Artists have new opportunity to show work in Breckenridge
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If you’re an artist who showcases your work three-dimensionally, Breckenridge’s Arts District may have a new opportunity for you. Arts District coordinator Jenn Cram is kicking off “Art for the Moment,” a movement to provide space and support for artists interested in installation art.
Cram hopes to host a few installations a year as part of the ongoing Second Saturdays in the Arts District, which features artists and galleries every month.
The installations will incorporate mixed media and “can include the physical features of the site to create a conceptual experience in a particular environment or a perception of a space,” Cram said.
For example, this Saturday, she and Kia Neill, a past Tin Shop artist who lives in Houston, are incorporating the historic essence of the Fuqua Livery Stable to enhance the feeling of being in a forgotten rural landscape.
“The constructions I have created imitate agricultural relics, and Kia has created her organic, sparkling pieces that will emulate moss or cobwebs with a hint of fanaticism and magic,” Cram said.
The two had been collaborating long distance, until Neill flew in Thursday to set up the presentation at The Fuqua Livery Stable at 110 E. Washington Ave. The display will only be up for three days, through Saturday. It uses found objects constructed into forms that mimic an old rural setting, juxtaposed with ceramics, paper mache and flocked aluminum with glitter.
“The result is ghostly and magical,” Cram said.
The women came up with the concept when Neill was at the Tin Shop.
“We realized that our work, however different, had the common thread of being some sort of imaginary organic objects, mine very earthy and hers very surreal,” she said. “We wanted to collaborate and see how our objects could create an experience or space in time. It evolved into a forgotten or lost space in time.”
Cram plans to feature both local and visiting artists for future installations.
“The synergy of creative ideas possible when local and visiting artists collaborate is exciting,” she said.
Second Saturdays run from 4-6 p.m. and start at the corner of South Ridge and East Washington Avenue. This Saturday, the Breckenridge Theatre Gallery at 121 S. Ridge St. will hold an artist reception, featuring the paintings of the Women of Watercolor; the Robert Whyte House at 127 S. Ridge St. will host an open studio with resident artist Erica Morgan, who works with textiles and fibers, and Ned Walley, her studio mate who works with hand-blown glass; and the Tin Shop will showcase Ann Murphy (see related story).
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