Art in Unexpected Places 2014


Art in Unexpected Places
May 20 – June 21, 2014
Opening Reception
Saturday, May 24 ~ 5 – 7:00 pm

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Guest Artists

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Gary and Hulda Benson

Sunrise On Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Sunrise Photo by Gary Benson

Gary Benson began taking photos around the age of 7, and
even then he knew what it was like to take a ‘keeper’.
Sixty-seven years later he’s still at it with several more keepers to his credit.

“I’ll take a picture of anything, however I find mountain
photography to be the most challenging. The view changes
with the time of day, the season and the weather.

I’m always hoping the next shot will be the ‘One’; it never is..”

Alaska's Arrigetch, Pastel 12 x 16

Alaska Arrigetch Pastel by Hulda “Petie” Benson

Hulda’s art education consists of art classes all through High School, elective courses in College: Art History, Sculpture, and Abstract painting in tempera medium.

While raising a family, she took courses in Pottery,

Ceramics, Stained Glass and did drawings for the family outfitting business brochure in Alaska.

After retiring to Westcliffe, Colorado, in 2004, she began painting with Pastel and Oil, taking workshops with Gerald Merfeld, Lorenzo Chavez, Diane Widom, Sharon Conner, Lynette Williamson, and Sarah Woods. Hulda has also learned from magazines, books, and critiques from fellow artists.

“I get inspiration from nature, by visiting galleries and from my husband’s photography.”

A couple of her paintings were published in the Sangre Art Guild Calendar. One painting was used for advertising for a gallery show. Hulda has received several ribbons and was included in the Pastel Society of Colorado Mile High National 2009 at the Longmont Museum & Culture Center.

“Striving to become “Good” at my inherited talent gives me contentment, a goal and a challenge.”

Here is a small sample of the photography in the Bensons’ show


Here are a few of the pieces in the show: