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Judith Philipp Meyers

  • Judith Philipp Meyers
  • Judith Philipp Meyers

Judith Philipp Age 86, of Greeley, Colorado, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2016 after a short illness. Preceded in death by her husband George Linden Meyers to whom she was married for almost 55 years and her brother Paul Philipp. Judith spent her life using art to inspire and educate others. She was born in Minneapolis, MN on August 3, 1929 to Anne (Lutz) and Leon N. Philipp. Judith graduated from Southwest High School in 1947. After two years at Cornell College in Iowa, she obtained her B.A. and M.A. in Art Education from the University of Minnesota. Judith taught art in public schools in Iowa, Oklahoma and Illinois and spent three years teaching in the Army Dependent Schools in Germany and France. During this time, Judith, her cousin, Jan Roeser Anderson, and aunt, Jo Lutz Rollins, traveled all over Europe in Judy’s much loved VW Bug painting the landscapes. This was a trip they would re-create nearly 30 years later and it launched a life-long love of travel. Judith spent four years at the University of New Mexico teaching art in the College of Education. This is where she met her husband, George. They relocated to Greeley, Colorado in 1964 where she was active in many community projects, including being hired as the local School District’s first art teacher in a trial program. It was a success, and soon every school in the district had one. Judith was a founder and teacher at the Creative Arts Center, a founder and puppeteer of the Meadowlark Theatre and a founding member of Madison & Main Gallery, the local artists’ cooperative. Judith’s art took a variety of forms, including papercuts, watercolors, calligraphy, puppetry and quilting. She used her art to provide a voice for feminism, to fight for social justice and to protest war and environmental destruction. A major source of inspiration for Judith’s art was travel and she never left home without a sketchbook. She traveled widely in the United States, Mexico and Europe and also visited India, Indonesia and China. Examples of Judith’s many projects include spearheading volunteers from around the State of Colorado to create portions of “peace” ribbons which were connected and wrapped around the Pentagon. A number of these ribbon sections are in the collection of the History Colorado Center. As part of a nationwide cooperative art project under the vision and direction of internationally recognized artist, Judy Chicago, Judith researched women and birth practices in India. Her research was translated into several large scale pieces of art for the “Birth Project.” One of the pieces that Judith helped create hangs in the headquarters of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver. Judith also founded a company to produce laser cuts of her papercut tree and ornament designs. She had solo art exhibitions and organized and participated in many group shows across the country. One of her recent pieces entitled “Rhapsody in Blue,” is part of the permanent collection of the Guild of American Papercutters in Pennsylvania. Judith’s papercut design, “Tree in Conversation with the Stars,” will be interpreted into a 20 foot metal sculpture to be installed as part of a public art project in Greeley, Colorado. Judith was an artist, activist, philanthropist, loving mother and friend. She taught us to see the beauty in all things, even the smallest. She will be greatly missed and we carry her light with us. Judith is survived by daughter Liza (Siegel) and son-in-law Donald Englewood, CO/Santa Fe, NM, son Brad, daughter-in-law Kerri (Stichka) and granddaughter Paige of Pacific Beach, CA, and many cherished friends. A celebration of Judith’s life is planned at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley on July 23, 2016 at 3 PM. Arrangements entrusted to Northern Colorado Crematory. Memorial gifts may be made to the University of Minnesota Foundation, referencing the Judith Philipp Meyers Art Education Scholarship (P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266).

Colorado mug was made by member Danyelle Butler

and bracelets by member Dyana Wyeno.

For founding member Rodney Barnes, finding inspiration for art at the Madison and Main Gallery is no issue.

“It’s easy,” the artist said, gesturing to a vase with a small mountain scene. “We go to the mountains, so I put mountains on my pottery.”

Though the gallery’s current exhibit is “Totally Local,” the art displayed is diverse to no end. With soaps, hats, mugs and jewelry, to name just a few kinds of what the gallery has to offer, there is something for everyone.

“I get my inspiration from whatever I’m doing in life,” Barnes said. “Right now, I’m obsessed with bicycles and fixed-gear bicycles.”

Barnes pointed out a vase of his covered in penny-farthing bicycles—the classic bike with a large front wheel.

“I discovered this fixed-gear bicycle and I was riding with a bunch of students at UNC, so we decided to have a bicycle show on our porch six years ago,” Barnes said.

The success the students saw led them to continue the bicycle show annually.

When asked about the university’s relationship with the gallery, members all agreed there are very close ties. Ann Shirley, an associate member, explained why the gallery decided against moving west.

“We’ve maintained our address here because we want to continue to be tied to the university,” Shirley said.

Many of the gallery’s members, including Danyelle Butler, Susan Nelson, Gin Leuchter, Jim Klingman and Barnes are UNC graduates, as are many of the consignment artists, Shirley said.

“It’s an inspiration every time I come to work,” Shirley said. “Someone came in who hadn’t been in the gallery before, and she was so pleased to find an art scene in Greeley because there just isn’t enough art in the world.”

