The opening held last night at Paquette Gallery in Salida featured the equine artwork of Barb Haynie and Cheri Isgreen. Guests were treated to a variety of barn-themed food to enjoy at the reception and to bring home to their equine friends, including carrot cake & oatmeal cookies, ginger snaps, honey grahams, baby carrots, apple slices, peppermints, and sugar cubes. For Year of the Horse, patrons sampled spring rolls, rice cracker mix, and crescent almond cookies, while exploring Zen brush painting and zhezhi paper folding at the interactive arts table. A silent auction for the painting, “Plenty” and monoprint cards brings the total of funds raised for the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank to over $400 since the beginning of the “High Point” art tour. A musical medley of horse songs contributed to the festive atmosphere, celebrating the horse in art, food, and song. Four lucky patrons were recipients of artwork created by Cheri Isgreen as doorprizes for the opening reception.
“Bad for Your Health” copyright Barb Haynie
If you missed the opening reception because of stormy weather, “HIGH POINT, the Art of Showing Horses” will run through March 31st at Paquette Gallery, SteamPlant Events Center, Salida, CO. This exhibition showcases the watercolors of Cheri Isgreen and the acrylic paintings and mixed metal sculptures of Barb Haynie.
The Paquette Gallery is an exciting space, providing the viewer with interesting zones to interact with the artwork. The show includes 34 paintings, 4 found-objects sculpture, and a variety of cards and monoprints. Both Barb and I are debuting some new paintings.
The opening is slated for March 7th, 5-7 PM. On tap for the opening will be a silent auction for the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank; a talk by its founder Juliana Lehman; interactive arts for attendees to explore the Year of the Horse, including zhezhi/origami and zen painting; door prizes; Chinese and barn-themed food for horses and their humans; music; wine; and the opportunity to view and discuss cutting edge art.
To pre-bid on the silent auction painting: “Plenty,” by Cheri Isgreen
“Plenty” copyright C Isgreen 2013
contact the SteamPlant Event Center
Sackett and G Street.
Salida, CO 81201
PHONE: (719) 530-0933 (Ask for Trish)
FAX: (719) 530-0934
In August, “High Point” will be hosted by Melange Telluride, a cutting edge avant-guarde gallery in the historic mining town of Telluride, CO. http://www.melangetelluride.com/contact.html
Telluride is set in a beautiful alpine box canyon with stunning views of Ingram Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, the San Miguel River headwaters, and the heart of the San Juan mountain range. The first weekend in August, Telluride hosts the annual Telluride Jazz Festival Aug 1-3, http://telluridejazz.org/
I’ve been thinking about paintings that weave horses and jazz together. I love jazz and often listen to jazz while I paint and draw. I was dreaming about the festival when I created this piece, which was painted earlier this month, called “Who’s Got da Blues?” This playful horse looks like he is literally leaping out of his blue mood into a joyous state. Stay tuned for more paintings in this vein as the show approaches.
“Who’s Got de Blues?” copyright Cheri Isgreen 2014
I’m working on painted compositions in preparation for my Montrose Visual Arts Demonstration, “Poured Watercolor Techniques.” Not all paintings lend themselves to this technique. Pouring the paint allows for spontaneous and unexpected color mixtures. These compositions involve a good understanding of value and shape, because those elements will tell the story of the painting. Plan a minimal amount of detail which will strengthen the composition and provide a sense of mystery. The most important details to include are descriptive edges in strategic places. For examples of painted from poured watercolor, visit this link: http://equitherapy.wordpress.com/equine-art/
Out of the Shadows
Riding for Rain
A Pause in the Day’s Occucupation
I call this painting “After Midnight.”
“After Midnight” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2014
Remember sneaking out on a full moon to ride your horse? My daughter has a wonderful story about the time she & her horse, Sterling spent the night at a friend’s house. You could hardly call it a “sleep over,” because they snuck out of the house after the moon had risen with the goal of galloping on the golf course… What horse crazy girl has not seen such an inviting expanse of green and had the same dream? Well that night her dream came true under a full moon.
The old boy in this painting is probably going home after whiskey & cards at the local saloon.
Happy Valentines Day to all you horses out there and your humans!
Heart Talk Tea, C 2013 C Isgreen
This mixed media watercolor painting, approximately 14″ x 16″ is offered for silent auction to benefit the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank, http://www.horsefoodbank.org/. Bidding will close March 1st, at the Salida, Colorado opening of “High Point” at Paquette Gallery in the Steamplant Event Center. http://salidasteamplant.com/Paquette_Gallery.htm
To make an early bid, please call 970-596-5555; opening bid $75.
The recent snowfalls left us with a half foot of snow to trudge through while caring for my animals. As the weather warmed up this week, the snow changed to slippery mush. Yesterday it even rained, which revealed a path of soggy grass on the way to Monarch’s feeding station. It’s much too sodden to think of riding, so I’m back in the studio preparing for the Kirill Gliadkovsky Salon on February 22 in Montrose, sponsored by the Montrose Arts Council.
Kirill Gliadkovsky is a Russian born and trained concert pianist, conductor, and composer. As a Patron Award Winner from the 22nd annual MVAG show in Oct. 2013, the Montrose Arts Council invited me to show work at the Gliadkovsky Salon.
I will unveil three new works of art including “After Midnight.” The germ for this painting was to capture the essence of a full moon ride without providing too much information to the viewer. To say as little as possible, while telling as much as is necessary allows the viewer to make a personal connection with the artwork.