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Art Jam rocks with local work

Kimberly Nicoletti

FRISCO – Tucked behind the neat facade of Main Street buildings, myriad artists work day and night in two studios, which could be mistaken for garages on the outside. Inside, surrounded by light carpet, polished wood floors and smoothly finished walls, artists carve, chisel and cover canvasses.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, the artists of Red Crayon Studio and art shack celebrate their work with Art Jam, a show featuring open mic entertainment, belly dancing and plenty of visual stimulation.

“It’s a visual as well as an auditory performance,” said artist Michelle Gurnee from Red Crayon Studio. “All the artists are strictly local. (They) come here early in the morning and late at night around their work schedule.”

The second annual art show features about 10 artists at the Red Crayon Studio, including wordmaster Jared French, painters Tim Adrian, Cordell Crosby, Robert Foster, Rob Philippe and Heidi Kunzck, sculptor, painter and teacher Gurnee, and photographers Bob Winsett and London Schertzer.

French collaborates with painters to create visual art from his poetic works. Winsett, whose photographs have appeared in books and national magazines, has a collection of photos from Bhutan at the studio.

Art Jam also features art shack artists and owners Andrew Held and Brian Howard, as well as ceramic artists Jill Oberman, Richard J. Parsons and Bradley Walters, bronze and marble sculptor Eric Hudspeth and wood carver Mindagus Buga.

The art shack predominantly displays three-dimensional art, carrying a few drawings, paintings and hand-colored photographs. However, it does include Robert R. Kellog’s intricate drawings, which take about 325 hours to complete, and Held’s 92-year-old grandmother’s Oriental watercolors on rice paper.

“We specialize in the kind of work that no one else is going to carry,” Held said. “It’s three-dimensional multimedia.”

“The quality of work is higher than average,” Howard said.

Pieces from both studios are available for purchase, and artists are available to do commissioned work. For more information, call Gurnee at (970) 331-5905 or art shack at (970) 668-4740.

The studios are located at 311 Main St., Frisco, behind Tuscato.


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