Cathy Stiers, Nederland
The High Peaks Art Festival has seven Nederland artists exhibiting with us this year. While the event does always enjoy showcasing the talent of regional and out-of-state artists, we especially love to exhibit artwork created right here in Nederland.
Ceramic sculptor Judi Miller was raised overseas, primarily in Brazil and Thailand. “My parents were really into travel and art, so I grew up inspired by sculpture, paintings, temples and cathedrals, which were a huge influence in my life.”
She received a degree in Studio Arts from Michigan State University with an emphasis in ceramics. After taking a class with renowned clay sculptor Caroline Douglas, her work became more sculptural, including female forms and temples. She currently teaches Child/Parent clay classes at the Pottery Lab in Boulder.
Judi has been an invited artist at the Loveland Sculpture Invitational show for the past four years.
David Jessup is always a Festival favorite. His fabricated handmade containers are created using hypertufa—a mixture of cement and lightweight materials such as peat, perlite and vermiculite. David will be showcasing his birdbaths, succulent planters, and many other unique containers for gardening. “My life is all about art. I strive to create natural and organic looking products that people will be happy to own.”
Jessica Ansari was born and raised in a small seaside town in Northern England, but now lives and loves the high altitude life in Nederland, Colorado. Her preferred medium is acrylic paints on canvas, but she also works as a graphic designer in the digital field.
After completing a BFA in Art & English at CU Boulder, she trained in graphic design. Her creative design studio, Dizzy Mammoth, was formed in 2013. “ I think High Peaks Art Festival has a uniquely fun atmosphere. There are tons of talented artists and friendly folk. Last year I met so many interesting locals and visitors alike, heard loads of fun stories, made friends and had a great time!”
Photographer Pat Hayes has been capturing beautiful images of nature for over 30 years. He has exhibited at the Festival for many years and has won Best of Photography twice here. “I thoroughly enjoys the outdoors and hope my images will convey my love of nature and inspire you to visit and help protect these magnificent places and the wildlife they support.”
Rocky Stiers has been designing and creating sterling silver jewelry full-time since 1979. While reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy and enjoying his new home in Nederland, Rocky was inspired by a quote from Gimli, a dwarf warrior, who said “We have wrought the image of those mountains into many works of metal and stone.”
The quote reminded Rocky of the Flatirons. “ I thought – those are cool mountains, I should work their image into jewelry.” His textured rendition of the Flatirons (“Rocky’s Mountains”) has become his signature piece. In 2009,he created “Heart of the Rockies” and that too has become a favorite with his customers. This will be Rocky’s 8th year as an exhibitor at the Festival.
Tania Corvalan and Russ Filippello founded Wandering Blue Studios in 1997. Tania creates wheel-thrown functional pottery and Russ creates slab-rolled dinnerware and vases. The intricate patterns and textures on Russ’s pieces are made using handmade stamps that he has also designed. In addition, Russ also has learned lampworking, a technique he uses to create beautiful glass pendants.
Tania expresses her love of her craft as “evoking art within everyday activities. Pottery is amazing because it allows the little brief moments of art to occur as frequently as a person’s last meal or coffee break.”
Be sure to stop by the High Peaks Art Festival in Town Square on June 28-29 to meet all these amazing artists who are creating right here in our community!