Visiting Artists renowned artists teaching this season

Gasali-Adeyemo(1)Gasali Adeyemo

Traditional Yoruba Adire with Indigo  |  July 30 & 31, 2016

Originally from Nigeria, Gasali Onireke Adeyemo resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where shares the arts and culture of the Yoruba people through his fabric art. Since mastering the art of batik painting on fabric and rice paper, indigo dyeing, quilt making, embroidery, appliqué at Nike Center for Arts and Culture, Gasali has traveled the world teaching workshops, showing his work, and sharing the traditionas of the Yoruba culture. His recent workshops include the World Batik Conference, Cross Culture Collaborative Inc., SnowFarm, and Fiber Arts Center.


Alicia-BaileyAlicia Bailey

Bookmaking for Beginners: The Long (Stitch) and Short of It  |  August 12-13, 2016

Studio artist and gallerist Alicia Bailey, Denver, Colorado, has a particular passion for book works that include elements beyond surface printed images and text; that move beyond traditional book forms and embrace presentation flexibility, innovative page folding tactics, rigid page construction and use of alternative materials.

chanheadshotDerek Chan

High Flow: Paper Marbling |  June 21, 2016

Derek Chan (b.1981) is a Santa Fe based artist working primarily in painting. He received his BA from UCLA, in 2004, and later his MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2007. In 2012, he was selected to participate in the Roswell-Artist-In-Residence program. It was during his time in residence that paper marbling became an integral part of his art practice. He has exhibited in solo, group and collaborative exhibitions in Santa Fe, NM, Chicago, IL, and New York, NY. He has previously taught paper marbling workshops at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Artisan (Santa Fe) and Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe).
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deiblerTim Deibler

Capturing Summer En Plein Air  |  July 20 – 23, 2016

Tim Deibler has had a life-long passion for art. From his earliest childhood he tried to visually depict the world around him with crayons and paint. After graduating from the Art Institute of Colorado, he worked in the commercial art and video production fields until going full time as a fine artist in 1992. A Signature member of OPA, he has won five Awards of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Show from such distinguished artists as Daniel Gerhartz, Quang Ho, Ramon Kelly and Scott Christensen.  Best known for his stunning portrayal of nature in oil, he loves painting the rugged mountain peaks, desert canyons and the pounding surf. With the success of his teaching videos and  his book Capturing the Seasons in Oils, he has become a popular teacher and workshop instructor. His work has appeared in many books and publications and can be found in many private and corporate collections.
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bruceBruce Gomez

Peerless Pastel Painting  |  July 8 – 10, 2016

Self-taught, Denver-based artist Bruce Gomez has worked solely with pastels for nearly 40 years, and has taught workshops for more than 20 years. His award-winning work hangs in major corporate collections, including Qwest, Time-Warner, Excel, Transamerica and the Federal Reserve Bank. His subject matter reflects extensive travels ranging from Paris and Cortona to Telluride and Sedona. Bruce exhibits locally at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, which has represented his work since 1985.
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halaszKerry Halasz

Adventures in Photography: Capturing the Commotion of a Well-Traveled Life |  July 12 & 13, 2016

Kerry M. Halasz is a photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kerry has worked professionally as a portrait and wedding photographer in the Atlanta for 16 years area and has also been fortunate enough to travel the world with her camera, capturing images as she goes and selling them locally in Santa Fe and on the internet. Kerry’s travel and lifestyle images have been published in the Denver Post, The Boston Globe, National Geographic Traveller India, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Atlanta Jewish Times and in Jezebel and Cosmopolitan Magazines. Kerry has taught travel and child photography classes at the Showcase School in Atlanta.
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jeff-hirstJeff Hirst

Wax and Screen: Combining Techniques for Unique Outcomes  |  July 29 – 31, 2016

Jeff Hirst is a Chicago based artist who has been exhibiting his work since 1987 and has shown extensively across the United States and Europe. Hirst’s work has been shown at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, Butters Gallery in Portland, and Arte Internazionale in Matera, Italy. He has been a recipient of a Minnesota State Artist Intuitive grant. Hirst is the owner of Hirst Printmaking, a print shop and teaching facility in Chicago where research and exploration in experimental print ideas meld encaustic and printmaking. In 2016, he will teach numerous venues including Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee, Cullowhee Mountain Arts in North Carolina, and San Francisco Center for the Book.
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brucieBrucie Holler

Going Out, Going In: A Four-Day Art & Writing Retreat  |  July 25 – 28, 2016

Brucie Holler, a South Carolina native, received a BFA in painting from Florida State University and did graduate work at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. She then moved to Telluride, Colorado and worked for seven years teaching and serving as Director of Exhibitions for the Ah Haa School for the Arts, a non-profit art school. She has studied with a variety of internationally known painters including Richard Smith, Mario Martinez, and Truman Lowe among others and has shown her work in galleries in Florida, South Carolina and Colorado. She moved back to South Carolina in 1997 where she maintains a studio.
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keithKeith Jefferson

Professional Acting for Adults   |  August 5 – 7, 2016
Youth Acting for Ages 7-12   |  August 8 – 10, 2016
Professional Acting for Teens   |  August 8 – 10, 2016

With a BFA in musical theatre and an MFA in acting, Keith Jefferson has an extensive performance background in film, TV and live theatre. He has worked alongside such acting greats as Jamie Foxx, Angela Lansbury, and Danny Glover, and under award-winning directors Quentin Tarantino, Hebert Ross and Charles Haid, among others.  Drawing from his extensive experience teaching similar workshops around the country, Keith will lead his students on a road of artistic discovery.

photo-2-1Sam Levy

Though he is a native Texan, Sam Levy received his BFA from the University of Maryland at College Park and his MFA in Painting from The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Sam paints and draws the figure and landscape from direct perception. He prefers working with the same motif over an extended period of time. In this way he searches for and discovers pathways, forms, and relationships that he couldn’t have known at its outset. His work is an experience in time: a realization of a conversational journey made tangible in paint. The paintings are a sensual experience, both seen and felt.

