Brian Colley’s artwork ranges from the contemplative to the imaginative, usually with an undulating current of humor running throughout. His perspective on art and life is to see beyond the superficial, the conventional, and the predictable, to find what is new and inspiring. Brian often asks questions through his art about humanity in relation to society, nature, and the universe. He’s not sure if any of it is ultimately successful, but enjoys the struggle nonetheless.
Brian has worked as an independent artist and illustrator in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2010. He holds a BA in fine art and supplements his time creating paintings, drawings, engraved prints, and graphic design. He’s been a resident at Studio for Arts + Works (SAW) in Carbondale since 2013 and also works as the Gallery Manager for Carbondale Arts.
Brian enjoys traveling for months at a time with a sketchbook, playing in his new band, “Ukulele Underwhelm”, learning about all-things-dinosaur, and writing artist statements that people may or may not read.
Christopher Dickerson is currently an inmate at the Bent County Correctional Facility in Las Animas, Colorado. He is serving a term for a drug-related crime.
Prior to his incarceration, Chris was a brilliant web-designer receiving national awards for his designs. As an inmate, Dickerson reads voraciously (currently reading all of Shakespeare) he studies Buddhism and is learning how to live safely and simply in a very complex physically and psychologically challenging environment. His aunt is Staci Dickerson.
Staci Dickerson, a 37-year resident of Carbondale, works for the amazing local non-profit, Carbondale Arts. When not at The Launchpad (home of Carbondale Arts), Dickerson paints in her home studio. Subject matter for her is diverse and forever at the whim of her creative muse. When participating in group shows, Staci loves to play with the stated themes and create her own unique vision, painting bodies of work that are unlike previous works.
Laurie Doctor is a painter, calligrapher and writer whose work is in collections in the United States and Europe. Her work is based on love of letters, language, image and contemplative practice.
She offers classes and lectures internationally in Europe, Canada and the United States. She taught semester long classes in formal calligraphy and painting at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado for over twenty years. This summer her focus is on work for an exhibit in Germany.
Engaging in and making art, whether through my own life-long practice, my mixed media work, or through active involvement in arts education, has been central to my life. I have been drawing and painting my entire life and have exhibited locally and nationally.
I received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston where I also co-founded The Graphic Workshop, designing and screen printing posters. In the early 70’s I moved to the Roaring Fork Valley and began teaching art at the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek, Colorado along with making mixed media art and installations. In 1995, I founded the Wyly Community Art Center in Woody Creek, Colorado, which is now called The Art Base and located in downtown Basalt, Colorado.
I was the executive/program director at the art center for 15 years and left in 2011. I now
now work full-time in my two studios, one on Basalt Mountain making paintings, collages, and installations and the other at The Project Shop at S.A.W. in Carbondale where I make artist books.
I transform found images/objects and words integrating them with painting, drawing, into mixed media pieces. They are a response to a variety of life themes; memory, contradiction, ambiguity, documentation, discovery, and wonder created in the context of a variety of mediums often reflecting autobiographical content. My work is as informed by my own personal narrative and history as it is by the tradition of graphic design, drawing, painting and visual journaling.
I know that art is transformative and is essential to the health and well being of our lives no matter our age or circumstances. Art in our lives creates a thriving diverse culture steeped in the tradition and magnificence of imagination, beauty and wonder.
I am primarily a musical artist with very limited experience making visual artworks. As a student of photography, I’ve studied light, color, line and composition and have found my experience in that discipline to be very helpful when trying to create an image where there once was nothing. In practice I have found that art, whether it be visual, graphic, musical, physical, theatrical and so on, is an essential human endeavor in not only expression of ideas and themes, reflections of culture and society but in forming connections between individuals and among communities. I see little difference in the way I approach the interpretation of a musical work or the composition of a musical work and the exercise of putting together a graphical, visual composition. I possess considerable more skill in the musical arts, but I find tremendous value in trying something new. Newness and the willingness to risk the new drive my artistic endeavors, whatever form they may take. This coupled with something to say, a message, even one that may never be heard or understood are the basis of my approach to the creative, art making process.
Reina Katzenberger, local artist and designer/printer, is a native of the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2002, she received her BA in Humanities from University of Colorado in Boulder, where she enjoyed interdisciplinary studies. After living and doing design work in Los Angeles and New York for 5 years, she returned to the Roaring Fork Valley where she now lives and has set up the max.ink/projectshop ~ a creative space offering design and mixed media print services including complete project solutions from identity branding and digital marketing to hand-made publications and custom art pieces.
