The Featured AAFC Artist section of the gallery is dedicated to those consignment artists that have gone above and beyond in their support of Academy Art & Frame Company. It is our way to give an extra "Thank You!" for their time and dedication.
Elane Graves- February/March
"Nature’s vibrant and infinite color palette inspire me the most. I am at peace outdoors, in the quiet of the wilderness or overlooking the grand landscape. It’s where I recharge and is essential to my soul. My work as an artist reflects this and my goal is to create beautiful, serene images for people to enjoy. Like most artists, I often compose images in my mind long before I ever find myself at the right location. And as I walk along a trail, suddenly it will hit me- that’s it, that’s the shot and I will sit there for as long as it takes to capture what’s in my mind. As a photographer, I don’t feel that one should be constrained to merely documenting the scene before them. I see the camera and post-processing software as tools to express my vision of the world that surrounds me."
Elane's work will be on display February 8 to April 7, 2017. She will be in attendance for both of the two 3rd Friday Receptions, February 17 and March 17, 4-8pm.
Rhonda van pelt- January/february
"I earned my bachelor’s degree in Art at the University of Southern Colorado, where I studied with professors including Lew Tilley, Ed Sajbel, Robert Wands and Orlin Helgoe. I returned to college a few years later to earn my bachelor's in Mass Communications.
Since then, I have been a graphic designer, copy editor, freelance writer and always, always an artist. Currently, that means taking photos, some of which I incorporate in hand-sewn quilts. My current day job: managing editor of the Pikes Peak Bulletin, Manitou Springs’ weekly newspaper, where I often write about art and photograph the people, places and events that make Manitou so unique.
My life goals include using my skills to bridge the two worlds of art and words. I try to do something creative every day."
Rhonda's work will be on display January 10th to March 7th, 2017. She will be in attendance for the 3rd Friday Artist Reception on February 17th, 2017.
Linda Case- December/January
Linda Case is a whirlwind supporter of Academy Art & Frame Company and considers herself an amateur photographer. Her work ranges in subject matter from flowers to cyclists to Pikes Peak. She is a member of Peak Digital Imaging Society helping president Cas Foste with organizing field trips and has two pieces displayed in the Black and White Exhibition. She is also a great friend and mentor to Kim Costello.
Linda is also a published author and her most recent book Bold Beliefs in Camouflage
is for sale at AAFC. She is also one of the major players in organizing the Veteran's Day events throughout Colorado Springs.
Linda's work will be on display at AAFC until February 7th, 2017 and will likely be in attendance for the 3rd Friday Reception on January 20th.
"Writing about ones self is a challenge and is like trying to creat a self portrait with a dull pencil and a broken mirror. Here I will touch on just a few high points.
Recognizing my talent early, (and I suspect hoping for some Darcy-free time) my parents sent me to Bemis School of Art when I was quite young. There I was taught by a force of nature named Helen Owens. Ms. Owens was larger than life with a passion for art and a sparkling personality. I am still influenced and in awe of this lively lady.
My poor college timing still haunts me. . . I arrived at college in the middle of the non-objective and abstract period. My heart belonged to Charle Russel, Renior, and David. For four years I was a fish out of water, drawing squared on canvas and using rulers to make portraits while I dreamed of painting flesh like Ingres and fabrics like Holbein.
My teaching experience included college continuing education classes at places as diverse as Fort Lewis College in Durango, Hila Pueblo College, and in Globe, Arizona in Six Shooter Canyon (I kid you not). My husband's Gypsy blood took us to jobs on the Apache and Navajo reservations where I also taught and was influenced by the rich southwestern cultures.
My husband's death brought me back home to my family in Colorado Springs where I taught in public schools. During this time I began traveling with Joyce Webb and teaching through her classes for the Colorado School of Mines continuing education classes. I have been fortunate enough to make multiple trips in the great cities of Europe, and to teach and lead tours of the incredible museums of those cities. My degrees in art, history, speech and drama have given me an unique view of teaching and creating art."
