We’re Excited: Let the Summer Begin!


Looking up valley, toward Mount Silverheels in morning mist. photo by Jay Halsey

The Rocky Mountain Land Library is very excited about our Summer Schedule at Buffalo Peaks Ranch. Some favorites return from our first two summers, along with many new workshops, classes, and field courses — along with our third annual Summer Book Club. All will be announced on May 1st — stay tuned!

To give you a feel for what’s ahead this season, here is our first ranch workshop, taught by an accomplished Denver artist:


This daylong workshop will focus on the process of seeing and translating the experience of the landscape in simplified shapes and colors. You will explore a drawing technique that combines elements of collage, pencil line drawing and ink washes to emphasize space and movement within a landscape. This will be a outdoor workshop, with all materials included.

Saturday, May 27th, 10am to 4pm,  $50 class fee.


Meghan Wilbar received her BA from Knox College and her MFA from the New York Studio School. She has been awarded several fellowships for artist residencies and has her work in private and public collections. She currently lives and works in Denver. For more, view Meghan’s website here.

For Meghan, the landscape provides inspiration, emotional and spatial relationships, and an overall connection to the human experience. She aims to squeeze an expansive landscape into a compressed, tension-filled space. The result: the landscape’s own experience of reality. Each painting is conceived through a series of on-site drawings. The drawings extract form, movement, and space in simple shades of white, brown, and black. The process of painting integrates the shapes from the drawings into the dialogue of paint. The application of layers, washes, and drips of oil paint furthers the exploration of the emotive quality of the landscape.

“The natural world holds the key to abstraction through the dance between colliding forms and the interchange of negative and positive space, light and color. I use this natural abstraction to create paintings that evoke the experiences one has within one’s surroundings. The paintings are brief histories of moments constantly shifting, reorganizing to reveal the underlying structure in the landscape.” – Meghan Wilbar

For more information, and how to register, contact Jeff Lee at jeff@landlibrary.org, 303-321-3574.

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