Sangres Art Guild

Westcliffe, CO

September Shows

A bold new art show celebrating the beauty of the valley and our Western Heritage with the latest fine art and photography.

September Show Winners

First of all, a special thanks to all who attended. What a beautiful day for our September Opening Reception! Over 60 people attended on Saturday, September 4 to look at the 2 floors of some great and unique artwork. They enjoyed the refreshments and music by KLZR musician Jack Naff, who played a really nice variety of music.

The upstairs Spotlight Gallery Show ‘Our Western Heritage’ showcases mining, ranching, trains and our native culture was produced by Robert Gaarder with the help of Terri Wiebke. This show was judged by well-known artist Lorie Merfeld-Batson of Westcliffe, CO. She stated that this was a “strong show and everyone should be proud of the work they entered.”  In judging the show, she viewed the artwork at a distance to see what stood out to her, looking for strength of composition, values and more. Once narrowed down, she did further inspection of each piece. This was a hard show to judge!

Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place went to:

  • 1st Place – Michael Arterburn, Westcliffe, for his oil, ‘Koch Ranch, Fall’. As stated by Lorie, “I love the strong composition of this vertical landscape.”
  • 2nd Place went to Westcliffe photographer Gushikawa for her photo of ‘Mountain Bob – The Prospector’. “The composition and values in this portrait are amazing” stated Batson.
  • 3rd Place went to Westcliffe resident Jill Westbrook for her watercolor, ‘Relic in the Aspen’. Lorie said “This piece shows masterful craftsmanship.”

The People’s Choice winners for the Main Floor September Show

  • 1st Place went to Shu Shu Clark of Westcliffe & California for her pastel ‘In His Studio’.
  • 2nd Place went to Lauren Dwyer of Westcliffe for her oil ‘Fall Reflection’. 

Honorable Mentions:

  • Patie Wall, Westcliffe for her her pastel, ‘237 & Friend’. Lorie stated “This piece has a great feel to it.”
  • Terri Wiebke, Westcliffe for her pastel, ‘Lettuce Train, Circa 1880’. “This piece is small but it is a gem” stated Batson.
  • ShuShu Clark, Westcliffe/California for her pastel, ‘The Storyteller’, stating that “this portrait is very strong.”

Special thanks to Lorie for taking the time to not only judge the Spotlight Show, but to also do a ‘Plein Air demo’. This pastel is available to the highest bidder during a Silent Auction. The winner will be announced at the October Show opening reception, October 2nd. You can see this ‘Demo Pastel Painting’ piece as well as more of Lorie’s artwork at the 3rd St. Gallery. You can also learn more about Lorie at

The September Shows and Lorie’s artwork can be seen at the 3rd St. Gallery in Westcliffe through the month of September, Thursday – Monday, 11-4.

Download the Call to Artists (the Prospectus) here.