2017 Best of Show Winner (Photography)
John Charbonneau of Earth Light Photography is a Santa Fe, New Mexico artist working in pigment prints of altered photography.
These images blend digital painting and photographic elements on fine art papers with pigment ink.
"My work is philosophically driven and raises questions in a comical way. When making imagery, I start with an interesting irony or absurdity. Sometimes the images are just humorous, but frequently they also have a sarcastic, dark element. I’m interested in and deeply concerned about our cultural confusions in the areas of science, religion and politics and I make work which reflects those concerns.”
2017 Best of Colorado Winner (Mixed Media)
Michele Ledoux is an Evergreen, Colorado artist specializing in Mountain Contemporary mixed media encaustic paintings - encaustic (beeswax, damar, resit, pigment), oil, recycled materials and found object framework.
2017 1st Place Winner (2D)
Michael McKee is a Fountain Hills, Arizona artist who works with soft pastels on a dark sanded ground and builds his compositions using high energy color and shape.
2017 1st Place Winner (Ceramics)
Carol Long is a Kansas artist working in handmade tile and decorative pottery.
" My work continues to evolve. Currently I use a white mid temperature clay body fired to cone 5 oxidation. Pieces are made by a variety of methods; such as throwing, slabwork, extrusions, and hand building. Decorating with pulled handles, attached multiple pieces, textured with presses, slip trailing, stains and glazes.
I am inspired by botanical life and hidden aspects of nature. I emulate my inspirations with an elaborate flow of shape, line, and texture. My work begins with shape and form. Depth is added through texture. Intricate slip application and glazing brings organic unity to the finished piece."
2017 1st Place Winner (Fiber Arts)
Barbara Holloway hand-weaves all of her fabrics on eight-harness foot-powered floor looms with colorful plant fiber yarns. She wraps the looms, weaves the fabrics, washes, dries, presses, cuts, sews, and hand-embellishes each garment.
2017 1st Place Winner (Glass)
Scott Gamble of Method Glassworks is a Denver, Colorado artist working with hand-blown hot-sculpted glass with a sand-etched acid-polished surface.
2017 1st Place Winner (Jewelry)
Pam Caidin is a mixed metals artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"My work is always evolving. What does stay constant are two things. One is my desire for simplified, elemental, almost primordial form; leaves, pebbles, diatoms, planets. The second is my fascination with pattern. Found in nature or man-made, I mostly find them to be one and the same. "Etching" is my current body of work:
All matter and energy in the universe are governed by the same natural forces. Patterns are a visible manifestation of these forces. Trees, ice crystals, capillaries, all share the same dendritic growth pattern. The optic nerve takes the same radial form as the rays of the sun, or the dandelion. Animate or inanimate, growth or decay, everything follows the same organizing principles.
My work is an interpretation of these patterns in metal. I make drawings based on found images, then photoetch those drawings into copper and nickel silver, letting the acid eat all the way through the metal, until what remains is a lacy replica of the original drawing. This pattern is overlayed onto fine silver by soldering the two metals together, then rolled in a rolling mill to imbed the etching into the silver. This overlayed piece is then used as an element in a hand fabricated hollow form."
2017 1st Place Winner (Mixed Media)
Marilyn Endres and Eucled Moore of Kazi Studio in Driftwood, Texas began collaborating in 1989.
The intricate patterns in these vessels are created by gluing thousands of separate segments accurately into position, a layer at a time, then refining the shape on the lathe. We only utilize the natural colors of the woods. Precision is crucial in every aspect of the construction process. Each piece needs to be milled to exacting dimensions.
The pieces are finished with up to 12 coats of hand-rubbed tung oil. This provides a durable lifetime finish that should only be cleaned with a soft, dry cotton cloth.
2017 1st Place Winner (Painting)
Mark Johnson was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1971 and received a BFA in Fine Art from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1995. He settled in Colorado and has lived in the heart of the Rocky Mountains almost continuously since 1996. There his love of painting and the outdoors naturally led him to plein air painting. What started as an exercise to improve his other expressive figurative works led to a new passion of exploring and portraying the natural beauty he was surrounded by. The direction of his work has shifted away from strictly representational pieces and is now focused on capturing the feel and mood of a setting through the use of color and light. Atmospheric and ethereal images result from this process creating soothing, tranquil scenes that draw the viewer into a dreamy world of memories and imagination.
2017 1st Place Winner (Photography)
Steve Keating is a Colorado artist who became a professional photographer in 1989 and focused on aerial photography in 2010.
"I specialize in the fine art of walking around, usually on a beach somewhere, with a kite line in my hand. A camera is hung from this kite line and captures aerial photographic images. After 20+ years of creating architectural images, I decided to pursue a different direction with my photography. Habits can be a challenge to alter, but I felt deep down that there was something else I just had to do. Usually, I’m alone because I often travel by myself while taking aerial photography. These moments of solitude allow me time for introspection and to simply be in the moment. The images I choose to develop into fine art represent the peace that I feel while these photographs are being captured."
2017 1st Place Winner (Sculpture)
"My medium is metal. My love of nature and my wife Della are my inspiration."
Gary Johnson was born in Southern California, where he spent several of his formative years, before moving to Northern Oregon, close by the Cascade Mountain Range. Gary grew up with an abiding love of nature, including the wildness of the seas, the vast lonely stretches of the deserts and the pristine wilderness of the forests. In his late teens, he spent a few months in Arizona before enlisting in the United States Navy. During his four years of service, he served as a welder aboard a submarine tender - the USS ORION, out of Charleston, South Carolina.
Gary was fortunate to have grown up in a family where the arts were not only appreciated, but practiced as a part of everyday life. Both parents and two of his brothers are accomplished artists as well. Nature is the main focus of Gary's work and ferrous metals are the medium in which he has chosen to express himself.
As you examine the beauty, quality and lifelike detail of his work, it is hard to imagine this work of art was once only cold, hard, lifeless steel. Through the eyes, hands, mind and heart of an artist, a fine piece of artwork now exists.
2017 2nd Place Winner (Sculpture)
Growing up, Tim Niewiadomski's family was always creating one craft or another. His grandfather played a key role in teaching him many things, one of which was basic woodworking skills. He started turning wood in 1998 as a hobby. As he gained confidence and skill, Tim gravitated to segmented turnings to explore and experiment with different woods, colors, and textures. This gives him the opportunity to stretch his imagination and skill, combing precisely cut pieces of different types and colors of wood into one masterpiece after another.
All pieces are of his own design with natural wood colors and textures. No dyes, stains or paints are used to create any piece.