Posts Tagged ‘Gerald Merfeld’

Brookwood Gallery Winter Show

December 4, 2008

The Brookwood Gallery in Westcliffe held an opening last weekend for its Winter Show Nov. 29- Dec. 31 . The show features paintings in oil and pastel by artists Gerald Merfeld (kneeling at left) and Lorie Merfeld-Batson (center), as well as photography by Elizabeth Merfeld (right). The gallery itself is a beautiful setting, and the artwork is fantastic.

News comes this week that Cox Enterprises is seeking to sell the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and Scripps wants to sell the Rocky Mountain News, along with its share in tens of millions in operating debt. It will be interesting to see how many people line up to buy those two fossils of the media business. Meanwhile Gannett is reportedly laying off 2,000 workers, and Editor and Publisher reports than several cities will be without a newspaper as soon as 2010.

Recently I had the opportunity to watch the movie “Comes a Horseman,” which was filmed in the Wet Mountain Valley and starred James Caan, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards and, my favorite, Richard Farnsworth. My renewed interest in photography, especially what I call “livestock scenics,” have brought into focus the dramatic changes that have occured in this area since the movie was filmed in 1978. The film simply could not be made now due to the number of houses, roads and other development features such as radio towers, power lines, signs, etc. Recently I took a photo with my digital camera using the LCD screen. I thought I had a great scenic until I got it home to the computer and found there was a huge trophy home spoiling the scene.

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How I got my ass painted in Westcliffe

June 30, 2008

I had the pleasure of getting my ass painted recently at an art workshop sponsored by the Sangres Art Guild and taught by local renowned artist Gerald Merfeld, owner of the Brookwood Gallery in Westcliffe. I was invited to model with my partner Redbo the saddle donkey. The workshop was held at Merfeld’s studio southwest Westcliffe. Ten students of varying experience attended and worked from live models in different media (watercolors, oils and acrylics) for an intense five days, with instruction and demonstrations at times from Merfeld. Redbo and I did two hourlong morning poses, one standing, and one in the saddle. The standing pose was difficult for the painters because Redbo kept trying to eat Gerald’s luscious grass and would not hold still. Meanwhile I got a great biceps workout trying to keep his head up. However, he was great once I put the saddle on for the second pose. It was much easier for me — I got to sit down. But holding the “looking off into the sunset” pose for that timeframe was not as easy as it looks. All in all it was a great time and I got to meet some interesting people, as well as reacquaint with a couple of the artists that I happened to know from other endeavors over the years.