2023 Exhibition Schedule
THE 610 OPEN
An Open Exhibition of Works
by Area Artists
April 20 - May 27, 2023
(Annual Regional Exhibition with Cash Awards)
SHOW: April 20 - May 27, 2023 at the 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO
ARTWORK REGISTRATION/DROP OFF: Sun, April 16th & Mon, April 17th, 2023
Public Voting For People’s Choice Award: April 20th-May 18th, 2023
Awards and Reception: May 19, 2023 @ 6 pm
ARTIST PICKUP: May 30 & 31, 2023, 10 - 5 pm
June 2-29: Kellie Day
COLORFUL COLORADO, a Tribute to the town we love
I am in love with our southwest corner of Colorado. In the 25 years I’ve lived here, I’ve witnessed the crown jewel Mt Sneffels keep watch over us, while down below birds explode with song after the long winters.
Our river trail guards geese as they teach their goslings to swim. And throughout town, crows sit on fenceposts and gossip, and the memory of roosters in back of town buildings lives on. The color of flowers poking their heads up quench our thirsty eyes with color, after months of hybernation.
My latest works feature the push of new and deeper color palettes to convey a distinct energy in each piece. I am pushing the form to be looser and even abstract at times, to focus on the majesty of the simple beauty we are surrounded by every day here, and sometimes humor and whimsy. It’s my hope that as you look at these images, you’ll feel that energy.
Gold highlights and lines adorned quiet areas of these paintings, and convey the magic and spirit of this place we call home. All pieces are original works created with acrylics, collage and mixed media.
Colorful Colorado will be on display June 2-29, the gallery is open Tuesdays-Fridays 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm- and by appointment after hours.
Landscape Photography Invitational Exhibition with Jack Brauer, Natalie Heller and Tom Heywood
Join us in July for our first invitational landscapr photography exhibition featuring works from Jack Brauer, Natalie Heller and Tom Heywood.
I live in Ridgway, Colorado, at the foot of the mighty San Juan Mountains. Though my passion for the mountains long preceded my passion for photography, I have found that photography often provides the motivation to explore places I might not usually hike to, in weather I might not usually prefer to hike in, at times of day that I might usually rather be sleeping. The result is that my photography takes me to spectacular scenes I might not witness otherwise, and I hope to share these scenes with others through my photos and prints.
I do most of my photography in wilderness areas, usually while backpacking and often while exploring remote places where no trails exist. For me the joy of photography is intertwined with the joy of immersing myself in nature, and the challenges of photography are inseparable from the challenges of traveling through the mountains on my own two feet. In large part, my photos are simply an expression of this love of being out in the mountains.
I first started playing with cameras while I was in college at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where I graduated with a BA in Fine Arts Printmaking (mostly intaglio, but also lithography, woodcuts, and screenprinting). Since I've moved on to photography, my photos have been collected by print customers in all of the lower 48 United States and a dozen countries, and have been published worldwide in numerous magazines, calendars, and other publications for organizations including National Geographic Traveler, Alpinist, Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Outdoor Magazine, Lonely Planet Magazine, Sojourns, 5280 Magazine, Cowboys & Indians, The Trust for Public Land, Wilderness Workshop, The Wilderness Society, Weingarten, Apple Computers, and many more.
Natalie Heller has become one of the noted photographers of ranching and landscape scenes in the region. Heller's photos provide an intimate look at the daily rhythms of ranch life from branding to haying, as well as capturing the vast vistas and winding backcountry roads that define the landscape.
The wide-angle landscapes Heller shoots from dirt roads showcase the subtle beauty in everyday scenes, from rows of barbed-wire fence posts receding into the distance to weathered ranch buildings nestled against grassy hillsides. She captures the changing light at different times of day, revealing how light and shadow transform familiar scenes into something visually arresting.
Heller's ranching photography focuses on framing each shot to draw the viewer deep into the scene. Her photos of brandings invite the viewer to experience the details in the chaps and spurs, the creases and textures of well-worn leather or a weathered face. Through her lens, viewers gain an appreciation for the intense focus of a cowboy during a roundup, the stillness of a ranch at dusk, and the vast scale of the western landscape that ranchers call home. More of her work can be seen at www.loneconephotography.com
Tom is an award-winning photographer, receiving local and regional awards. He has been invited to exhibit in several, juried state and national fine art photography shows. Tom’s passion is undeniable. His primary interest is landscape photography and night photography but does not limit his subject material to those subjects alone. He finds beauty everywhere and shoots photographs wherever he travels. His goal is to share the beauty of this earth in hopes that people will value the earth and become stewards of the earth.
He currently works as a professional photographer selling his art at fine art fairs primarily in Colorado. He is busy most weekends in the summer. He also sells from his website at TomHeywoodPhotography.com
August- Cedar Keshet: Trees Through Time
September- Floyd Day
October- Mary Pat Ettinger
The 610 Arts Collective will be initiating a change in the gallery in late May 2023. The current positioning of the Exhibition space and "Gallery Shop" space will be flip-flopped in June 2023.
After four years of watching human behavior in the space, we expect that this move will be beneficial to increase traffic, decrease theft of small items and most of all, offer a deeper experience between the user and the exhibiting artist in a more-private space for reflection. There will be upgrades made in the current gallery shop space for the switch including upgraded lighting and additional wall space with a suspended featurette in front of the main window (with opportunities to showcase a work on both sides). If you are interested in applying for a 2023 exhibition slot in the "new" space, head here.