I have been chosen as the featured artist for the month of August at the Gunnison Arts Center. During the month of August all framed paintings of mine are offered at 10% off- both at the Arts Center and through the website. use this link to receive 10% off during the month of August, (simply mention this blog post.) This is a good time to purchase that special painting you have been admiring, or commission a special work.
I will be painting live at the Arts Center during Gunnison’s First Friday August Art Walk.
I will be pleased to visit with you, answer questions, and share what I am working on. As Gunnison locals know, I am a frequent instructor at the Center, along with exhibiting my watercolors and mixed media work through the Shop at the GAC and GAC exhibitions, including the recent Colorado Watercolor Society juried “A Splash of Colorado,” and the GAC January staff/instructor show, where I showed my travel sketches and paintings. I spent the winter in the Central Highlands of Mexico, painting the beautiful Baroque cities of Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, Querétaro, and San Luis Potosí, and the charming village of Ajijí, Jalisco.
The following is an interview with Erin Jacobs, manager of the GAC Featured Artist Series:
Where are you from?
I grew up in Lake County, Ill., (which is horse heaven- similar to Ireland.) I have lived in Western Colorado for the past 45 years, (which is a different kind of heaven.)
What is your medium of choice?
“Green & Copper Fish” copyright C Isgreen $70
watercolor often, but mixed media with ceramic, metal, fiber, & glass comes a close second
What inspires your work?
“Riding for Rain” poured watercolor, copyright Cheri Isgreen
I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms. Compositions for watercolor paintings develop as I respond to the interplay of light and dark shapes. As I paint, I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through poured techniques and spontaneous wet-into-wet brushwork. I strive for a sense of mystery and narrative in each painting. My three passions are horses, flowers, and travel, which often inform the subject matter of my compositions.
When did you get involved in the art world?
I have always been an artist. My earliest memory of making art was when I was perhaps 4 years old. My twin sister and I scratched our self portraits into the headboards of our twin beds with the plug of the bedside lamp.
What are you currently working on? Flamenco dancers- this series explores light on the human form. I was so inspired by the performance I attended while in Mexico this winter.
What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
Professionally: I am most passionate about striving for excellence and originality in every piece I create. With so much digital media available, I want each of my pieces to be an original work of art directly from my own hand from the highest standards of excellence.
Personally: I am most passionate about kindness and integrity in dealing with others, relating to our environment, training my horse, and making decisions.
What’s your greatest accomplishment?
Raising a caring and thoughtful daughter and maintaining a close relationship with her.
Where could one find you on a Saturday afternoon?
On the back of my horse; I ride dressage which is a lifelong journey toward excellence and lightness.
What circumstances do you find yourself producing new work?
I am forever getting creative brainstorms, so creating new work is an on-going process.
Do you offer custom commissions?
Yes, I enjoy getting to know my client and working with the client to create a special piece of artwork. In the case of horses, I often visit the farm to meet the horse. Then I take several photos, develop detailed drawings, and discuss how my vision will become a painting. The painting at left was commissioned by White Horse Vale Lipizzans, Goldendale, WA.
It looks like this summer will be busy with numerous exhibitions and shows. First on tap is the Colorado Watercolor Society 2018 juried exhibition. This year the show was juried by Robbie Laird, NWS. Robbie is currently the president of the National Watercolor Society.
My entry, “Break in the Clouds, Nicaragua,” was accepted for exhibition. This painting is available for purchase through this link.
Colorado Watercolor Society
2018 STATE WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION
May 12 to June 27, 2018
Library 21c, Pikes Peak Library District, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Opening & Reception May 12, 2PM-5PM
Juror: Robbie Laird
“Break in the Clouds, Nicaragua” watercolor by Cheri Isgreen; framed size 20″ x 16″ $350
To learn more about this painting, visit this link
Thank you to all who follow my blog. Wishing you peace & enlightenment in the coming year.
On January 13th, my husband and I leave for two months of painting in Mexico. We are returning to the beautiful Baroque city of Guanajuato in the central highlands of Mexico. We have been planning this trip since we visited Guanajuato last January and found 5 days to be much too short to get to know and paint the city. This year we plan to bring a full collection of art supplies, not just our sketch kits.
It looks to be a busy week before we leave. I am showing several pieces at the Gunnison Arts Center for the month of January, featuring the GAC instructors & staff. Come down for the First Friday artwork; I will be there.
First Friday ArtWalk & Music
January 5. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Stroll down beautiful historic Gunnison on the First Friday’s of the month to celebrate art, artists and live music. The GAC Galleries will feature Angus Reid’s Oil Paintings in the Main Gallery. These painting will be on silent auction throughout the month starting at the ArtWalk. Head to the Upper Gallery for the annual GAC Staff and Instructor Exhibit!Live singing by Liberty Solari in the Main Gallery.
