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Artist Information for Women Artists and Poets: A Collaboration

Annalee Schorr | Lynda La Rocca

Artist Bio

Annalee Schorr: Usually optical and kinetic and sometimes political, my artwork always centers on pattern, geometry and grids. Use of unusual materials is one constant in my artwork: duct tape, plexiglas, saran wrap and emergency blankets, as well as more traditional mediums. Often my shows are installed as a single unit, treating the entire gallery as a blank canvas.

My paintings on emergency blankets are based on warmth-giving textiles — serapes, blankets, quilts. The paintings are meant to remind us of the basic human need for warmth. Emergency blankets are used in dire situations — at border crossings by refugees and immigrants, by survivors of fires and floods, by homeless people.

I have no formal art education or degrees. My first solo show was at Denver’s Brena Galley in 1978, and I have been painting full-time ever since. Over the years extensive travel — 48 countries so far — has always been art related. My work is greatly influenced by Guatemalan and Peruvian textiles, early Navajo rugs, and Moorish tile work.

As a member of Spark Gallery, I have had yearly solo shows there since 1985. Other solo exhibits include Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, OZ Architecture, Gensler & Associates, and Stables Gallery in Taos NM. I have participated in group shows in Denver at Ironton Gallery, Pattern Shop Studio, Art Gym, Metropolitan State University’s Center for the Visual Arts, Republic Plaza; and at the Arvada Center, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Western Center for the Arts in Grand Junction.

Collectors include the Denver Art Museum, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Southern Utah State University, and such corporations as Spectrum Communications, Jackson National Insurance, Quest, and Jones Intercable.

Poet Bio

Born in New York City, Lynda La Rocca is a freelance writer, poet, and long-time Colorado resident who has also worked as a community-college teaching assistant, newspaper copy editor, and municipal and general-assignment reporter for New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press

Lynda’s four poetry collections include The Stillness Between (2009, Pudding House Publications, Ohio), Spiral (2012, Liquid Light Press, Colorado), and Unbroken, which was just published by Kelsay Books in March 2023.  Her individual poems have appeared in numerous state and national poetry-society anthologies along with such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Quarterly, Frogpond (Haiku Society of America), The Colorado Sun, and Colorado Life Magazine.

She was the first-place winner in the poetry category of the 2020 Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, an arts outreach program of the National League of American Pen Women, and a “Top-Four” winner in the 2021 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest.

Since 2004, Lynda has been a member of the River City Nomads, a performance-poetry troupe based in Salida, Colorado, where she lives with her husband, writer-photographer Steve Voynick.

Jane Guthridge | Toni Lefton

Artist Bio

Jane Guthridge is a Colorado artist known for her work in a variety of translucent materials exploring the transformative effects of light and nature. Her move from the midwest to the abundant sunlight of Colorado inspires her work.

Ms. Guthridge has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally. In 2019 she had a solo exhibition “Play of Light” at the Littleton Museum and her work was included in “Colorado Abstract + 10” at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. She was honored by being selected for the Artists in Embassies program and being featured in “Five Artists to Collect Now” by 5280 Home magazine. Her installation “Reflected Light” was exhibited in 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts in“Colorado Women in Abstraction”, curated by Michael Paglia, art critic and author of several books on abstraction. She was awarded artist residencies at Breckenridge Creative Arts, Jentel Artist Residency, RMCAD and Buinho in Portugal. In 2008 she was honored as the “Artist of Recognition” by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, and with the generous sponsorship of The Kittredge Foundation she represented the United States in “The International Biennale of Contemporary Art” in Florence, Italy in 2003 and 2005.

Her work is contained in the collections of Charles Schwab, Colorado State Bank and Trust, First National Bank of Colorado, Four Seasons, Kaiser Permanente, Littleton Museum, PNC Bank, Raymond James, Texas State University, Wells Fargo and the U.S. Department of State, among others.

Poet Bio

Toni Lefton is the Assistant Provost for Signature Student Experience, Dean of Honors and Scholars, and a Professor of Creative Writing, Literature, and Interdisciplinary Honors at the Colorado School of Mines. Toni has also been the advisor for High Grade, Mines award-winning arts journal since 2000, and it is a labor of love to work with students to bring this publication to fruition every year. In addition, she is an active member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the NCHC Faculty Institute which develops experiential, place-based and arts-based programs for students and educators. Toni is involved in national STEM to STEAM initiatives with the National Endowment for the Arts and National Science Foundation and is a contributor to the National Academy of Engineering Online Ethics Center.

