“HIGH POINT” arrives in Telluride, Colorado just in time for the 38th annual Telluride Jazz Festival. http://telluridejazz.org
“Dancer,” and “Who’s Got the Blues” were both inspired for this Telluride venue. The paintings will be debuted at Mélange Gallery, 109 W. Colorado.
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“High Point,” features the equine artwork of Cheri Isgreen and Barbara Haynie. This year-long traveling art show visits Mélange in Telluride during the month of August. The show opens Friday, August 1st just in time for Jazz Fest. An opening reception is slated for Thursday, August 7th during the Telluride Art Walk. Isgreen and Haynie will show their equine inspired watercolors, acrylics, and found objects sculpture. In keeping with the Chinese Year of the Horse, the community is invited to create their own works with an installation of Chinese brush painting and origami horses during the reception. Hours are 5-8 PM.
Both Isgreen and Haynie are life-long equestrians, passionate about their horses. Though Isgreen works in watercolor and Haynie in acrylic, both artists love bold color, using unusual color mixtures to convey power, energy, and nobility of the horse. Defined as contemporary western art, both artists work loosely to suggest ideas and imagery, while maintaining fidelity to equine anatomy. “I see my paintings as somewhat narrative, yet I strive for a sense of mystery. Mystery engages my viewers, giving them a way to connect. I never tell the whole story. Instead I give my viewers a suggestion, allowing them to fill in the gaps from their own experiences,” states Isgreen. With the show opening during the Jazz Festival weekend, Isgreen, a jazz aficionado, has created two new jazz-inspired works. “Dancer” expresses the high energy joy that jazz stimulates. “Who’s Got da Blues” is reminiscent of the blues clubs atmosphere she experienced during her young adult years in Chicago. “High Point” captivates art and horse lovers of all disciplines, delighting them with a variety of imagery.
Mélange Telluride, 109 W Colorado is an art & design boutique and artist studio run by working artists. It is a space for creation and to generate revenue for local and Colorado artists. Cheri resides in Montrose. Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout Colorado. Barb, a Fort Collins artist has exhibited both regionally and in Colorado. “We are very excited to share our art with Telluride in August. Mélange is a dynamic space to show art!” expressed Isgreen.
Mélange can be found at http://telluridearts.org/melange/