November First Friday Art Show at The IDEA Place Drew Local Artists Together

Description: The November First Friday Art Show at The IDEA Place Had Local Western Flair on Display Featuring Fine Western Art From Colorado Locals Andy Pelster and Judy Figgins.

Published: 11/07/2020
Byline: Hart

Drawn Together - November First Friday Art Show at The IDEA Place in Rocky Ford Showed Western Flair

Show Featured: Andy Pelster and Judy Figgins

The IDEA Place hosts the First Friday Art Show in Rocky Ford every month. SECO News attended the November art show and had a moment to speak with show organizer Nancy Aschermann. She said that Covid conditions have impacted the attendance of the First Friday Art Shows, however friends, family, and loved ones have continued to come out to show their support for our local art community.

There certainly was support, I saw several pieces sell and both Figgins and Pelster were at the event to answer questions and tell western tales. Pelster had pieces that shared family unity and the ranching lifestyle that brings us together. Figgins offered pieces that ventured out of the western arena as well as her finely detailed Harnessed Power and Buckaroo's Best.

This month's show certainly did draw the art community together at the IDEA Place...

Find out more about Colorado Artists Andy Pelster and Judy Figgins...

Here are their bio's and art used for promoting the show...

Andy Pelster First Friday Art Show Andy Pelster Bio:

Raised on a ranch north of Ordway, Andy has deep roots on the Eastern Plains and the Lower Arkansas Valley of Colorado; his family has been ranching or farming in the region since the beginning of the Twentieth Century. A self-taught artist, Andy's formal education was in Technical Drafting. Currently living near Parker, Colorado, he has spent the last twenty-five years in the engineering industry, designing and drawing plans for bridges and other structures. During that time, his attention to his art was limited, but he returned to drawing with a renewed interest at the beginning of 2019. Andy's ability to visualize 3-dimensionally plays an integral role in his work in both structural design and fine art.

Andy Pelster First Friday Art Show Andy Pelster - Pull It Together 


Andy Pelster First Friday Art Show seconews.orgAndy Pelster - Twister


Judy Figgins Artist Bio

My name is Judy Figgins and I currently live near Vilas, Colorado. I am a self-taught artist and have been drawing for as long as I can remember. Growing up on a ranch in southeastern Colorado, I developed a love for horses (and animals in general) early on and they became the subjects of many of my drawings. 

After high school life became busy so I put my art aside (for the most part) for around 20 years. In the early part of 2017 I started up again just doing a few graphite drawings. With the help of instructional videos as well as art pages on social media, I decided to try color pencil. Soon after I started color pencil drawings a friend of mine asked if I would draw a memorial portrait of their dog. That was the start of doing pet portraits. I began seeing several pastel drawings online and that led to a curiosity about the medium so I gave it a try….I was hooked. Pastel has become my favorite medium to work with.

Currently I work with graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, and pastel. Learning different techniques in different mediums has really fueled my passion for drawing. I have completed numerous pet portraits and have won awards in local art shows. I am thankful that God has blessed me with the privilege of being a stay at home mom and being able to homeschool our daughters. I'm also thankful to Him for the talent He has blessed me with as well as the time and resources to work on improving my skills.

First Friday Art Show Judy Figgins Judy Figgins - Harnessed Power

First Friday Art Show Judy Figgins Judy Figgins - Buckaroo's Best

SECO News would like to thank the artists and event organizers for sharing our local culture in our community at the November First Friday Art Show - Drawn Together.

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