The Creamery Arts Center invites all to warm up for winter and attend the January opening reception starring quilt maker Lois Fritz and painter Wanda Brunemeier. The festivities will be held Friday night, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.
This cozy show will be on display until Feb. 10.
Lois Fritz is one of the Creamery's longtime valued members. She originally joined the Arts Center as a jeweler displaying her unique semi precious stone settings, belt buckles and jewelry. In addition she began showing her quilted pieces. Fritz states, "From the time I was a child, using scrap paper and crayons, and cutting figures out of the old Montgomery Ward catalogs to make paper dolls, I have loved color. While raising our three children, mostly on dairy farms, I made clothes for the kids, and true patchwork quilts, mostly from thrift shop fabrics. In the late '70s I entered the nursing field as an aide, LPN and RN. As the 'nest' emptied, I moved to Washington state, where I found time and fabric shops! I bought a new sewing machine, a couple of quilt books, and dived in, mostly baby quilts at first. After five years in Alaska (three with Indian Health at Barrow), I returned to Hotchkiss and worked in local nursing homes and at Delta hospital until I retired in 2002.
Sharing the Peach Gallery with Fritz is treasured member Wanda Brunemeier. She has been instrumental in contributing to the Creamery Art Center's after school program with generous donations from her frame shop Mattes & More. Brunemeier began painting 30 years ago and says, "I have not found my niche yet because I paint all types of things from whimsy to fine art detail, including animals, flowers, native art, and ocean scenery. If I like the subject, I'll paint it — even if I don't, I'll try it. As an artist, I started painting in oils 25 years ago and recently have tried other mediums like pastels, watercolors, oil pastels, ink and clay sculpture. I have worked all my life in service-related jobs, interior decorating, sales and advertising until I started Mattes & More."
Brunemeier currently operates her antique store and works part time at Mattes & More, a business she started with her daughter that offers artists affordable matting and framing. She enjoys helping customers see their artwork come to life as she helps them create custom displays without breaking the bank. Wanda, now semi-retired, still plays a large role at Mattes & More, and has personally trained her staff to be able to help each customer with their individual needs.
The opening party will offer refreshments, micro brews and local wines. The Creamery Arts Center is located at 165 W. Bridge Street, Hotchkiss.For more information call 872-4848 or visit www.creameryartscenter.org. Winter hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.blog comments powered by Disqus