Horizons displays works of H’art
Steamboat Springs — In one corner of Alpine Bank hang three works of H’art by Sharon S. Pace.
One, titled “Jealousy,” is a red heart in a sea of green paint, crepe paper and tiny pieces of tinfoil. Nearby hang “Acceptance” and “Infatuation,” two similarly heart-themed pieces.
Pace’s works are among the 31 pieces on display at Alpine Bank in the “A Work of H’art” art show.
Her work is hung near Mary Beth Galer’s piece, “Check Your Heart at the Door,” which has a heart on top of black and gold checker board.
On a table sits another mixed-media piece, a line of cards, each representing a cliche involving the word heart.
Less obvious heart art is Susan Schiesser’s “Heartland,” with rolling fields and lush trees and Pat Walsh’s landscape “Heart-Shaped Pool.”
“A Work of H’art” is the fruit of Steamboat’s Mixed-Media Painting School and is in put on in conjunction with Horizons. Tonight, the 31 works displayed at Alpine Bank will be sold in the conclusion of a silent auction benefiting Horizons.
A wine and hors d’oeuvres party in which silent auction bids will be finalized, begins at 5 p.m. at Alpine Bank. Bidding will end at 6:30 p.m.
“This is an opportunity to showcase some local artists and some local talent and generate income for a really worthy cause,” Horizons Development Coordinator Kay Borvansky said.
Susie Holloran, part of the mixed-media group, said about 90 percent of the works were inspired by the theme and were created by members of the mixed-media group. Holloran also said a lot of the work was done in the last six weeks, after Horizons approached the group.
The pieces in the show incorporate everything from scraps of lace to stock market numbers to a piece of a map of Southeast Asia.
“We can really convey our message visually,” Holloran said. “It allows the artist to really create a work when they are not bound by water colors, oils or pastels.”
It is not the first time the mixed-media group has partnered with a nonprofit. Involvement with other nonprofits started about three years ago when the mixed-media group made masks for a fund-raiser for the Visiting Nurse Association.
The proceeds of tonight’s auction will be divided equally between Horizons and the artists.
“This is an opportunity for the artists to gain exposure and help out another nonprofit and the community,” Holloran said.
Horizons divided the money it raises between the Yampa Valley Autism Program and its Family Support Program.
Some of the artists in the show have strong ties to Horizons. Janna Marxrarch-Steur is the mother of a child with autism and has played a strong role in getting the group started. One piece of work is by a Horizons client and another is by a Horizons employee.
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