The Carbondale-based conservation watchdog Wilderness Workshop has been sending artists into the woods since 2008 through its artist-in-wilderness program. What six of them captured in the wild is now on display at the Launchpad Gallery.
The residency puts local, state and national artists in a cabin near Marble for a week during the summertime and gives them the freedom to make art inspired by their surroundings and the land Wilderness Workshop aims to protect.
Local artists have been included as well. The Launchpad show,
titled “Colorado Artists in
Wilderness Residency: Past and Present,” showcases works by Centennial State participants: watercolorist Joan Engler (2008), painter Michael Kinsley (2009), mixed-media artist Sylvia Emery Wilhelm (2010), sculptor Nancy Lovendahl (2012), sculptor Jill Scher (2013) and painter Ellen Woods (2015) who also curated the show. Their work ranges from representational landscapes to impressionistic and abstract pieces inspired by the outdoors.