On the 11th, I will be teaching a fun, fast-paced “& Series” class for the new Meet the Masters classes. In this class we will have fun with neon colors, altered images, and serial grid-work featuring Pop Art Master, Andy Warhol. Enjoy a variety of Pinot wines, tastey appetizers, and create your original Pop Art inspired by Andy Warhol!
Meet the Masters
Feeling Dandy with Andy: Pop Art & Pinot
Thursday, January 11th. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
The time has come to learn all about another master of the arts! For this Meet the Masters AND Series, Cheri will be teaching us about Andy Warhol and the influence Pop Art has had on art over the years. So come join us to enjoy some pinot and have some artistic fun! Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $40/person includes 2 drinks, light aps and instruction. Pre-registration is required. Register Here :registration
If you look on my Exhibition tab, you will see that it has been a busy summer. Along with painting for the shows and commissioned work, I am quite busy designing courses for Montrose and Gunnison. The Workshop Tab will be updated soon to announce the many course offerings. I have also been asked to offer a tab for purchase of card sets and prints from my sketch books. Stay tuned for that.
Because of all the new endeavors, I have not had time to keep the website as current as I would like. Today I was asked to write a newsletter article for the Montrose Visual Arts Guild. As I was putting the finishing touches on it, I realized this would make a good blog post. The article gives a background of my beginnings in the art world and features my latest projects. Hope many of the local readers can come to my Open House.
Cheri Isgreen works in watercolor, mixed media, and pastel. Throughout her life, Cheri has created art. Her first installation, at age three, was a self portrait with her twin sister scratched into the headboard of her bed. For many years, Cheri worked as a master weaver with work featured in collections and publications in the US and abroad. As an art teacher for 25 years, she taught the gamut of media, styles, and subjects. She served as an Art Fellow with US Dept of Ed and consulted with Colorad Dept Ed, universities, and private companies. Retiring from public education in 2010, Cheri began painting professionally. She draws inspiration from her passions: horses, gardens, and travels. She and her husband look forward to spending two months as visiting artists capturing the beautiful Baroque city of Guanajuato, Mexico this winter.
“I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms. Compositions for paintings develop as I respond to the interplay of light and dark shapes. I seek fresh, unexpected color with spontaneous wet brushwork. I strive for a sense of mystery and narrative in each painting.”
Cheri shows widely in galleries and exhibitions. Recent awards include First Place, “Scent” Western Colorado Watercolor Society, (Sept 2017) . Colorado Watercolor Society, (August 2017) Second Place “Orchid’s Glow” & Honorable Mention “No Hoof No Horse.”
Collaborating with Scott Cassidy, they transformed Backstreet Bagels into an accessible gallery where Cheri regularly rotates new work. On September 29, 2017 Backstreet will host an Open House for Cheri, Lynn Vogel, and Debbie Watkins. Each artist comes from a background of fiber. Their current work in painting, woven & embossed copper, and art quilts complements as a unified showing of creative exploration. Please plan to attend 5-7 PM, 9/29/17, Backstreet Bagels & Gallery, 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose.
The Colorado Watercolor Society first show on the Western Slope opens at the Gunnison Center for the Arts Friday, Aug 4, 2017. I will show three works; two florals, “Orchids,” “Cosmos,” and an equine themed work, “No Hoof, No Horse.” The two florals celebrate the glory of light on natural forms. “Orchids” is backlit, providing for a dramatic composition, while “Cosmos” shows reflected light of flowers in full sun. “No Hoof, No Horse” explores lost and found edges and the fading of form through the phenomenon of smoke.
“Orchid’s Glow” 13″ x 27″ watercolor $350 Copyright C Isgreen
both paintings image 7.5″ x 22″ (frame size 13.5″ x 28″) copyright C Isgreen $350 each
In the upstairs gallery, the Arts Center is showing its annual fundraising exhibition, “Tiny Treasures.” I have submitted two watercolor paintings of birds inspired by Japanese scrolls. These “tiny treasures” were painted in a diamond format to give them a dynamic composition. Both watercolor on paper and oil/acrylic on canvas will be offered.
Upper Gallery: Tiny Treasures “Fortune Cookie Quotes”
Celebrate the little things in life! For the third year in a row, the GAC’s fundraiser, Tiny Treasures, really is proof that good things DO come in small packages. Featuring a plethora of tiny treasures on canvas, all created by local artists. Treasures will be on sale at affordable prices all month where 100% of the profit goes to the GAC. A theme has been added this year; artists will pick a fortune cookie quote to use for inspiration. Enjoy tiny appetizers, a live tiny gallery concert with tiny instruments and more at the First Friday ArtWalk & Music!
New works at GAC:
In keeping with this month of tiny treasures, I am offering framed prints from my travels ($25) and small framed floral watercolors, all affordably price below $200. I also completed an aspen series, where I fractured the light. (see featured image preview above) These charming small works will complement the small niches in your home.