Art reception June 14 at Planet Earth gallery in Grand Junction |

Art reception June 14 at Planet Earth gallery in Grand Junction

Sharon Sullivan
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WHAT: “My Private Party” — an art exhibit by Theresa Hochhalter

WHEN: Opening reception for the artist 7 p.m. Fri., June 14. Exhibit runs through July 13 during regular business hours

WHERE: Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery, 524 Colorado Ave.

INFO: 970-256-9630

Artist and gallery owner Caole Lowry aptly describes Theresa Hochhalter’s work as “luminescent,” “other-worldly,” and “fun, fun, fun with a wild twist!”

Lowry, who owns Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery, 524 Colorado Ave., is a huge fan and collector of Hochhalter’s whimsical paintings and sculptures. The gallery is hosting a reception Friday, June 14, with the artist and 40 of her new artworks.

“I’m very fond of the relationship between people and animals,” Hochhalter said. “Dogs show up a lot in my work, as do horses. I’m an animal lover.”

One of the earthy, rich-toned painting-collage pieces titled “Two Dogs in the Woods” depicts two playful dogs (one in the downward-facing dog pose) and a ball.

In some of the pieces, Hochhalter has mixed tempera and watercolors, with some charcoal pencil work to create different tones and shadowing. Many of the works in this show combine acrylics with collage.

Hochhalter uses a lot of found objects, including the frames that she paints or covers with collage.

Intriguing sculptures that blend the human and animal species are created using plastic doll parts, paper mache and various odds and ends.

“I believe in recycling,” Hochhalter said.

Tiny plant hangers suggested the “perfect horns” for one of her sculptures.

Hochhalter has lived in Westminster for the past two and a half years, where she has been busy creating pen and ink drawings, paintings, and found-object sculptures for this particular Planet Earth show.

Hochhalter worked at Planet Earth for eight years and the gallery continues to carry and sell her artwork.

“She has a lot of collectors,” Lowry said.

“She takes a craft medium and turns it into fine art.”

The exhibit will be up through July 13.

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