November’s “First Friday” Art Reception at The Artists’ Gallery The Artists’ Gallery invites guests to join us on First Friday, November 1st, from 5-8 p.m., for a stimulating evening of fabulous art, conversation, live music, and community spirit! Enjoy music by talented performer, Thomas Gudding, singing and playing folk-rock favorites on his guitar, while the artists mingle and serve complimentary refreshments! Our Featured Artists: Once she chose art as a career, Phyllis Waltman’s childhood obsession with horses naturally became the subjects of her remarkably detailed acrylic paintings. Phyllis explains, “The camera is an essential tool which enables me to achieve detail and to capture fleeting moments in the life of horses.” She continues, “A few years ago I had the opportunity to spend a couple of summers observing horses in the wild, absorbing the importance of family, while watching the stallions trying to build and maintain their bands. There was no shortage of action! This presented a new side of the horse, giving me a deeper understanding and appreciation of them.” Photographer, Mel Williamson, recently sought renewed inspiration with a trip to Wyoming to capture fall images, as well as of moose, elk and bison. Mel shares, “One of my goals was to find the spot where Ansel Adams took his iconic photograph of the Snake River and the Tetons. I was lucky to find the area, but discovered that after 84 years, the view has changed.” He also visited and photographed Independence Rock and several other locations along the Oregon Trail, marveling at the endurance of those who made that trip across America to start a new life. His new images are spectacular! Potter, Sylvia Carón, will display new work inspired by her affinity to Asian culture. Having lived in Japan as a child, and more recently, taught pottery-making to several Japanese students, she is influenced by the simple design elements characteristic of their ceramic art. Sylvia’s interpretation of these elements in her stoneware pieces are a subtle integration of form, texture, and surface decoration. Frank Ventura’s captivating watercolor landscape paintings are a welcome new addition to the Artists’ Gallery. Frank states, “Watercolor is my favorite medium, as it offers unlimited colors which allow me to capture different moods, atmospheres, and depth of subject matter.” “It is fun and unpredictable, setting the stage for my imagination to explore with tones, light, and shadows.” The Artists' Gallery, recipient of the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award for Fremont County’s Best Art Gallery, represents nearly fifty talented local artists. Located at 416 Main St., Cañon City, the Gallery is open daily from 10a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call (719)345-4070 or visit: www.facebook.com/TheArtistsGallery/.