October 19 – December 1, 2019
Audrey Lechuga: Retrospective Exhibition
About the Artist:
Audrey Lechuga was born and raised in her beloved Colorado and never lived anywhere else. Living her childhood on a farm near Merino, close to the Prewitt Reservoir and the South Platte River, Audrey explored and appreciated Mother Nature from an early age. She spent many days riding her horses across the pastures to admire and observe the beautiful Eastern Colorado wildlife. Having grown up in a very artistic family, Audrey had a strong desire to capture, on paper, the beauty surrounding her.
Her mother’s encouragement and love of art helped boost Audrey’s desire to recreate and express her love of the beautiful things in nature. She devoted all her life exploring new media and learning new ways to express her love of aesthetics, texture, composition and light.
Having won many awards and “Best of Show” honors all around Northeastern Colorado’s art exhibits, Audrey expanded her talents into portraits, signs, airbrushed T-shirts and numerous other artistic media and commissioned works, continually challenging and forcing new growth in her skills. However, her favorite media remained watercolors and acrylics on paper and canvas.
Audrey was a leader and active member of the Yuma Arts Association where she taught fellow members and guests many worthwhile workshops and artistic techniques, inspiring young local artists to grow and display their talents, also.
Audrey captured rural American life with her paintings of barns and rustic artifacts. Her impressions of nature and detailed portraits show the beauty in our surroundings and in us. Audrey’s “fantasy works” also take us to whimsical and colorful worlds.
August 31 – September 30, 2019
Land and Place – a sculpture show by Maureen Hearty
Plus, at the opening reception, a book reading by Gregory Hill and live music featuring Gregory Hill and Daniel Ray
About the Artist:
Maureen Hearty is a sculptress, gardener, musician, and community organizer who uses art, music, and horticulture as tools for community activation.
Maureen sprouted in Littleton, Colorado, grew up in Denver and is currently blossoming in Joes, Colorado.
Transforming metal waste into sculptures, and inspired by the fluctuating social and physical geography, Maureen explores themes of invention, movement, metamorphosis, and decomposition in her sculpture.
Maureen’s primary inspiration for Land and Place has been life on the High Plains: the horizon line, majestic open space, things that grow, things that decay, and, not coincidentally, her husband, Gregory Hill’s, three novels set in northeastern Colorado.
About the Author:
My name is Gregory Hill. I have no sense of smell.
I was raised in Joes, Colorado, which happens to be my favorite place in the whole world.
I live in Joes (mostly) with my wife, Maureen (entirely).
Since 1995, I’ve performed (guitar, tenor saxophone, vocals) in various bands, including Six Months to Live and The Orangu-tones. I currently play in The Super Phoenixes, Manotaur, and The Ad Hoc Rural Roots County Ensemble.
I record records in my garage.
I write books because I love writing books.
I’ve written three novels about northeastern Colorado, East of Denver, The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles and most recently, Zebra Skin Shirt, all part of the Strattford County Trilogy.
I am working on a new novel which will be about a group of old timey country musicians who channel their dead patriarch for song lyrics.
August 2 – August 7, 2019
Yuma County Fair Week Art Show
The Orphanage is hosting a Yuma County Fair Week Art Show. Five local artists will be participating in this show: Lisa Blach, Zach Chapman, Jay Flaming, Matt Vincent and Tosha Wise. Take some time out from the heat of the fair to visit downtown Yuma and shop for local art in air conditioned comfort. Open Aug. 2-5 & Aug. 7, 9-5pm, open Aug. 6 (parade day) after parade-5pm. Meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, August 3, 2-5pm.
June 1 – June 30, 2019
the supercharged quilts of Brian Clements
Opening reception – June 1, 2019 – 3-7pm
Music, Wine, Beer, Hors d’oeuvres, meet Brian
Exhibition runs June 1 through June 30
About the Artist:
The title of this exhibition, “Fabric Fueled”, is a play on words. With this title the artist is both referring to his state of mind when he is absorbed by an idea for a quilt and how his quilts relate to the color and design of the vintage cars on permanent display at the Orphanage.
Quilt artist Brian Clements, known online as Fellow Quilter, has been designing and creating quilts for thirty years. He grew up in Juniata, Nebraska, did a limited amount of sewing in 4-H as a kid and, although he participated in music and drama, never took a typical art class in high school or college. Since 1997, Brian has lived with Joe Foltmer in Wray, where he opened a clothing store and RadioShack franchise as part of Foltmer Drug.
