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Posted on: October 27, 2020

Summit County Art Forum Unveils ‘Healing'

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A new exhibit in the Summit County Commons showcases local artists through January 2021

Contact: Karen LeCocq, Art Forum Program Assistant

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Art Forum has a new exhibit at the Summit County Commons, showcasing the work of local artists. Healing: Restoration, Repair, Regeneration, to Make Sound or Healthy Again is housed in the Art Forum display space, located on the building’s upper level, adjacent to the Summit County Library in Frisco. Healing highlights the work of local artists in many forms. Visitors are invited to view the show but must follow all COVID-19 precautions, displayed upon entry of the County Commons building.

Kathye Conti approached the Art Forum about showcasing some of her newest works on the subject of Healing. Kathye Conti’s display includes a large canvas from a Community Connectedness teen art class, entitled Healing Hearts, which was created by people who have lost someone they love to suicide. Other pieces include expressions of grief, loss, and sadness, all vital steps, in the healing process.

The Summit County Art Forum asked local artists: what is your interpretation of healing and what role has art played in that process? The Art Forum received various entries from Summit County artists, including: a painted, jewel-inlaid wood offering to a family after they lost a loved one, wisdom cards inspired by meditation, photographs capturing Mother Nature’s most intimate moments, a painting expressing the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and others.  

Artists featured in Healing are Kathye Conti, Building Hope community projects, Jeremy Greene, Cecelia Eidemiller, Michelle Flander, Kimberly Nicoletti, Bruce Spinney, Lexi Vaille, and Emily Wahl.

The Summit County Commons is open to the public during the Main Branch Library hours, which are currently Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Please check the website for updates. www.summitcountylibraries.org. Additionally, please follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including but not limited to small group sizes, wearing masks, and physical distancing. 

Kathye Conti has lived in Summit County for 42 years where she practices Intuitive Painting as a tool to connect with herself on a deeper level. As a Facilitator of the Expressive Arts she works with organizations such as Building Hope Summit County, Colorado Mountain College along with businesses and Individuals to create individual, community and team connectedness. She believes to let go, trust the process through creativity that we are better able to let go and trust the process of life. 

Cecelia Eidemiller has been a professional portrait artist for more than 30 years. She has traveled throughout the United States drawing portraits from live sitters at art festivals. Trained in classical portraiture, she works in charcoal, pastel and oil. She has received numerous awards and has presented many one-person shows.

Michele Flander resides in Summit county Colorado, and is a Nature, Philosophy and Art enthusiast.   Rejuvenating while enjoying the magnificent scenery abundant in Summit County.  Healing through the Art of capturing Mother Nature’s most intimate moments.

Jeremy “Jerms” Greene aims to capture feelings through color. His paintings and wire sculptures are a “glimpse of time through the eyes of a survivor of a traumatic brain injury” sustained at 16 years old.

Kim Nicoletti has lived in Summit County for over 30 years. She has spent the bulk of her career as a journalist, editor and writing coach/instructor. She is now opening her new business, Whole Healing Energy, as an energy Light healer and life coach, who brings in higher frequencies of Love so people can transform into the highest, healthiest versions of their true selves. Kim has a master’s degree in Somatic Psychology & Dance Therapy from Naropa University and a bachelor’s in Creative Writing/English from CU-Boulder. 

Lexi Vaille   is a senior at Snowy Peaks High School.   She has always loved drawing and painting and improved her skills during quarantine.  Lexi enjoys uplifting others with a positive attitude and works of encouragement.

Emily Wahl seeks her inspiration from the surrounding of nature in Summit County.  She enjoys plein air painting and the study of how light and shadows dramatically impact the emotion and mood of her paintings.  She studied at the Art League of Houston and the Glassell school of Art – Houston.  She teaches at BreckCreate, is a member of the Women of Watercolor and exhibits at the Arts Alive Gallery in Frisco.

The Art Forum features three four-month-long shows each year, showcasing works of art by community members. www.SummitCountyCO.gov/ArtForum

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