Tim Kapustka • Visual Artist | Graphic Designer *
Tim Kapustka is a graphic designer and artist living in Durango, Colorado. The son of two teachers (science & 2nd grade), he has a solid grasp on 2nd grade science. He grew up on Michigan’s lower peninsula in the shadow of the original Vlasic pickle plant. He still has a thriving love affair with the city of Detroit and that city’s baseballers, the Tigers.
By day, Tim runs Cabbage Creative, a full service design firm and is a founding member of Studio & Gallery. When not in the studio Tim enjoys spending time with his growing hammer collection and standing knee deep in the rivers and streams of Southwest Colorado. He has above average peripheral vision.
You can find prints and miscellaneous artifacts from Tim in the Cabbage Creative online shop.
Elizabeth Kinahan • Oil Painter
I moved out to Southwestern Colorado eight years ago from the East coast. I spent my first 24 years in suburban New Jersey, and was longing for a quieter life. I dreamt of fruit trees, wild animals and sprawling deserts, and knew I would find these things out west. After graduating from The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, I worked as a sign maker for a year, knowing that one day I would get in the car and drive across the country. The following August, I arrived in Durango.
Since that time I have been painting every day, refining my style and technique, in a process I hope never ends. My work is decidedly anthropomorphic, addressing the belief that humans are not inherently different from other living things. When I look at a cow with her calf, or magpie exploring the lawn for his breakfast, I cannot help but see that the same emotions and sensations we feel on a daily basis are shared by every other living creature. Firmly rooted in this belief, I see the need to care for all life the way we would our own family. I know the cries of an injured dog, or a ewe who has lost her lamb. These feelings are not exclusive to humans, neither are joy and playfulness, curiosity or shyness. While animals are capable of a full spectrum of emotion, I choose to depict them in their natural form, innocent, vulnerable and kind. My goal is to impart to the viewer a sense of majesty surrounding nature, with the notion that we should approach all living things with not just respect, but with reverence, and perhaps even awe.
Maureen May • Visual and Performance Artist
Maureen’s early studies at American Academy of Art in Chicago, under the tutelage of Eugene Hall, instilled a desire for challenge and experimentation. Maureen’s first taste of printmaking was at Barat College in Lake Forest, IL, followed by further studies at College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL under Dan Ziembo. Several years ago Maureen took her first workshop with D. Michael Coffee of Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts in Pagosa Springs, CO. There she learned Michael’s “Reductive Ink” method of printmaking, opening up the art of monoprint to a cache of possibilities. She finds the most natural expression of her current self in this form of printmaking.
Maureen has exhibited extensively throughout the US, and her work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections in the US and Europe.
Peter Hay • Visual Artist
Peter Hay is a painter, printmaker, and conceptual artist. His work is based upon embellishments of current ecological issues, which could be described as environmental realism. Hay received his Associates of Art from Northern Oklahoma College, Bachelors of Art from Northeastern State University, and Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University, where he held a Full Teaching Assistantship and graduated as an Academic Excellence Honoree. As an arts administrator, Hay was Director of Development and Public Relations for Living Arts of Tulsa and is currently Exhibits Director of Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO. In addition, Hay has completed several murals, worked as a freelance artist, and has participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally. These include shows at the First Street Gallery in New York City, The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK, the Louisiana State Achieve, the Palacio de Belles Artes, Rotunda in Manizales, Columbia, and Lessedra Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria
Carol Meckling • Visual Artist
A self portrait that I painted in kindergarten hangs in my studio and reminds me of the joy I’ve always gotten from making art. I can remember so clearly painting in my kindergarten classroom at Edgar Allan Poe Elementary School in the Chicago Suburbs. The satisfying feeling of moving the paint around on the paper and the self expression I was experiencing by making art helped me make sense of my world and my place in it. I started to see my world instead of just looking at it.
