GALLERY BLEU

Visit Gallery Bleu in our lobby to see various artists’ works on display.  We feature new artists throughout the year.  Also visit Gallery Bleu during First Friday gallery walks from 5-7 p.m.

View of Florence from San Mniato

September – October 2017

Come to Gallery Bleu and meet award-winning watercolor artist Kimberly Lavelle and photographer Brian Miller.

First Friday receptions: 5-7pm September 1st  and October 6th

Kimberly Lavelle is an avid horsewoman who has become an award-winning Fort Collins artist. She strives to honor and capture the unique spirit of each animal as she sees it reflected in their eyes.

Kim works from photos and thoroughly enjoys capturing the emotions, insight and quirkiness of animals in all of her artwork.
She especially has a passion for elephants and is sponsor of an annual fundraiser to help with the conservation and preservation of these amazing animals.
In 2016 over $18,000 was raised for the “Save The Elephants Foundation.” Her love of these charismatic beings is evident in every one of her huge portfolio of elephant paintings, several of which are displayed in Gallery Bleu. 30% of each sale from this show will the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Kimberly also supports local organizations such as The Fort Collins Cat Rescue, Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and many other
causes. She feels blessed to be able to help, albeit in a small way to those in need within our community and globally.
Until recently, her work has been with watercolors. She is now also working with acrylics and moving forward with a bold, more
intuitive type work. Kimberly Lavelle Watercolors
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Brian Miller’s training is as theatrical designer and it is reflected in his photography. He has devoted most of his “artistic” career to lighting and scenery and has designed and occasionally directed more than 250 productions since arriving in Colorado in 1998. Locally, he has worked for Bas Bleu, OpenStage, and Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.
 
Brian has been an avid photographer since he was a child, and while it is a side business for him, he specializes in theatrical production photography, nature and landscape work. He has always been drawn to, and is greatly interested in textures, and how they can be captured by the camera. Brian says that this interest is certainly informed by his work as a lighting designer. “My nature photography is typically, and at times subconsciously, an effort to portray textures in interesting ways.”
 
He was delighted to come upon an entire forest of Bristlecone pine trees last year, growing amidst numerous trunks of now deceased ancestors of the species, on a trip up Mount Evans. Bristlecone pines are among the longest living organisms on our planet, and are particularly resistant to bad weather and poor soil conditions. Brian explains “What I did not expect to find in abundance that day, however, were shapes and features that were incredibly reminiscent of faces, animals, and even, with a little bit of imagination, cartoon characters. At that moment my mission changed, and found myself composing shots that highlighted those features. With that in mind, I hope you will enjoy seeing these photos of this fascinating, ancient wood.”

We are located at:
401 Pine St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Show Times

Box Office/Gallery Bleu Hours
Monday - Friday 12:30-5:30pm
Phone: 970-498-8949