The Orphanage

An Automotive Themed Gallery Space

Art Exhibits

Flower Power

Sept. 5 through Oct. 4, 2020

Virtual Opening – Sept. 5, 10am

Artist Reception – October 4

About the Artist

Yuma Artist, Alicia Blach, has always had a love for art, how is it created, who creates it and why they created it.

Blach experimented with different mediums, techniques and subject matter while attending Arizona State University and received her Art Education degree, with a minor in Art History, from the University of Northern Colorado. She began her teaching career at Liberty K-12 School in Joes, CO followed by teaching art at Morris Elementary School here in Yuma. While teaching in Yuma, Blach pursued a master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado, School of Art & Design. Introducing children to art, techniques and ideas became one of her passions.

Her love of studio work inspired Blach to introduce TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) to her students. TAB is a community of educators advancing the creative confidence of all learners through choice and self-confidence. With this form of instruction, children are encouraged to become independent artists and not just reproduce art.

Needing more time with family, farm, and her own creativity, Blach began to dive into her own artistic pursuits. Traveling the world has allowed her to learn different techniques and create her own, unique artwork. Blach’s rural background, faith and family have become her inspiration as she continues to grow as an artist. You can see Blach’s artwork at, or

Feeling that the act of creating art is as important as the result, Alicia Blach states, “Art can touch all the senses. Such as, the smell of a new crayon, the touch of yummy rich paint in a gallon tub, the sound of lines as they vibrate on the canvas, and bright colors that jump to life as you look at them. I love to try new ideas and create big happiness!”

“…a light from within”:

Regional Glass Artists Exhibit Stained Glass at the Orphanage in August

August 1 – August 30, 2020

YUMA, COLO – Eleven local and regional glass artists will exhibit their work at the Orphanage, in Yuma, from Saturday, August 1 through Sunday, August 30. Because stained glass needs to be lit from behind, the 34 pieces of glass art will be displayed in the windows along S. Main Street and 3rd Ave.

The local artists represented are Jane Buchanan from Wray, Jay Flaming from Yuma and Glenda “Pete” Sutlief  from Otis. The regional artists are all from Sterling: Peter L. Youngers (adjunct art instructor at NJC), Tammy Adlesperger, Vicki Adney, Dalaina Alsup, Ruth Bera, Wendy Dudley, Martha Gareis and Trevor Rinaldo (all students of Youngers). Some of the pieces will be for sale.

The name of the exhibition, “…a light from within,” comes from a quote by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004), American-Swiss psychiatrist, pioneer in near-death studies and author of the best-selling book, On Death and Dying. ”People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

Stained glass has been an art form, for over a thousand years, mostly associated with religious buildings and can be representational or abstract. Small pieces of colored glass are held together by strips of lead came or copper foil and supported by a rigid frame. Also represented in this exhibition is a form of glass art called glass mosaic or glass applique. Glass mosaic art involves bonding pieces of colored glass to a clear base glass with grout filling the gaps.

The Orphanage is in downtown Yuma at 300 South Main Street. Hours for the exhibition are 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 1pm-4pm, Sundays. The Orphanage is closed on Mondays. Due to COVID-19, there will be no opening reception. For more information about this exhibit or future shows, please contact Richard Birnie at (970) 630-3360, or visit the Orphanage website at

Quilts: Vintage to Modern Designs:

June 6 – July 5, 2020

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4, Sunday, 1-4,

Closed Mondays

Due to an out of town appointment, the Orphanage will be closed Thursday afternoon (6/18/2020), from noon on. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Hazel Chapman and Bonnie Frihauf Exhibit Quilts at the Orphanage in June

Long-time friends and Yuma County quilters, Bonnie Frihauf and Hazel Chapman, will share the spotlight this June at the Orphanage in Yuma.

BonnieHeadShotInfluenced by her grandmother’s hand quilted work, Bonnie Frihauf has been quilting since 1975 when she and her family moved to Yuma. Here she met others who shared, and fueled, her growing passion. To quote Bonnie, “I joined a quilt group that was made up of mostly older quilters that just hand quilted. In this quilt group we did urge a few younger quilters to join which was a perfect marriage, as the younger quilters learned so much from the beautiful, older quilters and they said they learned new techniques from the younger quilters!!”

In her home quilting room, Bonnie has a 12 ft. long arm, hand guided quilting machine. For many years she used her machine to quilt over 300 quilts for others, so that she could afford her quilting hobby. Bonnie has completed approximately 275 quilts of her own, and many more as gifts for family and friends. At the Orphanage she is displaying her older, hand quilted baby quilts in her collection of vintage baby buggies and a few of her more recent quilts, made and quilted on her long arm quilting machine.


Hazel Chapman has lived her entire life in Yuma County, she and her husband are retired and live on their farm near Vernon. Hazel didn’t start quilting until middle age, “My first was a crazy patch quilt, so technically it was a tied comforter. The quilt was a fascinating personal journey. Reading many books, visiting numerous museums and my family memories went into the crazy quilt.” said Hazel. In addition to flat quilts and wall hangings made for fun and family, Hazel enjoys experimenting with her quilts, sometimes using fabric printed photos, hand embroidery, applique and vintage buttons and laces.

Chapman inherited her love of competition from her grandmother. Her quilts and quilted clothing have received blue ribbons from shows as close as the Yuma County Fair, Wray Art Guild and Quilts of the Plains, and as far away as the Colorado State Fair, the National Quilt Festival in Houston and at Silver Dollar City , MO. Hazel’s quilted clothing will also be on display at the Orphanage. These fashions were displayed and modeled on the runway at a juried show called Art to Wear, at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO.

Quilts: Vintage to Modern Designs runs from June 6th through July 5th at the Orphanage. Hours for the exhibition are 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 1pm-4pm, Sundays. Due to state and local COVID-19 regulations concerning group meetings, there will be no opening reception for this show. We ask that you bring a face mask and practice social distancing when visiting this show.

The Orphanage is in downtown Yuma at 300 South Main Street. For more information about this exhibit or future shows, please contact Richard Birnie at (970) 630-3360, or visit the Orphanage website at


February 1 – March 1, 2020

the photography of Zach Chapman


A Journey Through My Lens, about the photographer

Zach Chapman’s journey into photography started in 2007 when he received his first camera, a basic Fujifilm 12-megapixel digital camera. Not having taken any photography classes through high school or beyond, he went out and took photographs of anything that caught his eye. That all changed in 2013 when Zach purchased a Canon T5i camera and was asked to take family photos for an acquaintance. After that photo session, he knew he could do something with photography. Subsequently, Zach’s inspiration soared when he started teaching at The Yuma Children’s Academy.

“The main source of inspiration in my photography comes from God’s beautiful creation and watching my preschool children enjoy the simple things in everyday life,” Zach states. “Each day while teaching, I get to watch my students enjoy every little thing they discover in and outside of the classroom. If you sit back and view the world through the lens of a child, you notice the world is amazing. The best part of my photography is the adventure of everyday life that catches my eye and lens. The goal of my photography is to teach and inspire others, young and old, to SquarePhoto - Copygo out and find the beauty this world has to offer. In capturing these moments, I leave a story and legacy behind that will touch and inspire others to enjoy the beauty and journey all around us.”

Zach’s passion is photography. He enjoys showing the world around us from different perspectives and through his own eyes. Zach wants his photography to inspire adults and children alike to find connections to the beautiful things in our world and to evoke memory or emotion. To see examples of Zach Chapman’s work, go to


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

“Fabric Fueled”

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 (

“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.

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