In her other life, Toni is a published poet and writer. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Narrative, The Crab Orchard Review, Kalliope, The Sun Dog, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Kudzu, Thin Air, Ellipses, on National Public Radio and Ms. Magazine, among others. Her first book, Everyday Crimes won the Anhinga Prize, and she has been a finalist for a Pushcart and the Emily Dickinson Prize in Poetry. Toni believes now, more than ever, that the arts are a necessary component for a rich, and fulfilling life, to connect with others, enacting empathy and understanding in our rapidly changing, complex world. Through the various intersections of disciplinary integration, the arts may very well help us all be better humans in the end.

Kathryn D. Hart | Amy Irish

Artist Bio

Kathryn Hart plumbs the depths of love, loss, and the threshold of transformation. Themes manifest in airy hanging sculpture, installation, photography, and monoprints incorporating a personal diary of objects and symbols. Shadow, light, and reflection expand and distill the artwork’s presence.

Recent solo shows include Cultural Department of Gandia, Spain; European Cultural Centre, coinciding with the 58th Venice Biennale; Polytechnika Krakowska, Krakow; School of Visual Arts, NY, NY; Galeria SD Szucha 8, Warsaw; Andre Zarre, NY, NY; Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY; and New Century Artists, NY, NY.

Select group venues include the Ateneo de Madrid; Chelsea Art Museum, NY, NY; Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo; Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo; Novi Hram Gallery, Sarajevo; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; M. David & Co., Brooklyn, NY; Archeological Museum, Gandia, Spain; Dar Al-Kalima Gallery, Bethlehem, Palestine; Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales; Art Spot Korin, Kyoto, Japan; Galerie Arytmia, Krakow, PL; and Nevada Museum of Art + Environment, Museum of the Invisible, Bogota’, Colombia.

Hart exhibits in and supports humanitarian projects worldwide. Sponsorships span Ajuntament de Gandia, European Cultural Center, European Cultural Academy, Council of Europe, the Ministries of Art and Culture of France and Poland, and the US Embassies. Hart has received awards from the United Nations, among others. The artist and her work have been critically featured in media and public TV (USA and Spain).

Hart holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Texas (Arlington). She has worked extensively with Guggenheim Fellows Judy Pfaff and Michael David in recent years. Through USA and European programs, she has studied with other esteemed artists, writers, critics, and curators.

Select public collections include Cultura Gandia, SP; Nevada Museum of Art + Environment; Myslenice Cultural Center, Poland; University of Texas at Austin; and Galeria 33, Ostrow, PL. Prior to her full-time studio practice, the artist had a long career in international medical research focusing on organ and tissue transplantation in the latter years.

Hart lives in a red rock canyon adjacent to a Colorado national forest and primarily works in a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. Enveloped by ever-changing nature, a mighty rock amphitheater and the ingenious studio structure of triangles in floating compression provide a unique environment for the artist to create her works that delve into a continuous state of suspension.

Kathryn Hart is affiliated with A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, and Artnauts Art Collective.

Poet Bio

Amy Wray Irish grew up in Oak Park, Illinois (home to Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway). Raised on regular visits to The Art Institute of Chicago, she developed a passion for writing about art. Irish received her MFA from the University of Notre Dame and now lives in the foothills of Colorado with her family. Irish has four chapbooks, two of them contest winners—her 2020 book Breathing Fire was greatly influenced by Denver artist Madeleine Dodge and her metalwork “Rust” series. To read more of her writing, go to

Karen Scharer | Lynne Brescia

Artist Bio

Karen Scharer’s work reflects decades of art study, and a perspective enriched by travel, studies in natural resource management, and a 17-year career in technology. During her 36-year successful painting practice, Scharer’s work has transitioned from realism to abstraction, and from watercolor to acrylic to oil, a medium which has now completely captured her focus and passion.

Scharer’s large, colorful paintings have been featured in dozens of solo and group shows and received many awards. Her work is represented in galleries across the US, and is included in hundreds of public, private, and corporate collections.

