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.