“There’s an emotional intensity to the world that I think is the biggest catalyst to art,” says Colorado blacksmith Alex Bond about our present moment. “People are angry. People are scared. People are anxious. People are living passionately. Maybe more passionately than we have before. There’s a ferocity to the world which really breeds creativity.” In Bond’s case, the creativity bred by our world consists of COVID-conscious vending machines for selling works of art—and the contents therein”.…………..excerpt from History Colorado newsletter
(Photos by Kathleen Spring)
LAAC Quarterly Art Shows opened October 6
The second art show of the year by Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission brought out a curious crowd, anxious to get their “art fix” during these confining COVID-times. The unusual pieces created a lot of discussions.
Diane Dandeneau was the artist doing the solo show at the Lyons Regional Library entitled, “Primal Wanderings.” The Town Hall, as usual, held the “locals art show,” with dozens of unique pieces reflecting the theme of “Abstraction – in other words.” The reception took place at both venues on Wednesday October 6, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Eric Thorin and Dylan McCarthy were the musicians, performing at the library. LAHC also provided appetizers & beverages, requesting a donation to help with their projects.
Solar Project Designed and Built by Diane Dandeneau, IPOWER Alliance, LLC // Canopy by VPS
Photo by Jesse Borrell Visuals
Machu Picchu #10
58″ x 42″ Acrylic on Canvas by Diane Dandeneau
Diane Dandeneau, artist
People who have known artist Diane Dandeneau for the past couple of decades know and love her paintings of windows in mystical places, and her journaling with God. She said, “I have traveled the world to sacred sites and have realized that I infuse the sacredness of these places into the paintings to honor the ancestors and to share the sacred with the viewer.”
In recent years, Diane has expanded into mixing art with her commercial work. She calls these 3-D pieces of art her “solar sculptures.” Her solo show in the Lyons Regional Library runs from October 6 through December, and it has a mixture of the pieces.
“I feel the urgency of addressing our climate crisis and learned the skills to design and build solar installations to be part of the solution,” said Diane. “I now build beautiful solar projects that look like giant sculptures, that provide shade, inventory protection and energy production for my customers.”
Can a commercial building be a piece of art? What is art? Diane answered:
“I’m a painter, musician, sculptor, and also, a solar designer. I think of all of it as my art. I see my life as a creative expression, always intending my work to be good, holy, and beautiful. I paint for myself and others who resonate with the creations. I do all of this in honor of our amazing world and this sacred life.”
The Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission is working on a possible Arts District in Lyons. They are making presentations to the Town of Lyons Board of Trustees. You can view the minutes online. But to get a better understanding of what an Arts District is, you can go to the page they have set up: ARTS DISTRICT INFO.