Colorado Mountain Workshops 2011 with Hannah Shook

“My aim in teaching is to get students out of their heads and into their bodies, enabling them to access their own unique expression. Many students in my workshops have cried when they have achieved breakthroughs of freedom in their art.” — Hannah Shook

Choices:  June 19-23 and/or  one day retreats  July 23 or August 20  (see below)

Please contact Hannah to enroll or with any questions:

Free Your Creative Spirit to soar  in the Rocky Mountains

Home base
Hannah’s studio
above The Old Gallery
in Allenspark, CO.

14863 Colorado Highway 7
Allenspark, CO 80510

1 1/2 hour drive from
Denver International Airport (DIA)

Rocky Mountain High June  19-23

Excellent for experienced painters wanting to find more freedom, joy, and expression in their work and also for those seeking to try their hand at painting.

We will be painting morning and afternoon with critiques on Tuesday and Thursday during midday break.

Painting sites will include a rushing mountain stream, an historic stone chapel against a backdrop of snow covered mountain peaks, and an historic ranch with horses, old barns, and antique trucks.

There will be demos, guided exercises to free one’s creativty, and personal coaching in the expressive use of line, color, shape and composition.

Tuition $400 (enrollment deposit $200)
supplies not included

One Day – “Rocky Mountain High Painting” Retreats

July 23rd   |   August 20th

$75 for the day includes supplies and lunch

Please contact Hannah to enroll or with any questions:


Christopher Brown Exhibit April 7 – June 8, 2011

The Highland City Club Gallery is pleased to present:

Soft Rocks ~ Hard Water

The Photography of Christopher Brown

April 7 – June 8, 2011


I hope you will join me and Liz Relin this coming Thursday afternoon at the Highland Gallery.

A large part of what makes the Highland Gallery so rewarding is conceptualizing the exhibits we hang as a synergistic whole.  By that I mean the exhibit in the Highland City Club space, as an entity, becomes more than sum of the individual photographs that are hanging.  To that end, Chris Brown has spent much time selecting these images and they do indeed add up to a striking exhibit!  These images are about the geographical and metaphorical relationship between rocks and water that shape the Western landscape. This is the 20th show in the Highland Photography Series.

Marty Sugg, assistant to the Director, Highland Gallery


Thursday, April 7 5:00 to 7 pm –Note that this is a Thursday evening!!

Highland City Club Gallery
885 Arapahoe St.
Boulder, CO

Painting workshop with Amanda Sage – April 18 – 22

Amanda Sage, a world renown visionary artist trained in Europe, raised in Boulder, CO, is coming to the area in April to teach a five day workshop which explores techniques based on the early renaissance methods of under-painting and glazing.  The focus of the workshop is on observing fundamental principles of light, color and form in the natural and ‘visionary’ worlds.

This artist has been singled out by the world famous Ernst Fuchs recently as carrying the torch forward by the new generation of Fantastic Realism-trained artists.  Amanda Sage is currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA.  See below for more details.

You may also see her work at:

Warm regards,

Kathleen Johns – Shining Mountain Waldorf High School Art Director,, 303-440-9244

Workshop details:

Location: Arts Department, Shining Mountain Waldorf School, Boulder, Colorado

Dates and time: Mon & Tues. 10-1pm & 2-6pm, Wed.  9am – 3pm, Thurs.  10-1pm & 2-7pm, Fri.  9-1pm & 2-6pm (then group dinner:)

Tuition: $500 (for full 5 days)., $350 (for 3 days) Limited to 15 participants


Exploring techniques based on the early renaissance methods of under-painting and glazing, this workshop will focus on observing fundamental principles of light, color & form in the natural and visionary worlds.

The ultimate goal of this 5 day workshop is empowerment, that we realize our potential by refining the creative power within.

Our paint brushes become tools to expand and grow as we transform into living inspirations, and through persistence, dedication and a great dose of love, we become masters…

Featured Artist: Doug Goodin

Doug Goodin: Fully Engaged
Doug Goodin is one of those rare people who have fully developed both their right and left brain functions. Doug is an engineer by trade whose keen artistic sensibilities brought him to the art of photography with a passion. “I am originally an engineer, so the technical aspects of photography came easily to me. This frees me up to look for the emotion within a shot.”

“With my wildlife images, I am always trying to tell a story.” These stories are sometimes very obvious and dramatic, as with his image of the fox about to pounce upon a vole. Sometimes the story is a bit more elusive and mysterious as with Doug’s image of the moose moving through an Alaskan autumn landscape alive with reds, golds and greens. His images appear to capture the quintessential moment for any given scene. His work appears spontaneous, however, as he points out— “Actually, I do a fair bit of planning for most of my shots. The image of the fox for example—I tracked that fox and scouted his location for about four days to determine where he hunted and to find the best light.” Some of Doug’s shots can take weeks to plan; traveling, scouting and searching for his subjects. The wildlife photos are the more expensive and time consuming shots. “I need to use bigger lenses, faster cameras and invest more time in planning each shot.”

“My landscape images are often more focused on shapes, colors, textures and forms. I like to bring these out within a scene.” Doug feels that the best explanation of his style begins with the French term for outdoor painting, en plein air, but adapted for photography. “I am always trying to faithfully capture what I see. My landscapes don’t have the sharp contrasts and deep blacks that a conventional  film photograph would have – we’ve been trained to think that photographs are supposed to look like that, but that’s really not what you see when you are there in person.” In what Doug has termed plein air photography, he not only controls all aspects of his camera, but also takes upon himself all of the image adjustments and the printing as well. “I didn’t want to do my own printing, but whenever I tried to let someone else do it, I realized that they hadn’t seen what I had seen and so were not able to capture it as only I could. I am a control freak.”

