We've displayed our collection of around 100 vintage Victorian Valentines throughout the gallery, in part to celebrate the heart-felt holiday, also because we were the selected site for a lovely couple's proposal. We are all thrilled that she said 'YES'. Fine art makes a great backdrop for romance. Columbine Gallery hopes love and art fills your heart this February.
The students at Buchanan Elementary School in Branson, Missouri got to learn what a Visiting Artist is all about when Tim Cherry came to their classroom. The school's visiting artist program is headed by Darla Chapman-Speelman, the students can expect to learn about the artist's style, techniques, tools, media and inspirations, directly from the artist. "... It is Mrs. Chapman-Speelman's goal to have at least one artist visit each year, with luck, maybe two!"
The students learned about Tim's methods for sculpting his renowned wildlife bronze sculptures. Then the students took a turn sculpting rabbits in clay. Tim later surprised the class with a gift for the classroom, a bronze turtle and fish titled "Stream Team". We are always proud when our artist's make their marks in the world, but we especially love when they impact and excite kids and support excellent teachers.
Tim Cherry has been a National Sculptors' Guild Fellow since 1996 and is a longtime resident of Branson. Years of experience as a professional guide in the remote wilderness of northern Canada has informed Tim's sculpture, inspiring him to create authentic and artistic interpretations of the wildlife that has so profoundly affected his life. learn more about Tim and view his artwork.
We have a fun followup to our November post: Pueblo Chile Mural painted by Teresa Vito. Her winning Logo is on its way to becoming a Colorado License Plate...the logo image was taken from Vito's oil painting that was specifically commissioned by the Pueblo Chile Growers Association for the purpose of a brand logo. The highly successful painting was done by Teresa Vito, who lives in Pueblo.
Vito spoke with Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel on Colorado Public Radio last Tuesday about the proposed Pueblo Chile License Plate. She admits, she was taken aback by a couple of the questions, especially when asked about Chile recipes. But like her paintings, she nailed it. listen here
CPR's Shanna Lewis writes... "Longtime Pueblo oil painter Teresa Vito never thought she'd see her artwork on cars cruising Interstate 25. But that could be a reality soon, if a new special license plate featuring Pueblo Chiles is approved by the state legislature this session.
Last year, Vito was asked by the Pueblo Chile Growers Association to create artwork that could be used to promote Pueblo Chiles, also known as Mirasol Chiles. She painted two pieces: a rural landscape and a detail showing the chiles close up.
"I saw the label as a symbol of place -- Pueblo," Vito said, adding the association wanted something that would look like an old fashioned label from the 1920s or 30s for preserves and other produce. Those labels often featured rural landscapes and whatever produce was inside.
However, following a conversation between State Representative Daneya Esgar and Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen, Vito's work went to another level. After collecting at least 3,000 signatures to prove citizen support, Esgar introduced a bill to the legislature -- it's currently under consideration in the State House of Representatives." .... listen to the CPR interview, and more
Representative Daneya Esgar presented the Pueblo Chile license plate bill at the State Capitol Thurs. Feb. 2. The bill passed through the House Transportation committee and moves onto House Appropriations before being considered on the house floor. Stay updated
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