Visiting Artist for September Cheryl Bannes

Joining us for the last 2½ weeks in September is Cheryl Bannes, a mixed media artist from Lewistown, Montana. Cheryl is inspired to interpret the landscape and the natural shapes that she sees around her and create them in metal, paint, or mixed media. During her residency, Cheryl will be using her uninterrupted time to explore the idea that you can “build” a painting, experimenting with creating art that would incorporate paint with natural found objects. Some of Cheryl’s lovely jewelry is currently for sale in our Gift Shop.

Cheryl will present two workshops, teaching how to make a pin, earrings, and a bracelet on Wednesday and Thursday, September 26 & 27 from 7pm to 9pm at the Center.  The workshops are free and offered as a part of the Continental Divide Folk School.   There is a small materials charge of $2.00 for each workshop.  On one night participants will make a pin, and the second night they will make a bracelet or earrings.

Bring long nose pliers, and some copper wire and beads if you have them.

Cheryl’s statement about her art:
I feel that the possiblities are endless when it comes to art, ways to create and ways to express yourself. I fell in love with working with metal and creating with a variety of materials while still in high school which led me to study 3D art with an emphaisis in metalsmithing in college. I am inspired by ancient works of art and find inspiration for designs in nature. When I make jewelry I believe it should be a very wearable piece of artwork that becomes part of and enhances, not overpowers the wearer. When I create decorative art I want it to be interesting, different and fun for both the artist and anyone who views the artwork.