Diverse art displays newspaper employees’ many talents

When some Daily Sentinel employees clock out of their jobs, they go home to a secret life.

Those lives will soon no longer be secret.

Spearheaded by several women at the newspaper, a mixed media showcase featuring artwork created by 13 Daily Sentinel employees will be displayed at The Gallery inside KAFM Community Radio, 1310 Ute. Ave. The show, titled “Off the Clock,” can be viewed until March.

The art includes a variety of work from quilts to sculptures. The one thing each piece has in common is that it is an original created when The Daily Sentinel employee was “off the clock” and away from work.

Participants in the show include staff photographers whose work appears daily in the newspaper. Participants also include people whose names rarely — if ever — appear in print.

One such participant is graphic designer Katherine Lopez, who helped organize “Off the Clock” and even submitted several pieces of art.

Lopez, who has shown some of her work previously at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, The Art Center, Planet Earth and the Four Directions Gallery and the Palisade Art Lovers annual show, was excited that the show will give some of her coworkers the opportunity to display art for the first time.

One display of Lopez’s art is titled “Casts of Characters.” It is a collection of masks in an assemblage of plaster, polymer clay, acrylic and found objects.

“What’s cool is to see the delight in people who have never shown before,” Lopez said.

For example, Carol Clark, who works in the advertising department, completed a collage of a relative’s recipes from her family’s Loma homestead. Lopez called it “phenomenal.”

In addition to showing art for the first time, Clark and her colleagues will have their art for sale until the end of the show. Twenty percent of all sales from the show will benefit KAFM. An additional 10 percent will benefit the Art Heritage Program in School District 51.

The Art Heritage Program is driven largely by volunteers and donations of money and supplies. It was created 15 years ago as a way to ensure children receive some art education in the face of budget cuts. The district does not offer elementary school art classes.

Gallery openings in Grand Junction are typically reserved for professionals or large arts groups, and Jeff Driehorst, operations assistant at KAFM, said he has never had a newspaper inquire about having its employees submit artwork for public display.

He is excited KAFM has an opportunity to host The Daily Sentinel’s diverse show.

“It’s different mediums,” he said. “That’s the nice thing about it.”

The public opening reception for the show is from 5–6:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.

Immediately after the reception, local bands The Williams Brothers and Jack+Jill will play an acoustic rock and folk show at the Radio Room.

The art show opening is free. Tickets to the concert are $12 and are available at http://www.kafmradio.org or by calling KAFM at 241-8801, ext. 223.


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