Artist of the Month makes debut at Main Street Gallery
For young painter Autumn Eve Colle, you are what you wear.”I think fashion is a great art form,” said Colle, an assistant manager at Maurice’s, a women’s clothing store at the Glenwood Springs Mall. “I’m really inspired by fashion, fabric, and textiles. Pucci is probably my favorite designer. I’m very much inspired by his designs – they are bright, obnoxious and weird.”Colle, Main Street Gallery’s April Artist of the Month whose work will be on display in her first professional art exhibit, is also inspired by architecture.”Sometimes I see a beautiful line and I want to go home and paint it,” she said. “I like it when people totally push the boundaries and say it’s art. It doesn’t have to be in a frame behind glass to be art.”The 26-year-old painter said her interest in art includes painting, pottery and sculpting but rarely involves drawing and sketching.”I can draw a mean stick figure,” she said jokingly. “I took pottery all through high school and only painted when they forced me to. Pottery is not an easy hobby to have.”While Colle’s preferred medium is acrylic, she often incorporates metals such as copper and stainless steel into her work. Her piece titled “Ice-Nine,” inspired by a Kurt Vonnegut novel, features a moonstone and metallic colors.”I’ve always wanted to do sculpting with big chunky metal things,” said Colle, who worked at a jewelry store for nearly five years. “I definitely like metal.”Colle’s funky approach is what inspired Nancy Sprick Page, manager of the Main Street Gallery and The Framer, to designate her as April’s artist of the month.”She offers a fresh, energetic and youthful orientation,” Page said. “It’s just really fun to feature different artists, especially those who aren’t featured elsewhere. It’s nice to introduce them to the community and give them a little exposure.”Colle, a Glenwood Springs native, said she hopes the show generates interest in her art.”I’m very anxious to see what people think. I hope they accept that I put my time and heart into it,” she said. “It’s really hard to put so much time and effort in something that means so much to you and have someone disregard it.”Although Colle said she aims to please art enthusiasts in the community, her mom, Pama, is and always will be her biggest fan.”At the opening she will be the first one here and the last one to leave I’m sure,” she said. “She always knew I would be an artist.”An artist’s reception to open Autumn’s monthlong exhibit will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Main Street Gallery, 817 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. To view Colle’s art online, visit her Web site at http://www.autumnevecolle.com. Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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