I am intrigued by all kinds of materials and love to imagine how to combine and integrate them into unexpected new patterns, creating new dynamics. Being able to bring together opposites into new relationships and harmonies with each other has always been deeply satisfying. A walk down the aisles of Home Depot can be as inspirational as watching a sunset. A piece of plexiglass, wood, tile or flashing might be the beginning of a new piece as I think of how to merge opposites of matte and gloss finishes, smooth and textured surfaces, geometric and free form images. There is an almost sensual pleasure when I scavenge through collections of used things of all kind - roofing, metal pieces, cabinet doors, sticks, leaves, clay, unfinished artwork- and think of how to blend them into provocative new visual experiences for myself and others.
A native of Virginia, Laura trained as a painter at The University of North Carolina in Ashville, the art rich area of western North Carolina. She draws her creative experiences from working not only as a painter but also as a printmaker. She currently resides in Purcellville, Virginia and works from her studio at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria.
I like to describe my paintings as, “color driven atmospheric abstractions”. My paintings are intuitive; having no concrete reference, but they evoke a familiar image. There seems to be a realistic image coming from the abstract painting; a painting within the painting. The paintings create an illusion; the painting you see and the one you imagine.
The paintings in this exhibition are done in oils on a variety of materials; canvas, panels, and a paper produced from recycled polypropylene pellets. I work “wet on wet” thus producing seamless fields of color within the format. Areas of the composition are drawn back into with Prismacolor pencil.
Reflective of the spacious Kansas skies and prairies she grew up with, Ledeker was born a daydreamer. She began drawing from her imagination at an early age. Her talent for rendering set her apart and incubated her desire to live her life as an artist. Following careers as a public school art teacher, independent art business owner and Art Director, today Ledeker maintains a private studio in her home in Lawrence, Kansas and a public workspace in her gallery, BONEYARD Studio & Gallery in Creede, Colorado. Primarily a watercolorist, her current work is haunting, provocative and conceived in a meditative state.
FULL CIRCLE - Sin, Virtue & the Language of Flowers These fourteen jewel-like watercolors are richly embellished with color and symbolism and classically gilded with 23 carat raised gold. Each Deadly Sin and its corresponding Heavenly Virtue is displayed as a pair – balancing truth. Based upon my research into the fascinating language of flowers, the illuminated works include floral and herbal references as well as pearls of wisdom and elements of foreshadowing. This series, long incubated, melds my love of medieval painting techniques, my struggle with religious doctrine, my study of the historical meanings of flowers and my respect for the humor, detail and mystery of good story telling. In this deep dive into human dichotomy, I have discovered that sin and virtue can be equally provocative and beautiful.
mixed media on canvas
As a professional interior designer, I have had the good fortune to have spent a career doing creative things for interesting people. My passion is to create something new that did not exist before for others to enjoy. For much of my career I searched for unique art for clients for their residential or commercial projects. This led me to the opportunity to create art specially for a purpose and space, filling a need for proportion, color, dimension, visual interest and attainability.
My typical format is “mixed media” on canvas. Layers of paper, paint, adhesives and natural materials combine, interact and weave together to form texture, movement, composition, depth of color and interest in an abstract and often playful and whimsical way.
I studied art and design at Kansas State University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design
Throughout engineering school, I threatened multiple times to quit and go to art school. I don’t regret my decision to press in my engineering career, or even to let my creativity lie quiet for so long. My “day job” has afforded me the opportunity to live all over the country, to travel the world, and to collect art along the way. Almost 4 years ago, somewhat on a whim, and somewhat out of frustration of knowing exactly what I wanted on my wall and not being able to find it, I bought my first oil paints. I have since learned that the blank canvas is simultaneously intimidating and freeing – much like living in a new place or traveling to a foreign country. Life, nor painting, works out perfectly every time, but when it has for me, it has been rooted in truth. In my experience, being brave enough to look for my truth is when the magic happens.
In 2018, I hit the road, being accepted to some of the best outdoor art festivals in the country. I won several awards and one Best in Show. It’s wild for me to think that my art is in private collections from California to Missouri. By nature of the art festival, you hear lots of feedback on your work, and the recurring word that I am most proud of is “fresh”.
fine art photographer
John has been a professional portrait, nature and fine art photographer for over 40 years. Having owned two successful portrait studios, John’s work now focuses on the fine art aspect of photography. John’s involvement with the professional photography world has earned him many awards, publications and recognition throughout the years. He has been a competition print judge for both professional and non-professional photographers, a board member of the Kansas Professional Photographers Association, Past President of the Greater Wichita Professional Photographers Association, State Chairman of the National Certified Professionals Photography’s Association, Instructor for the National Photographers Certification course and an instructor at a Jr. College for photography and darkroom development.
