Noah Baen makes paintings and environmental installations to dance with Nature and our common nature. He has lived in Crestone since 2011, happily transitioning from nearly 50 years in the New York art world to a community that prioritizes heart. He was Festival featured artist last year. See his work around town—Artisans Gallery, Elephant Cloud and the Food Bank--and at crestoneartists.com.
Dublin-born Terry Corcoran attended the Irish National College of Art in the 60s. While a student, he won awards in drawing at the Royal Dublin Society student show, and a Browne Thomas prize for stained glass. After college he worked for the well-known Murphy Devitt stained glass studio, designing windows for churches and private homes.
In 1969 he traveled to the U.S. and settled in California. There he continued in stained glass work as well as painting. He also began sculpting in wood, creating a series of sculptures called River Sticks. Made from flat boards, the artist describes them as “a waterfall from heaven to earth.”
Terry returned to live in Ireland in 1991, making his home in Co. Wicklow.
During the 1990s he continued sculpting in wood, creating a series of sculptures he refers to as “the Heart of the Matter.” He also developed a pigment made from the ash of turf, a traditional source of fuel in Ireland that is still in use today. He incorporated this pigment into a large series of paintings based on the bog lands, and the ancient preserved human remains that have been unearthed from them. With these paintings Terry mounted a very successful exhibition—“Excavations and Exchanges”—with his artist brother, Austin Corcoran (austincorcoran.com), at Webster University, St. Louis, in 1994, which was supported by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
While living in Ireland, Terry exhibited regularly there, and completed a number of stained glass commissions. His paintings reflect his ever-present, but lately growing interest in the spirituality of creativity. A highly successful exhibition in 2001 at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Co. Wicklow was titled “Axis Mundi” for the mystical notion of the unity of above and below, heaven and earth, soul and body. Paintings made in 2005 and 2006 (“Windows” and “Simple Symbols”) were more directly symbolic rather than imagistic or expressionistic, and explored the potential of the paintings and the symbols they represent as objects of meditation, pathways to the divine.
In 2007 Terry moved back to the US. That year he made a series of paintings called “The Sète Set” which was inspired by a visit to Sète on the French Mediterranean coast, home of Paul Valéry. The twelve paintings are each titled with a line from Valéry’s poem “The Graveyard by the Sea” and were exhibited at the Sutton Loop Gallery in St. Louis.
‘Horizons’ was shown at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, in 2009. The ‘Formless Form’ paintings were exhibited at the Yoga Gallery on Lafayette Square in St. Louis in 2010. Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis was the venue for the ‘Lacuna’ exhibition in 2012, and ‘Water-Fall’, a series of paintings and poems (with Terry’s wife Sharon), in 2014.
‘Water-Fall’ and a new series of watercolors called ‘Seasons’, traveled to Ireland in 2016 for the 20 th anniversary exhibition series at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely. Also in 2016, Terry was commissioned to make a painting, titled ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, for the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, which has collected a number of his works.
Terry moved to Crestone, Colorado in July 2016 where he mostly works outdoors, and at the computer. He has been a member of the Crestone Artisans’ Gallery and exhibited at the Shumei International Institute in March 2018.
I came to art by the long road. Raised in Colorado in a family of artists, I ran away and went to law school, but law was not the road I was meant to take. Eventually, I retreated to Crestone to build a straw bale house and live a simpler life. The mountains, the valley, the cottonwood groves and shaded creeks, the still blue shadows and ice fogs, the spirit of the place awoke a need to paint. I view all of my experience as fair game for my paintings, but I find my deepest inspiration in the wild. My paintings are never the same as reality nor, are they ever meant to be. They are about conjuring sensation; cold, light, a breath of air, a dream of a place. In each painting, I hope to draw forth my essential moments and convey a little of their potency to the viewer. Summoning illusion, and conveying emotion is what putting paint to canvas means to me.
Since returning to art I have shown in many diverse venues in the state of Colorado. Currently in Crestone, I have work at the Elephant Cloud.
When the Covid 19 virus hit the US, and Colorado lock down order put in place, my studio became my refuge. I started doing work randomly and eventually settled on a series of portraits and paintings utilizing torn pieces of papers as underpainting. Torn pieces of paper reflect external bombardment from powers that be and social media convoluted discussion. I realize it is only within my own soul world that i can find solace and express my truth.
I have been practicing visual art expression for 40 some years. I have explored many different art tools and their application on paper, canvas and boards. I now enjoy mixing them together to produce mixed media art work.
With little art training, I call myself a beginner, an Outsider, a late bloomer, unapologetically slinging paint on tar paper, wood, canvas, paper, tin, whatever, with no expectations of outcome, awaiting what emerges, always a surprise!! I love being in the zone, that high one gets being creative...or it the smell of paint?
Blue Starseed paints visionary portraits in oil. She graduated in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and completed their European Honors Program in Rome. Blue Starseed’s paintings reside in Canada, the USA, and México. She loves exhibiting her artwork in nature and has called Crestone home since 2016.