On the screen
The Beauty of the Natural World through My Lens, featuring photographs by Artist Member Scott Dorman, is currently on view.
Featured Founding Member
Featuring the wood art of John Lynch
Alongside the photography by Artist Member Scott Dorman and the woodwork by founding member John Lynch, there is an exhibit on the Reflections in Water themed wall.
The gallery also features the outstanding work of the Art Center’s other artists, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking, and mixed media.
The art center is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
The Art Center will be open on August 5th for the first Friday from 5pm to 7pm. Going for Baroque will provide entertainment and light refreshments will be served.
Upcoming Estes Valley Plein Air events
36 artists will be arriving soon to take part in our 4th Annual Estes Valley Plein Air. The public is invited to attend Quick Paint on August 20 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. You can watch artists create a painting in 90 minutes; Their works of art will be exhibited and then auctioned off. The public is invited to attend the Opening Gala and Awards Ceremony on August 26 from 5pm to 7pm, with awards being presented at 6pm
Art courses in August
Landscape Collage – Beginners Welcome! with Sandy Fritz
August 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Art Center Members: $100. Non-Members: $110.
Join Sandy Fritz in this dynamic landscape painting workshop. She guides you through her multi-layered mixed media process. And she provides all the materials/supplies you need to participate in this fun day of creativity. You’ll learn how to use hand-painted collage, marker, and spray painting to add layered visual interest and composition. During the first part of the day you will “get ready” to create a landscape of your choice later in the day. It’s a great workshop for all artistic talents, including beginners. Sandy’s motto is, “You’re creative…you just don’t know it yet.”
Our leader in the exciting world of Landscape Collage is beloved Loveland mixed media/collage artist Sandy Fritz, who is currently touring the country with her husband in an RV. Luckily, she stops by Estes Park every summer to visit her father, Bill Fritz of the Art Center, and enjoys teaching at the Art Center. “My art expresses how I see the world; full of life, color and emotion,” said Sandy.
Materials List: All materials will be provided by the instructor.
Translating small abstract designs into realistic, sketchbook-sized watercolors with Cecy Turner
August 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Art Center Members: $67.50. Non-Members: $75.
Cecy Turner is an award-winning artist who resides in Dallas, Texas most of the year. She and her husband spend the summer at Estes Park and spend most days painting at the park. The Art Center has been fortunate to have been able to persuade Cecy to spend a day in town and teach a class for us over the last few years. She paints/teaches in both oil and watercolor and is particularly fond of plein air painting.
She said: “In this one-day workshop we will use water-soluble pencils to translate small (approx. 4 x 6), quick abstract sketches into realistic, sketchbook-sized watercolors. This method can be applied to both your studio and outdoor paintings, and is one to incorporate into your watercolor habits from now on! There will be demonstrations throughout the day. After lunch, weather permitting, those who wish can practice this method on the beautiful aspens right in front of the arts center.
Materials List: Provided
Watercolor Journal: Capture Estes Park with Line and Color! With Karen Ramsay
August 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Art Center Members: $72. Non-Members: $80.
Karen Ramsay, an acclaimed watercolor artist and educator from Colorado, devotes her time to capturing beautiful landscapes, urban scenes and the characters that surround her. She has a passion for teaching and sharing with students the techniques and joys of their favorite medium.
Capture Estes in line and watercolor! Throw your sketchbook and some basic tools in your day pack and explore Estes Park with us! We will fill our pages with sketches and watercolor scenes of the area. The approaches include simple sketches in pencil, ink and watercolor.
Instructions, demonstrations and free exploration time allow you to capture the beauty around you. Participants will learn (or sharpen) some basic sketching and observation skills, as well as some watercolor tips. We will then set off to practice these skills in different locations around the city of Estes.
This workshop is perfect for:
• Diary keepers who want to add illustrations to their texts
• Artists who want to fill their sketchbooks
• Gardeners and naturalists who want to learn more about the world around them
• Travelers who want to record their journeys
• Dreamers, scientists, observers, recorders, or anyone who wants to improve (or gain!) skills in all of these categories.
Karen has provided a materials list for those who wish to bring their own supplies.
Others can purchase a full kit with everything they need for $40 from Karen on the day of the class. (Cash or checks are accepted.)
Please bring your own water container.
Materials List: Provided for those who wish to bring their own materials.
Estes Park Health is now hosting a new exhibition featuring Eileen Van Bare, Sally Richmond and Bruce Boynton. US bank features Debbie Jansen and VERT featured a host of artists.
Looking for students for the Art Center mentoring program
This is an exciting and popular Art Center program and an important way for Art Center artists to share their passion for art directly with members of the community.
Mentors are matched with mentees of all ages who wish to learn a new medium and have the opportunity to work with an experienced artist who exhibits their work in our beautiful, professional gallery.
The annual Mentor/Student Show in February is the highlight of the year and gives mentees the opportunity to see their own creations on display at the Art Center Gallery and learn about the “art business” (appropriate framing, pricing, welcoming the public) . , etc.) on the way.