen has provided a materials list.
Others will be able to purchase a complete kit with everything necessary from Karen on the day of class for $40. (Cash or check will be accepted.)
Everyone needs to bring their own water container, please.
Materials List: Provided for those wishing to bring their own supplies.
A new exhibit is now on display at the Estes Park Health featuring Eileen Van Bare, Sally Richmond and Bruce Boynton. US Bank features Debbie Jansen and VERT had a number of artists on display.
Seeking Students for the Art Center’s Mentor Program
This is an exciting and popular Art Center program and an important way for Art Center artists to share their passion for the arts directly with members of the community.
Mentors are matched with mentees, of all ages, who want to learn a new medium, and have the chance to work with an experienced artist who shows their work in our lovely, professional gallery.
The annual Mentor/Student show in February is the highlight of the year, giving mentees the opportunity to see their own creations on display in the Art Center Gallery and to learn something about the “art biz” (appropriate framing, pricing, greeting the public , etc) along the way.