The Fine Line Between Inspiration and Appreciation
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Mary Schmidt - Photographer
Owner of RedLine Gallery and Landscape/wildlife photographer. I am originally from Virginia but was struck by the beauty of Crested Butte and moved here in 2010. If you don't find me in the gallery, I am likely hiking or traveling with my camera.
Michael Mahoney's great, great grandfather, Francis J. Mahoney, ventured west to Denver CO as a stone carver in 1880. He helped build the old U.S. Mint and the Cathedral on Colfax in downtown Denver.
On the other side of Michael's family, his great-grandfather, Bill Ryan was a friend of Buffalo Bill Cody, and Michael's grandfather, W. J. (Jack) Ryan, is in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame.
Michael's parents moved from Wyoming to Montana where he was born. He grew up fishing, hiking and painting in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness north of Yellowstone Park.
Michael's love for art combined with experience in the wilds of Montana led him to work for many years as a natural illustrator. He created hundreds of complex wildlife and habitat paintings for clients like; the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Montana Fish and Game, and many others. Outdoor writer Jim Merritt wrote an unsolicited, feature article about Michael's work for 'Field & Stream' magazine entitled 'The Masters Hand'. Michael painted on TV for an ESPN fishing program and his work was editorialized in virtually every other fly-fishing periodical. Currently Michael paints for galleries and private commissions. Michael's knowledge of iconic figures enables him to paint with intuitive spontaneity.
As is the case with many artists who have had long careers, Michael has evolved from doing detail work to the expressionist paintings he creates today. Every painting is a cooperation between his emotional experiences, and the skill to follow a natural direction in the paint. Over time he has experienced the unexplainable realities which give art the ability to pull at our hearts.
Blair Garth - Mixed Media
Blair Garth began marketing her unique handicrafts at arts and crafts shows as a child growing up along the Alabama Gulf Coast. As the daughter of an architect and an artist, she gained her talent through both genetics and environment, honing her skills at Louisiana State University where she graduated with a degree in Graphic Design in 1985.
Her design firm EBF Graphics attracted clients from Hawaii to Holland and from Beverly Hills to the Cayman Islands. In addition to business owner, Blair has reveled in a wide variety of art forms including acrylics, mixed media, collage, ceramics, mosaics, painted furniture, jewelry, and whatever happens to inspire her at the moment.
In keeping with Blair's personality, her unique and colorful artwork evokes a delightful feeling of happiness and fun. When she is not teaching art in Colorado, or working on mosaic projects with children at local schools, Blair resides at the beach in Perdido Key, Florida with her two daughters and writer/publisher husband, Fred.
Rosalind Cook - Sculptor
Born in Lima, Peru, Rosalind Cook spent her early childhood in a remote village on a ranch that lay on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains where she developed a love for ethnic peoples which is reflected in her work. She attended the University of Texas majoring in Special Education for blind and visually impaired since her father insisted she “must not major in art but in something in which she was sure to support herself.” However, after raising three children to the age of less dependence she began her studies in sculpture.
“When I discovered working in clay three dimensionally, it was the ‘AH-HA’ of my life.” After several years of strong studies in anatomy, design, and the study of the master’s works in Italy, Rosalind’s sculptures began to make their mark. She is most noted for her faces and the ability to capture movement and flow. Rosalind feels that sculpting was a calling on her life. In her work she seeks to celebrate life and the Creator of life.
Over the years she has been represented by twelve notable galleries, exhibited in numerous one person shows and in museum shows such as Gilcrease Musem and Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, her home of 42 years. Rosalind’s monumental public works can be seen in hospitals, parks, churches, and corporate headquarters across the United States. Rosalind has taught sculpture classes at Philbrook Museum Tulsa, OK; Oklahoma Sculpture Society; Scottsdale Artist’s School and the Fechin Institute in Taos, NM. In Crested Butte, Rosalind has placed a life size sculpture, “Lillith”, on Elk Avenue and her life size “Gratitude” was purchased by the Wedding Garden in Mt. Crested Butte. In Crested Butte, Rosalind is represented by RedLine Gallery, 429 Elk Avenue. Rosalind’s book, Capturing the Spirit in Bronze, tells about her journey and sculptures. More on Rosalind and her sculptures can be seen on her website: www.RosalindCook.com
Laura Cooper Elm - Ceramics
Lives and works in Crested Butte, CO
Education: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
About the Artist
Laura's lush and verdant work is an amalgam of ceramics, painting and digital mixed media; a process that reaches into epochs of historical reference where seemingly incongruent flecks of artistic ore are mined and melded into fluent lyrical visual metaphors.
