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Art of the Backcountry Solo Show

Leslie Jorgensen’s award-winning series Art of the Backcountry will be on display through March at Coldwell Banker Realty’s new Salida location at 139 W 1st Street, Salida, CO. Jorgensen, a new Salida artist, displays her passion for skiing, snow and exploring the wild places of the Rocky Mountains. Her work is featured on this month’s cover of Colorado Central Magazine. Join us Friday, Feb 1 from 5-8pm for an Artist Reception. 

Feb 7 Exhibit with Andrew Speer

Andrew Speer’s new series Small Works on Paper will be shown along with Leslie Jorgensen’s new Bike Paintings at Globeville Riverfront Art Center in RiNo.

Artists Reception: Thurs Feb 7, 5-8p
Show runs Feb 7 – Mar 24

Andrew Speer’s new series Works on Paper” is a re-invention of his own style. Intentionally challenging his long-time processes and formats, a new, exciting abstract art series has emerged. Laced with layers of patterns, shapes and organic marks, the paintings have both depth and immediacy. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Andrew earned his undergraduate and MFA degrees at the University of Kentucky. He completed graduate studies at the University of New York and began a teaching career in New York, California and Kentucky. In 1990, he moved to Colorado to begin a 25-year career as the chair of the art department at Metro State University. His work has been featured in numerous shows, has received national acclaim and is in many private collections.  SEE HIS WORK HERE. 

By contrast, Leslie Jorgensen’s Bike Paintings” are a move from small to large. The series began last year as a set of small exploratory pieces and has grown in size and format to include some major paintings. Described as colorful and kinetic, Jorgensen’s bike paintings reflect a thriving bicycle culture in Denver. Leslie is a contemporary painter working from her studios in Salida and in Denver’s River North (RiNo) Art District. Her work can be seen in galleries in Salida, Louisville, CO and Jackson, WY. www.lesliejorgensen.com

Andrew Speer
works on paper
with Leslie Jorgensen
bike paintings

concurrent solo exhibitions
Feb 7 – Mar 24

Opening Reception
Thurs, Feb 7, 5-8pm

GRACE Studios Gallery
888 E 50th Ave | Denver CO 

Colorado’s wilderness captures the spirit and brush of this graphic designer turned artist

 

Sliding and gliding up Summit County’s mountains on all-terrain skis, Leslie Jorgensen deposits herself in parts of Colorado’s backcountry many of us will never experience. It is there where her art begins.

“We ski these mountains, climb these cliffs, snowmobile on the snowy slopes—and that affects the landscape,” says the petite, cowboy-boot-wearing brunette. “At the same time, it affects us. I’m interested in this complicated relationship we have with all the wild places we love.”

READ THE ARTICLE

Bigsby’s Folly Holiday Art Show

RiNo Made is having a collaborative event with next door local winery, Bigsby’s Folly, on Saturday November 24th from 12-5PM (Small Business Saturday).

I’ll be one of 12 artists at the Bigsby’s Folly Holiday Art Show with a table full of bike paintings and prints priced for the holiday shopping season. Stop by for special holiday deals and save on shipping costs!

Bigsby’s Folly
3563 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80216
Saturday, 11/24 12-5pm

 

Lulu and My Salida Bike Project

Getting to Know a Town through its Bikes

Ron and I moved to Salida in August. In the few short months we’ve been here, we’ve met lots of friendly and interesting people. We’ve also discovered lots of interesting bikes. Before we arrived, I was working on a series of paintings inspired by the bike form – painting bikes in various poses as a way to experiment with color combinations, media and surfaces. I displayed some of them in my show in August called Hikes & Bikes.

But after the move, the series evolved. I began to notice the bikes in Salida. Old-school townie bikes. Tricked out with bells, flowers, stickers, unique colors – people seem to use them as a form of personal expression. They’ve been elevated to an art form.

I started painting them – but not in a generic sense – more like bike portraits. Unique and individual like the bikes themselves. I wanted the owners of the bikes to be able to recognize them. And I want to get to know the town through its bikes.

Lulu, 8×8″ acrylic on panel

Then last night a connection was made! Lulu.

I’d noticed a blue bike with pink wheels, a basket and a pink flower about a month ago at the Steamplant. It had great personality so I photographed and painted it. I honestly didn’t know what to call it. Then last night we went back to the Steamplant to see a film about John Lennon. As we left, we discovered that same bike parked there so we waited a minute to see if its owner would walk out. And she did. It was Devon, who I had met previously. I was so thrilled to connect Devon to the expressive bike and showed her a picture of the painting. She told me the story of the bike.

She once had a similar bike. Sadly, it got stolen and Devon tried to find a replacement but couldn’t. They just don’t make them anymore. Then her brother, during a trip to San Francisco, found one. He bought it, dismantled it and carefully shipped it to his sister in Salida. Upon its reassembly, she named it Lulu. We so enjoyed connecting with Devon and meeting her husband Harald and feel like we’ve met new friends.

