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A new exhibit in the Summit County Commons showcases local artists, with a free opening Jan. 21
Contact:Leslie Walker, Art Forum Program Assistant970-389-2760SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Art Forum is unveiling a new exhibit at the Summit County Commons, showcasing the work of local artists. “Ice & Snow” kicks off with an opening from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Art Forum display space, located on the building’s upper level, adjacent to the Summit County Library in Frisco.“We live in Summit County for a reason,” Art Forum Program Assistant Leslie Walker said. “People are so inspired by our amazing winters, so it’s great to be able to showcase local artists’ appreciation and interpretation of ice and snow. It’s a lighthearted theme, but it really speaks to the Summit County experience.”“Ice & Snow” will be on display in the Summit County Commons through May. Sunday’s opening is free to the public, and featured artists will be present to discuss their work. The event will also include light refreshments. All ages are welcome.Artists featured in “Ice & Snow” include Corky Woodring, Jeremy Greene, Bill Linfield, Kathy Wahler, Tai Leach, Abbe Gold, Scott Brockmeier, Bruce Spinney, Drew Gibson, Matt Norfleet, Joanne Stolen, Gail Shears, Todd Powell, Scott Cramer and Rocket Nelson. The show also includes antiques from Richard Allen’s Vintage Ski World collection.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 mother earth, father sky and the Creator, so I can share what our eyes don't see and maybe find a new color.”Jeremy “Jerms” Greene captures 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.Bill Linfield started with photographic film 40 years ago. His photography displayed during this show illustrates dramatic winter moments in nature throughout Summit County.Kathy Wahler is a member of Women of Watercolor. Her pieces in this show reflect her love of the local Summit County landscape and activities.Colorado native and Breckenridge resident Christian Tai Leach is a self-taught painter. He upcycles snowboards, skateboards and other materials for his canvases.Abbe Gold is a mosaic artist. She creates her artwork with cut glass and found objects. In this show, she is displaying a Ptarmigan on the mountain. She is also a member of the High Country Artisans Gallery in Silverthorne and Arts Alive in Breckenridge.Breckenridge-based Scott Brockmeier, an avid skier, has used photography to raise awareness of and generate support for avalanche rescue-dog programs. His work has been featured in national magazines and digital advertising.A retired teacher and school administrator, Bruce Spinney has become an avid angler and water color artist in retirement. His work is inspired by the natural world. “I find myself seeing the world differently now, in terms of shape, color and contrast.”Blue River resident Drew Gibson specializes in oils and pastels. Professionally trained as a graphic artist, the Summit County mountain landscape inspired Drew to delve into fine arts. Ski patrolling and backcountry skiing inspire much of his work. Drew enjoys working en plein air.Matt Norfleet is a professional graphic artist, ski patroller and raft guide. Using illustration, digital art and silk screen, his artistic inspiration comes from mountains and rivers.
Joanne Stolen has been involved in artistic endeavors for many years. She has performed in numerous one-person shows, including two at Breckenridge Backstage Theater. Her artwork has been featured in galleries across the United States and abroad. Her fiber-art photography collage is a collection of ice climbing and local snow scenes.
Gail Shears works with stained glass. She is a member of the High Country Artisans Gallery in Silverthorne. Her one-of-a-kind snowflakes displayed in this show are whimsical representations of winter.Todd Powell is an accomplished Frisco photographer. He favors landscape and travel photography, because it communicates his own adventurous worldview. He and his wife, Tracy, specialize in creating mural sized prints for anyone looking to bring a window of nature into their lives.Scott Cramer is a professional photographer who uses his creative vision to capture the essence of his subjects. His craft has taken him around the world, photographing cultures and landscapes, yet he continues to find inspiration from the mountains of Colorado.Diana “Rocket” Nelson is a seasoned seamstress who crafts fabric-art quilts representative of her world.Richard Allen is the founder of Vintage Ski World, which has a shop in Frisco, and has gradually acquired one of the largest private collections of antique ski equipment, clothing, posters and memorabilia in the world.
The Art Forum features three four-month-long shows each year, highlighting works of art by community members.