Visiting Artists renowned artists teaching this season

deiblerTim Deibler

Painting Dramatic Light in the Landscape  |  March 17 – 19, 2017

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

Luminous Winter Landscapes  |  March 3 – 5, 2017

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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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.

jeff-hirstJeff Hirst

Wax and Screen

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

Working in Series

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
Youth Acting for Ages 7-12
Professional Acting for Teens

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.

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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AOBG-bookAnnie O’Brien Gonzales

Bold Expressive Floral Painting

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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Lisa-PressmanLisa Pressman

Expanding Your Vision with Oil and Cold Wax  |  August 8 – 11, 2017

Lisa Pressman creates paintings that draw upon an exploration of the unknown. The work invites a deep, visceral response that evolves over time; the paintings have a life of their own. Lisa has a BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and an MFA from Bard College. Her work is exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is included in many public and private collections. Her paintings were featured in a solo exhibition at The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA in the fall of 2013; and also in group shows, including: Noctures, curated by Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D. Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ; and Shape Shifting, Susan Eley Fine Art, and ”Infused” at Butters Gallery, Portland Oregon. Lisa  lives in West Orange, NJ and currently is teaching around the country including the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ; Penland School of Art, Penland, NC; and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
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sussexDeborah Sussex

Visual Exploration: Photographing Beyond Barriers

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.

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