I’m loving getting to know Salida through its bikes. Now, a few more people I need to meet…

See more bike paintings on my Store 

Devon and Harald with Lulu at their anniversary party.

Hikes & Bikes Show

With Colorado often ranked the most active in the nation, it’s no wonder so many of its residents are enjoying the Rocky Mountains in every way possible. We hike to amazing places to ski. We bike scenic byways and mountain trails. Simply put, we love our outdoors. Artist Leslie Jorgensen travels across the Rocky Mountains and the West skiing, hiking and biking along the way. She paints the landscapes she visits and our outdoor activities within it.

Show Runs Aug 24 – Sept 9

Opening Reception: Friday Aug 24, 6-9pm
First Friday Reception: Friday Sept 7, 6-9pm

CORE New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Dr, Denver CO 80204

 

Gallery Hours
Thursdays: 12 -5
Fridays: 12 – 9
Saturdays: 12 – 5
Sundays: 12:30 – 3

My Bike Paintings at RiNo Made Store

If you haven’t yet been to the RiNo Made store at Zeppelin Station in the River North Art District (RiNo) you’re missing out on a wonderfully-curated art store featuring works by some of the finest artists in Denver. You’ll see a better-than-expected sampling of what’s happening in the RiNo Art District, where the largest concentration of Denver artists work today. It’s making art accessible. Plus it’s situated at Zeppelin Station, the latest in ultra-cool hangouts off the light rail station in the heart of RiNo. There you’ll find food, an upstairs bar, coffee, ice cream and unique merchants, all wrapped in a fun, contemporary setting.

Some of my new bike paintings are on sale at RiNo Made now. Check it out at

3501 Wazee St
Suite 109, Zeppelin Station
Denver, CO 80216

 

Camping on the Rio Grande

I love to go camping. Sleeping in a tent with the sound of a river and the light of a full moon makes me feel alive and in tune with the natural world. There’s a favorite place I like to camp along the Rio Grande River near Taos, NM. My sister and I camped there last week during a brief painting trip.

After a quiet Thursday night under the stars, Friday night brought cars and people, with noise, music and the sound of voices into the wee hours. Thankful for earplugs! But what began that night as slightly annoying sounds of strangers wrecking our tranquility with nature transformed into a morning of newfound friends and fun.

We shared coffee with Geo who, with his dog Cosmo and girlfriend Veronica, lived in a van and collected crystal treasures. He was so excited about them and so grateful for the coffee on that cold morning that he gave me a handful of crystals, which we brought back for Lorie’s girls.

There were two friendly women sitting at the river reading about cacti. I enjoyed their conversation as I set my easel in the shade, since by 8 am, it was already too hot to be up on the road any longer. Painting by the river opened a dialog with our resident college students, who were very much enjoying their summer break.

There were 4 of them – engineering students at UNM Albuquerque. The interesting thing about them was that they spoke with distinctly different accents. I could hear South African, Puerto Rican, Jamaican. They were fishing, swimming and enjoying the river with an openness that invited others on the bank to laugh along at their antics. They were polite, smart and happy. They had life stories that were eye opening, including Leon’s story of growing up in Apartheid S. Africa. At 35, he’s a contemporary of Trevor Noah, who’s book, Born a Crime, I had just finished reading. Leon had a similar background, the son of a father who was Dutch and a mother from Cape Town. While police squads would routinely come to his town and shoot people at random with automatic rifles. Yet his smile was broad and his demeanor pleasant. I asked him how he keeps his optimism and openness toward people. He said anger didn’t serve him. It was better to be happy and draw more of the same.

And he did attract smiles, as he and his friend Mark went around sharing food with us and our other camp neighbors. I’m grateful to Leon for reminding me about keeping an open heart and meeting new friends along my journey. And for the people who enhanced our enjoyment of that natural place. We are all part of our world.

Special prayers for the people of northern NM and firefighters battling the Ute Park fire and other fires burning in the Southwest.

 

The trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop to visit my friend and talented artist Denice Weinberg at her home with her photo bomber dog Lucky.

River Cactus 18×18″ Oil on Canvas

Painting to be featured in Durango Show

My magical year continues! My painting Field of Purple Aster, painted on location in Taos, NM last fall was selected to be part of the 22nd Annual National Plein Air show in Durango, CO.

Field of Purple Aster 11×14″ painted en plein air Acrylic on Canvas

22nd Annual Plein Air Artists Colorado National Show 

Sorrel Sky Gallery
Durango, CO
October 5 – 28, 2018

DZ Content Strategy

I’ll tell you what, this chick can WRITE. I love good writing, so when my brilliant writer friend Dena Zocher asked for my help with her new website, she was maybe a little surprised by my enthusiasm. Fortunately she was happy with the result and was kind enough to include an article about my art series Art of the Backcountry. She makes me sound way better spoken than I am, which is why you should know about her too. If you ever need writing for corporate, blogs, social media, you name it, give her a call. Check out her blog post and the new website HERE.