New art exhibit opens in Frisco, CO
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What: Opening event for Explosion of Colors
When: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m.
Where: Art Forum, second level of the County Commons building, 0037 County Road, Frisco
In another celebration of fall, the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee is presenting a new art exhibit, featuring the work of nine local artists and authentic dresses on loan from Mexican-American community members. Explosion of Colors will be on display at the Summit County Commons in Frisco for the next four months, with a free opening celebration Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m.
“This is the Explosion of Colors because this is fall, it’s colorful and look at the art — it’s beautiful, bursting of different shapes and colors,” said Rita Neubauer, committee member and public relations for Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee. “It gives all of this space — which is huge — a nice ambiance.”
The Sunday opening will feature a performance of Mexican folk dances, as well as a chance to mingle with some of the artists.
Neubauer said the space in the County Commons, called the Art Forum, was renovated last year, and the committee is currently working to provide three different exhibits a year, all with a different theme. Because the County Commons houses multiple town services, like the library, it is a good spot to showcase art to members of the community who may not seek out art at galleries, she said.
Leslie Walker, program assistant with Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee, said she and Sue Paluska, another board member, found some of the contributing artists by searching for works that would fit the theme at a couple of galleries. They also received responses from local artists by putting a call out through the newspaper.
“There’s a lot of really talented people in Summit County, we have such a beautiful area that we live in,” Walker said. “… We have that population that is very creative and a little bit bohemian out here. We have a very, very deep well of artists we are able to choose from.”
Bill Linfield has two of his photographs on display for Explosion of Colors. Linfield is a regular contributor to 9News and the Summit Daily News. Linfield said he chose a couple of bright, colorful photographs to run with the theme, one featuring aspen on two separate canvas. Linfield said he would most likely be at the opening to meet the other artists and answer any questions from the public.
“I hope that people come to the library and enjoy the display, there’s quite a variety,” he said.
Other featured artists in the exhibit include Jamie Callahan, Christina Davis, Abbe Gold, Michele Hardy, Bill Novak, Diana “Rocket” Nelson, Katie Romanoski and Susan Simon.
Gold, a mosaic artist, has a display of multiple works she created with cut and uncut glass, tiles, pebbles and found objects.
Hardy’s work focuses on mixed-media fiber art. Nelson is a former seamstress that uses recycled scraps, fabric and other items for her non-traditional quilts.
A couple of Romanoski’s silk banners line the large window of the second floor of the County Commons. Romanoski is the church administrator at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, and her banners usually hang in the sanctuary of the church.
Novak, an acrylic artist, uses wildflowers, landscapes and architectural structures for his creations. Callahan, a graphic designer and local business owner, is showcasing a large sketch.
Davis teaches art at Colorado Mountain College, and is currently exploring abstract paintings. Susan Simon was raised in the Iowa countryside and is interested in the play of light, shapes and spiritual elements when it comes to art.
The Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee was formed 20 to 25 years ago by Sandy Greenhut, with a purpose of getting meaningful pieces of art placed throughout the county, Walker said. For example, the river stones outside of the library entrance; the moose, bear and elk sculpture in the trees beside the upstairs County Commons entrance; and the dog outside of the animal shelter are all pieces of public art placed because of the efforts of Greenhut.
“When the County Commons area came about, she believed we should focus our efforts and highlight primarily local, 95 percent Summit County artists to make it much more visually appealing,” she said.
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