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Spring blooms at Pine Moon this April

“Bird Meeting” by Joanne Orce is a part of the April show at Pine Moon Fine Art in Steamboat Springs.
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Spring has arrived at Pine Moon Fine Art this month with the gallery’s featured April exhibit, a group show titled “A Celebration of Color.”

Pieces in a variety of mediums including glass, photography, paper and watercolor, will showcase a wide spectrum of hues and will explore how color is an integral part of an artist’s expression.

With each of Pine Moon’s artists submitting a piece for the exhibit, curator Missy Borden arranged them in the front room of the gallery creating a flow of color through the room.



Painter Joanne Orce’s featured piece — painted specifically for this exhibit — was called “Bird Meeting,” a 36 inch by 60 inch oil on Belgian linen. It depicts a bison with two birds on his back. A blaze of orange fur paired with the alpenglow in the background created an opportunity to add color in an otherwise neutral piece.

“The colors made me happy,” Orce said. “Color deserves to be celebrated. Our eyes open wide when the spring flowers begin to pop and our post-winter landscape comes to life. People get outside on their gravel bikes and hiking trails and can feel the brightness.”



This was the sensation that the artists were trying to capture in the gallery this month.

Photographer Abby Jensen’s piece “Rising Sun” also emulates this idea. It’s an image from the Tonto National Forest north of Scottsdale, Arizona. The photograph, Jensen said, worked well for this exhibit with a yellow desert sunrise beginning to peek over the Tonto Mountain Range, creating layered yellow tones illuminating the peaks.

“All of my pieces represent a moment in time from some of the most beautiful wild places around the world,” Jensen explained. “My hope is that my work will connect the viewer with nature and inspire a love for our wild places.”

Also this month, three Pine Moon artists — Jensen, Sandi Poltorak and Jennifer Baker — have submitted five pieces between them. If sold, 100% of the profits will go to the nonprofit Team Rubicon, an organization that is supporting relief efforts in Ukraine.

Poltorak has Polish grandparents who experienced the brutality of World War II firsthand.

“I hate to see that happen again,” she said. “Everything that is happening in Ukraine is hitting close to home for me — that’s why I wanted to do something.”

Poltorak was familiar with Team Rubicon’s work around the world, providing relief efforts to countries in need.

“I trust my donation will go to a good cause,” she said.

Independently, all three artists decided they wanted to donate pieces to support humanitarian work for the people of Ukraine.

“The idea hit me one morning and I knew I had to do it,” said Jensen. “I have this image of a solitary stallion standing in the Sand Wash Basin and it made me think of ‘Stand with Ukraine.’”

Jensen’s piece sold within 24 hours and the four other pieces include two glass pieces by Baker and two drawings by Poltorak.

View the pieces and read more about Team Rubicon on pinemoonfineart.com.

"Olive Branch“ by Sandi Poltorak is a charcoal on watercolor paper. If sold, 100% of proceeds will go to Team Rubicon, a nonprofit group that is helping with relief efforts in Ukraine.
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“Grace“ by Jennifer Baker is kiln formed glass, and sale of the work will benefit Team Rubicon.
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