Reprinted from an article in the Ouray County Plaindealer, Jan 1-7
Two artists with different styles at different times in their lives will display their artwork together during the Legacy exhibit at Ridgway Public Library starting Jan 10. (through March 13.)
What artists Cheri Isgreen and Sabrena Soong share is a deep passion for art.
The duo met in an Oak Grove School first grade classroom in Montrose in 1987.
Isgreen was a student teacher and Soong was a budding first grade artist.”I noticed (Soong) had an unusual talent even as a six-year old,” Isgreen said.
“Even when I was really little, I wanted to be an artist,” recalled Soong. “She took me under her wing.” Soong said Isgreen took her on field trips to art galleries, but her encouragement that art was a worthwhile pursuit was the most important part of their relationship.
The two artists stayed in contact through the years, despite Soong moving out of state.
Isgreen, who taught art in Montrose schools for over two decades before retiring to focus on her watercolors, said she feels art is a means to “express humanity and connect us.” Isgreen said many of her works highlight the power, grace, and beauty of the horse; an animal she noted which has been painted throughout history, from the cave paintings in France to petroglyphs in southwest Colorado.
Soong now owns a combination coffee shop and art gallery in Colorado Springs. Working with acrylics on canvas and wood, Soong’s abstract art is layered and defies simple description.
“This show is sort of a retrospective of both our works,” said Soong. Both artists will be present for the opening reception at the library on Jan 10 from 4 pm to 7 pm. Refreshments will be offered. The show will be on display until March 13.