Opening of a new exhibition
âBill Fritz and his Daughter Sandyâ featuring member artist Bill Fritz and his oil paintings sharing the exhibit with the acrylic works of his daughter Sandy.
Bill Fritz, originally from Mitchell, South Dakota, and his wife, Dana, moved to Estes Park 24 years ago when he retired from a career as executive art director and creative director for a large national advertising agency. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. After graduating, Bill returned to the Midwest working at agencies in Minneapolis and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, winning awards in print and television advertising. After moving to Estes Park, Bill’s interest shifted from photography to oil painting. His work was accepted in the jury exhibition “Lines into Shapes” where he won first place, oil painting, in 2012. He won the Best of Show award and honorable mention at the Fall Show annual Cultural Arts Center.
Sandy Fritz is a fun art artist. She is self-taught and participates in the courses of other artists. Learning new things is essential to stay inspired. She creates her art as a collection of mixed media including alcohol inks, watercolors, textures, papers, graffiti, acrylic and oil paints, metals and all that. that adds the fun touch that the artwork needs. The multi-step process used in the creation of his art is what appears on the canvas full of life and movement.
His work has won prizes along the way. Gilbert Visual Art League awarded his mixed media work “Orbit” 2nd place for mixed media in 2010. The town of Greeley, Colorado, awarded him “Holy Cow” with the purchase to be part of their art in public places in 2013. Lincoln Gallery Sweetheart Show in Loveland, CO, awarded him 2nd place for mixed media in 2014 for âLove Notesâ.
âMy art is whimsical a bit like me. I like to laugh. My art expresses my way of seeing the world; full of life, colors and emotions. My art shows that it’s the little things that become a bigger picture, which in turn makes the world go round. Enjoy.”
The public is invited to attend the opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. It also coincides with the first Art Groove Friday. A door prize of a hand-woven scarf donated by Chris Switzer is offered and the public can enter their name between 5 p.m. on October 1 and 5 p.m. on October 4, at which time a name will be drawn and the winner notified.
Also on display in the gallery are the exceptional works of other artists who are members of the Art Center, including other works in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, jewelry, ceramic, charcoal, graphite, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed media.
The art center is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 5, when we will switch to our winter hours of Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Winner of the Estes Valley Plein Air Audience Award
The public was invited to vote for their favorite entry in the exhibit throughout the show. Over 200 people attended and with all the votes counted, âFor the Beauty of the Earthâ by Jennifer Cline won this honor. Congratulations Jennifer.
Upcoming art classes
“Model” with Cathy Goodale (Oils or watercolor), October 20 – Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art Center members: $ 72. Non-members: $ 80.
We will have a living model for the day. Most of the morning will be devoted to the design of the model. We will share the cost of the model. Bring all your equipment / supplies.
“Animals” with Cathy Goodale (Oils or watercolor), November 10 – Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art Center members: $ 72. Non-members: $ 80.
Animals are the topic of the day and find a creative way to present them to the viewer. Bring your own animal photos, and Cathy will too. Bring all your equipment / supplies.
“Christmas Surprise” with Cathy Goodale (Oils or watercolor) December 1 – Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art Center members: $ 72. Non-members: $ 80.
Cathy will prepare lunch. Bring all your equipment / supplies.
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