Passionate Pursuits Opens this Friday, June 2, 2017

You are invited to an art reception featuring my watercolor paintings celebrating horses, gardens, and travel.  The reception begins at 5:30 PM.  I will give a gallery talk about my inspirations, techniques, and processes beginning at 6:00 PM.  Along with my watercolor paintings, I am offering a wide selection of prints, notecards, and tiny paintings.  Live music and refreshments are planned.  This event is part of the Gunnison Colorado First Friday Artwork, with many venues in downtown Gunnison participating with art, spirits, music, and food.  For more information, please call Anne at 970-641-6111.

“Passionate Pursuits”  runs through the end of June.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:30 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

 

“Three Passions” Travels in Montrose; Opening Reception Nov. 18th 5-7 PM at Backstreet

Please join us Friday evening, 11/18 from 5-7 PM  at Backstreet Bagel Company for a celebration of new works including

  • “Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” new artwork by Cheri Isgreen.
  • “Upside Down” Karen Mercer’s new CD ; she will be performing selections from her album.
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Horses highlights my deep connection with horses, especially my special relationship with Monarch, who I have raised and trained from a green colt to a seasoned show, clinic, trail, and    special events horse.

Flowers, like Horses focuses on my interest of how light defines living forms.  Unlike Horses, (which I paint in a narrative style), Flowers are painted in a looser style that explores pure design and composition.

Travel samples a collection from my travel/sketch journals.  These sketches were made in a variety of media, including pencil, ink, watercolor, and collage.  Works are presented as 5″ x 7″ framed prints from Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Mexico trips.

Mark your calendars.  New art, live music, appetizers, & beverages.  Register for the drawing of artwork.

 

 

 

“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” now showing at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade

“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” features new works by Cheri Isgreen.

Horses highlights my deep connection with horses, especially my special relationship with Monarch, who I have raised and trained from green colt to seasoned show, clinic, trail, and special events horse.

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“Ebony and Ivory” is my newest watercolor.  It depicts a Lipizzan and a warmblood in joyful camaraderie.  These horse create their own “liberty pas de deux.”  Look closely at how suspension enhances the beauty of horses’ movement.  Light on living forms creates a unending variety of interesting and harmonious shapes.  The white horse is defined by shadows, in contrast to the highlights defining form in the black horse.

Flowers, like Horses focuses on my interest of how light defines living forms.  Unlike Horses, (which I paint in a narrative style), Flowers are painted in a looser style that explores pure design and composition.

Travel samples a collection of entries from my travel sketch journals in a variety of media, including pencil, ink, watercolor, and collage.  Works are presented as 5″ x 7″ framed prints from Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Mexico trips.

“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” Preview of New Works

“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” opens tomorrow at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade, Colorado, running through September 30, 2016

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“Cosmos”  framed watercolor          27″ x 13″  $350                                 copyright C Isgreen 2016

 

“Three Passions” features new works inspired by my love of horses, flowers, and travel.  All the horse and flower paintings are executed in watercolors, and explore the effects of light on living forms.  While the horse paintings are narrative in nature, the flower compositions are pure design.  They focus on movement, space, color, pattern, rhythm, and line.  My travel pieces are framed 5″ x 7″ prints from my sketch journals.  They represent a wide range of work including pencil, pen & ink, watercolor, watercolor & ink; Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Utah.

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I have one more piece on my easel, a narrative equine painting which will be titled, “Ebony & Ivory.”  This is the study for “Ebony & Ivory.”  (Note difference in style between equine & floral compositions.)

 

 

“Cosmos” will be one of the featured works for my upcoming show at the Blue Pig Gallery running Sept 1-30, 2016.  For more information about this show, visit the following link:

https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/solo-show-slated-for-september-2016-at-the-blue-pig-gallery-palisade-co/

The Blue Pig is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday – 10 am – 5:00 pm

101 W. 3rd Street, Palisade, CO 81526

The Blue Pig can be reached by calling (970) 464-4819.

 

“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” Preview of New Works by Cheri Isgreen

Horses!  Total synesthesia: pure poetry in motion; my original raison d’être for painting in watercolor.  “Noble” evolved  from the contour line studies and sketch classes I have been giving this summer.  Using saturated color and pure water with a large mop brush- value, color, and form developed from the contour lines based on the pencil study for this work.

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“Noble”  watercolor; framed size 16″ x 20″  $350  copyright Cheri Isgreen 2016

“Noble” will be one of the featured works for my upcoming show at the Blue Pig Gallery running Sept 1-30, 2016.  For more information about this show, visit the following link:

https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/solo-show-slated-for-september-2016-at-the-blue-pig-gallery-palisade-co/

“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” Preview of New Works by Cheri Isgreen

One more from my sketch journal- Oct 14, 2015, St. Elmo in Collegiate Mountains,  Chaffee County, CO; watercolor on Arches hot press, 140#

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St. Elmo, Colorado  Copyright C Isgreen

Besides horses and flowers, my third passion is travel, specifically taking art trips with my artist husband.  Last fall we went to the Collegiate Mountains, just over  Monarch Pass, and then explored the Castle Rock country, outside of Johnson Village.

