Letter to Artists

Dear Friends of MOF: We are pleased to announce after two years of hard work, the Museum of Friends known, as MOF is about to open its doors to the public on October 19th, 2007 in Walsenburg, Colorado. MOF houses an eclectic collection of mostly contemporary art given to Brendt Berger and to Maria Cocchiarelli-Berger over the last few decades. If you are receiving this letter you probably have given a painting, a print or sculpture to one of them. Our newly designed website will be up and running in the next couple of months and there you will find that a virtual gallery exists in which all the artists’ works are in communication with one another. It is our hope that this virtual community spurs new exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Some of our friends are no longer with us and will not be able to be part of this opening celebration, however their work remains. A few such notables are Richard Mock, Aurora Cocchiarelli Jason Crum, Dan Christensen, Edna Magee, Tom Woodruf, Ken Showell, Frank Bolles, Peter Shoemaker, Perfirio Dedona, Bob Grenier, Charlotte Light, Earl Loren, Dilworth Faber, Al Loving, James Quinlin, Michael Califano, Payne Thiebaut, and Bill Ballantine. However, we are hoping that all who may be able to attend and see the new museum will be part of this celebration. Now, a little about this part of the world. Walsenburg is a small community of less than 4000 on the Santa Fe Trail 100 miles north of Taos, New Mexico. We are south of Denver about 150 miles. The closest airport is Colorado Springs where rental cars are available. MOF is located in the commercial section of downtown Walsenburg, and occupies over 5000 square feet of space above a local retail variety shop called “Duckwalls.” The floor that Brendt and Maria converted is the top floor and is imbued with great Rocky Mountain natural light from its many skylights. MOF is being established as a not-for-profit, 501C3 so that we may find the support and partners needed to make this a lasting reality. If you are able to make a monetary contribution to MOF at this point please contact Maria or Brendt to discuss the details. We are asking that you upon receiving this letter and internet invite would please forward it to those on the list who you may know may have moved or changed email address in the recent past, or forward to us. Also, if you would send us any catalogues or biographical information you may have regarding your work, we will include them in our resource library. Accommodations in the area are good with a newly restored historical hotel in town called La Plaza Inn. It is just one block away from the Museum on 6th Street. We have arranged for a group rate, some rooms include a kitchenette for those thinking of visiting longer. Please book in advance to be sure of the discount – see attached flyer. Also within walking distance are some great restaurants including Alys’ Fireside Café, just one door away. Fall in the Rockies may be a bit variable – ranging from snow to very warm, so please be sure to research the weather and bring some comfortable attire as you may want to explore the many wonderful hiking and walking tours in the vicinity. Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to telephone or email us if you wish to discuss the Museum or our plans. Best Regards, Brendt and Maria