The Prairie Collection
Bring the Outside In
Shirley Bales, artist
"I have always felt there are layers to life"
Shirley Bales, artist
In an Instant, Everything Changed
It was a sunny day when we made our way to the annual Plein Air Artists Colorado Paint Out in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As we pulled up to our campsite after a long drive, tents and gear in tow, we arrived at our campsite to learn our fire pit was surrounded by nearly a foot of water. It was a confusing scenario, as the weather had been perfect on the drive in? In hindsight, it was an ominous nod to events to come. We decided to move our campsite to higher ground. An act that would eventually make us—the last tent standing. The next day, after an exhausting (yet glorious) day battling bugs and sun while painting outside—we settled into camp to prepare dinner in our brand new REI screen house. It was then that I noticed small clouds forming in the distance. I had a passing thought "maybe a storm is brewing?" Then without notice, the wind picked up to 60 miles per hour. We held on to the screen house for dear life as it nearly flew away with us along with it! Then the stinging rain started . . . We were completely exposed to the elements and at nature's mercy. This battle persisted for over half an hour, and at the end of it, we were the last tent standing. Wet and exhausted, that was the day I decided to buy an RV . . .
Art for Life & A Life for Art Blog
"Take Shelter" will be part of the 3rd Annual Gratitude Exhibit Kreuser Gallery featuring over 100 Local Artists!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For In-Person, Kreuser Gallery is taking appointments from 5pm-9pm. https://kreusergallery-gratitude-reception.youcanbook.me/ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For Virtual First Friday, please view the exhibit online and check in at Kreuser Gallery's Facebook Page at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm to watch the performances live!
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