Inspiring Stories by Local Artist

Several artists come out to show works of art

Belen Ward
bward@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/29/21

The range of local creativity that was on display at the Fort Lupton Public & School Library’s 3rd annual Community Art show is now moving online. The library hosted the show Nov. 5-9. Now, all …

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Inspiring Stories by Local Artist

Several artists come out to show works of art

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The range of local creativity that was on display at the Fort Lupton Public & School Library’s 3rd annual Community Art show is now moving online.

The library hosted the show Nov. 5-9. Now, all of the art pieces entered in the show can be virtually viewed at https://www.fortluptonco.gov/971/3rd-Annual-Community-Art-Show.

Displays ranged from the work of a historian who sculpts found art, a furniture refurbisher’s creative outlet, a photographer who integrates science into art, a nature painter who strives to bring the viewer into the scene and a high school student who started drawing as a child.

Holly Sheldon, a Fort Lupton High School Science teacher since 2007 and runs the school planetarium, incorporates her photography with science.

“Science was always a family thing, my mom was a science gal, and she taught all of us kids to love it,” said Sheldon.

Sheldon has been taking pictures her whole life.

“I convinced my mom and grandma to buy me the early 35-millimeter camera when I was a sophomore in High School- it was my senior gift. I carried it with me everywhere and used that camera until I wore it out. Then I carried the little one shot,” said Sheldon.

Her photo is a picture of the Milky Way that she took in central Wyoming at Casper Alcova reservoir on Labor Day.

“I had some friends that were the architects of the big firework show that they put on the island and the lake. I wanted to try to photograph it,” said Sheldon. “It was dark and I just drove around the edge of the lake until I ran out a road and got out and started taking pictures.”

Marilyn Wratislaw is a Fort Lupton High School senior and has been drawing since she was a little girl. It was when her mom knew that she had a talent for art.

“I took the art classes at Ames Community College, and I take the advance art classes at the high school learning graphic design and doing some independent studies relating to art with Ms. Uttich, an artist in the community, “ said Wratislaw.

Wratislaw learned how to work with graphite in her Ames Community College class when her teacher gave her a box of graphic pencils.

“I didn’t know the page dimensions and it was supposed to be smaller. I was listening to Billie Eilish and it inspired me so, I started drawing a huge giant portrait of Eilish. It had to be black and white,” said Wratislaw.

She also created another piece of art with dots called felt pen stippling to create the image. Wratislaw will be graduating this year and is currently applying for colleges to study computer science.

“I want to get a good job in animation and the game industry and do my other art as a hobby,” Wratislaw said.

Historian Jacquelyn Smith presents historical insights at the Fort Lupton Library and the Senior Center in Brighton about the Victorian era death rituals, and tombstone symbolism.

“I love doing history,” said Smith.

When Smith is not studying, researching, analyzing, and interpreting history, she has a passion for creating found art. She created a sculpture out of a maple syrup bottle. It took her two years to find and pick out particular pieces to build the sculpture to make it look like it was found in the sea.

“I used coins that have a starfish and I used flakes of mica to represent silver or gold. Of course, the skeletons took me the longest to find the right size to fit on the jar. Then she added broken jewelry, keys, seashells and I put corn in it. There are all kinds of things in the bottle, “ Smith said.

Smith taught art at the Fort Lupton Library but now teaches art at the Senior Center in Fort Lupton.

Fun learning

Karla Ash is an administrator working remotely for Goal Academy. It is one of the largest online high schools.

“I work on a spreadsheet with three monitors all day long, so I needed a creative outlet. So I started painting furniture first.

When COVID hit, it was difficult for Ash to find used furniture, and nobody was buying or selling it.

“So I started doing alcohol ink honesty- I never considered myself an artist and never had any formal training. I am having fun learning- I’m going to keep exploring alcohol ink,” said Ash.

Ash’s technique when painting, she uses a drop of ink and then adds some alcohol. Then she uses a hairdryer wand to move the ink around to create the desired design. Ash has already sold one of her pieces from the art show. She is also going to continue to paint and restore furniture with unique designs.

Observing nature

Terri Kopfman has been interested in visual arts since childhood through 4-H, middle and high school.

“My work this year is based on observing nature and its delicate changes. I enjoy creating artwork that asks the viewer to look deeper into the surface. I find it important while developing my conceptual idea to push technique while always considering the Elements of Art and Principals of Design, “ said Kopfman.

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