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Online Auction Slated for November 1st, 2014

This painting will be up for auction in a “live” 13 hour period over the internet.

Oil on Linen, 16 x 24″ Low clouds at high altitude slide along the valley floor. This scene appears to be embellished, but these cloud formations are typical of March in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, the largest alpine valley in North America.

Details for the site and log in information will follow soon.

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Skirting the Netherlands #2

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Tiers of a Storm in the Land of Contradictions

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Tiers of a Storm, 48″ x 48″ Oil on Canvas

Tiers of a Storm has been submitted to the Colorado Public Arts projects for consideration to be included in the collection of a local institution, Adams State University. More than a typical sky-scape which the San Luis Valley is known for, this painting is also about the agricultural lifeblood of this area. The grid pattern which recedes into the clouds throughout the piece represents the inorganic grid pattern of the SLV, which creates a land of one-mile, perfected, quilt-like squares in what is otherwise a harsh and wild climate. The cut wheat slashes a bright accent line under a cold, threatening sky. The San Luis Valley is a land of contradictions, as is this painting. Not only in its composition, but as one still moment captured in paint, but when viewing it, the clouds appear to move.

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Indirect Inspiration

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Collection of Five

I loved the fact that you painted these pieces with a palate knife— so detailed and alive. I have the 5 paintings lined up across the room from where I often sit. I find that just looking at them is meditative and relaxing. I grew up in the Midwest where sky is a big part of your life. Your paintings make me miss the sky. So, I decided to do something about it. Last year I came across a landscape pastel artist who offered to teach me how to paint with pastels. I’ve been going to him for almost a year now. I’m slowly getting better and am learning so much about value patterns and color relationships. But the most important thing is that I’m simply falling in love with painting landscapes. The sky is now a part of my life and I find that I see things differently.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your indirect inspiration. That little stop in the Alamosa gallery has helped shape me.

John Dupre, Organizational Consultant

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Homer and Plum, Beloved Pets

Homer and Plum by Rita

Homer and Plum

Homer was my husband’s German Short hair and number one son of course they are gone now but we have these lovely paintings. Plum was my beloved greyhound… oh how I wish I could have had them all memorialized in this fashion. These painting hang in our bedroom so we can see them every night when we go to bed.

I love checking your website every now and then to see what new things you have created. I feel blessed to have met you at the beginning of your career… I even have one regret you had done a painting of a church in Mendocino and while I debated the amount of money and where I would put it… it was gone.

Taught me never again to hesitate on something that you love and moves you.

— Shannon Bushnell, purchased in Trinity County, California

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Chance Encounters Exhibit

Exhibit Opens November 30th!


Firedworks Gallery is pleased to present Chance Encounters,
an exhibit with the artwork of Rita Roberts and photographs of Andoni Canela.

Some of the paintings and photographs can be seen at:

Opening Reception and for the artists:  Friday, November 30th, 7 – 9 pm
Video and presentation at 7:30 pm
Show will be on view through the holidays.


Twenty-two paintings and photographs that reflect the incredible diversity of the San Luis Valley will be on view at Firedworks Gallery in Alamosa. Two masters experience and observe together, the rhythms of art and nature, as an integral part of their creations. Each, in their own way, generate images in devotion to the wild, as well as the personal.
Both artists have contributed to land and wildlife conservation efforts. The Chance Encounters collection includes habitats protected by the Rio Grande Headwater’s Land Trust (RiGHT), the Nature Conservancy, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Monte Vista and Alamosa Wildlife Refuges, and Colorado State Wildlife areas.


Andoni Canela.
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For 20 years, Andoni Canela has been working as a wildlife photographer, traveling throughout the world in search of endangered species – such as polar bears, grey whales, Bengal tigers, Iberian wolves, pandas, grizzlies, condors and quetzals. His photographs have been published in National Geographic, Time, Geo, The Sunday Times, Newsweek, La Vanguardia and El País. He is the author of a dozen books and has made several expeditions to the Arctic, Amazon, Himalayas and the savannas of Africa. Beginning in the summer 2013 he has a touring exhibition with his 5 year work on the Arctic. This exhibition will be on view in more than 40 cities in Spain.

Rita Roberts.
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Artist, and long-time resident of Monte Vista, Rita Roberts, has teamed up with this master photographer. As a naturalist and landscape painter, Rita’s work has gained national attention. She is a signature member of Oil Painters of America and has been featured in national publications including, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, and The Artist’s Magazine. She holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and will complete an MFA at the Academy of Art University in 2014. She shows regularly in prestigious exhibits like Salon International in San Antonio, Women Artists of the West Invitational, Tucson and Wendt Gallery Invitationals in Laguna Beach.

Gallery hours are 10 am to 6 pm seven days a week through December. For more information please contact Carol Mondragon or 719-589-6064. Some of the paintings and photographs can be seen at:

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Firedworks Gallery
608 Main Street
Alamosa, CO 81101
719-589-6064    Email:

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A new project coming soon…

Accidental adventures and chance encounters often create the best results…

Light, Landscape and Wildlife of the San Luis Valley





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Portraits from 2012








Check out the newest paintings on the Figurative page.

2012 has been filled with figures, portraits and writing.

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Salon International 2012







“Moonrise Over the San Luis Valley” in San Antonio, Texas

Salon International 2012
Salon International 2012 is the eleventh annual juried exhibition sponsored by the International Museum of Contemporary Masters and hosted by Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art. It will feature 434 original oil paintings selected from artist entries from around the world.

Awards Banquet – April 13 by Reservation Only

Opening Reception
April 14 – 5-8:00 pm

Gallery Exhibit
April 14 – May 4

Internet Exhibit
April 14 – May 4

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Fox Theatre Benefit Art Auction

This original oil painting will be up for bid at the auction in April. (see larger image here)

Fox Theatre in McCook, Nebraska
Saturday April 14th  
Auction starts at 7:30 p.m.
Artwork on display at local banks  during the month of March. For more info contact or call 308-340-7955.

“Side Door”
10 x 10”
Oil on Canvas
Retail Value:  $1,200

The Historic Fox Theatre in McCook, Nebraska (my hometown) is under renovation and in need of funds. The building, known to area residents as the “Fox Theatre” was built by A. Barnett and opened its doors January 28, 1927 as The World Theatre, featuring five Vaudeville acts of live entertainment every Sunday.

The basic intent of the project is to preserve the character and charm of the theatre, while upgrading the facility to current life safety needs, code compliance and ADA accessible conformity.

It was in this theater where I originally formed my love of movies. I spent many Saturday afternoons there in my childhood…and Saturday nights during my teenage years. There were huge, red velvet curtain with giant gold ropes that covered the screen. Wooden chairs upholstered to match the drapery. Swirling Art Deco scrolls decorated the walls. Rich and beautifully crafted woodwork in the lobby and balcony. It was a place of magic then and deserved its distinction as the center piece on Norris Avenue which is still a cobblestone Main Street.

I would like to offer an additional donation to the renovation with limited edition giclée prints of the original painting to be auctioned.

I will donate 30% of the proceeds of any print sale of “Side Door” through the month of April, 2012 toward the renovation.

Prints can be purchased through PayPal in the Print Shop (see sizes and prices there) or contact me and include the word FOX in the subject line.


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2012 Calendars Available Now!

“Saunter a Snowy Path” was selected by O&V Printing in Alamosa, Colorado for their 2012 Calendar. Contact them to receive your poster for the new year. Giclee prints of the painting without the calendar are available here.

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