Specializing in providing hands-on opportunities for artists and creatives interested in exploring mixed media applications of traditional print methods such as letterpress, relief and screen printing, the max.ink/projectshopis happily situated in SAW (Studio for Arts and Works) in Carbondale, Colorado's newest Creative District. Constantly inspired and fueled the shop's mission:
"We believe design and art has the power to suspend time, to inspire a second glance, a lingering thought, a nod, a smile, a deep breath. We celebrate the fundamental human acts of creating, feeling, giving, sharing, and making. For these we are almost always hungry."
Her work ranges from design and digital arts to painting, drawing, letterpress, and mixed media installations.
Tracey M. Kessler was born in Huntington, New York in 1968. She attended FIT in New York City where she earned her BFA in 1995.
She began her art and design career in New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco. After success on the West coast, she again spent time in New York City where she continued her life-long love of painting. Her work reflects the calm she finds in the daily interactions and conversations with acquaintances, friends, and family. Though inspired throughout the turbulent times of our modern era, her work (influenced by such artists as Tapies, Polke, Burri and Steir) possesses a soothing calm and organic feel clearly paralleled by her California influences.
Tracey can now be found working in her indoor/outdoor Sausalito studio along the Richardson Bay in California.
In my work, layered abstractions are born and transformed by nature's elements of wind, rain, sunlight and time. I explore the circumstances of life through a diversity of media, textures and gestures, which imbue my compositions with vitality and a sense of motion. My work mediates between turbulence and joy. As layers of material are melded and molded by hand and time, the beauty of our daily path is revealed.
Gabriel Liston paints in a tiny backyard greenhouse and on location. He works from site panels and notebook drawings. He was raised in Western Colorado and in 1995 moved to Oregon with his family to finish his degree at PNCA. He paints as a first-person, true-facts-only, yarn-spinner on the intersection of water history and domestic life. He is represented in Portland by Froelick Gallery and in Denver by Plus Gallery. The studio website is lastwater.net.
Bonnie Nadzam is an American writer. Her fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Orion Magazine, Granta, The Kenyon Review, The Alaska Quartery Review, and many other journals. Her first novel, Lamb, was recipient of the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Prize, long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize in the UK, translated into several languages and was made into an award-winning independent film Lamb starring Ross Partridge and Oona Laurence (Orchard Productions 2016). She is co-author of Love in the Anthropocene with NYU Philosopher and Environmental Ethicist Dale Jamieson. Her second novel, Lions, was released by Grove Atlantic in 2016, and she is currently at work on a third novel and finishing a story collection. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Environmental Studies from Carleton College, a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and an MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. She is a student of the White Plum Asanga and lives with her husband and their children on a small farm in The Driftless.
Jill Sabella spent her youth in Minnetonka, Minnesota. After graduating from high school there, she attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver, majoring in English and Art.
She then worked as a writer for Boston Arts, a city arts magazine in Boston; in Aspen as a columnist for the weekly newspaper, The Aspen Illustrated News; and in Washington, D.C. as a writer/photographer/researcher for the National Geographic Society, covering stories with her husband on assignment in Bangladesh, Aspen, Brazil, Alabama and Calcutta.
Moving back to the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado, in 2000, she settled into Old Snowmass, where she began her lifelong dream of working as an artist. Jill works in oils, watercolors, charcoal, clay and printmaking. She spent two summers at the International School of Painting in Montecastello, Umbria, Italy and printmaking at the Venice Printmaking Studio on Murano Island, Venice, Italy. She has taught and exhibited at the many valley art venues, in Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale.
Recent she has been working in collaborative exhibits and finds such a process brings out so much more than an individual artist can express alone, taking one into new directions before unknown.
Laura is a designer and graphic artist. Professionally, Laura has a small freelance graphic design operation, works as Design and Marketing Director at Carbondale Arts and Creative Director for Dance Initiative. Artistically she is all over the place and dabbles in fashion design, styling, video editing, interior design and some illustration but works mainly in digital formats.
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
The poetry of Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer has appeared in O Magazine, TEDx, Rattle.com, in back alleys, on A Prairie Home Companion and on river rocks she leaves around town. She has 10 collections of poetry and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. She’s taught poetry for Think 360, Craig Hospital, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Weehawken Arts, Camp Coca Cola, meditation retreats, 12-step recovery programs, hospice, and many other organizations. As Colorado’s Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017) she created and curates Heard of Poets, an online interactive poetry map. She earned her MA in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison. One word-mantra: Adjust.
Sometimes, we are lucky enough to meet someone else who brings out the best in us. Jill Sabella is one of those people for me. I love her precision, her playfulness, her willingness to explore a concept in depth, her love of simplicity. Though I always try to choose my words well, both Jill’s devotion to her art and the theme of this show invited me to be even more mindful. What is the most important thing to share with someone else, especially someone you respect and cherish? I looked forward to her mailings, and then, ironically, I would sometimes wait days before opening them, savoring the anticipation of it. Other times, I would respond the same day. I’m sad for the project to end. I can’t wait to see what Jill and I do together next!