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February 14 & 15, 2014
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.
Carrie Kaser grew up in Western Colorado and has lived in Rhode Island, New York, New Mexico, and American Samoa. She studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and has a bachelor’s degree in printmaking from the University of New Mexico. She studied lithography at the Tamarind Institute and completed a master’s degree in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo. Her artwork is grounded in her love of drawing and narrative, and her recent work explores ideas related to technology, media, and the changing perception of time, while also addressing the stillness and beauty of the natural world, untouched by human technology and infrastructure.
Carrie’s work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Mouseprint Gallery in Montreal, and recently, the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. She has taught classes for adults and children since 2004 and currently teaches in the Printmaking Area at the University of New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband, dog, and two cats.
In addition to her adult drawing and painting classes, Carrie will be teaching a number of Ah Haa’s youth classes this summer. To learn more about Carrie, visit her website.
August 15 – 18, 2014
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.
August 1 – 4, 2014
“I am captivated by light, and my interest in light is on equal terms with the content of a painting.” Strand pulls the extraordinary out of the ordinary through the use of light and color. Assembling multi-layered surfaces in a rich complexity of form and color, her paintings appear to emanate light from within.
A native of Colorado now residing in California, Strand has been exhibiting professionally as an artist for over 30 years. Influenced early in life by an artistic mother and a heritage of artistic relatives, her childhood was a creative mix ranging from art projects to professional puppet shows.
As a result of extensive travels while a young adult, Strand recognized a need to portray her view of the world through art. Her subjects became the familiar people and objects she carefully observed in the business of living – a man reading a morning newspaper; light falling across a bowl of eggs; groups of people waiting, working, playing – slices of life.
Strand was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, the highest commendation of the Pastel Society of America, NY. She is the recipient of numerous top awards, including the PSA Master Pastelist distinction, and most recently the Master IAPS Circle Honor. Her solo exhibitions in galleries and museums include a 2006 one-person retrospective of pastel and oil paintings at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California.
Widely published in books and magazines internationally, her work is also represented in many corporate and private collections. Strand studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design in New York. She earned a BFA degree from the University of Denver. Strand teaches workshops and master classes around the country.
Read more about the Visiting Artist program at Telluride Inside… and Out.