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Six Visions exhibit shows art variety at CWC gallery
Ten-year-old Colten Fried took a photo of his brother Phoenix Fried, 5, in front of Halee Heerman's artwork during the "Six Visions" artist reception Tuesday in the Central Wyoming College Robert A. Peck Arts Center Gallery. Photo by Katie Roenigk

Six Visions exhibit shows art variety at CWC gallery

Dec 5, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Six Fremont County artists with distinctly different styles teamed up this year to showcase their work at the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Gallery at Central Wyoming College.

The "Six Visions" exhibit includes pottery, watercolors, sculptures, jewelry and clothing crafted by local women who were honored during a reception Tuesday at the college.

"What I like best is the variety," potter and jeweler Wendy Heerman said during the event. "Everybody is really set in their own medium."

Colten Fried, 10, and Phoenix Fried, 5, were especially drawn to the work of Heerman's daughter, Halee Heerman, whose fantasy-themed paintings and drawings filled one of the gallery's walls. The boys attended the exhibit with their grandmother and great-grandmother, but they were sure to take a picture of some pieces to show their dad.

"We wanted to introduce the boys to great artists and a little bit of culture," grandma Joyce Fried said. "It's wonderful to see Riverton having these events to promote the arts. ... We said we had to come be sophisticated."

For Joyce and her mother, Joan Hampton, the wool work by artist Kathi Miller stood out. Others appreciated the jewelry or admired hand-made platters and other sculptures for sale.

Artist Sallie Wesaw said she was "tickled" by the turnout of friends, family and neighbors at the gallery.

"It's an exciting evening," the retired CWC art instructor said.

Photographer and painter Vickie Blake-Francis agreed, calling the experience "surreal."

"Everybody is so different, but it's cohesive too," she said of the exhibit, which also included local painter and collage artist Judy Spillman.

Many of Blake-Francis's photos celebrated hyper-local images familiar to most residents of Fremont County. For example, several shots depicted a puddle of ice at the Fremont County Fairgrounds that caught her attention last year. A plaque next to the images outlined her experience taking the photos.

"I took a couple of shots of the puddle every Wednesday for nine weeks, and I was really amazed with the results," she wrote. "Art comes in many forms if you take the time to look, so please look, search and enjoy."

Blake-Francis encouraged anyone interested to visit the exhibit before it closes Jan. 25.

After that, Wesaw said, people should start thinking of their own concepts for shows at CWC. She said art gallery manager Alec Henderson is seeking proposals for local showcases; to contact him e-mail alec@cwc.edu or call 855-2002.

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