Her clay work includes functional vessels and sculptural forms overlaid with painterly content like tattoos on skin. The Tattoo Foo Series imparts inherent luck, often blind; sometimes dumb; to traditional tomb figures which she calls Guardians of Soul. These figures are the domain of Heaven and Hell and based on the metaphorical fine line humans tend to walk. Inspired by classic literature and romantic poetry, frequent elements of her work incorporate strong graphic qualities, universal themes, ever present suns and moons, and an essence of time. The subject matter ties in nicely with LC's own oddly American heritage - the common denominator for overlapping spheres of influence.
SELECTED Exhibits + Awards:
2017 Mugshots Mojo Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2013 First Place People's Choice, Clay Continuum, SPACe Gallery, La Veta, CO
2013 Second Place, Sculptural Ceramics, Clay Continuum, SPACe Gallery, La Veta, CO
2011 Best in Show/Functional Ceramics, Clay Continuum, SPACe Gallery, La Veta, CO
2010 Contemporary Clay Biennial, The Art Center, Grand Junction, CO
2005 American Craft Council, Chicago, IL
2004 American Craft Council, Chicago, IL
2003 American Craft Council, Baltimore, MD
J C Leacock - Photographer
JC’s professional career began in 1988, where, with a pickup truck and 4x5 camera he travelled extensively to scenic areas of the west and beyond shooting for calendar companies, book publishers and magazines. His creative focus has shifted numerous times, from large format landscapes, to cowboys, to outdoor sports and lifestyles. However, the dominant theme that runs throughout is The American West. For that is where J.C.’s heart and passion lies; in the big skies, prairies, mountains and people of the West. His scenic images capture the magical light, grandeur and intimacy of the American landscape, while his photographic portrayal of outdoor western lifestyles and Americana is both authentic and spirited.
Leacock is widely published internationally, and his images appear in such publications as Backpacker, SKI, Sunset, Outside, Men’s Journal, Cowboys & Indians, and American Cowboy. His work has been published extensively in numerous calendars including Sierra Club, Audubon, Western Horseman and BrownTrout. J.C. has published two exquisitely beautiful books on Colorado: Colorado Closeup (Fulcrum Publishing, 1997) and Our Colorado (Voyageur Press, 2004). A third book, entitled South Dakota Simply Beautiful (Far Country Press, 2004), showcases J.C.’s diverse portfolio. His most recent coffee table book, Greetings from Colorado (Voyageur Press) was released in the fall of 2011. Closer to home, J.C.’s photographs frequently appear in Crested Butte Magazine, 5280 Magazine, the Colorado State Vacation Guide, among others.
Sarah Schmidt - Painter
Originally from Northern Virginia, Sarah studied at the Corcoran School of Art during high school and then went to Savannah College of Art and Design for her BFA. She spent several years in Austin Texas illustrating greeting cards before getting restless and traveling around the country. As her traveling slowed down her painting picked up. She landed in Crested Butte where she works and shows at RedLine and has painted two signs for the town, including the new Creative District sign. Sarah can also be seen at the Piper Gallery at the end of February, 2019.
Bren Corn - Painter
Colorist. Visualist. Woman. Mother. Artist. This painter reflects an American Spirit while tapping in to her European roots. Mood and commission navigate subject and style choice. Energy is focused and progressive. This artist is infectious.
Creative breeding grounds include the family farm and the city. Bren was influenced early in life by hard work and is fueled by the need to get things done.
Bren is a grounded individual who is respectful of, and loyal to personal beliefs - yet open to what the “other” presents. This awareness translates to an ever- deepening understanding of self and ultimately defines a style of evolutionary work.
Corn has raised a family in the Gunnison Valley since 1994.