Had an amazing experience of camaraderie, artistic instruction in process and development of painting, along with observance of individual processes both unlike and similar to my own. Dialogue both verbal and non-verbal that enriched my artistic touch and experience, something new and invigorating to share through my paintings. Passion, reverence to gesture and pure color, pure materials, spontaneous process and push/pull towards a finished end-work. Thanks to Krista Harris and the fantastic group of career artists she amassed for this Workshop!
Our home in upstate New York was perched above a bluff overlooking the Hudson Valley and the history-rich Hudson River. I would sit on our staircase looking out the window, squinting to see the river’s distant edges and tree-lined shoreline bending southeast towards Storm King Mountain, a hazy natural river view filled with atmosphere and ever-changing colors and weather and sunsets. These views were magical to me. The movement and sounds of the boats and barges on their river journey to and from New York City, all these memories holding so much magic and possibility for me to explore in my work.
Sometimes something stirs deep inside you when you make art your life’s work, waiting for exploration and discovery. I want to paint these scenes from memory, over and over with colors, gestures, nuances of perspective. To capture somehow my experience of place and that emotional connection to the landscape as I saw and felt it, and share that with others, using paint and process as my dialogue.
Evolving as an artist does, my interests grow, change, re-define. I’m interested in the process, the full exploration of tools, paint, mediums, substrates. Organic shapes and views come into my realm, I get inspired by shadows, moving clouds, shapes on the ground of twigs and forrest vignettes. Studio time gets organized, paintings get started, inspirations move me forward into the next group of work.
Im not an artist that only paints one thing, one way, as I think for me to be an artist is to challenge myself, do the unexpected, be unafraid, try. Each day, until I am pleased and am ready to move on to the next work or group of paintings.
This year I'm selecting new abstract work for the art festival, and will be excited to hear what you think of the work! I've added layers and layers of color and softened my palette, with an interesting and discoverable visual that keeps viewers looking at each painting as they continually see new things!
The Show Hours are Friday 6-9 and Saturday/Sunday 10-5, address is 2501 N. Dallas Street in Denver CO.
Bringing lots of landscapes to this lovely town, to showcase the love I have of our Colorado Landscapes, skies, mountain and tree vistas. Hope to see you there!
A lovely show, well attended with many visitors, met new friends and collectors too! Installed several abstract works, and am ready for a painting summer!
Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, June 10-11. I had the opportunity to present my newly abstracted mixed media works, and have been very excited with the feedback and observations! Sold quite a few works and am super thrilled and thankful!
This year's summer Art Festivals:
Coming up next weekend: SAM, the Art Students League of Denver's premier happening featuring professional members of its organization, is really amazing and a great collective showcase of excellent artwork. Super excited to be juried into this excellent show! (Its better than Cherry Creek folks!!)
SAM 2017- Located at Grant Street and 2nd/3rd/4th Street, June 10-11, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. Be sure to get there early on Saturday for the best work, which gets sold quickly that first few hours of the show!!! I'm in Booth 172 near 2nd and on Grant St.
Vail Arts festival 2017-Located at Arrabelle at Vail Square in the Lionshead Mall, Friday thru Sunday June 23/24/25 from 10-6PM. This is a beautiful area to walk about and have a nice lunch while enjoying fine juried artists' work!
Breckenridge Mountain Art Festival, Main Street and Wellington in downtown Breckenridge, Friday thru Sunday September 2-4, 10-6PM. Break is getting quite an artistic buzz lately on the news, its a wonderful quaint mountain town, filled with great food, interesting shops and lovely galleries. Will be a wonderful way to spend part of Labor Day weekend!
I'll be presenting my latest abstract works along with some abstract landscapes. Hope to see you there!!!
www.cherivilona.com for more photos of recent works
Booth at Arts Austin this week!
Great weekend meeting new collectors and beginning my Arts Festival Schedule for 2017!
Future shows include SAM, Summer Art Market, June 10-11 in Denver and The Vail Arts Festival in Lionshead Colorado June 23-25. Hope to see many of you, I'll be showing new abstract mixed media paintings.
Greetings from CherryArts at Stanley 2016!
This summer I participated in back to back Juried Art Shows, Summer Art Market in Denver, Crested Butte ArtsFest, Castle Rock Art Festival, and CherryArts at Stanley Marketplace in the Stapleton area of Denver. It was a super busy season, and my collectors got the chance to see my new series, Landscape Love Songs, which is an aerial perspective collection of farmlands and atmosphere studies I am very proud of. I sold many works and received several commissions, super excited for all of them!
At the beginning of the Fall Season I like to reflect on the spring/summertime activities and give thanks and appreciation to the excellent support I have been receiving for my artwork. Without my wonderful collectors, this experience of being a full time painter would not be nearly as exciting.
Through their encouragement, their support, their love of my work, and many collecting more than one work to place throughout their homes, I am deeply honored and grateful.
Excited to exhibit newly completed Oil Paintings depicting the landscape with my signature abstracted view! Landscape painting continues to excite me, and as I paint I can feel the warmth of the sun and smell the grasses, in hopes those who enjoy my work can feel a sense of place both recognized and in each individual person's memories.
Heading to a Gallery Event, BreckCreates in Breckenridge, Colorado. The Arts district will be hosting my exhibit titled "Feeling Distance through Color", which showcases over 19 paintings in my series "Landscape Love Songs", reflecting my love of our Colorado Landscape. These works resonate atmosphere and distance while conveying a sense of peaceful space.
Gallery Show July 8 through August 7, 2016. Reception July 8 from 5-6PM. Old Masonic Hall, 136 S. Main Street, between Washington Ave & S. Main Street.
Getting ready for the trip of a lifetime! Breckenridge Colorado is absolutely lovely and they have such a terrific arts community and program. I'm going to paint for two weeks, and concentrate on a series "Atmospheric Perspective" with work drawn from photographs I have taken of mountaintops, roads and foliage. Here's what I'm doing today, stretching canvas for the trip!