New exhibit opens at Art Forum in Frisco
if you go
What: Reception for (e)Motion exhibit; meet and greet with the artists
When: Sunday, May 22; 4–6 p.m.; Alpine Dance Academy performance is at 4:30 p.m.
Where: County Commons, 0037 Peak One Drive; Art Forum display space, located on the building’s upper level, adjacent to the Summit County Library
Artists: Artists featured in (e)Motion include Ernesto Valderamma, Bill Linfield, Christina Davis, Christian Tai Leach, Bruce Spinney, Daniel McVey, Matt Lit, Kia Neill, Adolph Zimmerman, Marco Montanari, Cecelia Eidemiller and Jeremy “Jerms” Green
When the Art Forum committee sent out a call to artists for their new exhibit, (e)Motion, they received a variety of responses to the theme. Left purposefully vague, the interpretation of “(e)Motion” was different for many of the local artists.
For Breckenridge artist Christian Tai Leach, it was all about the emotional aspects of painting, and expressing himself through his work. Artist Cecelia Eidemiller said she took it as feeling emotion in the movement of the pieces she submitted. The movement in Bill Linfield’s cycling photograph is easily identifiable with the theme.
“This was one we thought would be pretty intriguing,” said Leslie Walker, programs assistant for The Art Forum. “We try not to make our themes too narrow, we like them to be wide enough so that artists can find something within their repertoire to show so that they are not super limited.”
(e)Motion will display the work of over a dozen local artists at the Summit County Art Forum until September. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, May 22 from 4–6 p.m. at the space in the County Commons building in Frisco. There will be a performance from the Alpine Vibes team from Alpine Dance Studio showcasing movement arts, a meet and greet with the artists and Leach will be live painting.
The (e)Motion exhibit is open to the public during County Commons business hours seven days a week.
The Art Forum, a group formerly known as the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee, utilizes the space next to the Frisco library to feature the work of local artists. For (e)Motion, some artists submitted work, and the committee reached out to others they felt could contribute to the theme.
Leach is a self-taught oil painter who upcycles snowboards, skateboards and other materials to paint on. Two of his snowboard pieces will be on display that he calls “City Waves” and “Purple Hair Don’t Care.” Leach said he related to the (e)Motion theme because he is an emotional person, “like the Colorado weather changes.”
“I’m happy one minute, sad the next,” he said.
His paintings are a reflection of his expression. Like an airplane experiences turbulence going up and down, he tries to capture that with his paint, he said.
“His canvas is a snowboard, so there is motion there,” Walker said. “You look at Tai and you talk to Tai, he is a very emotional guy, and he puts his heart on his canvas, so he encompasses all of that.”
Matt Lit, a photographer and teacher, submitted photos taken with a Holga Toy Camera. One of his pieces is a photograph taken of the Pallavicini chair at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.
“You look at it and you feel emotion,” Walker said. “You know how you feel when you are riding on that Pali chair. The thoughts, the feelings — looking forward to the adrenaline rush, or maybe a bit of trepidation because you are going to challenge yourself on a run that you may not have ever done before, or is maybe just this much out of your comfort zone.”
Bruce Spinney, a former teacher and school administrator, has become an avid angler and watercolor artist in retirement. His work is inspired by the natural world.
“Bruce is a fly-fisherman, there is a lot of feeling again that comes along with doing something that you love, and spending time in the outdoors,” Walker said. “Summit County is just a place full of motion and emotion.”
Charcoal, pastel and oil artist Cecelia Eidemiller is known for her five-minute portrait profiles as well as her landscape pieces. The pieces she has featured in (e)Motion are from her month-long journey to India where she captured the emotion of the people and life she saw there.
“To me it’s sort or like I’m feeling this emotion in the movement of the three pieces,” Eidemiller said.
Marco Montanari works in encaustics, also known as hot wax painting. Pigments are added to wax, which is applied to a surface and then manipulated to reach the artist’s desired result.
“He went through a journey of self-discovery to create these pieces, so he really looked inwardly emotionally,” Walker said.
Artist Christina Davis expresses herself with vivid colors and loves twisting and changing the reality of a scene. Davis’ piece “Blue Skies” shows horses in the West.
Daniel McVey, a Silverthorne astrophotographer, has one piece on display of the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Walker said his piece reflects the theme with the motion of the railroad, but also the nostalgia of a narrow gauge railroad.
Silverthorne resident Adolph Zimmerman primarily works in oils and bronze, and draws on his childhood adventures with his brothers on Lake Mohawk in New Jersey to create his pieces.
Jeremy “Jerms” Green uses color to capture the emotion and sensation of the moment in which his works are created. His paintings are a “glimpse of time through the eyes of a survivor of a traumatic brain injury” he sustained at 16 years old. Walker said his paintings of windmills and Breckenridge reflect the nostalgia of the area, and the motions of the windmills.
Denver-based multi-discipline artist Kia Neill has been an artist-in-residence at the Tin Shop in Breckenridge several times since 2009.
ART FORUM SCHOLARSHIP
Among the featured artists is Summit High School graduating senior Ernesto Valderamma, the recipient of the 2016 Art Forum Scholarship. Valderamma, who plans to pursue a degree in interior design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, describes his work as “sketchy pop art – drawing that’s not really defined.”
The Art Forum Scholarship was established by Judy Anderson in 2012, when her husband, Bob Anderson, suddenly passed away.
“Bob Anderson was a member of our committee, an architect and much beloved longtime community member,” Walker said.
The annual scholarship provides one or two high school seniors pursuing a degree in the arts $500-$600 for school.
“Interestingly, the first couple years, there were few applicants who were actually pursuing arts as their major interest, and that number of students pursuing the arts has grown every year,” Walker said.
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