In December 1988, Brian graduated from Kearney State College and took a computer programing job in Lincoln. A part-time job in retail convinced him that he loved retail much more than the office cubicle. It was while living in Lincoln that Brian made his first quilt. Soon after that, Brian and his mom took their first class at a quilt store and both were hooked.
Brian quickly became a manager and then an area manager of his retail store. He opened stores throughout the Midwest which led to a move to Utah and, finally, Colorado. While traveling for work he did some quilting here and there and always made time to visit quilt shops. He fell in love with fabrics and design and it was at this time that he started to build up a diverse stash of fabric.
After moving to Wray, Brian designed and executed his Millennium Quilt which catapulted him to a different level in the quilt world. He sold patterns and taught classes at Patchwork County Frame & Fabric Co. in Wray. He has exhibited quilts, almost yearly, at the Yuma County fair and participated in “Quilts of the Plains”, the nationally acclaimed outdoor quilt show in Wray. Quilts of the Plains began in 2000, and in 2003 Brian took over the chairmanship of the show for the next fifteen years. He now works with the Wray Chamber of Commerce Director to make sure the show goes on.
“I’ve exhibited at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, in Golden, CO, eight times and I have exhibited at the International Machine Quilting Show, in Houston, TX, once. The quilt, titled 3D-3 Designers-3 Dimensions, was juried into the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, and continued to travel for two years to quilt and fine art museums across the nation. All the above were exhibitions in which the quilts were juried. I’ve also exhibited at the Sisters Quilt Show in Sisters, OR, and the Pacific Quilt Festival in Tacoma, WA.”
In 2007, Brian added a long arm quilting machine to his dedicated quilting studio. “Artie” is a Gammill Optimum with Statler Stitcher robotics. Together they have conceived and executed several hundred quilts. Although he still spends much of his time working at Foltmer Drug (RadioShack closed a few years back), Brian quilts both personally and for hire (www.fellowquilter.com)
“The fabric still fuels my creativity. Many of the quilts that you see here today, are a result of the fabric. I truly enjoy touching and seeing the fabric. I love mixing the fabrics together to create a color recipe that jumps out. I’ve honed my skill at fabric matching, and it now is second nature. I can stack up a set of fabrics, and say, “this will be my next quilt!” Sometimes, people question the notion, but in the end, it always works out.”
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The opening reception was a big success. Ann Foltmer Ware tickled the ivories and Matt Witt serenaded the crowd on the saxophone. The cookies came from LaLa’s Bakery in Wray and the cold beer came Tumbleweed Brewing and Wine Company in Yuma. Thanks to everyone who helped make Brian’s exhibit a big success.
Join us at the Orphanage for our first art exhibition:
Capturing Rural Colorado…
The Photography of Matt Vincent
Opening reception – March 30, 2019 – 3-7pm
Wine, Beer, Hors d’oeuvres, meet the Photographer
Exhibition runs March 31 through April 30
About the Photographer:
“Capturing Rural Colorado” is a visual celebration of rural life and landscapes from local writer and photographer Matt Vincent, a fifth-generation native of Yuma, who graduated from Yuma High School in 1975 and from the University of Colorado School of Journalism in 1980.
In 1982 he moved to southeast Texas and was hired as an outdoor writer by the Houston Post. There, he began photographing and freelance writing for outdoor publications like Gulf Tide, Texas Fisherman, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. In 1999 the American Sportfishing Association recognized him as the nation’s top outdoor communicator for his body of work as editor of BASS Times, a publication he designed and created for the Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society.
After retiring from ESPN Outdoors in 2005, he poured his free time into outdoor photography and writing about local and regional history. For the past seven years he has served as a volunteer for the Yuma Museum, providing historical content for the museum’s Facebook Page. Recent articles written by him have also appeared in Wild West Magazine, Nebraska Life and Colorado Life and his photography has been published in several national magazines, as well.
In his spare time, he travels the back roads of rural Colorado, looking for things to shoot – with his Canon camera, of course.
“Hopefully, these photographs will remind us about how fortunate we are to occupy this amazing place on the plains and why we call ourselves ‘flatland proud.’
“Thousands of people either fly over or drive through the eastern half of Colorado every day. In the process they never really see the full beauty of the plains. Best advice I could give them: Put your foot on the brake, man. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find between Kansas and the Rocky Mountains.”
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The opening reception drew over 200 visitors. The food was tremendous, thank you to everyone who helped make our very first exhibit a big success.