Grand Lake: Saturday’s Artwalk marks end of summer
September 19, 2008
The final Grand Arts Council Artwalk of the summer season invites patrons through a variety of participating art galleries and studios this Saturday. As a special feature, the Grand Lake Art Gallery is hosting visiting artist Barbara Campbell.
Campbell, who has lived and worked in the village of El Rito, N.M. for more than 25 years, is known for her beautifully handcrafted pottery. Her current work is mainly in functional stoneware, but she said she also spends a few months out of each year carving sculpture. Her work has become part of major collections across the country and has been on regular display since 1971 in national shows and exhibitions.
With the intention of studying foreign diplomacy, Campbell said she first took a pottery class as an elective her first year of college. She “was so fascinated by the material,” she transferred into fine arts and got her degree in ceramics.
“I have been exploring the infinite facets of pottery making ever since,” she said.
She studied the arts at universities in the United States, Mexico and France and since taught pottery from the West Coast to New York City and conducted seminars in Mexico and New Mexico.
Although she doesn’t feel she can pinpoint her certain style because “it is ever changing and growing,” she said she is totally inspired by her surroundings.
“It is the rocks, water, shapes and textures of the Southwest that give form and color to my work,” she said.
Gallery co-owner Jim Cervenka (with his wife Liza) said they’ve been carrying her unique pottery for about a year and a half. Their Campbell collection is “down to about a dozen pieces,” Jim said, adding that “hopefully she’s bringing more in.”
Other Artwalk participants include The Village Hub featuring a jazz art exhibit in pastel, watercolor and oil by Lynnea Godfriaux, and a variety of arts and crafts booths at the Grand Lake Fall Festival in the town park. Tentative additions also included Howard Neville Studio and Jackstraw Mountain Gallery. Maps are available at the Arts in the Park event, at the Village Hub, Grand Lake Art Gallery, and light refreshments will be served.
The GLAG also announces its Fourth Annual Watercolor Workshop 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, with Colorado artist and instructor Annie Surbeck. The workshop offers traditional painting skills and experimental techniques with common household items and the supplies are provided.
The longtime nurse got back behind the easel after a patient was released and gave her a box of watercolors as a gift. The gentleman was an architect who survived the Nazi concentration camps. As he left the hospital, he told her “to never forget the beauty in the world.”
Behind every Surbeck painting is a “rekindled inspiration to see beauty in the world” and people come back every year for her workshops. No sign-up is required for the casual watercolor workshop; guests are encouraged just to stop by the Pavilion across from the Kauffman House Museum.