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Wild women take over Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

Cliff Keen knows what makes a woman wild.

“She’s a woman who’s more interested in expanding her limits than defining her boundaries,” he said.

This describes the 20 woman artists whose work is on display at the Wild Women Exhibit which runs through April 4 at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.



More than 300 people attended a reception on Feb. 26 to meet the Wild Women and see a diverse array of work which ranged from mixed-media to water colors.

“I feel like I’m in New York,” said Wewer Keohane as she soaked in the vibrant energy of the party where everyone had an idea about what it means to be a Wild Woman.



Wild Women are authentic. “They create from their heart,” said Keohane.

“It’s when you get to do the things you’ve always wanted to do,” said Shannon Muse.

And while a Wild Women wisely uses her resources, she knows where to find treasures.

“I’ve been to all the junkyards,” said Muse.

A dirty job to some, but not to a Wild Woman who uses it to dig up her own talent. “A lot of people came together for me,” Said Muse, who debuted her work at the show and pointed to an intriguing piece that her father, Jack Wierenga, had welded for her.

“They have a following and a large network of friends,” Said Sinda Wood. Which is why the show, now in its fifth year, is the largest, most successful yet.

Wild Women inspire others, like high school students Lauren Hapeman and Maggie Seldeen. “It’s so empowering,” said Seldeen. Hapeman agreed. “It’s women getting out there and sharing their art and seeing people appreciate it,” she said.

Artist Dee Dee Shea invited her neighbor, Anna Fredericks. Fredericks left the show with one goal about her own art. “I have to get back to it, I have to,” she said.

Wild Women explore, follow their dreams and tap into their own uniqueness.

“My art is my alter ego, it brought out different aspects of myself,” said Wild Women Maggie Mae Butler.

Other Wild Women used pivotal moments in their life experience as a stepping stone to enter into new seasons of their own personal fulfillment.

Gayle Mortell and Keohane were inspired to create the Wild Women exhibit five years ago during cancer treatment.

“It’s interesting to see how your life reflects the events afterwards,” said Nicole Levesque.

And although Wild Women make wonderful teachers, many of them began their lives as artists after taking an art class at the Arts Center or CMC.

As the show grows and evolves, new members are welcome, but the exhibit is an invitational juried show which means that the Wild Women act as a panel of judges that juries in newcomers in a process that begins in October.

And while the focus in this arena of untamed desires and creative passion was on the Wild Women, it made Keen long for one thing. “I want a Wild woman just like that,” He said.

And while Charles Niles described a Wild Woman as being, “Your above-average Carbondale woman…” they confirmed what we already know about Wild Women.

Other women want to be like them and men love them.

Keenan Gipe and Lacy Weller of Glenwood

Wild Women Bobbie VanMeter, left, of Silt, is an artist and a graphics and Web designer and Jacquetta Green, of New Castle, is an artist who teaches art at Basalt Middle School.

Wild Woman Dee Dee Shea and Anna Fredericks, both of Carbondale.

Lauren Hapeman, left, 16, is a junior at GSHS and Maggie Seldeen, 14, is a freshman at Yampah Mountain High School.

From left, Mary Cervantes, Charles Niles and Jolene Singer, all of Carbondale.

Wild Women Linda Drake, of Carbondale, and Sheri Gaynor of Glenwood.

Shari Austad, of Carbondale, is a realtor and a writer for the Aspen Star and Julie Covington, of Glenwood, is the regional director of sales for the Ramada Inn.


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