High Country Conference Center Community Art Gallery
February 7 to April 30, 2017
We are pleased to announce our new exhibit at the High Country Conference Center, “Impassioned Artistry” featuring works from Janeece Henes and Steve Warburton.
Janeece is an artist/educator. Teaching at Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy has inspired her to delve into mixed media. Utilizing watercolors, collage, pastes, pigment, dammar resin and beeswax she creates works that embody nature. Birds, trees, flowers are the subject that she paints with wax, etches, the use of a heat gun sculpts into whimsical works.
In addition to making encaustics, she truly loves taking experiential learning trips with her students to New York, Chicago, Border/Mexico and Nicaragua to do art, service and humanitarian aid. She strongly believes in involving her students in socially engaging art practices. Collaborating with her students to be philanthropists she is involved with the grant writing event PLATE, Borrando la Frontera (erasing the border), installing monarch butterflies on the border wall, creating chairs for change to benefit girl’s education, love luggage for foster care children, and feeding the hungry with the Empty Bowls Project.
Steve Warburton has always loved furniture: modern, traditional, classical. His grandfather made furniture, his father made furniture, and Steve continues that tradition. He received formal training in Portland, Oregon with Gary Rogowski at the Northwest Woodworking Studio. After coming to Flagstaff, it was this love of design and function that led him to start Warburton Woods in 2008, specializing in custom handmade fine furniture and other custom woodworking. Typically, the use of stains and dyes are used conservatively, if at all, and then only to highlight what already exists. The wood itself is the focus of the work; grain, color, texture and even scent all contribute. The endless diversity of wood is like the endless variability of a campfire or an ocean shore, captured in a moment. It is the artist’s hope to showcase this motionless flux.
The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday during business hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.