by Bill Knowles
WALSENBURG — Attracting around 127 visitors, the Museum of Friends’ new exhibit, “Earth Remember II,” presented an exhibit of art that showed the eclectic thoughts and feelings of 44 artists. Many of the artists are known nationally, and many are better known regionally.
The engaging exhibit attracted visitors from across the Raton Basin region, including Aguilar, Trinidad, La Veta, Gardner, Libre, and Walsenburg, and from as far away as Pueblo, Denver, and even one guest from Oregon who had heard about the opening. One noted guest was Huerfano County Commissioner Gerald Cisneros.
Among the regional artists on display are P.D. Garrett, with a piece titled “The Blue Tree,” and the Apishipa Valley Artist Collaborative (AVA) whose piece called “Unnatural Entropy.” Unnatural Entropy is a mixed media piece of stunning impact that speaks to the damage caused by the industrialization of the planet.
Also on view was work by local artist Jean M. Jones, whose photography ventures into the surreal, through the use of computer assisted methods, bending light and enhancing colors. Her most mystical piece ,“The Druid’s Cape,” is a play on light and shadow that both captivates and excites.
Other artists on display have already found a home in the permanent collection housed by the Museum of Friends in the upstairs collection. Their work was moved downstairs for the show because they had contributing statements to the idea of the show. Work by Richard Mock, who was the curator and a sponsor for the first “Earth Remembered” show held in 1989 at the Hook Gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, was on display along with a piece by Parvis Kalantari.
The food was catered by Karen Wilson, owner of the La Plaza Inn Restaurant in downtown Walsenburg. Her two chefs, Tim Alfrey and Arttie, created an appealing selection of food that spoke to the art of food preparation found in the southern Colorado area. It was beautifully presented and delicious.
The show will remain on view until June 18, and is open from Tuesday through Saturday, noon until 5 pm in the downstairs display area accessible from the Main Street entrance.