Summit County Art Forum: Current Exhibit

The Summit County Art Forum is a display space that showcases local art. The space is located in the upper level of the County Commons building in Frisco. The Art Forum rotates its exhibit three times each year, with each exhibit based on a particular theme.

The theme of the current exhibit is “Up and Down,” which will be on display through Spring 2019.

‘Up and Down’ Featured Artists

The exhibit showcases a wide variety of local artists' interpretations of the "Up and Down" theme. Artists featured in “Up and Down” include Dale Montagne, Margie Sinton, Rita Neubauer, Bill Linfield, Tai Leach, Sandi Bruns, Corky Woodring, Jeremy Greene and Scott Brockmeier.

Sculptor and designer Dale Montagne works in his home studio overlooking the Blue River Valley 10 miles north of Silverthorne. “I try to manifest creations through a sense of balance, color, light and motion,” said Montagne, who is showing a variety of smaller works in glass, acrylic, LEDs and metal.

Margie Sinton, a longtime Summit County resident, uses her black-and-white landscape photography as her canvas. Hand-coloring with watercolors heightens the realism of the photograph, a technique that was popular in the mid- to late 19th century, before the invention of color photopgraphy.

Bill Linfield is an avid wildlife and landscape photographer in Summit County. He enjoys capturing what Mother Nature provides us, allowing others to see through his eyes as he scours the area in search of the perfect shot.

Born in Germany, Rita Neubauer loves to work with mixed media, especially encaustic. Her works range from landscapes to abstracts with shifting meanings and interpretations. In this exhibit she combines her “love for trees and yoga (tree pose) to various combinations of growing up and rooting down.”

Summit County local Tai Leach uses his experience of snowboarding and living in the mountains to bring his unique vision to his art. He uses up-cycled snowboards, skateboards and other materials as his canvases.

Sandi Bruns's watercolors reflect what she spontaneously feels about her subject. Rather than creating realistic reproductions, she emphasizes the feeling. According to Bruns, “Life has many ups and downs – some physical or geographical, others having to do with the moment.

Heeney resident Corky Woodring is a self-taught artist who creates his found-object art using meditation and visualization. His artwork has been inspired through walks around Green Mountain Reservoir. “Sometimes it takes me a year to see in a found object what to make of it.”

Jeremy Greene captures feelings through vibrant colors. His paintings and wire sculptures are a “glimpse of time through the eyes of a survivor of a traumatic brain injury.”

Breckenridge-based photographer Scott Brockmeier learned how to “see” from his father, an art director at Kodak. What comes to his mind regarding the show’s theme, “Up and Down”: “Here we are either biking, hiking or snow riding, with a lot of challenging ups and downs. Some of them graceful and some of them, well, not so graceful.”

Photo of abstract painting depicting insect on the ground
Relief sculpture of curled up lizard
Painting of woman doing yoga pose with a tree sprouting from her upraised arms
Abstract Painting of Mountains
Photo of image of mermaid playing violin against abstract painted background
Photo of snowboard painted with images of snowboarder, house and woman