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Posted on: September 23, 2015

Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee Unveils ‘Explosion of Colors’

Photo of a mosaic that depicts a humming bird.

A new exhibit in the Summit County Commons showcases nine local artists, with an opening on Sept. 27

Rita Neubauer

SUMMIT COUNTY – Just in time for fall, the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee is unveiling a new exhibit at the Summit County Commons that celebrates color through the work of nine local artists and folkloric dance dresses on loan from members of the local Mexican-American community.

“Explosion of Colors” kicks off with a free opening at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Art Forum, a public display space on the second level of the County Commons building on Peak One Drive in Frisco. The event will include a presentation of Mexican folk dances. The opening is free to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome.

“With all the vivid colors we see outdoors this time of year, we felt September would be the perfect time to launch this exhibit, which explores the use of color by extremely talented Summit County artists,” said Leslie Walker, coordinator of the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee.

Featured artists in “Explosion of Colors” include Jamie Callahan, Christina Davis, Abbe Gold, Michele Hardy, Bill Linfield, Bill Novak, Diana “Rocket” Nelson, Katie Romanoski and Susan Simon.

Jamie Callahan, a graphic designer and local business owner, is showing a large sketch based on a piece designed for Herman Miller. “I have always been interested in how abstract painting and graphic design intersect,” Callahan said.

Bill Linfield began his work with photographic film 40 years ago. He is a regular contributor to 9News and the Summit Daily News. Linfield also likes to share his skills with other photographers and often displays his work on canvas.

Christina Davis, who teaches art at Colorado Mountain College, expresses herself with vivid colors and loves twisting and changing the reality of the scene. “I am just beginning to explore abstract painting and finding it very exciting. Seeing the world in just patterns, shapes and colors is challenging, yet fascinating,” she said.

Abbe Gold, a mosaic artist, is inspired by wildlife, flowers and mountain landscapes. Her colorful mosaics are made of cut and uncut glass, tiles, pebbles and found objects. “Each of my pieces of art takes on a life of its own,” she said.

Michele Hardy rediscovered the pleasure of working with fabric after leaving a career as an oil exploration geophysicist. Her work focuses on mixed-media fiber art. A lifelong love of geology and nature has been her inspiration.

Diana “Rocket” Nelson is a former seamstress and self-taught artist. She uses “recycled scraps, interesting fabric and other people’s junk” for her non-traditional quilts.

Acrylic artist Bill Novak likes the creation of “something out of nothing.” Just outside of his home in Frisco, he finds the subjects for these creations: abundant wildflowers, expansive landscapes and interesting architectural structures.

Katie Romanoski, the church administrator at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, is showing silk paintings with natural dyes. These banners normally hang in the sanctuary of Lord of the Mountains and reflect the passing of liturgical seasons.

Susan Simon was raised in the Iowa countryside and has been interested for many years in the play of light, shapes and spiritual elements. Her imagery is a “mix of magic, natural wonders and simple pleasures.”


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