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A new exhibit in the Summit County Commons showcases local artists, with a free opening Sept. 24
Leslie Walker, Art Forum Program Assistant
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Art Forum is unveiling a new exhibit at the Summit County Commons, showcasing the work of several local artists. “Transitions” kicks off with an opening from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, in the Art Forum display space, located on the building’s upper level, adjacent to the Summit County Library in Frisco.
“Life is all about change,” Art Forum Program Assistant Leslie Walker said. “This exhibit gives us the opportunity to see artists’ interpretations of transitions on many different levels. Additionally, the displays by our community partners, Building Hope and the Summit County Conflict Resolution Coalition, provide insights into how we can better navigate the changes in our lives.”
Sunday’s opening is free to the public, and featured artists will be present to discuss their work. Representatives from the Summit County Conflict Resolution Coalition and the Building Hope Initiative will tell stories of how their outreach efforts are changing the lives of Summit County residents. The event will also include light refreshments. All ages are welcome.
“Transitions” will be on display in the Summit County Commons through January. Featured artists include Corky Woodring, Cecelia Eidemiller, Matt Lit, Len Szmurlo, Bill Linfield, Jeremy Greene, Jessica Ream, Sandi Bruns, Rocket Nelson, Adolph Zimmerman and John Hudnut. Origami peace cranes, created by inmates at the Summit County Justice Center, are also on display.
Heeney resident Corky Woodring is a self-taught artist who creates his found-object art using meditation and visualization. His artwork has been inspired through walking, part of his mental health therapy. “Currently, I am trying to find a balance between Mother Earth, Father Sky and the Creator, so I can share what our eyes don't see and maybe find a new color.”
Charcoal, pastel and oil painter Cecelia Eidemiller is known as the “fastest draw in the West” for her popular five-minute portraits. The Breckenridge resident is also a prolific landscape artist.
Having photographed people for many years as a photojournalist, Matt Lit’s displayed work is photographed with a Holga Toy Camera. Both his subject matter, which features the intersection of the past and present and captures moments of change in life, and his use of the Holga, speak to the concept of transition.
Bill Linfield started with photographic film 40 years ago. His photography displayed during this show illustrates moments of change in nature throughout Summit County.
Jeremy “Jerms” Green aims to capture feelings through color. His paintings and wire sculptures are a “glimpse of time through the eyes of a survivor of a traumatic brain injury” he sustained at 16 years old.
Silverthorne resident Adolph Zimmerman is a painter and bronze sculptor. “I want to capture a moment in time with a sense of humor. I like to see people smile when they view my work.”
October is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado. Two sets of panels at the exhibit illustrate how ordinary people can resolve problems. “People experience conflict every day, from the insignificant to the critical,” said Dr. Myra Warren Isenhart, who has devoted her career to helping others through conflict resolution. “We can deal with conflicts constructively.”
Summit County Detention Center Commander Erik Bourgerie strives to reduce conflict at the jail. For the past several years, as part of therapy, detention center inmates have created origami cranes inscribed with inspirational quotes and intentions. "Inmates have told me that the project was helpful in their work to overcome substance abuse disorders and manage mental health issues,” Bourgerie said.
Building Hope Summit County is a multifaceted community initiative that aims to address challenges in our local mental health care system. Photographs from Building Hope show the journeys of those who moved from a place of deep challenge and crisis to one of hope.
“Transitions” inspired Diana “Rocket” Nelson to think of the seasons with a “renewal of spirit and joy, as each changes to its own new beginning.” Nelson, a seasoned seamstress, displays quilts in the shapes of Aspen leaves and mountain landscapes.
A varied array of materials inspires Jessica Ream to create her works of art. “I am a mixed-media artist. I use anything from paper, ink and paint, to fibers and found objects or photography.”
Watercolor is the preferred medium of Sandi Bruns. Her creations reflect what she feels about her subject. She believes the finished picture should “energize the soul as well as entertain the eye.”
John Hudnut creates eye-catching glass pieces. The owner of The Gather House glassblowing studio in Frisco, he specializes in bold colors and clean, modern design in functional vessels, including lighting, vases and barware.
The Art Forum features three four-month-long shows each year, highlighting works of art by community members. Learn more at www.SummitCountyCO.gov/ArtForum.