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

by Susan Smallwood Herold

excerpted from The Greeley Tribune – January 28, 2016

Madison and Main Gallery was open for business on New Years Day, so l chose to stop and visit longtime friends. It was a quiet evening, not as crowded as 1st Friday can be, which gave me an opportunity to take a closer look at the artwork. Usually I try to focus on local artists for this article, but a guest artist’s work caught my attention. Heather Myers is from Fort Collins and was in attendance, so I was able to meet her. She does Botanical art. Her drawings are meticulous, sparse and elegant in presentation. I heard Myers tell another patron she likes to work with native plants. She has at least three pieces in the gallery that are small and intimate —one being the drawing of a radish plant. You have to get close to her art to appreciate the technique. A larger p1ece created with colored pencils, “Marta’s Sunflower” is beautiful. The sparseness of her work and her eye for detail keeps the focus on the plant. I dreamed about planting my garden in the spring after viewing her work.

A second artist showing at Madison and Main is Danyelle Butler. I first saw Butler’s work at the Atlas down a bit on 16th Street. She made tea mugs with legs made of up-side down thimbles. Since I am often using needle and thread, I immediately responded to these mugs and purchased three. What caught my attention was a piece with a small bird on a branch. This is a small piece about the size of a small bowl. I purchased it right away. Butler’s art surprises us. She experiments. which is something I look for in an artist.Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 3.45.06 PM

Madison and Main sits at the comer of 16th Street and 10th Avenue. It is a lovely gallery with a broad selection of quality artwork. This show is up through February 26th.

Two other shows I want to mention are “Elemental” at the Tointon Gallery in the Union Colony Civic Center, 651 10th Ave., and the “Magic from Mountains to Prairie” at Mari Michener Gallery in the Michener Library on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado, where there is free parking on weekends and after S p.m. on weekdays.

“Elemental”  is a thoughtful show. If you are homeschooling and need an art lesson I would certainly take your students. The five artists involved and the curator have created a stimulating art experience…This is a beautiful art lesson for all to learn from. The “Elemental” show is up through February 16th.

Madison and Main note:  M&M Gallery member Dan Augenstein and consignment artist Colleen Martin were part of the team that put together “Elemental” and have work in the show.  Highly recommended

IMG_3772As Santa packs up and heads back north for some much-needed R&R, all of us at Madison and Main Gallery would like to thank all the participating artists and all our wonderful patron/shoppers for a most enjoyable 2015. The Gallery has been full to over-flowing all year long with outstanding artwork in every genre, and it is such a pleasure for us when someone comes in and finds something that speaks to him or her, or finds the perfect gift to share. It is art from our hands and our hearts happily passed on. We very much look forward to another year of variety and quality in our art offerings, and we especially look forward to the opportunity to help you all find exactly what you are looking for.

Best Wishes from all of us at Madison & Main Gallery

Below is a small sampling from our walls and shelves today…
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We recently enjoyScreen Shot 2015-10-20 at 9.39.42 PMed a gorgeous autumn day making art on the patio that adjoins the gallery.  Gallery members were creating a yarn bomb  – which is by standard protocol a stealth activity. (Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of street art that employs colorful displays of knit
Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 9.39.04 PMted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk).

We were of the mind on this project however, that participation opens the door for interest and connection, so we spent the afternoon outside yarn bombing a chair, right next to a busy coffee shop.  There was great foot traffic, abundant curiosity, and plenty of people eager to join the fun.
Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 9.41.05 PMThey happily attached pompoms (more than 230), knitted panels, old sox and sweater parts, felt flowers, and knitted curly-cues. The result was a day of laughing and connection, a delightful public art piece, and for a lot of people, a unique answer to the question ‘what did you do today?’.

Our yarn bomb chair is an explosion of color and texture. It sat in the gallery during our October 1st Friday open house and offered another opportunity for participation as a photo op. 

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 10.02.21 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-20 at 10.02.00 PMLater, gallery member Lisa Arata added a character to sit in the chair and took it for a visit to the Greeley Farmer’s Market. It’s back in the Gallery for now, but watch for it to pop up elsewhere around town. Matilde yarn bomb

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings Colorado State Artists!

Now is your time to be heard! We want to hear YOUR needs. Colorado Artists (COA) in conducting this 5-minute statewide survey to understand the critical issues facing individual artists who use the visual arts as a mode of creative expression. We want to hear from artists at all stages of their careers, and, from all demographic backgrounds.
*** Everyone that completes and submits this survey by October 15th will be entered to win $100 towards a store of their choice to buy things for their art practice. Make sure you provide your email address after Question #14 so we can contact you. ***
Click on the following link to complete the survey (or paste it into your web browser), and then pass this email on to other artists you know so they can participate too. It is vital that we hear from as many artists around the state as possible.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COA_visualarts
Thank you in advance for your time and effort to help COA support the work of Colorado artists!

Lynn Waldorf, PhD
Executive Director
Colorado Artists

Colorado Artists (COA) is a non-profit organization with the sole mission of cultivating our statewide creative community by resourcing artists in developing and sustaining their art making careers. The organization is currently operating under fiscal sponsorship of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities until its IRS 501(c)3 application is approved.