Art celebrates Fall–an artisan show

Mondrian Art Horse by Lu Anne Tyrrell

On Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. five local artists will display their work on the southern gardens of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Lu Anne Tyrrell coordinated the event. “This idea had been percolating for a while,” Tyrrell said, “and Dr. Mary Vader, graciously has reached out and offered to be our sponsor. In our town, said Tyrrell, we don’t have many venues for art exhibits.We used to have several galleries and sadly we don’t have any more. It’s wonderful that Dr. Vader and hopefully others will step forward and see the value of sponsoring something like this.”

“I think art’s important and sometimes finding venues for art shows is difficult,” Dr. Vader said. “St. Mary’s has beautiful gardens and I talked to the bosses there and they thought it would be pretty good to show off the gardens, because they’re behind the church and some people have no idea that they’re there.”

The art will be on display as well as available for purchase. There will be light appetizers and light beverages (non-alcoholic,)

The following artists and artisans will be participating:

Susan Humphry, digital fine art; Rog Coman, pottery; Beasie Whaley, soil painting; Jodene Broscowatz, water colors; Dave Kaufmann, woodworker; Lu Anne Tyrrell, digital fine art photography.

Susan Humphrey is a digital artist and photographer.  She enjoys landscape, wildlife and nature. She “paints” using her original photos as a clone, using an electronic tablet and stylus as a canvas and brush. Sophisticated software helps  her develop her own style and complete the paintings. Unusual, yes, but still fine art.

Rog Coman discovered clay in 1996 and when he retired in 2004 he started full time .  He has a studio at his home and produces for two galleries and special requests.

Beasie WhaleyThese paintings are made from 100% dirt! There are no dyes or colors added. I have collected the soils while hiking or as I am driving.

Jodine Broscovak—”As a watercolorist, I have experienced the joys and ‘happy accidents’ of painting throughout a forty-year career. Each brush stroke begins a new, adventurous journey.”

Dave Kaufmann has always loved working with wood, including making custom furniture, carpentry, contracting, or on the lathe. He and his wife, Margaret, relocated to the Western Slope of Colorado in  2013. The next year, Dave and three others started theMontrose Area Woodturners (MAW); he was President for three years. Dave, and the MAW group, turn canes for Veterans.  His wood works of art include, vases, vessels, bowls.
Lu Anne Tyrrell—Colorado native artist/photographer whose work is licensed and published, captures the essence of nature and Colorado in both vibrant and emotive tones. State-wide her clients have included, History Colorado-Ute Indian Museum, Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Office of Film and Video, Timberline Bank, Montrose,  Applebee’s Restaurant and Volunteers of America Montrose.
For more information, call Lu Anne at 970-209-6837.


Dr. Mary Vader discusses Helping Hands

Helping Hands fund is now 10 years old and it’s a very small foundation. We are under the umbrella of the Montrose Foundation. It started with 200 pairs of pedriatic orthotics. We had a little undocumented boy with cerebral palsy who had been referred for physical therapy. He wasn’t getting his therapy because the physical therapist had told the family that they couldn’t come back until they had orthotics for him and Medicaid didn’t pay for orthotics. They showed me this little jar of coins that they were saving for orthotics. I went to physical therapy and asked how much were the orthotics. They said $200. I said I’d pay for it just get this little boy into physical therapy.  

Then the county nurse would come to me every once in a while with what were little requests (by most people’s standards) that provided basic needs for the family. In other words, if you car can’t run, you can’t go to school, you can’t go to work, you can’t take your child to daycare. And a car battery is what—$125?

So those were the kinds of things we centered on. From that we developed a vision that these would be almost immediate need grants for people in the Uncompahgre Valley.  We’d have fundraisers. We’ve given almost $100,000 to the Montrose Community in the ten years. We’ve agreed to pay for the funerals for the two girls who died in Norwood.

Most recently we’ve partnered with the Rocky Mountain Foundation to provide batteries for electric scooters.

We sort of fly under the radar. It’s basic immediate needs. Nobody else does it. We wanted to fill niches—we don’t do food, we don’t utilities.

You can reach Dr. Vader at






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Mavis Bennett

Mavis Bennett

A western Colorado resident for most of her life, Mavis Bennett is the publisher of the Montrose Monitor. She has written for newspapers and magazines more than three decades and founded the popular Monitor Magazine in 2003. This web site is the logical progression for the Monitor.