November and December Gallery Exhibitions November 08 2017, 0 Comments

Experiential shopping is a big deal to us. When you visit our galleries, it ought to be an experience far more fun and informative than your visit to any other gallery or store. One of the best ways to experience the art world is to meet the artists that have excelled in their careers to the point that they are shown in prestigious gallery collections. Watching them work and hearing the stories behind their creations can be mind-blowing. Thus, we have packed our winter season with an exhibition and artist demonstration schedule that is sure to satisfy!

Our exhibitions begin with visits to Breckenridge Thanksgiving weekend from painters David V. Gonzales and Deb Komitor, along with sculptor Judith Snyder. Rolinda Stotts will be spending the weekend painting in Vail.

Artist David Gonzales Ski PaintingDavid V. Gonzales will be featured in our newest location, known as Breckenridge South. Gonzales’ work depicting athletics, mountain towns, and wildlife is always a highlight in our collection. He paints with power and purpose, creating scenes that seem to move before our eyes. The amount of energy and vibrancy that Gonzales paints with perfectly captures the power and grace of his subject’s motions. Watching Gonzales paint is riveting. He combines brushwork with palette knives. He moves his tools throughout his hand-built panels with a remarkable rhythm. Seemingly within the same second, Gonzales will be painting the top left corner of his piece and the bottom right corner. He occasionally bounces while he works and he often likens his creative process to that of performing in an athletic event. We tend to be super careful when he is painting in the galleries, as he has been known to fling paint across the room. Gonzales paintings are often upside down while he works on them. This forces him to think less analytically about his subject and focus more on his compositions and color theory. The end results are fascinating, even more so when you have the opportunity to watch the work come to life!

In our flagship location, now referred to as Breckenridge North, Judith Snyder will be working with ceramics on Friday and Saturday. Deb Komitor will be painting on Saturday and Sunday. Snyder and Komitor are both new additions to our collection and this will be the first show with us for each lady!

Judith Snyder Ceramic Cairn SculpturesSnyder’s ceramic sculptures will make for an interactive exhibition. She stacks sculpted ceramic together to create pieces that resemble the cairns that we come across on beautiful trails. Snyder has mastered many unique forms of the clay firing process, from wood to salt to raku firing. The organic and natural qualities of her work are immediately striking. Snyder will be bringing some unfinished works which our clients will be encouraged to assemble themselves. By stacking the ceramic pieces, clients can build their own sculptures! Snyder refers to the series of work we have shown thus far as her “Spirit Guide Series.” She says, “The Spirit Guide Series explores an inner spiritual journey, guided by spirits of angels. These mentors counsel us on our journey through life.” The metaphor present in Snyder’s work is even more prescient for those lucky enough to participate in her forthcoming demonstration. Art should speak to us. Snyder’s serves as a reminder of the trails we have taken in life and a beautiful guide for those we have yet to embark on.

Deb Komitor Oil PaintingDeb Komitor’s oil paintings take us deep into the forest. A full-fledged exhibition of her work feels like a journey into your favorite neck of the woods. She paints her landscapes in an almost pixelated manner. Up close, one appreciates the rich colors and heavy brushstrokes. It is easy to appreciate the abstract nature of her painting style. Upon stepping further from the painting, Komitor’s work becomes crisp and accurate. This transition that occurs as you move to and from her paintings feels much like the transition one experiences while on a hike. The scenery changes from every angle. Komitor’s paintings all begin by applying the darkest colors. Black forms the background. From there, Komitor begins the process of growth. Every stroke of the brush brings forth more color, more depth, and more movement. Light begins to emerge as she moves through the painting process. Eventually, the contrast between the dark background and emerging foreground serves as a beckoning further into the trees. The light colors provide the warmth necessary to want to continue the journey. To Komitor, the paintings represent hope and wonder. They capture those magnificent moments when the quiet of the forest allows us to dream big, to feel at one with the world and to let our imaginations wander. 

