HIGH POINT to benefit Micah Montag

As Marissa, my daughter was growing up, our family became active members of Grand Valley Pony Club of Western Colorado.  I was the chapter’s Education Chairman and the Rocky Mountain Regional Treasurer.  Though Marissa is now in college, I like to stay close to the Pony Club families.  It was with sadness that I heard of the illness the Micah Montag, a pony club family member.  I knew that I could help by bringing High Point to Grand Junction for a special benefit. Micah is 9 years old.  He will turn 10 in April.   He is known by the Grand Valley Pony Club as the boy with the sunny smile and friendly, fun-loving demeanor.  When big sis, Emily attends Pony Club events, Micah is there to support her and the club.  Micah plays baseball in the rookie league for Monument Little League.   He also loves Legos and fishing.  Micah was diagnosed with a brain tumor late last year.  Since that time, he has made many trips to Denver for treatment.  Currently, he is home in stable condition.  He hopes to take a Make a Wish trip this spring.

“High Point,” the benefit art show will be held  April 18 & 19 at the Horse in Sport, 215 Colorado Ave Grand Junction 970-263-0101 .  On Friday, April 18th from 5-7 pm, the Grand Valley Pony Club will host a reception for “High Point,” with barn-themed treats aimed to please both horses and their riders.  Available for sale will be 30 paintings, a small collection of sculpture, and blank card sets.  30% of sales of the artwork will be donated to Micah.  Also, on Friday, Barb Haynie and I will offer 2 paintings for silent auction, with 100% of sales going to assist with Micah Montag’s medical expenses.  The art show will continue through Saturday, April 19th.  Tiger Adams, owner of the Horse in Sport is graciously opening her store for this benefit art show.  She will forego all commission on art sales, so commission sales can be earmarked to help defray Micah Montag’s medical expenses.

"Best Birthday Present Ever" copyright 2014 by Barb Haynie

“Best Birthday Present Ever” copyright 2014 by Barb Haynie

Barb’s painting, “Best Birthday Present Ever” was created especially for this event’s silent auction.   This heartwarming painting will touch the heart of any child who has longed for a horse, or any parent who made that dream come true.  It is a  12″ X 16″ original acrylic painting, valued at $250, with an opening bid of $150.

"Heart Talk Tea," C 2013 by Cheri Isgreen

“Heart Talk Tea,” C 2013 by Cheri Isgreen

I am offering the mixed media watercolor, “Heart Talk Tea,” which embodies the spirit of setting goals and following your dreams, a theme in keeping with this benefit art show.  “Heart Talk Tea” measures 9″ X 12″; it is valued at $150 with an opening bid of $75.  Early bids can be made by calling  STACEY 970-270-4609.  Please share this blog liberally with anyone who may be interested in bidding.  Need not be present to bid.

High Point Opening Reception, Salida CO

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

“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 Wiz"  copyright Cheri Isgreen

“The Wiz” copyright Cheri Isgreen

High Point, opening in Salida, CO

I just returned from installing the show at Paquette Gallery, at the SteamPlant Events Center in Salida, CO. http://www.salidasteamplant.com/index.html

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

“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


Who’s Got da Blues?

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

“Who’s Got de Blues?”
copyright Cheri Isgreen 2014

After Midnight

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

Best Friends


A Pause in the Day’s Occucupation

I call this painting “After Midnight.”

"After Midnight" copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2014

“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

Happy Valentines Day to all you horses out there and your humans!

Heart Talk Tea, C 2013 C Isgreen

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.