2019 Fall Show & “Beauty Follows Truth“ with the Inner Idea Artists.
Sept. 24 – Nov. 9.
Sept. 28 ~ 5 – 7 pm
The Fall Show includes paintings, ceramics and assemblages with many paintings reflecting the Autumn Season in Colorado. There are also many small paintings. Artists in the show are diane lather belfour, Ann Gethen, EC Hansen, Sheigla Hartman, Kathy Hill, Patti Paiz Jones, Marjory Joy, Cathy Mullens, Pat Newell, and Lisa Faherty-Vance
The Inner Idea Artists
The Inner Idea Artists is a group of artists who have studied with Peggy Zehring, abstract artist and founder of The La Veta School of the Arts (LVSA). Peggy’s teaching incorporates techniques that release each artist’s inner “idea” or “need,” in order to create a unique expression of the artist’s inner self.
Wassily Kandinsky, the father of abstract art in the early 1900s, believed that art was “true” when it expressed an inner idea. He famously said in his book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, originally published in 1914: “The artist must…watch only the trend of the inner need and hearken to its words alone.” “Beauty is expressed from inner need, which springs from the soul.”
In 1977, after receiving her Fine Arts Degree from the University of Illinois – Chicago Circle, Peggy was confused about what she had experienced there. She knew the entire school had been set up in the 1960s and 70s to carry the Bauhaus principles forward in architecture, design and fine art. She also knew that several of her teachers were so excited about it that it felt like a religious fervor had taken over the school. Even with all the hype, Peggy wasn’t sure how these new ideas would look in the years to come or how her teachers’ philosophical excitement could translate into actual art pieces.
Shortly after graduating, Peggy moved to Seattle. Other artists and teachers there were mystified by most of what she was saying and doing with her art. Since she was unable to find anyone who was willing to take her as a student, she boldly decided to teach, with the hope that her students could further her understanding of her Chicago experience.
Peggy has now been teaching for over 30 years, and, indeed, her students have taught her more than she had ever hoped or dreamed they would. Their work, like hers, has blossomed under the Kandinsky approach which emphasizes Truth over Beauty and creativity and experimentation over skill-building.