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Posted on: May 17, 2016

Summit County Art Forum Unveils ‘(e)Motion’

Photo of several pieces of art hanging on a wall.

A new exhibit in the Summit County Commons showcases 14 local artists, with an opening May 22

Leslie Walker, Art Forum Program Assistant

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Art Forum is unveiling a new exhibit at the Summit County Commons that showcases the work of 14 local artists. (e)Motion kicks off with a free opening at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 22, in the Art Forum display space, located on the building’s upper level, adjacent to the Summit County Library.

“The ‘(e)Motion’ theme is purposefully vague – we left it to the artists’ own interpretations,” Program Assistant Leslie Walker said. “In a broad sense, the exhibit speaks to inspiration we derive from movement and the emotions associated with that kinetic energy. We ended up with an eclectic and interesting group of artists and works coming together for this show.”

(e)Motion will be on display through early September. Sunday’s exhibit opening is free to the public, and featured artists will be present to discuss their work. The event will include a performance by the Alpine Dance Academy, showcasing movement arts. Light refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome.

Among the featured artists is Summit High School graduating senior Ernesto Valderamma, the recipient of the 2016 Art Forum Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in interior design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He describes his work as “sketchy pop art – drawing that’s not really defined.”

Other artists featured in (e)motion include Bill Linfield, Christina Davis, Christian Tai Leach, Bruce Spinney, Daniel McVey, Matt Lit, Kia Neill, Adolph Zimmerman, Marco Montanari, Cecelia Eidemiller, Jeremy “Jerms” Green and David Gonzalez.

  • Bill Linfield started with photographic film 40 years ago. He is a regular contributor to 9News and the Summit Daily News and often displays his work on canvas.
  • Christina Davis expresses herself with vivid colors and loves twisting and changing the reality of a scene. “I am just beginning to explore abstract painting and find it very exciting,” she said. “Seeing the world in just patterns, shapes and colors is challenging, yet fascinating.”
  • Silverthorne resident Adolph Zimmerman draws on his childhood adventures with his brothers on Lake Mohawk in New Jersey. “I want to capture a moment in time with a sense of humor. I like to see people smile when they view my work.” Zimmerman works primarily in oils and bronze. He displays his work at the High Plains Studio and Gallery in Kremmling.
  • Jeremy “Jerms” Green uses color to capture the emotion and sensation of the moment in which his works are created. His paintings are a “glimpse of time through the eyes of a survivor of a traumatic brain injury” he sustained at 16 years old.
  • Denver-based multi-discipline artist Kia Neill has been an artist-in-residence at the Tin Shop in Breckenridge several times since 2009. “With this series of abstract landscapes, influenced by snowboarding and hiking in the extreme winter mountain terrain of Summit County, I aimed to hint at an experience of the landscape that is not seen, only felt.”
  • Colorado native and Breckenridge resident Christian Tai Leach is a self-taught oil painter. He upcycles snowboards, skateboards, and other materials for his canvases. Inspired in 2000 by his artist uncle to paint on a snowboard rather than throw it away, he’s since completed more than 200 works of art on snowboards.
  • Daniel McVey, Silverthorne resident and astrophotographer, grew up in Philadelphia, where light pollution made it difficult to discern stars in the night sky. His inspiration for photographing celestial bodies struck after his arrival in Colorado, during a meteor shower he viewed from atop Boreas Pass. “I so badly wanted to be able to record the show I was witnessing,” McVey said. “A spark was born.”
  • A retired teacher and school administrator, Bruce Spinney has become an avid angler and water color artist in retirement. His work is inspired by the natural world. “I find myself seeing the world differently now, in terms of shape, color and contrast.”
  • Marco Montanari works in encaustics, also known as hot wax painting. Pigments are added to wax, which is applied to a surface and then manipulated to reach the artist’s desired result. Marco undertook a spiritual journey to find deeper meaning in life and art, which resulted in the warrior shields on display. It’s a “visual story connecting to one’s divine purpose – your truth, your bliss.”
  • Charcoal, pastel and oil artist Cecelia Eidemiller is known as the “fastest draw in the West” for her popular 5-minute portrait profiles. A Breckenridge resident, she is also an avid landscape artist. Her series of work inspired by a month-long sojourn to India captures the emotion of people and life she saw there.
  • Matt Lit is a prolific photographer and teacher. As a photojournalist, he has shot from a chopper, from airplanes and boats and hanging off rock walls. Now he focuses on teaching, dog photography and Holga Toy Camera fine art.
  • David Gonzalez displays his paintings at the Art on a Whim Gallery in Breckenridge. Featured last summer during the USA Pro Challenge cycling race, his work “is not a static representation of a single moment in time.” Rather, his paintings “are more like living entities with a past, present and future, ever moving and unfolding.”
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