Darcy Lee's exceptional artwork will be on display through out the months of November and December. She will be in attendance at the reception for each month, November 18 and December 16th, 4-8pm
"From my earliest recollections I always had a love for all things photographic. My parents blessed me with Brownies, Polaroids, Instamatics, and later in my late teens I bought my first full-size SLR. Photography has been a gift to me in that I am quite ADD, and taking photographs has been a way of helping me slow down mentally and focus on the magic of the moment. There is a serenity and a sense of transcendence I find when engaged in photography that is only rivaled by fishing . I hope that at least some of the joy and peace I experience in my photography resonates with you when viewing my work."
A small portion of Moore's huge collection of photographic images will be on display at Academy Art & Frame Company from September 8th to November 9th. Moore will be in attendance during the October reception Imagination! All That's October!
on Friday, October 21st, from 4-8pm.
As an extra bonus, Moore has decided to reduce his stock of unframed images so until November 9, 2016 every purchase is eligible to receive an 11x14 Guy Moore image of your choice, FREE. Ask for details!
Watercolor batik artist, Carol Losinski Naylor, specializes in creating exquisite paintings on various types of fiber paper using hot wax and watercolor. Carol has won many awards in local, national and international shows. She teaches the technique and is available to teach anywhere in the world. She is currently the President of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. Carol's work will be on display at Academy Art & Frame Company from July 11, 2016 to September 7, 2016. She will be a part of the Artist's Reception on July 15th, 2016 from 4-8pm.
I'm now a sixty-nine year
old native of Colorado Springs and I am still deciding what to do with my life.
My art career started when I was a mere three years old. My mom repainted my bedroom for me. It was a beautiful white color. I was inspired by this blank page. My medium of choice at that time was crayons
with the emphasis on bright colors. My inspiration seems to have come from a
Jackson Pollock painting. The work was exquisite, filled with multiple colors
and many varied and abstract shapes. My
mother laughed for a week. She repainted
the walls. I spent months regretting the loss of my first masterpiece.
The startling beauty of
this state is why I am an artist. I remember the crisp air when you are having
a cup of coffee in the high mountains. Aspen, Telluride, Vail, Longs Peak, and
Pikes Peak are all terrific to look at. I have watched wild horses run. I want
to capture all that in paintings, with the emphasis on colorful and Colorado.
I have been a digital
artist since 1997. I could finally get the control over color. Went to classes in high school, and later I
went to Taos, New Mexico to study Southwestern style art and watercolor
classes. The computer crashed a lot. I studied more. After years of work, I got
it mostly right. I hope you enjoy my
art. I hope it reminds you how beautiful
the mountains are. I hope it reminds you
what a great place Colorado is.
I am a self taught digital
artist. I use Corel Painter most of the
time, and Photoshop a little bit. When you use digital art, you can control the
colors and the paint strokes. You don't have to clean your brushes. I was hooked.
I have sold paintings for
almost two decades. I sold at The Great
Indoors at both the Park Meadows Mall and at the Flatirons for five years. I was their number one Colorado artist, and
averaged selling three to five paintings a week. I have paintings hanging in
the Broadmoor Hotel, at the United States Air Force Academy, and numerous
I won first place in the
digital painting category at the Colorado State Fair several years ago. There were 10,000 entries that year. I also won the People's Choice Award for the
same painting in the same year. The
State Fair people told me I got 5 times as many votes for People's Choice as the second
place finisher. I entered a Vail
Colorado Art Festival, and finished in the top five sellers with over 130
The Colorado Division of
Wildlife used my trout paintings in one of their monthly magazines. I've been married for forty five years and I have
two grown children. I am slowly
recovering from the brain damage teenagers' cause. It's been a wonderful life and I am doing
Gregory Kelley's work is now on display at Academy Art & Frame Company and will be displayed throughout the months of June and July. Come and meet Greg on Saturday, June 18th from 11am-4pm at the June Extravaganza! You can also check out his work on his website at www.gregorpaintings.com. For more information contact Academy Art & Frame Company at 719-265-6694!