Karen Scharer is based in Pueblo West, Colorado where her home and studio sit beneath dramatic skies just minutes from the beautiful Arkansas River, and a short drive from some of Colorado’s most spectacular mountain peaks. The stunning and varied Colorado landscape is a constant source of inspiration for her intuitive painting approach.

Poet Bio

Lynne Brescia is a Denver-based poet who began writing in 2005. To bring clearer meaning to the world she came from and the one she grew into, her writing tends toward simple poems that illustrate aspects of personal relationships. Her work has appeared in “The Lyric,” “California Quarterly,” “Capper’s,” and “New River Poets Awards.” She participated in four “Fusion” poetry and art shows, and in “Poetic Synthesis” at The Lowry Gallery, in which she was paired with a ceramic artist. Lynne is a member of ArtGym Denver. “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Susan Taylor | Megan E. Freeman

Artist Bio

Susan Taylor was born in California, reared in Texas and has spent most of her adult life in Colorado. She has a BFA in art from the University of Oklahoma, and has a year post-graduate in painting and art history. She has studied at the Art Students’ League in Denver, and was the recipient of Best of Show during an annual exhibition.

She was a co-owner of Enso Gallery in the art district on Santa Fe in Denver. On her website, you can find examples of her work, artist statement, list of shows and exhibitions.

Poet Bio

Megan E. Freeman attended an elementary school where poets visited her classroom every week to teach poetry, and she has been a writer ever since. Her bestselling novel in verse, ALONE, won the Colorado Book Award, the Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont children’s book awards, is an NCTE Notable Verse Novel, and is included on over two dozen “best of” and state reading lists. Megan is also a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, and her poetry chapbook, Lessons on Sleeping Alone, was published by Liquid Light Press.

An award-winning teacher with decades of classroom experience, Megan taught multiple subjects across the arts and humanities to students K-16, and she is nationally recognized for presenting workshops and speaking to audiences across the country. She studied theater and dramatic literature for many years, earning degrees from Occidental College and the Ohio State University.

Megan is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Northern Colorado Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Columbine Poets of Colorado, and Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She is an Impact on Education Award winner, a fellow with the Colorado State University Writing Project, a Fund for Teachers fellow, and a member of the Colorado Poets Center. She used to live in northeast Los Angeles, central Ohio, northern Norway, and on Caribbean cruise ships. Now she lives in northern Colorado. Learn more at her website.

Deidre Adams | Meghan Howes

Artist Bio

Colorado artist Deidre Adams works with paint, textiles, paper, and found objects. She spends her days obsessively building up marks, scribbles, stitches, scratches, and tears into densely layered surfaces. She is also a photographer, primarily drawn to textures and surfaces bearing the markings of weather and other external forces. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Adams is influenced by the light and color of the southwestern landscape and its beautiful but unforgiving environment. Effects of time and transformation are a recurring theme in her abstract paintings and textile work, which focus on the exploration of shape, color, texture, and mark-making.

Adams holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colo.) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems & Management Science and an Associate of Science in graphic design. Her work has been shown extensively in juried and invitational exhibitions and gallery shows. She is represented in private, public, and corporate collections, including the Wichita (Kansas) Center for the Arts, the Ritz-Carlton Highlands resort in Lake Tahoe, California, Metro State University in Denver, as well as numerous corporate offices, libraries, and health care facilities.

Poet Bio

Meghan Howes received her MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) from the University of Montana in 1997. She then spent close to 19 years working for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was named assistant dean of communications in 2011. After a stint in the beer industry, Meghan started her own communications business, Howes Copy & Creative, with a focus on brand strategy, content creation, copywriting and copy editing. These days you can also find her slinging whiskey for Denver-based Laws Whiskey House, where she serves as brand ambassador and tour guide.

Deborah Jang | Nicole Todd

Artist Bio

Deborah Jang practices the arts of assemblage sculpture and poetry. Based in Denver, Colorado, her sculptural work has been exhibited in galleries, community spaces, and can be found in corporate and private collections regionally and nationally. She has published two books of poetry: Float True (Shanti Arts LLC, March 2020) and Last Will and Best Guesses (Finishing Line Press, September 2022).