Sam studied with Bruce Gagnier, John Lees, Stanley Lewis, Graham Nickson and Foon Sham. He moved to New York City in 2003 and worked for the artist Ursula Von Rydingsvard as a sculptor’s assistant. He has traveled and worked in Europe and across the United States. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


yingliYing Li

Telluride Painting School  |  October 3 – 15, 2016

Born in Beijing, China, Ying Li graduated from Anhui Teachers University (1974-77) where she taught 1977-83. She immigrated to the United States in 1983 and received an MFA from Parsons School of Design, NY in 1987. Ying Li is a painter and Professor of Fine Arts at Haverford College. She is known for her highly energetic, on-site landscapes that verge on pure abstraction, yet simultaneously are totally convincing as direct visual experience. Her uncompromising sense of personal vision combined with complete abandon in the possibilities of paint make her work style the epitome of painterliness.

Ying Li lives and works in New York City and Haverford, PA
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mooreShawna Moore

Wax and Screen: Combining Techniques for Unique Outcomes  |  July 29 – 31, 2016

Shawna Moore is an established, professional painter and encaustic artist living in Whitefish, Montana. She exhibits her work nationally in galleries and regional museums. Anchored by the use of color and the immediacy of art making, Moore has spent the past 20 years developing and refining her artistic process and intention. Her art integrates elements of painting and drawing, and reflects both her education in architecture and fine art, and her inventive and experimental nature. In recent years, the ancient method of encaustic painting is Moore’s medium of choice. This unique and dynamic technique incorporates pigmented bee’s wax, which is heated, re-worked, etched and scuffed to achieve dimensional depth. As each layer cools, another can be applied, resulting in a radiant and complex terrain of light, color and texture. Her work is represented locally by Telluride Fine Arts.
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AOBG-bookAnnie O’Brien Gonzales

Bold Expressive Floral Painting  |  August 16-18, 2016

Prior to becoming a full-time professional artist 8 years ago, Annie had a successful career in academics at several universities including the University of Colorado. After many years as a part-time artist, Annie studied painting and art history and realized her dream of becoming a full-time professional painter. Annie is represented by several galleries across the country and recently was honored with a museum acquisition of her work for their permanent collection. Annie has used her academic experience to design and teach painting workshops in her studio, at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Ghost Ranch and other venues across the country. Annie has also had a book on painting published by Northlight Books in January, 2015.
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sussexDeborah Sussex

Explorations in Pastel Painting  |  September 6-8, 2016

I have always been an artist and am proud and fond of this innate desire to create, explore, study, delve into and express myself…artistically.  My work is my own and I am inspired by many people, places and things.  To name a few of each: O’Keeffe, Rembrandt, Bourke-White, the great plains & prairies, the arctic, waterways, innocence, relationships and emotions. As a fourth generation North Dakotan, I have deep family roots and connections to the prairies and plains, which, along with all wide open spaces, have been a source of inspiration to me. As a young teen, my family moved to Minnesota where I fostered a love for the northwoods lake country and, through friends, was introduced to camping and backcountry adventures.

For 23 years I lived in Ely, MN, on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where I owned and operated a photography studio and gallery. In late 2012, my husband and I fulfilled a life long dream to live in the mountains and relocated from the Land of 10,000 Lakes to the stunning and arid Four Corners region. As an active outdoor enthusiast, wilderness traveler, educator, athlete, and arts advocate, I am delighted to call Durango, CO my new home.


kristavabioKrista Harris

Exploring Abstract Painting  |  July 25-27, 2017

Painting is a very physical and sensual process for me, beginning days or weeks before I ever make a mark. Stretching canvases, mixing new colors and mediums, searching for new tools and methods of working. Each step is as integral as the application of paint and mark. I try to keep myself o -balance and my mind at bay for as long as possible. The work needs to be born from a deeper place–somewhere pure and personal…the place where head, heart and hand come together to create a new narrative. I embark on every painting as if it were a journey – a new destination with new languages to be translated, new waters to be crossed…where each mark becomes a direction, each passage of paint like a new vista I’m seeing for the first time. Once the work is underway I try to keep the painting open to all possibilities, deviations and directions – where it’s outcome is not yet known and anything can happen. Getting things wrong is often more exciting than getting things right. Getting lost has surprising outcomes. Working back and forth between organic and architectural elements, patterns and textures, colors that become saturated or atmospheric, tangles of marks that whisper or shout are laid down, discarded, rediscovered and reconsidered. The mystery keeps the work alive for me, and becomes a map of uncharted terrain.

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