The Artists' Loft 2016


In addition to a full day of presenters and entertainers, attendees of the Arts & Culture Symposium will have the unique opportunity to visit the Artists' Loft throughout the day, where artists will display some of their finest artwork. Artists will be on hand to talk to attendees about their work.

Beth Kane

Beth Kane
Beth Kane
Bead Artist/Bead Painter/Repurpose Creations
As a "Bead Painter", my palette consists of Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, pearls, vintage jewelry, and seed beads. When I'm not beading you will find me searching through antique shops and thrift stores for vintage jewelry to use in my pieces or unique items to embellish. Some of my favorites are the antique dresser and powder jars from the 1930's - 1950's. Other items I embellish are trinket boxes, music and jewelry boxes. Have you inherited Grandma’s jewelry? I can custom design and create an heirloom piece for you with your own personal items. I also specialize in designing animal urns in the loss of that very special family pet. See more.

Bead Painter

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Francesca Morales Cook

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Francesca Morales Cook
Beaded crystals/Jewelry
This artistic visionary developed an entire Jewelry Design Program for the Community College of Aurora, where she instructed for several years.   She also developed and guides “Healing Through Jewelry Women’s Retreats”.  These gatherings nurture spiritual and emotional healing, as well as offer economic opportunity, through the ancient art of jewelry making.

Her work has been showcased at the Denver Art Museum, the Taos Art Museum, and several other exclusive galleries and boutiques.  5280 previously honored her with their Editor’s Choice Award for “Top local Jewelry Designer”.  Her work has been featured in 303 MAGAZINE as well as other publications. She has also appeared on Channel 2's Everyday Show. Her artistry allows her to partner with agencies to raise funds for their organizations, which in turn uplifts and strengthens our communities. See More.

Beaded crystals

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Sandie Mackenzie

Sandie Mackenzie
Sandie Mackenzie
Feather Blooms Artist/Multimedia

Feather patterns of the Ring Neck pheasant have inspired a passion to create exquisite Feather Blooms for artistic creator Sandie Mackenzie. Mackenzie was born in Santé Fe, New Mexico, but traversed from the farms and the vineyards of California’s San Joaquin Valley, to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and then into a rural home near Fort Lupton where she now lives and creates her Feather Blooms feather designs. Feather Bloom designs of barrettes, boutonnieres, trunks, swags, barb wire crosses, Southwestern baskets and vases. See more.

Feather Blooms

Feather bowl Mackenzie

Leonard Lopez

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Leonard Lopez
Photographer, Artographer
Starting at a young age with paper and pencil, Lopez took influence from comic books and his fantasy art hero, Frank Frazettta, working the paper until he had erased holes right through it. He eventually worked up to pen and ink and spent many hours with this medium.  However, the lack of color haunted him. He disliked painting because the paint took too long to dry and he lacked the patience to improve. He was soon introduced to the computer where a whole world of color opened up to him. When he discovered he could incorporate his work into the computer, it was like the heavens opened up and a new desire to create was born. 

He likes to think of himself as an “Artographer” wielding a camera and computer as his tools of choice. This may change as the wind blows, but for now they aid in his passion to create.  See more.

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Proud Bird

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Robert Gallegos

Robert Gallegos

Robert Gallegos
Artist/Photographer
Gallegos is a former United State Marine Corp combat veteran who served during the Vietnam war.  Due to his combat experiences, his personal journey dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome brought him to the Denver Veterans Center to seek methods to deal with his condition.  

While at the Veterans Center he became actively involved with the creative arts group as a method of dealing with his PTSS symptoms.  Through this group Gallegos found that drawing, oil painting and photography as an art form helped him to deal with the symptoms of his syndrome.  Through his interactions at the Center, he was given the opportunity to share his expertise in oil painting and photo-shop skills in photography, as well as computer building with other veterans.  

Through Gallego's involvement at the Veterans Center  he has had the opportunity to provided a program through which he is actively involved, working with and encouraging others who have experienced PTSS/PTSD to become involved with the Creative Arts program to assist in their road to healing. See More.

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Leslie Gwynn

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Leslie Gwynn
Watercolor/Acrylic/ Mixed Media
Gwynn was born and raised in Atchison Kansas where she was surrounded by a countryside filled with summer flowers, fireflies and butterflies.  She is reminded of that beauty every time she begins a painting. Her artistic were honed since childhood where she learned from the now renowned graphic and architectural designer Darrel Schmitt.  A graduate of Kansas State University in Arts she is also a graduate from Fort Lauderdale Institute for Art where she majored in Fine Art, Commercial Art, Fashion Illustration and Graphic Art. Gwynn’s talents capture and breath life into the vivid colors in her beautiful creations. Gwynn has been the feature artist at the Muchnic Art Gallery in Atchison Kansas and continues to show her work at other art show venues in there and in Colorado. See her many creations and meet this artist in the Loft.  See more.