Artist Bio

The first time Nicole Todd wrote a poem her 3rd grade teacher thought she had copied it from a book. It took a while before she had the confidence to explore writing again, but eventually she found her way back. Nicole has been trying to understand her human experiences through writing for almost 4 decades. Most of her writing is for private consumption but occasionally she gets brave enough to share it with the world. She is currently working on a children’s book. She has the incredible privilege of spending her days with her partner, her 2 magical children, and their sweet pup Velvet. When she is not writing or parenting, she is often behind the lens capturing fleeting moments she hopes to remember forever. You can find her photos and reflections on life through Instagram @nictoddphoto.

Susan M. Gibbons | Julie Cummings

Artist Bio

Susan M. Gibbons is a fine artist who resides and works in the Denver Metro area.

Her work has been exhibited in various galleries in Colorado, the Fluxface in Space in Ft. Worth, TX, and collected internationally with the Book About Death at the Brasilian Museum of Sculpture (MUBE) in San Paulo, Brasil. Her work is also within private collections. Susan’s work has been included in publications such as Fusion IV and V, Christianity and the Arts, Mars Hill Review, First Fruits – A Compilation of Art, and Edge of Faith Magazine. She was awarded residency at the Jentel Foundation in Fall – 2022, in Banner, Wyoming. Susan is currently represented through Space Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

Susan works with the acrylic, oil and cold wax, as well as with encaustic (pigmented bee’s wax), fiber, graphite, pastel, ink, and mixed media. She also has started making her own acrylic paints out of dirt and rocks.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Azusa Pacific University. Susan has taught as an adjunct instructor at the Community Colleges of Aurora, Denver and at Lamar Community College. She currently teaches out of her studio to adults and children.

Susan enjoys her time with her husband, children and grandchildren when not painting.

Poet Bio

Recently retired from teaching middle school, Julie Cummings is spending her time between two residences, Conifer and Frederick. She is known for her contributions to the literary world through many facets. In addition to being the Immediate Past President of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and current President of Columbine Poets of Colorado, Ms. Cummings also facilitates and conducts workshops on various writing topics on a regular basis; she also hosts a monthly poetry open mic on Zoom. Ms. Cummings has been the featured poet at several poetry gatherings throughout Colorado and across the United States, such as Woodtick Poetry Festival in Minnesota and Crestone Poetry Festival in Crestone, Colorado. She was also selected to deliver the keynote address for the Poetry of Society of Texas’ 100th anniversary in 2021. Ms. Cummings’ poems have been published in several anthologies and websites over the course of the past several years. Her book of poetry, Ride of My Life, is available on Amazon and direct purchase from the poet. She has a self-published CD, Be Heard, available. She believes there is a poem somewhere that touches each person, it just has to find them.

Judy Campbell | Veronica Patterson

Artist Bio

Judy Campbell: I have painted most of my adult life. I graduated from University of Wisconsin with a BFA in fine art where I discovered my love of abstract painting. I also took many art history courses as well. After my graduation I moved to Colorado where I have lived ever since.

For many years I have been doing abstract work, usually in a large format. For a short time, I experimented with representational paintings but I found that I quickly became bored, no matter what the subject was. I soon returned to abstraction and have been happily painting ever since. My paintings are now about three things: texture, color, and composition. I am never bored, sometimes “stuck” or “frustrated” but never bored.

Poet Bio

Veronica Patterson’s poetry collections include How to Make a Terrarium (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1987), Swan, What Shores? (NYU Press Poetry Prize, 2000), Thresh & Hold (Gell Poetry Prize, 2009), & it had rained (CW Books, 2013), Sudden White Fan (Cherry Grove, 2018), and two chapbooks: This Is the Strange Part (2002) and Maneuvers: Battle of the Little Bighorn Poems (2013). Honors include Pushcart nominations, Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily publications, and Colorado Council on the Arts grants. Patterson graduated from Cornell University, the University of Michigan, the University of Northern Colorado, and Warren Wilson (MFA Poetry).

Karen Z. Haynes | Lauren Sabel Barnard

Artist Bio

Karen Z Haynes: Generally my work is a fusion of representational and abstract imagery. Through still life subjects my paintings explore the juxtaposition of permanence and impermanence, fragility and strength, the resilience of hope. The piece for this exhibit reflects a newer direction artistically as it takes a deeper dive into non objective work and changes medium using mixed media (acrylic, collage and assorted drawing media) rather than oil.

