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A new exhibit in the Summit County Commons showcases local artists, with a free opening May 20
Contact:Leslie Walker, Art Forum Program Assistant970-389-2760SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Art Forum is unveiling a new exhibit at the Summit County Commons, showcasing the work of local artists. “Growth” kicks off with an opening from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, May 20, in the Art Forum display space, located on the building’s upper level, adjacent to the Summit County Library in Frisco.Sunday’s opening is free to the public, and featured artists will be present to discuss their work. Alpine Dance Academy students will interpret the concept of growth through modern dance. Dan Schroder, Summit County CSU Extension director, will give a short presentation on forest health and wildfire prevention."Fires are a natural part of the life cycle of our forest environment, so we need to adapt to that reality," Schroder said. "We’ve been really lucky in Summit County that wildfires haven't resulted in major losses of lives or property, and we want to keep it that way. Through education, community involvement and thoughtful forest management, we can all help mitigate the risks, even as our communities continue to grow."“Growth” will be on display in the County Commons through September.Artists featured in “Growth” include Corky Woodring, Jeremy Greene, Bill Linfield, Tai Leach, Abbe Gold, Bruce Spinney, Rita Neubauer, Michelle Hardy, Sandi Bruns, Jonathan Lerner and Meg Flannagan. The exhibit also features a display on wildfire mitigation and forest growth and a display of antique toy garden tools from the collection of Georgia Kraatz.Summit High School graduating senior Meg Flannagan is the recipient of the Art Forum 2018 Scholarship. She practices modern dance and will attend the University of Utah.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.Jeremy “Jerms” Greene strives to capture feelings through color. “For me, art is growth,” he said. His paintings and wire sculptures are a “glimpses of time through the eyes of a survivor of a traumatic brain injury.”Bill Linfield started with photographic film 40 years ago. His photography displayed in this show illustrates natural growth throughout Summit County.Colorado native and Breckenridge resident Christian Tai Leach is a self-taught painter. He upcycles snowboards, skateboards and other materials for his canvases. He feels "personal growth through art."Abbe Gold is a mosaic artist. She creates her artwork with cut glass and found objects. She is a member of the High Country Artisans Gallery in Silverthorne and Arts Alive in Breckenridge.A retired teacher and school administrator, Bruce Spinney has become an avid angler and watercolor 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.”After working for many years in journalism, Rita Neubauer now explores the visual world. Her preferred medium is encaustic painting, in which pigments are mixed with hot beeswax. Her work ranges from landscapes to abstracts, with shifting meanings and interpretations.Former oil exploration geophysicist Michelle Hardy works with mixed media and textiles. A lifelong love of geology and nature has been her inspiration.Sandi Bruns views her watercolors as spontaneous reflections of what she feels about her subjects, rather than realistic reproductions. She strives to “never grow up! Just grow!”Jonathan Lerner’s photography runs the gamut, from flowers to landscapes to portraits.The Summit County Art Forum coordinates the display of public art for Summit County government. The committee also showcases the work of local artists in the Art Forum display space in the Summit County Commons building, featuring three exhibits per year. For more information, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/ArtForum.