Artists Talk on Art

Exodus by Paul Biron copyright 2008
One of the images on view at 109 E. Sixth St. through Sept. 28

Don’t forget the “Artist Talk on Art” with nature photographer Paul Biron, Friday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 to 7 pm, at 600 Main Street, on ground floor. Admission is $5.00 and members are free.

September 21, 2012, 8:47 am

Artist in Residence program events

Our first-ever artist in residence, British photographer Zoe Childerley, has arrived and will be taking portraits of community members in her studio in the 600 Main Street Gallery on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays noon – 4 pm. Come be a part of her project, “Where’s Walsenburg?”

June 22, Friday, 5:30 to 7pm -“Artists Talk on Art” Series.
Zoe Childerley, will show images of her work with discussion following.

July 5, Thursday, 5:30 to 7pm – Photography Workshop
“How to take a good photo” with Zoe and contribute your images to the Where’s Walsenburg community Program.

July 20, Friday, 5:30 to 7pm – “Artists Talk on Art” Series.
An overview of the images created during Zoe’s artist-in-residence program “Where’s Walsenburg” and participants’ images from the workshop.

August 24, Friday, 6pm to 8pm – EXHIBITION OPENING, Where’s Walsenburg? The images of Zoe Childerley with an exhibition of “Portraits from the Heart” by Eudora Welty

This program is made possible with funding by Colorado Creative Industries.

June 1, 2012, 12:28 pm

Film: “Peggy Zehring – in process” at Fox Theater

Kenny Schneider will present his film “Peggy Zehring – in
process” at the Fox Theater, a documentary filmed in Zehring’s
studio that explores who she is as an artist.

August 11, 2010, 10:59 am

“Artists Talk on Art” – Peggy Zehring

Peggy Zehring, Multi-Media artist with an exhibition on the
2nd Floor of MOF, will discuss her work, process and teaching

, 10:54 am

“Artists Talk on Art” – Terri Madigan, Friends Over the River

Terri Madigan, Area Director for Friends of Over the River will
give a presentation of Over The River Project, answer questions
and inform supporter of how they can be involved. Over
The River a project proposed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
(now deceased) to build a site specific art work along a stretch
of the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City.

, 10:52 am

Opening Reception: Berger, Fleming, Zehring show

Showing August 14 through October 30, three distinctive artists share their vision as the museum inaugurates its fabulous new gallery space.

On display in the new first-floor space are the large paintings of Brendt Berger and sculptures by Linda Fleming.

In the more intimate setting of the second floor gallery, Peggy Zehring displays a series of her recent mixedmedia works.

JOIN US AUGUST 14, 5 TO 7 P.M., for an opening reception with the artists.

, 10:18 am

A Day in Walsenburg with Eddie

New Mexico ceramic artist Eddie Dominquez is captured in a 50-minute film by renowned artist and film maker Ken Schneider, which will be shown one night only at the Fox Theater in Walsenburg on July 22 at 5:30 pm. Admission is free. The film, “A Day in Walsenburg with Eddie,” chronicles Dominguez on a walking tour of his artwork, which is presently on display at both the Museum of Friends and the Huerfano County Courthouse.  The exhibition(s) remain on view through July 31st.  For more information, please call MOF at 719-738-2858 or visit our website at www.museumoffriends.orgThe Museum of Friends is a 501 C-3 educational facility.

July 16, 2009, 8:19 pm

Tierra Culture (Cultural Landscapes): The Art of Eddie Dominquez


            The Museum of Friends, located in Walsenburg, Colorado is pleased to announce the opening of Tierra Culture (Cultural Landscapes): The Art of Eddie Dominquez.   An afternoon celebration on May 5 from 2 to 5:30 pm will include tours through the exhibition at two locations.  In collaboration with the Huerfano County Commissioners, this exhibition may be viewed at both the Huerfano County Courthouse and the Museum of Friends.  Cultural Landscapes will be on view from April 25 through July 31, 2009. 

            Artist Eddie Dominquez is a native of Tucumcari, New Mexico, and currently teaches ceramics at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and then completed graduate work at Alfred College in Ceramics in Alfred, New York. Mr. Dominquez’ sculptures, ceramics and works on paper express his rich Hispanic and Indigenous cultural background through contemporary art.  He commented, “By combining ideas of contemporary painting, sculpture and crafts into multimedia forms my vision becomes realized.  It is informed by my love of the land, a sense of nostalgia for home and ideas of culture.  Themes of joy, sentimentality, celebration, loss, humor, environmental beauty and destruction imbue my work with content.”