I am a Denver native and received a BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I took the long way around to develop my art but have been exhibiting for about twenty five years. My work is currently shown in Santa Fe, NM and Boston, MA. I continue to live and work in Denver. My website is and my instagram is under the account karenzhaynesstudio.

Poet Bio

Lauren Sabel lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Tyler and their two darling children. She loves writing children’s books, traveling to unique places, spending endless hours with the people she loves (including her inspiring parents), and unschooling her two amazing kids, Alex and Ollie. For Lauren, writing poetry feels like breathing.

Carol Warzel | Ellen Metrick

Artist Bio

Carol Warzel: Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, I have drawn, painted, and created for as long as I can remember. Taking private drawing and painting lessons in grade school, was the start to a classical training in art; delving into composition, value, color mixing and learning to see and observe everything around me. Hoping for a more secure future for me, my parents encouraged me to study Commercial Art in college. While attending college, I also took private lessons in portrait drawing and anatomy, still vacillating towards fine art. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to study with amazing painters, sculptors and ceramicists throughout my life, exploring different periods of art, techniques and mediums. Currently, I feel very honored to work at Durst Studio in Denver, with a handful of talented, successful and professional ceramic artists. I have learned so much from all of them; especially from my mentors, Peter Durst and Joan Walker.

Artist Statement: For me, it is all about nature. Every living thing on this planet fascinates me and it comes through in my projects. My High-end Design bowls are an infusion of ancient universal symbols (some of my own) from different cultures that connect us all; while attempting to combine the old with the new, through design and finishes. They become an “Objet d’art” to display as a treasure.

Poet Bio

Poet and freelance arts and culture journalist Ellen Metrick writes from a high desert mesa on the Colorado Plateau. She was the second poet laureate for San Miguel County, has her MA in Versecraft from Western State Colorado University, and became a fully baptized umbraphile when she basked in the path of totality of the 2017 solar eclipse in the Wind River Valley, Wyoming. Ellen has two poetry books – Poetisattva and Teasing out the Divine – and is working on a fiction project. Her journalism pieces can be read here and she can be contacted by email at

Carlene Frances | Kathleen Willard

Artist Bio

Carlene Frances‘ canvas is a field of color, continuously in play from edge to edge, rather than organized in terms of figure/ground relationships. Her work seeks to explore non-objective lie, circles and the relationship between color and content. She holds a BFA in painting and drawing from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving to Colorado in 1974 where she currently resides. Frances has been exhibiting professionally since 1997; her work has been featured in major national and international exhibitions, such as Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville, TN, Civic Gallery at Azamino, Yokohama, Japan, Nagasaki Art Museum, International Exhibit, Nagasaki, Japan, Riverside Art Museum, CA. Palazzo della Provinic, Frosinone, Italy, Oceanside Museum of Art, CA., Chelsea Art Museum in New York, NY, and others. She has curated five “Fusion” exhibits, a collaboration of artists and poets, juried exhibits throughout Colorado. Frances is currently represented by Space Gallery, Denver, CO and Globe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM.

Artist Statement: My paintings draw from the powerful Asian aesthetic that lives in me, a striving for serenity in a world inundated by input; conscious acts of eliminating the unnecessary so the necessary may speak. It’s said that my work seems to glow with inner light. That isn’t accidental; Each piece grows from as many as 15-30 layers of transparent oil glazes that give the surface a muted luminosity and depth. In the deceptively limited palette- In the freeing choices of monochrome- we cast off the excuses of color and resist the urge to wrestle vibrancy onto canvas. In doing so, we discover a muted thing that lives deeper in the soul.

This is the principle of Shunyata; of dwelling in emptiness. To me, this quiet, immersive energy creates an anti-angst; a seductive, visceral breath. Within those still waters, shapes, circles and gestural graphite lines create a harmony of opposites that delivers us into an image without a beginning or end. In the end view, this benevolent softness becomes a relinquishing of control by painter and viewer alike; one that lets us interact with the work in any way we want, with no strings attached. From the immersion in light and the depth beyond the strict boundaries of canvas, comes a particular state of grace: a transcendency that renews itself endlessly in the eye, and challenges our idea of what a painting can be.