After receiving my BA in Studio Art, I eventually pursued my combined interest in art, psychology and counseling at Antioch New England Graduate School, studying Expressive Arts Therapy with an MA in Counseling Psychology. Art, psychology, mindfulness meditation, have all helped shape who I am as a person and an artist. Making art, observing the natural world, and observing the nature of things…they all are about the process, engaging fully in the present and staying there as best I can.
After a fulfilling career of helping others discover their medium for self expression, I migrated to Durango area to pursue my self expression full time. Living in this area and all that encompasses, has fueled my deeper exploration of painting, fiber art, mixed media and ceramics, leading to a surprising realization that amongst other things I am a landscape artist.
Crystal Hartman – Jeweler – Durango, Colo.
The impetus for Crystal’s work is process and a love of conversation. What she finds interesting are the connotations we attach to substance, the foundations from which everyday lives are interpreted, and the compassion required to appreciate divergent perspectives. A field of grass is just a field of grass; yet, in a breezy afternoon, when the sun shines through bright white clouds, it is alive and a part of us. Crystal believes that a man or woman’s hand can be felt in all that she touches and that her truth, or nature, when she creates grows in that artwork. In jewelry, Crystal has found a place to nurture beauty, she carves and cast each design with intent. Crystal is interested in history and believe that contemporary art and craft are defined by content, persistence, and collaboration.
Miki Harder – Visual Artist – Durango, Colo.
Paintbrush or clay in hand, it’s Miki’s deepest desire to share and express the joy she finds in the interplay of a connected natural world. Her style is constantly evolving as she tries to find the best way to convey silly, serious, micro, macro and the gorgeous underlying geometry of all things.
Miki earned a bachelors in Fine Art and Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Her work is diverse, from tile mosaic, welded sculpture, bronze sculpture, corporate tagging, book illustration, wall murals and painted renderings of whatever her current obsession is.
Lorna Meaden – Ceramic Artist – Durango, Colo.
My work is soda fired porcelain. It begins with the consideration of function, and the goal is for the form and surface of the pots to be interdependent. Making the work starts with a three dimensional division of space, continues with drawing on the surface, and finishes with the addition of color.
I am interested in having my work display both practical and extravagant attributes. I am drawn to work that is rich in ornamentation, with lavish use of materials- both scarce in a culture of mass production.
Functional pottery, in its connection to sustenance, closely relates to the human body, revealing what it means to be human. Handmade pots are potent in their power to reveal the extraordinary, within the ordinary. I am driven by the insatiable pursuit of the “good pot”. Successful in terms of tactile, visual, and functional attributes; lastingly significant when packed with the passion of the maker- reflecting humanity, and contributing to the craft.
George Schmidt - Visual Artist / Designer – Durango, Colo.
George Schmidt’s artwork reflects his interest in architecture, design, landscape, color and form. His two and three dimensional works investigate the ways that we inhabit spaces imaginatively and interactively. His work distills generative construction, landscape, geometric abstraction, and hand drawn pattern in a way that blends and merges the literal and the abstract. His palette and casually virtuosic paint handling create images that are invitingly effortless, layered and warmly colorful. George Schmidt has a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited his work in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lexington, Grand Rapids and his original hometown, Cincinnati. George Schmidt currently lives and works in Durango, Colorado.
Dan Groth - Visual Artist – Durango, Colo.
Dan Groth creates visionary, dream-like tableaus of mystery and subtle humor which explore the contrast between microcosm and macrocosm, as well as the passage of time. The result is what could be an illustration of dream, or at least a very strange book. He most commonly works in pen-and-ink, watercolor, and collage--but has recently expanded into printmaking. He also has been known to write, act, and play music; each of which influences his visual representations.
Dan was born and raised in Boulder County, Colorado, went to Luther College in Decorah, IA where he received a BA in Anthropology with a minor in art ('98). He first moved to Durango in 1998, and bounced around between various locations, including a 6-year stint in Portland, OR (2004-10). He's been back since 2011.
A list of some of the artists that we’ve had the pleasure of exhibiting:
Becca Conrad Whitehead
Kiley Tate Smith