Purple Morning Glory

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Kathy Lechman

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Kathy Lechman
Fused Glass Works/Acrylic Artwork
Lechman has worked in several mediums over the years. A CSU art major Lechman also attended CCU Denver classes in multi-media. As of 2005, she has focused her interests in fused glass art and acrylic painting. Lechman grew up in Boulder, Colorado where she drew inspiration from the colors of the seasons and the beauty of the snow-capped mountains where they meet the bluest of skies,. Her creations fuse the colors of glass and the interplay beauty it creates with light. From the transparent to the opaque to the iridescent and dichroic glass, the brilliance is spectacular. Glass can be a very versatile medium to work with but it does have its constraints as well. You must see the beauty created in this very challenging medium.

Fused Glass Works

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Dominique Montano

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Dominique Montano
Pastels, Charcoals, Ink, Watercolor
Brighton artist Dominique Montano brings to life the majestic beauty of wildlife in her beautiful pastels, charcoals, ink and watercolor paintings now on display at Brighton City Hall. Montano’s love for art has been a driving force since she was in middle school and continued through graduation in 2014 from Colorado State University. With a Degree in Zoology her passion for wildlife and art has become an exciting blend for the expression of beauty on paper and canvas. Montano’s favorite medium is charcoal, because of the contrast between the light and the dark, as well as the shading that is created by smearing. With a love for animals, Montano’s subjects are often the wildlife of her studies. Montano donates a portion of the proceeds from her paintings to conservation organizations and for public education on the plight faced by many of her wildlife subjects.

Pastels, Charcoals, Ink, Watercolor

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Mary Ladwig

Mary Ladwig
Mary Ladwig
Beaded Jewelry
I've been beading for over 4 years. Mostly as a hobby and a new way to express myself. I have sold my pieces here in Brighton, CO through local shops for the last year and a half. I lean toward the embroidering and small lacy type of jewelry crafting. Everything is done by hand and I offer a "Lifetime Warranty" on all of my work. This warranty refers to my lifetime. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to exhibit my talent and to share the beauty of what I love to do. Custom Orders are my favorite, with a collaboration the item turns into a meaningful piece of art.

Beaded Jewelry

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Kim Shaklee

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Kim Shaklee
Wildlife and Marine Sculptor

im Shaklee, a successful marine and wildlife sculptor, distinguishes herself from other artists by her ability to transform static metal into fluid motion to capture the essence of an animal. Kim is a native of Denver, Colorado. She spent summers and holidays of her youth at her family’s summer home in Estes Park, Colorado. It was there, Kim developed a deep appreciation for the natural world and an intense love for wildlife. Shaklee’s works have been shown in many national and international exhibitions and are included in collections around the world, including the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City Zoo, Little Rock Zoo, Azalea Park Sculpture Garden in Summerville, SC, Maytag Park in Newton, KS and Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, CO. Notable showings include the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York, Mystic International Maritime Exhibition, CT, Art of the Animal Kingdom, VT, American Art in Miniature, OK, and inclusion in multiple shows held at the National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club in New York. Shaklee’s latest accolades include receiving the George Gach Memorial Award from the American Artists Professional League at the Salmagundi Club, and the Anna Hyatt Huntington Award from Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club, at the National Arts Club for her bronze crab sculpture; “Ascent” from the 119thth National Exhibition in New York, NY during December, 2015. She received Best in Show at the 45th annual Ruidoso Fine Arts Festival at the Ruidoso Convention Center in late July, 2016 from over 120 artists included in show. Her sculptures have been the subject of several editorial features in well-known publications, including Art of the West, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, Wildlife Art, Sporting Classics, and American Artist. Kim is the first woman Sculptor elected as a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists as well as the first to be elected as President of the Society in their 38 year history.

Marine Sulpture

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MJ McCafferty

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MJ McCafferty
Watercolor/Chalk Pastel
McCafferty is on the fast track in the watercolor world of splashes and glazing. A former Aurora Preschool and Kindergarten teacher has found new challenges in watercolor techniques and colors. Raised in Colorado, she had her first taste of painting in oils in the 1970’s, then, as she puts it, “life happens and time passes” before opportunity to create beauty knocks again. In 2012 she rediscovered her love for painting, only this time in watercolor. While attending a class held at Heritage at Todd Creek near Brighton, she was encouraged to broaden her artistic talents through watercolor. learning about techniques used in painting that were called “glazing, washes and puddles”, watercolor became her favorite medium of work, and so did her regular watercolor group sessions at Todd Creek. With a renewed appetite for painting in watercolor, McCafferty has since created vibrant colorful paintings as well as delicate and pristine views of jungle wildlife.

Tiger Watercolor

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Dean Glorso

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Dean Glorso
Oil Artist
Glorso grew up in the 1950's and 60's on a 4 lane highway just outside Chicago. On a typical summer afternoon he and his brother Sam would sit on the front porch and watch the cars go by. For hours they played a game of, 'Who could name the make and model first'. The love for classic cars caused him to begin painting the details of their uniqueness. He now makes his paintings available in original or print form and t-shirts. See more. See him on-line at: www.dean-glorso.fineartamerica.com

Oil Painting

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