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Jen Unekis

acrylic on venetian plaster

Jen primarily uses acrylic, graphic, chinagraph and glass pencil because they suit the immediacy of her process. She strives to create work with a feeling of fluidity: the pooling of color against an inky line, loose mark making obscured by a layer of paint with a variation of thick strokes and soft layered surfaces all help create visual interest. Her substrate, multiple layers of troweled Venetian plaster on 1/4" board, give the work added texture. The finish is created by burnishing the plaster surface and lightly applying acrylic sealant in multiple steps leading ultimately to a deep, lush surface that is not thickly encased, but open and varied in texture. Pieces are framed in a combination of floated glass and matte frames or inset into deep 3" wooden frames to create a clean, professional, and seamless surface. 

Rob Bauer

Acrylic Painter / Illustrator

My work represents a combination of traditional landscape painting suffused with elements of contemporary abstract art and viewed through a geometric lens. My style is characterized by bold colors, crisp lines, and stark contrast against negative space.

When approaching a composition, I’m motivated by the connection with the subject matter it evokes, and the creation of an alternative means of experiencing the surrounding world. I’m most at home when I’m outdoors, and painting strengthens and deepens my appreciation for the experience.

I’m fascinated by the interaction of color in our surrounding environment as well as on canvas, and I’m intrigued by the ability of hard edges and geometric shapes to depict a natural environment inherently devoid of corresponding simplicity.  My work is reductive by nature.  Each piece is a study in contrast as I strip a complex environment down to its simplest elements without sacrificing the understanding of the original subject matter.

Cascade Sunrise - 36x24 - Acrylic on Canvas
Morning Garden - 48x36

Karen Heuton

Referential Contemporary Painter with Acrylics

I grew up in the Midwest and acquired my gift for art through artists in my family. I started painting at an early age, winning the Hallmark contest my senior year.  After graduating I continued to teach myself, creating many paintings, doing some shows and winning several awards.  Currently I work out of my home studio.  For the last sixteen years I’ve traveled the country doing art shows. When at home, I’m working on commissions and creating new works.

My work has always been described as referential contemporary. Acrylic paint, bold colors, recognized from a distance. Recently I have evolved into mixed media using lots of texture doing landscapes and florals. My palette now is cool grays mixed with warm tones on canvas. Platte knife and tools to create design.  I want to transform my paintings into a serene and comforting place . . .  I wish my viewers to go into that calm, tranquil space. 

Passion for art makes everything around me inspiring.  Nothing goes unnoticed, the sky, tree, branches, shapes, textures, I embrace them all. I constantly seek the Artist within.

My greatest compliment: “When I wake up in the morning and see my painting, it makes me happy!”

MJ King

Colored Pencil

MJ chose colored pencil for her current works because of the compact nature of the medium, and the ability to create when time allows. She quickly fell in love when she discovered techniques which she calls “scribbling with a purpose”. These techniques allow the color to flow in a manner similar to pastel, her other chosen medium. MJ has spent the last 26 years working as a graphic artist and a photo retouch artist. Even though raising a family and career responsibilities did not allow much free time to work on her personal art, MJ continued to build her skill by working with other talented creatives who helped her understand good composition and color theory. She has come a long way from watching crayons melt and blend on the radiator at school! 

"I'm kind of scared-but kind of curious." - 19x23 - Mixed Media on Wood Panel

Brad LeDuc


"Wonder" with mixed media

As a father, some of my most memorable moments with my two boys, included their astute observations made in random situations when they were little.  These observations were often followed by a statement that was profound, poetic and/or poignant. 

een the ages of three and six, I was adamant in preserving their witty remarks by documenting them verbatim.  Over the years, a few statements quickly turned into several, creating a-very-unique and personal list of one-liners.

This body of work was created using these phrases as inspiration.  Each piece is an interpretation taken out of the context it was originally stated.  In the end, the work is a collaboration of our experiences; often dreamy and sometimes impossible.  My hope is for the viewer to experience a bit of the original wonder created by my boys’ expressions.

Stephanie muñoz-o'neil


"observación" with mixed media

The body of work created for this show has been a lovely flow of observations I have been taking note of this past year and a half. Awareness of how I look and see is a gift that I cherish because I know it feeds the intense details that I capture. I work on canvas, linen, wood, Masonite with modeling paste, acrylic, pencil, ink using glass, tinsel, volcanic crystals, beads, thread, nails, wire and recently, found objects.

As a slave to detail, mixed media allows me to play.

Bob Victor Estate Collection of Matthew Dieterich

fine art dark sky photographer

Beautifully matted and framed Archival Pigmented Ink photographs by Dark Sky photographer Matthew Dieterich, best known for this image featured as the USPS 2016 Centennial Forever Stamp

laurie fields

mixed media

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.

Compass - 60x48 - acrylic on canvas
THAW 24 X 18 OIL ON YUPO

laura edwards

oils

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.

Sky on Fire

cindy manry

acrylic on canvas

 

This collection of art intentionally reflects my personal style. I love art to be bold, abstract, and dramatic, yet include design elements that are subtle and detailed. Using deep saturated colors mixed with neutral and soft toned shades appeals to my eye. Large scale canvas with great colors, interesting shapes and patterns help to move the eye around the art piece. I often use this method of design in combining contrasting pattern, texture, shape, size, and color in my interior design practice as well. 

colie ryan

oil painter

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”.

Living Bright 16x16 - PURCHASED
Angels Calling 36x16 - PURCHASED

John Finch

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.

mike weinbrecht

silver point

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.

Richsha Driver

Philip Hershberger

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                                                                                                                   

Space 48x48
Out-of-the-Box

Stacey Utech

fused glass

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.

Vince Farnsworth

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.” 

Monumental Sky 22x24
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