Poet Bio

Kathleen Willard’s first publication was in her high school literary magazine, Beverwyck and she has not stopped writing since her poetry debut. Public school teacher and poetry event organizer, Willard’s two books are available at

Cirque & Sky is a series of pastorals and anti-pastorals set in the Rocky Mountain West, and This Incendiary Season documents both her travels to India on a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship and her anxiety as her mother battled cancer an ocean away during her trip. In the face of her mother’s grave illness, Willard was going to decline the opportunity to travel and study in India, but her mother insisted, “Go, you must go.”

Willard works as a community organizer curating poetry events in Fort Collins and has hosted Writing Parties at the Museum of Art Fort Collins, a poetry writing installation called the Poetry Café at the Loveland Museum, a poetry/origami writing booth at the Loveland Corn Roast, in addition to readings at the Rocky Mountain National Park, Museum of Discovery Planetarium, Wolverine Farm Letterpress, Bas Bleu Theatre, Art Lab, GRRLS Scrap Back Fundraiser for Club Q, Music District in Fort Collins, Gallery R Boulder and Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.

She attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, twice, the Disquiet International Literary Festival in Lisbon, and was awarded artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center twice and at the Breckenridge Creative Arts Artist-in-Residence Program. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to study the New England Renaissance and travel to New England, where she fell in love with the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Many of her poems have been published in anthologies and literary magazines. Three of her poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

In 2023, Willard will publish two new books of poetry. The Next Noise Is Our Hearts, by Middle Creek Publishing, is a call to combat climate change through innovation and regeneration, and Electric Grace, by Lune Press, which shares her love of St. Francis of Assisi.

Artist Statement

Encountering the paintings of Carlene Francis is like walking into an undiscovered ecosystem. Her paintings create an inner calm and pull you close to her canvases to observe and see and explore. I could not glance-and-go to the next painting when I visited her studio. Each painting compelled me to slow down and look carefully at her intricate brush work, her gestures, her marks, the colors she employs and marvel at her unique techniques with paint.

I slowed down and experienced serenity and was transported to a series of 19th Century transcendental moments articulated by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“The Great Horned Owl Diary” documents my daily visits to a great horned owl nest in my neighborhood from March to May and watch the process of a family owls raising their three owlets.

Tina Suszynski | Deborah Jang

Artist Bio

Tina Suszynski: Art and nature have been dominant forces in my life from a very young age. First in my childhood home on a barrier island where I spent many years working with a local artist and soaking in the beauty of my seaside community, then in the big city of Chicago where I started working in clay in 1990 in search of respite from my day job at the top of the Sears Tower, and now, while immersed in the vast allure of the West. I have been fascinated with watching people interact, or fail to interact, build communities, or tear them down. I often hear the words from the Joni Michell song, “Yellow Taxi”, play in my head as I observe a world where people flock to see trees in a tree museum because they paved paradise to put up a parking lot. My art practice speaks to my fascination with the dominion nature wields over our planet and the chaos that ensues as we try to tame it.

Tina’s Website

Poet Bio

Deborah Jang practices the arts of assemblage sculpture and poetry. Based in Denver, Colorado, her sculptural work has been exhibited in galleries, community spaces, and can be found in corporate and private collections regionally and nationally. She has published two books of poetry: Float True (Shanti Arts LLC, March 2020) and Last Will and Best Guesses (Finishing Line Press, September 2022).

Monica Jacobs | Wenli Dickinson

Artist Bio

Monica Jacobs: Bachelor of Fine Arts earned from the University of Wyoming – emphasizing in Printmaking and Art History.

Exhibiting in varied group, solo and juried shows across the nation and internationally.  The regions exhibiting most frequently on a regular basis are parts of Bulgaria, Mexico, Denmark, Spain, France, UK, Oregon, Wyoming and Colorado, to name a few.

The typical style used in the artwork is done through a mingling of different printmaking methods, such as Etching, Monoprint and Linocuts, all combined or singularly used to create art pieces with multiple facets of color, techniques, depth of levels, even adding seriousness or whimsy.

Usually all art pieces are created with an intent to be one of a kind, though sometimes the same plate or iconographic image is incorporated into other pieces.

Poet Bio

Wenli Dickinson is a water resources engineer with the Colorado Division of Water Resources.  She studied environmental engineering and hydrology at the Colorado School of Mines. She grew up in Colorado and enjoys poetry, hiking and climbing, poetry, tutoring students in her spare time, and also poetry.  Her work has been featured at the Foothills Art Center in Golden as well as nominated for the Pushcart Prize.