Summit County Art Forum: Current Exhibit

The Summit County Art Forum is a display space that showcases local art. The space is located in the upper level of the County Commons building in Frisco. The Art Forum rotates its exhibit three times each year, with each exhibit based on a particular theme.

The theme of the current exhibit is “Transitions,” which will be on display through January 2018.

‘Transitions’ Featured Artists

“Transitions” will be on display in the Summit County Commons through January. Local artists and partner organizations present their interpretation of change for themselves and our community.

Artists featured in “Transitions” include Corky Woodring, Cecelia Eidemiller, Matt Lit, Len Szmurlo, Bill Jeremy Greene, Jessica Ream, Sandi Bruns, Rocket Nelson,  Adolph Zimmerman and John Hudnut. Origami peace cranes, created by detainees at the Summit County Justice Center are also on display.

  • Heeney resident Corky Woodring is a self-taught artist who creates his found-object art using meditation and visualization. His artwork has been inspired through walking, part of his mental health therapy. “Currently, I am trying to find a balance between the mother earth, father sky, and the Creator, so I can share what our eyes don't see and maybe find a new color.”
  • Charcoal, pastel and oil painter Cecelia Eidemiller is known as the fastest draw in the Westfor her popular five-minute portraits. The Breckenridge resident is also a prolific landscape artist.
  • Having photographed people for many years as a photojournalist, Matt Lit is displaying photography that features the intersection of past and present.
  • Bill Linfield started with photographic film 40 years ago. His photography in the exhibit reveals moments of change in nature throughout Summit County.
  • Jeremy “Jerms” Green aims to capture feelings through color. His paintings and wire sculptures are a “glimpse of time through the eyes of a survivor of a traumatic brain injury” he sustained at 16 years old.
  • Silverthorne resident Adolph Zimmerman is a painter and bronze sculptor. “I want to capture a moment in time with a sense of humor. I like to see people smile when they view my work.”
  • October is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado. Two sets of panels will be on display that highlight how ordinary people can resolve problems. People experience conflict every day, from the insignificant to the critical, said Dr. Myra Warren Isenhart, who has devoted her career to helping others through conflict resolution. We can deal with conflicts constructively.
  • Summit County Detention Center Commander Erik Bourgeries goal is to reduce conflict. For the past several years, as part of therapy, detention center detainees have been creating origami cranes inscribed with inspirational quotes and intentions. "Inmates have told me that the project was helpful to them in their work to overcome substance abuse disorders and manage mental health issues, Bourgerie said.
  • Building Hope Summit County is a multifaceted community initiative that aims to address challenges in our local mental health care system. Photographs from Building Hope show the journeys of those who have moved from a place of deep challenge and crisis to one of hope.
  • Transitions inspired Diana Rocket Nelson to think of the seasons with a renewal of spirit and joy as each change to its own new beginning. Nelson, a seasoned seamstress, displays quilts in the shapes of Aspen leaves and mountain landscapes.
  • An varied array of materials inspires Jessica Ream to create her works of art. “I am a mixed-media artist. I will use anything from paper, ink and paint, to fibers and found objects or photography.”
  • Watercolor is the preferred medium of Sandi Bruns. Her creations reflect what she feels about her subject. She believes the finished picture should “energize the soul as well as entertain the eye”. 
  • Eye-catching are the glass pieces by John Hudnut. The owner of the glassblowing studio “The Gather House” in Frisco specializes in bold colors and clean, modern design in functional vessels including lighting, vases and barware.
Abstract painting in yellow, green, black and white.
Three framed pieces of artwork hanging on a wall.
Fabric sculptures of aspen leaves.
Nine photographs of a woman walking, mounted together in a square.
Four paintings of mountain landscapes, hanging on a wall.
Painting of two women riding horses through a meadow of wildflowers.
Abstract painting of blue, black, white and purple.
Black and white photograph of a girl running down a trail.