Whether photographing in some forgotten corner of the world or sharing his knowledge with others in a classroom or in the field, John strives to foster in others his love and respect for the natural world, by touching the heart of the viewer with its beauty through his images and writings.
A love for art is evident when you explore Mike’s intricate drawings, using a form of drawing by the early masters, Silver Point. This delicate drawing technique utilizes a silver wire fastened in a handle. The metal flakes off on the specially prepared surface. In time, the oxidizes resulting in a soft hue of color and special warmth.
Mike is President and Designer for Creative Signs, Inc., where his talent graces many businesses in the area. It is his awareness of the human condition that creates a subject’s realism using this detailed, seldom used artform.
At the start I used only Silver but started to incorporate various oxidation coloring effects such as brass, copper and aluminum. Experimenting further with color, I started using Pastel pencil that I would gently apply and remove which left a hint of color but more important allowed me to work the Metal Point back over the pastel creating a unique effect.
mixed media painting
Pam is inspired by the movement and rhythm of patterns, bold, pleasing, vibrant colors, masterful contrasts and unpredictable asymmetry balanced by strategically placed lines. Pam believes art is an expression of creativity that should bring emotion to the mind, interest to the eye, engages the viewer and should stand strongly and independently on its own requiring no “artsy” explanation.
Pam has her own very distinct style using a blend of technical, geometric precision with contemporary, lively color incorporating a little bit of control and a little bit of chaos!
Pam’s artistic technique involves a mixture of mediums where she draws her designs on paper or canvas. For some pieces, a collage of decorative papers is applied in the background. She then textures the surface to add depth and dimension. Once dry, she paints with acrylics and adds fine details with colored pencils, crayons and metal leafing.
Pam received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree cum laude from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado in 1987. Pam has been invited to participate in two international art shows including The18th International Art Festival in Manila Republic of the Philippines in 2009 and, also the Pyeoungtaek International Art Festival in Pyeoungtaek, Korea in 2007. Pam has been creating and selling original artwork that has become part of many public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad, including England, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Hong Kong.
encaustic on panel
Encaustic painting is an ancient but always somewhat obscure painting medium. It's tools and methods are challenging in that the colors are fluid only for a few seconds before cooling and hardening on the panel. The color infused beeswax though can be applied in many overlapping layers to create a luminous affect not available with other painting mediums.
“My painting tools are a double boiler, an electric skillet, a paint stripping heat gun, a nail taped to a stick, a utility knife blade and a bunch of big cheap house paint brushes. My medium is beeswax melted with damar varnish, and the colors are cakes of pigment, beeswax and damar resin.” - Philip
The daughter of an architect, I’ve loved all aspects of design since I was big enough to sit at my dad’s drafting table. The gratification of seeing a vision come to fruition is so exciting! In 1987 I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design at K-State.
In 2008, I was introduced to a new passion… the art of fused glass. The ability to express myself through a ‘hands-on’ format is truly therapeutic for me, and in 2010 I started my art studio, Copper Snob. My fascination with Raku pottery lead to my early glass pieces being fabricated predominantly from highly textured, iridescent colors that, once fired, resembled Raku. The desire to try new things and stretch the limits has led me to incorporate bright colors, experiment with various techniques, and incorporate unusual mounts and display styles.
fine art panoramic landscape/astro photographer
Vince is a nature and landscape photographer based in Montrose, Colorado, a stone’s throw from the beautiful San Juan Mountains and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Panoramas are his specialty. The concept of the BluPano panoramic adapter arose from the need to capture the expansive vistas that presented themselves at every photo outing. “I wanted to bring back the entire scene, not just small glimpses of it. Smaller parts can always be extracted and expanded later. I didn’t want to miss a thing, especially in rapidly changing light.” Panoramic photography is the answer.
Since moving to Montrose, Vince has concentrated his efforts on photographing Black Canyon and the landscapes of southwestern Colorado and the desert southwest. Most recently, he has been capturing images of the night sky above the landscape in panorama, a very challenging and rewarding pursuit. “I’m looking for a different take on some of the more iconic locations. Creative photography is all about seeing things in a unique way and conveying that vision to an audience.”