Rolinda Stotts Bella Rotta PaintingVisitors to our Vail gallery will get to spend part of the weekend with an incredible lady and artist. We have shown Rolinda Stotts’ Bella Rotta paintings for just under a year and a half now. To say that her addition to our collection changed the game for us would probably be an understatement. Rolinda’s work is truly unique. We have not seen other artists create with anything resembling the same technique. This is one of many reasons that so many of our clients have gravitated to her work. One of the others is her infectious personality. Her natural ability to connect with people on so many levels is incredible. She believes that imperfection is the source of all great things. As a result, she tears her paintings apart while she is working on them. Every part of her work, right down to the pine frames that she rests her sculpted birch wood and oil-coated canvases on, is built by her own hands. She takes great pride in her calloused fingers. She encourages you to touch her work. That’s right; this isn’t your typical art gallery exhibition. You are more than welcome to touch your favorite painting. As a matter of fact, you are told to do so. After all, if you live far enough away that we cannot come hang it for you, you will do so eventually, right? Thus, Rolinda created her own varnish to protect her beautiful works from our fingers. You might want to bring some clothes that you don’t mind getting some paint on too. At Rolinda’s summer exhibition in Breckenridge, we sold a beautiful floral scene to a wonderful grandma because her grandson was granted the opportunity to pick up the brush and make a few marks of his own. We could spend a lot more time telling you about Rolinda and her work. We recommend coming to meet her instead! Rolinda will be in Vail November 24th and 25th and December 8th and 9th. And if you miss the Vail exhibition, there is no reason to fret. She will be coming to Breckenridge January 5th and 6th too!

Vail Film Festival Events April 08 2016, 0 Comments

We are proud to be hosting a couple events for the 13th annual Vail Film Festival! One of our artists, David V. Gonzales, painted the official image for the film festival poster. We have the original painting on display in the Vail gallery, as well as poster for sale. Gonzales will be at the Vail Cascade signing poster on Saturday, April 9th, from 3 to 6 PM. Click here to order the poster.

Vail Film Festival Poster by David V. Gonzales

We are also hosting a party in our Vail gallery from 1-3 PM on  Sunday, April 10th, for one of the featured documentaries at the film festival. Out of the Ashes is a brilliant film about a story of friendship and a dream taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States. The two main subjects in the movie, Prince and Grace, will be in the gallery during the party to sign stills from the movie. We will also be serving a traditional West African food dish, as well as refreshments.

We hope you can join us for one or both events this weekend!

Out of the Ashes Film Poster

The Pro Cycling Challenge in Paint September 08 2015, 0 Comments

A bike race is intense. Adrenaline pumps through the rider's veins. Their pedals spin furiously with each push of the legs. Their faces are full of focus and determination. Viewers rarely catch more than a glimpse of the riders. Despite the fleeting moment they are left with an abundance of energy from the rush of flesh, metal and rubber that just flew by them. Translating a moment so quick, yet so powerful, into a work of art is a challenging endeavor. David V. Gonzales has built quite the fine-art career by mastering the motion and energy that makes bike racing so enthralling.

Gonzales has been painting professionally for most of his adult life. By the time he was seventeen he had work hanging at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and in the governor's mansion in New Mexico. He received a full scholarship to study at the San Antonio Art Institute. His career took off after he began to masterfully express his fascination with relative objects moving through space and time. For the past year, much like a bike race, awards and acclaim for Gonzales' work have been coming fast and furious.

 Gonzales' original acrylic painting titled "The Peloton" was selected to represent the USA Pro Cycling Challenge this  year. After the race passes through Breckenridge the piece will be en route to a museum. His painting titled  "Destination" represented the Breckenridge stage of the race last year, while "The Undertaking" represented the  Woodland Park stage. His pieces titled "Through Independence" and "Golden's Pro Race" represent the Aspen and  Golden stages of the race this year. "ULLR Flipping for Snow" was selected to represent Breckenridge's ULLR Festival  this past winter. His painting "60th Annual Pikes Peak Marathon" was chosen to represent the historic anniversary of the incredible marathon, known for its ascent of Pikes Peak.

