"Urban and Folk Tales"
Artist: Susan Blosten
Koelbel Library - West and South Galleries.
Artist's Statement: Susan Blosten presents "Urban and Folk Tales" a show of mixed media artworks. The artist uses a wide variety of materials in found objects to create street-scapes and depictions of folk tales. Past winner of the "Wide Open Whatever" at Core (Denver); "Best of Mixed Media" at Own an Original (Littleton) and "Judge's Award" at the Tactile Art Show(Louisville, CO), Blosten twice won grants to go to France from the Alliance Francaise de Denver and Paris is a favorite subject. She also won a National Endowment for the Arts grant to work with adults with profound developmental disabilities and has taught drawing to children of all ages.
"The Natural World"
Artist: Catherine Mason
Smoky Hill Library
Artist's Statement: Nature is such an inspiration to me, so my travels frequently lead me into the wilderness. We are the beneficiaries of one of life’s greatest gifts - our protected national parks which stand like precious cathedrals beckoning. To catch a glimpse of the rugged coastline, a grizzly bear in a meadow, towering Sequoia trees or magnificent mountains formed millions of years ago renews my spirit and fills me with awe. My goal is to capture and convey the beauty of the natural world through photographs. By sharing these images, I hope the viewer is also inspired to take advantage of the grandeur that is all around.
"Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike." --John Muir
Artist: Vija Rogozina
Artist's Statement: Do you know that there are more neural connections in a single cubic centimeter of human brain tissue then there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy? Do you know that a human body contains approximately 100 trillion cells? Inside each cell there is a black blob called nucleus. Inside the nucleus are two complete sets of the human genome contained in 23 chromosomes. Do you know that the specific regions of the adult brain actually do grow new neurons? And most importantly, do you know that the perception of your mind is reflected in the chemistry of your body?
The deeper we look into ourselves the more spellbound by the infinite mystery and potential of our own design we become. We are truly works of the divine nature, even on the tangible neurobiological level. Our matter is quite magical, literally!
The Ancient Greek aphorism 'know thyself' is one of the Delphic maxims; it has also been one of the leading principles in Vija's life and work path. Her latest creative expression is informed by theory and practice of neuroplasticity and mindfulness, study of human consciousness and teaching practical neuroscience and meditation.