“Three Passions” new works by Cheri Isgreen, Blue Pig Gallery, Sept 1-13, 2016; Palisade, CO
“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” is the theme of my upcoming exhibition at the Blue Pig Gallery, opening Sept 1st. My passions include horses, flowers, and travel. I am struck by the beauty I find while pursuing those passions.
This summer I have immersed myself with learning and training the principles and movements for 2nd level dressage. Monarch, my Lipizzan partner; Deb Hindi, my trainer; and I have worked very hard all summer, culminating in two United States Equestrian Federation recognized shows and one qualifying score toward my United States Dressage Federation Bronze Rider Medal.
“Along the Tuscan Trail” is one of my new equine artworks. It depicts a “dream vacation,” exploring Italy by horseback. It is a sun-drenched composition, much like western Colorado, where the strong sunlight intensifies colors up close and washes out all the color in the distance.
My husband and I threw a big celebratory garden party for our daughter’s college graduation. The spring was filled with gardening, landscaping, and planning. Amidst all the planting, weeding, fertilizing, and watering, I became fascinated with the unique shapes and sometimes delicate/sometimes striking color schemes of all the flowers blooming in my gardens. I began working in a new loose style to capture the endless variety of shapes, forms, color schemes, movements, textures, etc.
“Bouquet” copyright C Isgreen
“Bouquet” framed watercolor, 19″ x 10″ $200 & “Daisy Meadow” framed watercolor, 15″ x 12″ all artwork copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016
Travel has been my third artistic inspiration. Since buying a pop-up camper about a year ago, my husband and I have taken many art trips, including three trips to Utah, several trips in the Colorado mountains, and three weeks in the Texas hill country and mission trail. In my show, I will feature sketches and paintings from these trips.
“Along the Crystal River,” copyright Cheri Isgreen
“Red Canyon” copyright C Isgreen
Goliad, TX town square; Mission San Jose outside San Antonio, TX; along the Crystal River, Redstone, CO; Peach Valley, Montrose County, CO A selection of these images will be offered as 5″ x 7″ framed prints: $25. All images copyright, Cheri Isgreen
The Blue Pig Gallery
Located in downtown Palisade, Colorado, the Blue Pig Gallery displays an exciting and eclectic range of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, fiber, gifts, and more. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday – 10 am – 5:00 pm
The Blue Pig in Palisade, Colorado is situated in the heart of wine and fruit country. Several festivals have arisen, based on its agricultural roots, including the Honey Bee, Lavender, Wine, and Peach festivals. To celebrate the vibrant agricultural environment, I have focused my collages for the Blue Pig along themes of plants and gardens. Collages are created from my original artwork, embellished with a variety of found objects, and mounted on board. The collages come in two formats: three 3″ square vertical triptychs and the larger 8″ patterned square.
“God Save the Queen Bee” $40
“God Save the Queen Bee” #1 & #2 $40
“We come from the Earth, we return to the Earth, and in between we garden.”
“Bounty” mixed media collage on board, ink, paper, pewter $40
The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade looks very festive with an array of fine artwork. Kay has designed a Christmas corner where you can find handcrafted ornaments, Christmas cards, and other holiday-themed work. Check out my origami horses, folded with metallic washi paper from Japan and hung with beaded wire hooks. If you are a horse lover, you will find a collection of holiday horse Christmas cards from my original watercolor paintings.
The center of the gallery features the member artist show, “This Little Piggy,” a collection or miniature artworks suitable for gift giving. My offering for this show is a collection of mixed media collages designed around prints from my original watercolor paintings. Executed in a variety of themes from western landscape, horses, flowers, wild life, and Japanese themes, there is something for every decor and taste. These small works measure 7.5″ square. They are handcrafted on sturdy laminated paper substrate, embellished with ink, paint, and found objects. As a prototype to the iconic collages showing at the Gunnison Arts Center, these smaller collages are offered at $20 through December. More collages are on display in my “gallery pod.”
I am also showing original framed watercolors, including equine subjects and landscapes. Use this certificate to receive 20% any framed work.