The Art Center of Estes Park was established in 1987 and offers an extensive collection of fine art including painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, and woodworking. In addition, we present opportunities for education in the visual arts, and act as an advocate and partner for community arts development.
This was the vision of several local artists, many of whom are still participating members. We are dedicated to education and excellence in the visual arts, and is operated through artist and community volunteers, membership, sales, and donations. Our mission is to provide a facility that supports and promotes regional artists; to present opportunities for education in the visual arts, and to act as an advocate and partner for community arts development.
The Center now represents local and regional artists from across the Rocky Mountain area. We feature the high-quality artwork of 40 local Colorado artists in a broad selection of media. Whether you’re searching for a large piece of fine art or photography to enhance your home, or the perfect gift of jewelry, fiber, pottery, or a notecard for a friend, we have it.
We feature a new exhibit approximately every six weeks, opened by a public reception featuring refreshments and entertainment. We invite you to come and view these fine artists' work and to shop for additions to your home or business collections.
I have been in love with art for as long as I can remember. As a young child, the highlight of returning to school each fall was a new box of Crayola crayons, paper, scissors and glue. I enjoyed endless hours of drawing and experimenting with color. In high school I enjoyed many elective art classes as well as my required classes. My interest in French Impressionists began during these years; their use of color was so unique, loose, and imaginative.
My career centered around children of all ages. I taught school for several years and then attended graduate school to become a licensed counselor. I worked for the Thompson School District in Loveland, CO as a counselor at both the elementary and high school levels. Being a counselor to children and teens was an honor and privilege for me and I enjoyed it immensely.
After retirement I began taking watercolor classes and my interest in art was rekindled. I have also worked in acrylic and pastel, but I always return to watercolor because of its magical, fluid, and challenging qualities. I am drawn to all forms of nature. I paint landscapes, including waterfalls, and have recently enjoyed getting up close and personal with natural patterns and shapes in rocks, frost, flowers, and wood. These subjects provide opportunities for me to be very bold with color and to take advantage of the natural transparent qualities of watercolor to paint with beautiful color gradations. I use multiple layers of glazing to achieve pure, intense color. For me, painting is very exciting, challenging, and satisfying.
Awards and Recognition
2013 Thompson Valley Art League Fall Festival Fine Arts Show 2nd Place.
2014 Thompson Valley Art League Fall Festival Fine Arts Show 1st Place.
2014 Thompson Valley Art League Fall Festival Fine Arts Show 2nd Place.
2014 Feature artist article by Kenneth Jessen in The Loveland Reporter Herald.
2017 New Trends Exhibit, Colorado Watercolor Society Merit Award.
2018 Signature Member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, awarded after being juried into three different Colorado Watercolor Society Exhibitions.