Four artists open Winter Park gallery
November 21, 2008
A vibrant new layer has been added to the beautiful picture of Grand County’s art scene as Marjorie Cranston, Gina Knochenmus, Kim Linin, and Janie Radcliffe introduce Gallery IV. The new art gallery opens today and features the work of all four artists.
The four joined together as a cooperative, in an effort to support a vital arts community in the area and feature their work together. The space has been designed to provide fine art, photography and floral arrangements for homes and the workplace.
Cranston said she is “excited to paint the Winter Park ski slopes” and to be a part of the interior design community. She has been working in design and fine art for almost 30 years, relocating to Grand County eight years ago and opening Jack Straw Mountain Gallery in Grand Lake. Her interior design projects have won numerous awards in the area and her pastel art is recognized throughout the country. Her original pastels will be a feature in the new gallery.
Knochenmus has been a master florist for the past 30 years. She is the owner of The Rustic Urn in Grand Lake and her fresh floral creations have been the highlight of many weddings and special events. Her expertise also expands into creating art florals in dried and silk combinations and she creates plantscaping with live plants. When she moved to Grand Lake (nine years ago) her goal was to expand into Winter Park.
“Then, it was a dream,” Knochenmus said. “But now it’s a reality. So go ahead and dream.”
Linin said she always wanted to have her own shop full of her favorites and with the introduction of Gallery IV, she is now able to share them with the public.
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“I have always wanted to have what I call a ‘feel good’ shop,” she said, “a place that draws you inside with intrigue, and keeps you coming back for more.” A highlight of the new gallery will be eco-friendly products. To Linin, that means offering hand-crafted treasures, local products, items made from natural or recycled materials, and using suppliers that are gentle on the earth or donate portions of their profits to charities.
Radcliffe of Radcliffe Photography specializes in Grand County landscapes and wildlife, as well as photographs from India, Europe and American national parks. Much of her work, which comes in all sizes, framed or unframed, is also of children, family events, and candids.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to test the market for my photography,” Radcliffe said, “as well as to be able to work with three such talented women.”
The Gallery IV owners began to talk about the venture only only a month ago. Now, with the doors ready to open, they are thrilled about showing their work and working together. They are also happy to bring another gallery to Winter Park.
The space once housed The Bellerique Gallery, located on the Fraser River and near Hideaway Park.
The spacious room, windows and light make it “a beautiful place to display art and to work,” Radcliffe said.