            Dominquez creates sculptures that make reference to familiar functional items found in the home.  For the exhibitions in Walsenburg, the sculptures on view explore themes found in rosaries, plant life, crucifixes, and figurative torsos.  His interest began by seeing the roadside memorials for those lost in auto accidents along the highway.  The torso sculptures also relate to the idea of landscape by incorporating imagery of sky, land and vegetation.  Dominquez work relates well to the Museum of Friends mission in that he attributes the influence of his Aunt who filled her house with quilts, doilies, crocheted curtains, braided rugs and shrines – “art was my next-door neighbor making a quilt; it was my aunt crocheting, or my mother making a dress.  The most honest influences that I have had can be found in the little things of my home.”  Similarly, at the Museum of Friends one will view other artists who have been influenced by living art and the experience of contributing their skills in every day expressions of creativity. 

            The Museum of Friends is available for group tours of this exhibition, and provides a school-tour program k-12 for our community.  The tour would include a portion of it in the Huerfano County Courthouse (except on Saturdays).  Also in keeping with Eddie Dominquez intent he states “from my earliest memories, I always felt a responsibility to do community work, to bring art to places where art doesn’t live.  I would hope that if I have ever done anything important, it would be that I brought art into the life of many people.”  Mr. Dominquez will be presenting a walk through tour beginning at the Courthouse (401 Main Street) at 3 pm, on Friday, May 29th.  The tour will continue to the Museum of Friends where it will conclude. 

            Please call if you have any questions.




The Museum of Friends is opened on Tuesday through Friday noon to 5 pm; Saturdays noon to 5 pm; Closed Mondays, and Sundays.  For Group and School-tour programs special hours may be arranged.  The Huerfano County Courthouse is opened Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.



April 18, 2009, 2:24 pm

New Show at the Huerfano County Courthouse

Huerfano County Commissioners and the Museum of Friends Present

                                                        The New Show

                                   The Third, Satellite Exhibition of 2008

                        November 14th through March, 2009

     Many of the artists included in our inaugural exhibition at the Courthouse,

March to June 08, are currently represented in The New Show.  You will be pleased to see paintings, sculptures, and fabric works, not previously viewed in this space.

            The arts are alive in the Huerfano and surrounding communities.  All of the artists included are from this County plus Pueblo, except for Charles Strong – although a native Coloradoan – currently resides in Taos, New Mexico.  Charles’ oil painting “The White Rose” on canvas, 2008, commemorates the lives of political artist resistance fighters during the Nazi period in Germany. Charles, a world traveler, became aware of the White Rose while visiting Germany.  The White Rose student group began in 1943, in Munich, 60 years ago as resistance to Hitler and the Third Reich, passing out leaflets containing a passionate appeal to Germans to engage in passive resistance to the prevailing policies.  Ruthlessly suppressed, the students were tracked down and executed by the Gestapo almost immediately.  Charlie’s work of the last three years honors these heroic resistance fighters by asking the question:   

                                                         Would you join the white rose?

Another work that questions our current political reality –this time – in the United States, is David Martinez’s “The Mighty War Machine”.  David is a Walsenburg resident, and descentent of La Plaza de Los Leones founders.  David attended Trinidad State Junior College, University of Southern Colorado and New Mexico State University with major interest in Art and Mathematics.

David’s water/oil painting on view is composed of various distorted pieces signifying as he stated: “…many entities engaged in the war in Iraq. The elephant eats a leaf, shaped like a coffin,

                                          the meager gains of war.”   

            Joan Hanley in our inaugural exhibition showed a relief painting.  In The New Show we get a glimpse of Joan’s talent as a sculptor.  “The Bather with Attitude” is a bronze sculpture that represents Hanley’s figurative work from 1990’s.  She commented that this work represents “an expression of the power of the female spirit.”   Joan has successfully used her talents as an artist in many endeavors in the fine art arena – well respected in our community, and many other locales.

            Peggy Zehring is well known in our area as an instructor, painter and founder of the

La Veta School of the Arts.  Recently, she had a one-person show in New York City, at the Montserrat Gallery that met with great success and acclaim.

            Paul Alhadef was a Walsenburg resident until recently when we lost him to Pueblo.  The   photographic portrait on view called “Tammy,” depicts his wife, a multi-talented writer and artist.  His photographic portraits are very strong, while using the environment of the Huerfano and surrounding Counties with heightened color.  Paul draws from his experience as a fashion photographer to create dramatic effects.  He has a thriving photography and web site design business in Pueblo. 

            Also living in Pueblo, is Bobby Valentine who was recently included in MOF’s permanent collection.  Valentine has two large-scale photographs on loan at MOF that depict the majesty of Mt. Blanca and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  For The New Show, Valentine has included a giclee print titled “Conveyor” which shows another side of this talented photographer – his interest in urban industrialized settings.  Valentine runs where he produces prints for many of the artists in this show.