The glue that holds Gonzales' collection of work together is the powerful and purposeful brushstrokes with which he paints. To capture speed and motion like Gonzales is able, an artist must maintain an intense focus. It is only through channeling the same inner drive to achieve that elite athletes are able to attain that an artist can translate their pursuits to panel. Gonzales prefers to work with acrylics on panel as the quick drying time of the paint and the rigidity of the panels he works on allows him to work quickly, thus capturing the intense rush of athletes in motion. None of Gonzales' paintings depict static moments in time. Rather, every new creation is like a living entity. Each painting depicts a past, present and future; ever moving and unfolding. Blurred brush strokes combine with a knack for realism to translate people and objects moving quickly through their environments. This makes every painting come alive with a combination of color and energy. It makes Gonzales' work instantly recognizable. Often, he has been likened to Colorado's modern day version of the past master Leroy Neiman.

On his process, Gonzales says, "I start a painting with just a few colors and start to see the interaction of movement, color and form. My first few marks are just to capture the motion of the  rider and I build upon that. I don't stay in one spot when working on the piece. I move around the painting much as a rider moves through the scenery. There are often surprises stemming from not knowing exactly where you are going. It is necessary to keep that enthusiastic element, that life force, alive throughout the painting. I strive to keep that surprise element present throughout the entire painting. Sometimes you have more hurdles to overcome in doing so but it is that unexpected trust within yourself that you can elevate your motions to the next stage to accomplish something extraordinary."


David Gonzales' Exhibition, December 2014 December 10 2014, 0 Comments

Art on a Whim Hosts Action Painter David V. Gonzales

Movement, energy and speed are intrinsic to skiing and snowboarding. The sports embody the spirit of interacting with nature. Combine their speed with big, pristine mountains and you will find an unrivaled sense of freedom and joy. David V. Gonzales seeks to capture all of the above in his lively acrylic paintings of skiers and snowboarders.

Gonzales exploded onto the Breckenridge art scene this summer upon being selected to represent the town with the Stage 5 Pro Cycling Challenge Poster. He is known for painting motion and transferring the speed of sports into two-dimensional scenes that make viewers feel as if they are witnessing athletic feats as they are happening. The Manitou Springs-based artist has fallen in love with Breckenridge over the past several months, having witnessed the excitement of the Pro Cycling Challenge and the opening of the 2014-2015 ski season. As a result, he strives to emulate the town's character and liveliness in all of his recent works. 

When asked about his current show at the Art on a Whim gallery, Gonzales said, "Breckenridge! Skiing and snowboarding are one of the main components of the town's culture. The slopes are an inherent part of the spirit of the town. Watching people excitedly carry their skis and boards all around downtown is very cool. You don't have to travel far out of downtown to get on the mountain. This show brings it all together; the fact that there is skiing outside the gallery door, the enthusiasm throughout town and paintings that represent both inside the gallery. Seeing all the excitement, the movement and colors throughout Breckenridge make me want to capture that feeling in my work."

Gonzales loves to paint the motion of skiing and snowboarding. He thrives on portraying the essence of speed and motion in the sports through color, strong brush strokes and unique compositions. On his creative process, he says, "I start a painting with just a few colors and start to see the interaction of movement, color and form. My first few marks are just to capture the motion of the skier or rider and I build upon that. I don't stay in one spot when working on the piece. I move around the painting much as a skier would on a mountain. There are often surprises stemming from not knowing exactly where you are going. It is necessary to keep that enthusiastic element, that life force, alive throughout the painting. Much like skiing, I want to keep that surprise element present throughout the entire painting. Sometimes you have more hurdles to overcome in doing so but it is that unexpected trust within yourself that you can elevate your motions to the next stage to accomplish something extraordinary."

Speaking of unexpected trust, much of Gonzales' work depicts skiers or snowboarders flying through the air. He says, "Between the wind and the movement, it is exhilarating to be up in the air. You have almost an uncontrollable faith in yourself in going beyond the normal abilities of a two footed human being by launching into the air on skis or a board." Several of his paintings capture this flying feeling, with "Aerial Spin Over 8" and "With the Stars in Breck" serving as great examples. "Aerial Spin Over 8" shows Peaks 8 and 7 behind a skier performing a back flip. Gonzales finds the peaks stunning, thanks to the large saddle separating them and the way the slopes look sculpted between the trees. Of the painting he says, "It is that fun feeling being unleashed in the sky." "With the Stars in Breck" happened serendipitously according to Gonzales. "It was a spontaneous journey of color and movement. Creating the painting captured going to a place you have never been and going with whatever happens along the way. You just trust your gut and go big. I love the night sky in Breckenridge and it was fun to present the mountain at an unusual time of day for skiing."