Doug will often make minute adjustments to his image and printer settings in order to most closely approximate exactly what he saw in any given scene. “I will usually print about 30-45 different variations of each image on any given paper stock in an effort to replicate that plein air vision.
Through his technical mastery and his artistic vision Doug Goodin’s images bring us intimately into environments few of us will ever experience in any other way.

Open Studios Artist, Mike Brouse Showing at Earthwood Gallery

Friday, May 6th – Reception: Earthwood Gallery in Boulder
with new work from Painters Mike Brouse & Tim Howe.

See the latest works of Boulder-based oil painter Mike Brouse.  He is a painter who’s work is clearly an emotional response to the subject matter.  Mike’s paintings are bold, colorful impressions of the local landscape.  Tim’s work is long established and praised in the art community. His vibrant and sometimes large work is enjoyed by collectors throughout the world.  Please stop by to the work of these two painters!  Join us for the artist’s reception at Earthwood Gallery – 1412 Pearl St. Mall  – Friday, May 6th at 6pm.

Open Studios Featured Artist: Elizabeth Black

Elizabeth Black


Art is for Everybody

Elizabeth Black’s realistic western landscape paintings inspire one to hike, camp and raft in the natural wonder that is the western United States. She captures the quality of light and a moment of time which invite you into the scene on a deeply personal level. “I’m interested in how people fit into the landscape. Some folks do not like paintings with people in them, as if people are not a ‘natural’ part of the landscape. But we are everywhere, and we are part of the natural world. I like to find ways to allow people to fit into the landscape.” Elizabeth is quick to point out though that she only includes people in some paintings in which she is exploring humanities relationship to our natural environment.

Some of Elizabeth’s paintings are done in series over the course of a day to study how the light changes the mood of a place. “Recently, I completed a series of four paintings of Saddle Canyon as seen at four different times of day.  They are each quite different, as the light in the Canyon changes so dramatically during the day.”  Elizabeth says she strives to be honest in her painting, and the closer she is able to capture what she sees, the more successful the painting becomes.

In addition to her artistic endeavors, Elizabeth has been active in developing Boulder’s artists’ community over the past 25 years. Together with a few local artists, she organized an art show which utilized vacant office buildings in downtown Boulder back in the 80s. “Don Hobbs, a local Boulder organizer asked some developers if we could use vacant commercial office space to hold an art opening. They agreed, but we had to build out the space, run the electrical wiring, build the walls and get the place ready for a public opening. It was a huge undertaking. But it gave us a crash course in how to get things done.” Elizabeth has been involved in creating art shows in Boulder ever since.

One show Elizabeth organized with Cha Cha was the Eccentric Artists’ Garden Tour, which opened artists’ gardens to the public, and showed work inspired by those gardens at the Library. As an avid gardener, Elizabeth and her photographer husband, Chris Brown, have created an enchanted landscape in their backyard. They have even developed a program which gifts trees to people to plant in their own yards as a way to locally combat the devastating effects of global warming. “We give the trees away so that people can plant them in their own gardens, and do something positive about climate change. We have about 300 seedlings which will be ready to go out next June.”

“I am a firm believer in removing all pretentions about art. Art is for everyone.” As a result, Elizabeth’s work is surprisingly affordable. She wants lots of people to be able to enjoy her paintings.

Featured Artist – Dan Friedlander

Pioneering Polymer

“My work is a direct reflection of who I am—my unconscious self. I discovered my

subconscious is friendly and my companion and in endless graphic adventure.”

Dan Friedlander has been working with clay for close to twenty years. “I discovered clay was an ideal way for me to express myself.  It’s infinitely malleable. When I touch clay, forms emerge. I believe I have over 10,000 forms inside me. I do not create these forms. They already exist. I simply have to gently mine them from the subconscious to the light.”

To date, Dan he has mined over 5,000 unique and different forms. “I use my fingers because they are a direct connection to who I am and what is inside of me. If I used a tool it would create a barrier. It would impede the transition from unconscious into light”.

Dan’s art takes the form of incredibly detailed and varied tiles. “I have chosen to do this form because it corresponds to my personality. I use square tiles as a base because they are a fixed, form.  My German-born mother nurtured this side of me. It reflects predictability and stability, which I have great respect for.  It then combines the predictable tiles with the intriguing unpredictability of the forms.  The result is an aesthetic and uplifting experience for all”
Dan is pioneering his sculptural and perceptional use of polymer “I haven’t invented anything. I’m just using it in a way no one else has done before.”

When he transitioned to polymer his medium changed but his internal process remained the same. “In my traditional clay days I used porcelain.  Porcelain is a wonderful material but it shrinks, warps and cracks.  Then it must be fired at 2,400 degrees, a time consuming, equipment intensive and energy laden process.  But eliminating all these issues polymer allows me to focus on my art.”

“I used to devote 80% of my effort on the process, now I devote 80% toward my creativity.  While polymer clay is not suitable for functional wear such as plates and cups it is ideal for my decorative inventions.  Using polymer has liberated my creative and artistic juices.”

Dan believes that polymer clay is helping to democratize the art of ceramics. “It doesn’t require expensive equipment. Anyone can begin working the polymer clay and be creative. You don’t even need a lot of space.”  Dan often sits at his computer desk and lets the forms emerge as he’s reading his email.

“Polymer clay is a giant step forward in terms of “green” art. It requires 75% less energy to produce than traditional clay.  I have pioneered firing my works in a solar oven and even my car.  The only requirement is getting the clay to 275 degrees for 20 minutes.”

For anyone who has seen Dan’s work, they cannot help but eagerly anticipate his mining of the next 5,000 forms inside his fertile subconscious.