            Dean Fleming one of the most notable artists from our area – Libre –was recently acknowledged for his lifetime achievement in art making at the University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum’s Art Exhibition called “Re-imagining Space – the Park Place Gallery in New York in the 60’s,” it runs through January 09. ”   He was one of 10 artists who initiated a movement in abstract art referred to as the 4th dimension by the curator of the exhibition, Professor Linda Henderson.  In The New Show exhibition, Dean Fleming’s “Woods #4” demonstrates how his evolution as an artist is reflected in his most recent works while remaining consistent with his original theories. 

            Dave Roberts is best known for his work as an early advocate of recycling and a mentor to young artists in this state.  Dave reuses industrial waste to create his 2 and 3 dimensional art works.  For The New Show,  Dave’s two-dimensional print, and sculpture illustrate just how diverse this artist is.  “Compositional study of “Guernica” in Architectural form” is a giclee print made from Dave’s original work inspired by Pablo Picasso’s painting “Guernica”, circa 1937.  Picasso shows the Nazi German bombing of Guernica, Spain, killing 250 to 1,600 people.  In it he shows the tragedies of war and suffering it inflicts on humankind.  Dave appropriates the composition and leads the viewer to the past while questioning the present.            

James Robieson’s limited edition laser print on canvas reflects his experimentation with computer technology, graphics and filmmaking. 

            Beth Harper has recently completed her undergraduate work at Goddard College in which she explored the rich visual inspiration of her surroundings as a resident of Walsenburg.  For more than one year, Harper’s work at MOF as our first college intern was instrumental in getting MOF on the map.  Her fabric piece “Untitled” represents her deep commitment as an emerging artist.

Judith Baker Montano is an internationally recognized fiber artist.  Her work is included in numerous public and private collections.  The intricacies and delicacies of her vision are magical.  The whole world-view represented in a miniature setting is delightful while remaining unbelievable to the viewer.  Her works for The New Show are fantasy seascapes, and called “Underwater Sea garden”, 2007, and are mixed media.

Ralph Price, a long time Gardner resident known for his home movies, and cultivation of tomatoes, exhibits a photograph and drawing for The New Show.

Brendt Berger, the curator of The New Show, chose Maria Cocchiarelli’s large acrylic on hand-made paper  “Family,” dated 2000.   Berger commented: this painting is bold with ambition, color – physically sensuous, while remaining remarkably innocent.  “Family” is a joy to behold as it suggests the intimacy of a family outing.   Cocchiarelli currently lives in Gardner and is the Co-Founder of the Museum of Friends in Walsenburg.   She has worked extensively as an educator, public and fine artist, in the museum, school, and university setting.  Her work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Berger selected his own work called “F Train” from 1989 due to his 25 year interest in using found materials.  Here he uses a packing crate found in his Brooklyn neighborhood and the red lead paint of government surplus difficult to dispose of except to willing artists.  The painting represents a late night commute on the F Train subway.  It is oil on wood, measuring 59” x 78.”

Berger currently lives in Gardner and is Co-Founder of the Museum of Friends in Walsenburg.  

He will be teaching a class at the La Veta School of the Arts in Summer, 09.

We are hopeful that as more visitors see the talent represented in The New Show, we might pique their interest to take a walk down the street and make a visit to MOF.

                                    Brendt Berger and Maria Cocchiarelli-Berger,

                                                                        October 08, Walsenburg

November 12, 2008, 7:54 am


On Monday, June 16th the first group of student participants from Peakview School Summer Session were treated to a special introduction to the Museum of Friends. Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers Carolyn Brown, Marilyn Kelly and Tobias de Herrara planned with Maria C-Berger of MOF to design the School-Tour “Visual Images” menu selection with insects and patterns as the focus. The 26 students walked from Peakview down Main Street to kick-off the program. Once inside, they were offered an assortment of objects found in nature to handle and examine closely. Large shells, sea horses, pine cones, illustrated the natural patterns found in nature such as the spiral, and branching pattern. There was even a giant sequoia tree pinecone that wowed the audience/participants. Examples from MOF’s art collection that draw on pattern for inspiration such as Arnold Weschler’s abstraction began a useful discussion to help the students become sensitive to what they would be seeing during their tour. Likewise, insects, an endless fascination to both children and artists alike are found in Roberto Juarez’s and Frank Viner’s narrative works.The large group was divided into five smaller groups with one adult leader – including aid Lee Anne Webb, and high school intern Frank Garcia equipped with pencil and paper each student found some pattern or insect that became their art. After, an hour and a half the children returned to their classroom to continue their work on these themes. The whole event took place right here in Walsenburg. It was an amazing experience. Beth Harper and Brendt Berger were also on hand to help realize our goals. The staff of the Museum of Friends will present a post-project in their classroom next week to create prints based on their experience here. Watch for the date for the new exhibition at the Courthouse that will feature this work.

June 16, 2008, 2:23 pm