One of Gonzales' originals is being auctioned as a donation to Team Summit. The painting, titled "Bobby Brown Crossing the Air” depicts four time X Games gold medalist and Sochi Olympics participant Bobby Brown performing a cross air trick, overlapping his skis in front of a bright blue sky. Brown is a Colorado native who grew up skiing for Team Summit, the home ski team for each of the Summit County resorts. 100% of the proceeds from the painting will be donated to Team Summit's mission of promoting character development through athletics by stressing self-reliance, persistence, dedication and achievement. Gonzales finds that their work as a ski and ride team "transcends sports and carries on into every aspect of the child's life. They are helping to build our future by raising physically and socially aware children through sports." T-shirts and posters are also available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds from the sales being donated to Team Summit as well. 

Gonzales will be in the Art on a Whim gallery in Breckenridge this Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 to 8 pm. He will be painting live in the gallery while showing the collection of his newest original works. After finishing a day on the slopes après ski is always a good time but rarely can you be transported to the feeling of being back on the mountain. The action in Gonzales' work has the ability to bring you right back to those perfect moments on the slopes.


The Pro Cycling Challenge in Art - Original Work by David V. Gonzales August 29 2014, 0 Comments

At its core a bike race is all about movement. It is fast, frenzied and fascinating. The work of artist David V. Gonzales was chosen to represent the Breckenridge and Woodland Park stages of the 2014 Pro Cycling Challenge for just this reason.

Gonzales’ winning piece for the Breckenridge stage of the race is titled “Destination.” Through bright colors and swift movement the piece captures the essence of the Pro Cycling Challenge’s intense finish. Gonzales says, “It is the finish for the stage so I wanted something where the adrenaline, the heightened physicality of racing to the finish line was captured. The painting reflects completing the race.”  Gonzales set the scene through capturing a group of riders cruising through Breckenridge with focused faces, controlled rhythm and intentionally blurred bikes. Gonzales’ intentional use of extra lines throughout the piece provides a sense of flying through the time and space that the bikers occupy in the painting. There is a clear destination just past the viewer’s perspective and whichever rider reaches that place first has clearly met their goal. Peak 8 of the Ten Mile Range is unmistakable, making Breckenridge a central figure in the epic race to the finish.

The work is available through the Art on a Whim gallery in downtown Breckenridge as well as from a booth in the festival village. The festival village will be open from noon to six pm and the gallery from 11 to 9 pm.

Capturing the speed and intensity of a bike race is no easy task. Gonzales draws upon his love of sport and his reliance on a bike as his only source of transportation to make it happen. Movement inspires the sports theme found in much of Gonzales’ work. He loves experiencing that “instinctual feeling in which you don’t have time to think.” For Gonzales, the feeling is found both in participating in high energy sports and in working quickly with acrylics. Much of Gonzales’ sports themed collection is created right after expending all of his energy practicing martial arts, playing basketball or riding his bike. He will end the activity and immediately begin a painting in order to carry over the energy created through intense physical activity. He finds that this perfectly transfers the vigor of the sport into the painting. He says, “If I trust the process, apply the same method that I would in a basketball game or bike riding really hard, there’s a lot of life that pulls through into the painting. So that’s what I like about sports, is that very thing. If I can do that as an artist and pull that experience onto the surface — wow. That’s where I live and breathe at when I’m painting sports scenes.”

Gonzales’ piece titled “The Undertaking” was also selected to represent the Pro Cycling Challenge for the town of Woodland Park, which hosts the beginning of today’s Stage 5 of the race. Despite winning this painting competition, Gonzales’ believes, “Competitive spirit is not about winning, it is about pouring out your heart and soul in that moment. I want to capture that same feeling in my work.” His work exemplifies the spirit of this magnificent race. The color and movement bring vivacity to the paintings, much as the race does to the mountains.