Eye on Artists
Editor’s note: Oil painter Portia Griefenberg is the registration chairman for the 43rd Annual Fall Art Festival taking place Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Ramada Inn and Suites in Glenwood Springs. She will participate in the Guild and Chamber exhibits, with two paintings in the festival’s main competition and eight pieces in the festival’s Bargain Bin.Portia GriefenbergArtist statement: I really like to try and convey traditional but more impressionistic realism in my work.Artist background: I grew up in Waurika, Okla., and moved to Grand Junction during my senior year in high school. I got married and had five kids in five years, so there wasn’t much time for art. We moved to Glenwood Springs in 1970 and when my kids were in grade school I looked up art classes at CMC and got back into art then. I’ve been an Art Guild member since 1972.Artist education: I took some art classes at Loretto Heights College in Denver, which is now part of Regis University (my major was art and secretarial). I’ve participated in various workshops and courses – one in Taos, N.M., and others mainly at Colorado Mountain College. Also, I have experience by painting a lot with Art Guild members. Shows and gallery exhibitions: I exhibit in the Leadville Mining Museum gallery and have shown my work mainly in local exhibits and art shows on the Western Slope. I have two buyers from Hawaii and one buyer from Switzerland who was passing through the Leadville Mining Museum and saw my work. I also have buyers in Italy and throughout the United States.Family Information: Husband: Bert Griefenberg; five children: Two sons live in Sedona, Ariz., and I have 7 grandchildren there, I have one daughter in Gypsum, one daughter in Garfield, Colo., on Monarch Pass, and one daughter in Farmington, N.M., and I have 3 grandchildren there.How did you get started as an artist? I became interested in art in the fourth grade. I took dance lessons on Saturdays in Oklahoma and the dance instructor’s mother would sit in the back of the classroom and paint. I was just fascinated with her oil work. What do you do in your free time? We were ATVing until we had an accident this week and now I have a sore leg. I also enjoy spending time with my grandkids, traveling, and going on paint trips with the Art Guild – that is my favorite activity.What’s your favorite medium? OilWho is your favorite artist? Dan Sprick and Dan Young. My favorite would be John Sargent.What or who is your biggest influence? Right now it’s the Art Guild members. We get together every Thursday and paint. It’s just a good group. The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on the Artists” by providing clear, descriptive, and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 945-4487 (fax), or 2014 Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on the Artists” by providing clear, descriptive, and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark, at email@example.com, 945-4487 (fax), or 2014 Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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