Denning & McAfee Mixed Media Exhibit
May 7th - July 3, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
The Carson Valley Arts Council will host an artists' reception for Carolyn Denning and Cheyenne McAfee on Saturday, May 11 from 5 until 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and includes complimentary wine and snacks. The artists will have their works available for sale. The reception and mixed media exhibit is at the CVAC gallery, located at 1572 Hwy 395. The exhibition is from May 7 through July 3. The galley is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Of her art work and life Carolyn Denning says, “For the first 25 years of my life, I considered myself an ‘artist.’ In high school, I served as art editor of the year book and was granted several national scholastic art awards. I then attended Scripps College, graduated with an art major and finally received a Masters of Art Education from Claremont Graduate School.
“The next 30 years, I put producing art on the back burner, spent my creative energies on teaching special needs students and finally raising, training and showing llamas. After retiring from those pursuits, I felt a need to revisit my art interests. My earlier training had included almost every art form, which probably was why I never settled on any one thing.
“In my ‘elder’ years with lack of studio space, I decided to concentrate on drawing, painting in watercolor and most recently, working in pastel. I am most interested in landscapes, both real and imaginary and old farm machinery; however, I enjoy the challenge of painting all subjects. I want my paintings to catch the viewers interest from afar and to reward them as they move closer. I want color to sing and the subject to be from an interesting view point. I find that attempting to meet these criteria within various subject matter to be an artistic challenge that I enjoy and never totally accomplish. I am currently president of the Carson Valley Artist Association and a member of gadZooks, a creative place.”
Cheyenne McAfee says of herself and her work, “Primarily self taught, I have lived in the eastern Sierra for over 35 years in addition to Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. I work mainly in watercolor, both transparent and opaque. For some subject matter I prefer acrylic on canvas and for fun I do tinwork figures embellished with paint. My subject matter relates to natural things but rendered in a stylized manner with symbolic references and always a bit of whimsy.
“Past accomplishments include a Defenders of Wildlife commission of a painting to be used for their Mexican wolf poster, inclusion in the top 100 paintings for the national arts for the parks show, various commissions for poster and t-shirt designs both locally and outside the area, and first place awards and Best of Show award at juried art shows in Minden and Carson City, Nevada.
“Currently I reside near Bishop, CA where I have been doing commissioned work and I occasionally have a few pieces for sale. My other passion is training my dogs for sheep herding and other dog sports.”
The Carson Valley Arts Council is in a capital campaign to raise funds to retire the debt on the Copeland Lumber Warehouse. To learn more about the Carson Valley Arts Council and its capital campaign click here or call (775) 782-8207. The Carson Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; donations may be tax deductible as allowed by law. Federal Tax ID #84-165