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Russell/Patterson art show planned

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2012

Artists from left are Phoebe, Jocelyn and Sue.

ALAMOSA — Phoebe Russell, along with her daughter Jocelyn and encore Guest Artist, Sue Patterson, will be showing new works of art this weekend at the Inn of the Rio Grande (Ramada) in Alamosa. Jocelyn and Phoebe have held an annual exhibit for many years now and this will be Sue’s second year to join the mother/daughter team.

Phoebe has been creating new and fun small paintings this year, focusing on florals, Valley scenery and hummingbirds. This summer she visited an Iris Farm in New Mexico and delighted in the variety of flowers for future paintings. She brings over 70 years of art experience to her works, with her early paintings and sketches from college demonstrating her future potential. Phoebe has had a hand in nearly every art form, including pottery, weaving, and jewelry-making. She finds water media to be her continued favorite and the local patrons of her artwork seldom leave a painting unclaimed at the close of the show.

Sue Patterson lives here in Alamosa in the beautiful San Luis Valley. Her water media paintings share her love of landscapes, vintage automobiles, travel, flora, and gardening.

Sue’s work for this year’s show is primarily vintage automobiles, however she is introducing new work in the form of welded scrap metal sculptures. For many years Sue has had a desire to learn the basics of welding, so she enrolled in a welding class at TSJC last Spring. Picking through salvage yards for castoff scrap metal has become one of Sue’s favorite pastimes. She generally lets the pieces and shapes reveal their possibilities rather than having a preconceived idea of what to create. Sue takes great pleasure in knowing that the found objects will be ‘re-purposed’ to create a work of art.

Sue’s work is also at the Maverick Potter in Salida, and All Good Things Gallery in Monte Vista. Jenna Ford (owner of All Good Things) and Sue are finalizing plans for a beginner watercolor workshop in Monte Vista this January.

Jocelyn returns again to the Valley from her current residence in Friday Harbor, Washington. Born and raised in Alamosa, she enjoys the chance to bring new works for viewing by those who have supported her art career here through the years.

This year Jocelyn will have several new bronze sculptures and is anxious to display a few pieces in progress for her upcoming Survival Series, an exciting and novel direction in interactive sculpture! Although she has a strong body of African and North American wildlife sculptures, she will also have a handful of small original paintings, some of which depict the wildlife of Denali National Park. Jocelyn and her husband Michael recently completed an inspirational photo safari to the park during the most glorious days of autumn, when the abundant wildlife was accented by the reds and golds of the season.

She has several ongoing monument commissions, including a life size mustang mare and foal for the beautiful Riverwalk in Pueblo.

Those interested in attending are invited to the opening reception this Friday, November 16th from 4 to 9 p.m. The show will continue Saturday the 17th from 12-7 p.m. and Sunday the 18th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.JocelynRussell.com, www.SuePattersonArt.com and/or call Phoebe at 589-2393.

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