I have scanned and printed two dozen of my favorite entries from various trips over the past three years, including Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Utah.  Framed in 5″ x 7″ oak frames, signed prints will be offered for $25.

For more information about this show, visit the following link:

https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/solo-show-slated-for-september-2016-at-the-blue-pig-gallery-palisade-co/

“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” Preview of New Works by Cheri Isgreen

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“Sky Lights”  framed watercolor, 10″ x 19″  $200                               copyright C Isgreen 2016

CHERI ISGREEN SOLO SHOW SEPTEMBER 1-30, 2016

BLUE PIG GALLERY; MAIN STREET; PALISADE, CO

One of my biggest interests in painting is exploring the effects of light.  This is especially effective in the medium of watercolor.

For more information about this show, visit the following link:

https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/solo-show-slated-for-september-2016-at-the-blue-pig-gallery-palisade-co/

Solo Show Slated for September 2016 at the Blue Pig Gallery, 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.

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“Along the Tuscan Trail” framed watercolor 27″ x 20″  $500  copyright C Isgreen

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” 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.

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

101 W. 3rd Street, Palisade, CO 81526

(970) 464-4819

“Art in the Park” Rocky Mountain Horse Expo Juried Show

Artist Reception, Art Show, Sale and Silent Auction
Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Art in the Park area of Hall of Education Building

Over 45 sophisticated and talented artists who blend their passion for horses with their creative intuition highlight this one-of-find art exhibit. The artists selected to exhibit their works at the “Art in the Park” gallery in the Hall of Education Building at this year’s Expo will display paintings, equine-related photography, stained glass, bronze sculptures and various mixed-media all celebrating the horse from their own perspective and artistic interpretation. Come meet the artists at the reception starting at 4:30pm. All artwork displayed is available for purchase. Click here to view the works on the BlackTie Colorado website. You will also have the opportunity to bid on additional artwork donated by the artists specifically for the silent auction.

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Conversano Mima White Horse Vale Ranch, Goldendale, WA Lipizzan Stallion

I will show three pieces:

“For a Good Time, Call Ed” watercolor, juried

“Conversano Mima” watercolor, juried

“A Pause in the Day’s Occupation”  small monoprint, auction

 

A Veritable Smorgasbord: Opening Friday, 2/5/16

Art Center Members Exhibition
Feb. 5-27, 2016
Sponsored by Chuck & Kendra McDaniel and Ron Beckman

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6:30 p.m.: First Friday intros
7 – 9 p.m.: Opening Reception
Cash wine bar. Beer generously provided by Odell Brewing.
Free hors d’oeuvres provided by The Art Center Guild.
Music by Rosewood & Ivory.
Free and open to the public.

press release from the WCCA:

February means the Art Center’s annual Members Exhibition. With over 300 works it has the claim to fame of being our largest exhibition, but it also reflects the geographic and technical diversity of our membership. Medium ranges from collage to clay, and exhibiting members come from all over the Western Slope and beyond.

Four years ago the Art Center incorporated People’s Choice Awards into the Members Exhibition. Votes are collected and cash prizes are awarded to first, second, and third place winners. This democratic process raises the stakes for both attendees and featured artists by prompting our viewers to evaluate their aesthetic preferences. Most of us know exactly what we like and dislike but do not know or think about why. Our predilections, especially when it comes to art—that most subjective of subjects—can teach us a great deal about our personality.

The People’s Choice Awards also encourage viewers take a closer look at artworks than they normally would. Anyone who has taken the time knows that the longer you look at a work of art, the more it will communicate. The conversation between a viewer and a work of art is never over, but usually we don’t allow enough time for it to even begin. For the artists (and WCCA members) themselves, seeing their work in an exhibition setting tends to give them a whole new take on their artistic approach. Observing how viewers interact with a piece is one way artists gauge how effectively their work conveys their intention and, subsequently, if that is something that even matters to them.

You’d be hard-pressed to find another exhibition that showcases beginners alongside experts, painters alongside photographers. Our members are distinct in their method of artistic expression but united under their support for the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.

Awards Announcement: Saturday, Feb. 20 at noon
Award Sponsors:
Best of Show $350 – Frame Depot
First Place $250 – Colorado Canyons Gallery, Framing & Gifts
Second Place $150 – George and Gayle Gerson
Third Place $100 gift certificate – Blue Pig Gallery

I will show two works of art.  “Wine Pearing,” a graphic-designed watercolor composition depicting the agricultural life on the western slope of Colorado, and “Autumn Glow.”   “Autumn Glow” is executed in the poured watercolor style that I recently demonstrated at the arts center for the Brush and Palette Club.  It celebrated the beauty of Colorado mountains.

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“Wine Pearing” watercolor, 11″x15″ $350; copyright Cheri Isgreen

 

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“Autumn Glow” 15″ x11″ watercolor; copyright C Isgreen 2015