Upcoming Exhibitions and Classes at the Art Center Announced – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Opening of a new exhibition

“Our Town” featuring artist member Sally Richmond – oils and her son Sasha Richmond – photography

Sally Richmond was born in Montreal, Quebec. Her father was a missionary and she lived in Sabah, Malaysia and Nassau, Bahamas. At the age of five, she was already back in Montreal. Sally developed a love for art at a young age. She spent much of her free time visiting the city’s museums and galleries and perusing all the art books she could find.

After high school, she attended John Abbott College (CEGEP), where she graduated with a fine arts degree after two years. She continued her education at Mount Alison University in New Brunswick and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin. She was able to study for a year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She now maintains her studio in Estes Park, where she lives with her family. She and her husband, Seth, have two children, Ivan and Sasha. While Sally has worked in watercolor for years, she has recently turned to oils as her medium of choice.

She has a strong faith and feels that her faith has deepened her appreciation of the people, places and things around her. The beauty of the places where she lived had a strong impact on her work. She is drawn to shapes and spaces found in nature. She strives to capture the light and colors of what she sees at different times of the day and throughout the seasons of the year. His work is influenced and representative of the Impressionist school.

Sasha Richmond is a junior at Estes Park High School. He has loved computers, photography and cinema since a young age, always opting for courses on these subjects at school. He has been part of the Zoom Squad at St. Bartholomew Church for two years, filming church services for zoom and YouTube. He was also able to intern with Focus 4 Design Studio in Golden, Colorado last summer. They offer photography and videography services to individuals and businesses. He also enjoys building and designing things using computer programs. He enjoys photographing nature, cars and his friends. He hopes to be able to help with the high school yearbook next year.

His other interests include music and sports. He played trombone in middle school and high school. He ran track and cross country in middle school and cross country in high school. He loves mountain biking and helped coach a mountain bike club last summer. He also enjoys hiking, skiing and backpacking.

A special exhibition features the work of founding member Leo Weber.

Special exhibition

with founding member Leo Weber

“As a young boy, my family moved to Texas, South Carolina, and finally to Buffalo, New York, where I spent most of my youth. After hitchhiking the States United as a teenager, I spent three years in the military in Okinawa, Japan, and the Pentagon.My travel bug brought me to Estes Park in the spring of 1977, and I’ve been there ever since.

“One of my first jobs in Estes was at the Stanley Hotel, and that’s where I met my wife, Debby Hughes. In 1978, we decided to start our company, Mountain Woodworks, Inc. We started with small production runs of breadboards, bread boxes, wine racks and backgammon boards.We sold our work to friends and galleries in Estes Park and Aspen.

“My work has extended to furniture and architectural cabinetmaking, and I have studied with several wood masters. Over the decades we have had wonderful clients who have given us feedback on our designs but also allowed us our artistic freedom.

“I’m in my studio most days working with Debby, whose beadwork is often in my furniture. Our son Nathan’s metal work is also often included. I like to start my days with a ‘clean palette’. I pull out the amazing pieces of wood we’ve collected over the years and let them talk to me. It doesn’t get any better than that!”

A handmade book, donated by Cynthia Price Reedy, is offered as a door prize.

Opening reception with door prizes

Friday, March 18, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The public is invited to join us for an opening reception. Refreshments will be served. A handmade book, donated by Cynthia Price Reedy, is offered as a door prize. Entries will open at 11 a.m. on March 18 and close at 5 p.m. on March 21, at which time a name will be drawn and the winner notified.

The Art Center is now open Winter hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11:00 am. – 5 p.m.

Also on display in the gallery are the exceptional works of other artists who are members of the Art Center, including other works in oil painting, watercolour, pastel, jewellery, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media.

Celebrating 35 years with a $35 for 35 years campaign!

The Art Center opened its doors 35 years ago and we want to continue for another 35 years. We are asking for your help by asking you to donate $35 for 35 years, one dollar for each year, to raise additional funds to continue supporting the operation of the Art Center! Donate on our website www.artcenterofestes.com, drop off a donation at the front desk, or mail to 517 Big Thompson Ave, Unit 245, Estes Park, CO 80517 Join us in this effort by donating

plastic arts class

Painting with Cathy Goodale

March 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – “Animal Portraits”

Find a photo of a favorite animal. An emotional connection to the animal will help you express the sentiment you want in any portrait. The focus will be on design, texture, lighting, color and always value. Art center members: $72. Non-members: $80. You can apply online at www.artcenterofestes.com.

Julia P. Cluff