Pop Up Art Cartists
Amelia Caruso makes changing your viewing perspective paramount in her work. Amelia was born in Cincinnati in 1962 and stayed in the area until 1996 when she moved to Colorado. Amelia attended the Arts Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati. She was actually a Documentary Photography Major in college and brings that sense of “composing inside the viewfinder” to her paintings.
Her work as been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. Amelia has had work on Emmy Award winning television shows such as Will & Grace in the 90’s through the mid 2000’s. Now she has found a more purposeful & powerful work with the introspective look of her current direction. The relationship of the conscious and unconscious is her subject matter now. The relationship between health and illness, what and how are they both defined.
Shawn is a Colorado native and currently resides in Loveland. He received an Associates Degree in Fine Art from Front Range Community College and later went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Shawn works primarily in acrylics and pen & ink, but also enjoys woodworking and sculpture. He enjoys working with recycled materials and giving new life to something that would otherwise be discarded. Shawn draws inspiration from nature as well as cartoons and pop culture.
Shawn has recently participated in the Pastels On 5th sidewalk chalk art festival and has become a frequent chalk artist for Loveland’s Night On The Town during the summer months. His illustrations have been featured on labels for Verboten Brewing and his artwork has been on display at the Carnegie Center for Creativity, the Art Lab, the Downtown Artery, and Artworks Loveland as well as a handful of public art installations in Fort Collins. These days, Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and their numerous pets while spending time in his studio honing his skills as a professional artist.
I live and create in the beautiful state of Colorado. I am a freelance graphic designer and I make pottery, jewelry and other handmade items. I have loved art as long as I can remember. When I was young, I would spend my days drawing and writing. When I was a little bit older, I wrote, designed and printed my own magazines and collected subscriptions. I also collected all kinds of stationery whenever and wherever I could. I loved the paper and logo’s. I often visited a local stationery store. I dreamed of owning a stationery store of my own one day. I went in a slightly different direction but I still got to design letterhead and spec paper which I love. I was LUCKY because my dad owned an art supply store when I was growing up. He is my biggest inspiration and fan of my art and design. Also, he is how I got my nickname, Lala. I feel fortunate to be able to take what I loved as a child and live it as adult!
Minnie Lippiatt was born and raised in the concrete jungle of East Los Angeles. She studied art at Pasadena Community College. In 2002 she and her family moved to Loveland, Colorado where she continues her love of art.
Minnie is drawn to a variety of subjects which she visualizes both while awake and from dreams, incorporating those things that catch her imagination and allowing them to inspire her creativity for her paintings. She creates in many mediums from photography, ink and pencil sketches, to mixed media and acrylic painting on paper and multiple types of canvases. Her artwork is offered in many sizes, originals and prints.
While trees have always been a favorite subject for this artist from a concrete jungle, it only makes sense that her newest passion surfaced when she discovered wood canvases and fell in love with the process that allows her to find images given to her through the wood grain. She uses acrylic paints mixed with a flow aide medium to make the work translucent so that most of the wood grain shows through. Wood canvases are recycled from pallets and other wood sources that do not harm healthy living trees.
Fort Collins artist Pam Marshall has been expressing her creative spirit through jewelry design and the art of mosaic for over 15 years. Whether creating mosaics or jewelry, her one-of-a-kind designs are always bright, bold, and vibrant with a touch of whimsy.
Although Ava Diamond has been taking photographs and been fascinated by photography since she was a child, she came to creating other kinds of art later in life. Her current passion is acrylic painting.
She lived in Mexico for a short time and was captivated by the folk art she saw there, which has had a strong influence on her work. She works both in abstract/non-objective and folk art styles, loving the interplay of color and texture, freedom and emotion, paint and canvas.
In addition to her paintings, she offers prints and functional pieces such as mugs, earrings, compacts, wine stoppers, and key rings made from her paintings.
She loves to have her art enliven people’s homes and lives, and has paintings, prints, and functional pieces owned by collectors in Mexico, Thailand, Dubai, Singapore, the U.K., Abu Dhabi, South Africa, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Trevor Hahn is a Fort Collins native and the former artist for The Fort Collins Brewery where he depicted his love of nature and mountains in every image, without most of his eyesight. After total loss of his eyesight, he has learned to adapt and now creates metal sculptures with recycled materials depicting whimsical creatures. Still significant, mountains have become sculptures to Trevor where he feels the textures under his feet and hands while pursuing his other passion of climbing. This has taken him to the far reaches of the world to help out at the Center for Disabled Children’s Assistance orphanage in Nepal and then climb in the sculptural peaks of the Himalayas. Gaining inspiration from these experiences, Kilimanjaro (the highest peak in Africa) is next on his radar and sales will help fund this climb. Never give up!
Mary Anne Hjelmfelt
Mare’s Art emerged after a long career in graphic design where Mary Anne eventually lost her creative voice. Today, her paintings are created for the appreciation of peace and nature. She believe we need to find things that connect us, and that art in whatever form we personally admire, has the capability to do that.
At heart, Mary Anne still wants to save the planet. Her core subject matter involves an aspect of nature- usually a flower or scene as a reminder to respect Earth. Her mixed-media portfolio involves techniques such as layering canvases with acrylic paint, using interesting textured papers, and a variety of 3D materials.
By living authentically through her artwork, she hopes to be an inspiration to embrace one’s true self. She works out of her home office in Ft. Collins, CO, where her husband and son help her keep it real.
Jennifer Brakefield is an artist working out of Fort Collins. Found more often in the outdoors than in the studio, her nature-themed work comes from interaction and immersion with the landscape. Acting as a type of meditation, this method allows empathetic reaction to the subject in real time. The result is an intimate and singular experience captured on canvas.