MONTROSE – Art on Trout Road, the annual showing of several local artists’ works at the home and studio of ceramicist Bill Wilson, celebrates its 20th year with this year’s show.
Wilson’s home at 68408 Trout Road, four miles south of Montrose, will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20. He urges people to “enjoy a leisurely drive in the country, where you can enjoy the work of three prominent artists.”
Wilson’s work will be featured, along with works by landscape artist Gina Grundemann and watercolorist Kurt Isgreen. Also displayed will be ceramics by Mariah Weigel, Wilson’s apprentice.
There’s no admission charge, and refreshments will be served both days, Wilson said, along with “good conversation and a mix of gift items including art, ceramics, prints and cards.”
Both Isgreen and Grundemann will be on hand for the show, Wilson said.
Wilson has known Isgreen, who is also an accomplished guitarist, for 35 years.
“He said with painting and music, less is more, and he’s a fabulous carpenter, a Renaissance man,” he said. “And Gina has such great spirit, and her work is absolutely fabulous, and she is willing and able to make her paintings affordable.”
Grundemann just returned from Tuscany, Wilson said, and he’s anxious to see the work that comes out of that trip.
Grundemann also makes forays into the countryside to find her subjects, which can include vistas of the San Juans along cultivated fields, scenes with rural farms and farmhouses. She earned her bachelor’s in fine arts from Colorado State University. She lives in Montrose and has exhibited in solo exhibitions, studio art tours, and juried exhibits in Colorado and New Mexico.
Isgreen graduated from Western State College with a degree in fine art, and prefers to paint plein-air, Wilson said, and often paints at locations near his home and studio in Montrose. The works of Isgreen, who is also a teacher, have been widely exhibited and are in many private and public collections; he is a signature member of the Western Colorado Watercolor Society.
Weigel has been Wilson’s apprentice for the last year, and is a National Outdoor Leadership instructor, teaching young people between 15 and 21 to become leaders through outdoor experiences.
“She was not educated in art, but is probably one of the brightest and quickest at picking things up,” Wilson said.
During his 40 years as a ceramicist, Wilson has taken on about 30 apprentices to learn how to make both functional and decorative stoneware. He pronounced himself excited about showing his new line of black-glazed pottery with brilliant colored glazes on top, but will still show his copper and sandstone glazed works ranging from abstract wall art to functional pottery such as mugs, platters and pitchers.
A longtime resident of Montrose, Williams opened his first retail shop in 1978. His work is now shown in Around the Corner Art Gallery in Montrose and San Juan Pottery in Ouray, as well as galleries in Redstone, Gunnison and Manitou Springs.
“I keep evolving and keep changing my glazes,” he said. “I am now working with Shino glazes, which are Oriental, putting color on top of those and working in a black glaze. It’s opened up a whole new box of Crayolas.”
To get to Art on Trout Road, turn east on Trout Road and follow the signs.