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Brush & Palette


The winner of the March Mini Show was Maggie Cook with her painting "Summer On Grand Mesa".

Thursday, April 17, 1:00 at the Artist Haven.  Adventure is the inspiration for Susan Thiele’s award-winning watercolor art.  Her April demonstration will be “Portraits on Yupo”. She’ll demonstrate how to take advantage of the unpredictability of Yupo, how to paint in sections, take advantage of the white of the paper and why it is important to be bold with the first layer on Yupo.

Susan became an artist quite by accident after a 25-year career as wilderness guide and international trek leader. She captures the wonder of world-wide cultural scenes, exotic ethnic peoples, plus landscapes, panoramas and vignettes of nature. Both a Studio artist and a Plein Air painter, she recently moved from New Mexico and is now based in Montrose County, Colorado. Her awards include Best of Show at the New Mexico Watercolor Society in 2009 and two third place awards at Plein Air Events in Moab and Teton Valley in 2013. In March of 2014 Susan received the “Best Colorado Artist” Award at Rockies West National Exhibition. You can view the stories behind her paintings on her website,

Thursday, May 15, 1:00 at the Art Center, Nancee Jean Busse will demonstrate acrylic techniques for building a background and using backlighting to create a more dramatic painting. Nancee Jean Busse is an illustrator-turned-fine-artist who paints wildlife, equine, and western landscapes. She was profiled in the March issue of Southwest Art Magazine and Western Art Collector Magazine. Her paintings have also been featured in American Art Collector Magazine and the November, 2013 issue of Western Art Collector.

"I paint the things that make life worth living for me: landscapes, the natural world, and wildlife, especially birds. These things remind me that life is elegant and beautiful. Sometimes I paint simple things that feel vivid and full of life, like flowers or pets, or an image I can’t get off my mind.

I paint using acrylics, brushes, and panels or canvas. The vibrant colors and creamy textures of modern acrylic paint make me happy. Depending upon the subject matter, I either apply the paint thickly and pay close attention to each brushstroke, or use layer upon layer of thin, light-refracting glazes. My subject matter is important in determining the method with which I paint.

I paint realistically because I developed my drawing skills from an early age. Now I am exploring ways to combine my realistic style with less representational elements. I am striving to honor the beauty of the natural world within the context of my own inner vision.

I paint because I love it!

June, July, August - summer break (no meetings)

The Brush & Palette display at the Art Center gift shop is July and August.  Take one or two small paintings to the gift shop July 1st, 2nd or 3rd (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) to be displayed.


Board Members
President – Katie Hill 241-0410
Vice President – Elise Lind 433-4180
Secretary – Darcy Johnson 303 579-0127
Treasurer – Pat Richey 256-7777
Member Show – Linda Dembitsky 778-0321
Workshops – Bob Martin 242-9010
Programs – Vangie Hansen 985-5496
Newsletter/Publicist – open position
Membership Book Publisher - Darcy Johnson and Elise Lind
The Board of Directors serve as volunteers promoting the mission of the Brush & Palette club.