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May 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
On the second Thursday of each month, the Salida Council for the Arts presents the Creative Mixer from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the SteamPlant’s Paquette Gallery. Artists working in all genres are encouraged to attend and meet like-minded people, to share influences and news, to soak up fresh ideas, and to be inspired by the energy that makes Salida a center of support and expression.
Each mixer begins at 5:30pm in the Paquette Gallery, where we are treated to a visual feast of the current artwork on display in the Paquette Gallery. The exhibiting artist briefly talks about their work, their need to express, and their unique perspective.
See the works of this months featured artist, Ted Fish , and enjoy his artwork in person!
While guests chat and view the current exhibition, live music plays; musicians are hired to share their passions and news of their upcoming gigs. We’ve enjoyed banjo tunes, cello, classic country vocals, jazz guitar, and classical flute.
Everyone is always invited. The council provides tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar is open for business. Sometimes the connections seeded at the Creative Mixer have led to some incredible collaborative works and new friendships!
Ted Fish, my husband, died unexpectedly just over two years ago leaving a rather large portfolio of work. Ted is generally known for ceramic heads or the cement head in the river (now in the SteamPlant Sculpture Garden); however, he also painted in acrylic and other mediums and sculpted in stone.
Several friends and fellow artists suggested I put together a retrospective show of his work. Two years later I finally got it together and this is what you see today.
I hope you enjoy the work and remember Ted with a smile.
By Ted Fish
Ted drew his inspiration from cultures around the world and interpreted them for the contemporary viewer. Over 20 years ago, Ted realized that if he did not start creating art, he never would; thus, began his experimentation with clay. After receiving a BFA with a concentration in ceramics (his second useless degree, the first being a BA in political science), he began sculpting heads in clay, stone, and concrete, and painting in acrylic and water color.
All of his work resulted from his interest in the power of primitive and ancient art and how such art connects the contemporary, meditative and contemplative mind. Images from 30,000 years of art in places throughout the world, such as Egypt, South America, Africa, and Polynesia, are connected with real life experiences. Sculpting and painting objects allowed him to find in an interior space, a response beyond the intellect, an emotional reaction. For him it is created life out of nothing.
Several of his contemporary primitive works are included in Lark Books 2004 publication, 500 Figures in Clay. He won the Laguna Clay Award at the “Colorado Clay Exhibition, 2003”, Foothills Art Center. Ted’s work has been shown in many exhibitions and galleries including Obsidian Gallery, Tucson AZ; Red Brick Art Center, Aspen, CO; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; St. Petersburg Clay National, Florida; San Antonio Potters Guild, Texas; Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver; and “The STAGE Gallery, Massapequa, NY. He exhibited a solo show at the Lakewood Cultural Center in Colorado.
Ted’s Contemporary Primitives can be found at cultureclash Gallery in Salida, Colorado and Gallery Art Post in Coaldale, Colorado.