Kathryn R. Burke

Art & Artists

ART & ARTISTS encompasses a life-long passion fo the arts. Kathryn (Kate) Burke has been involved in creative endeavors, writing and making art from her early school years to the present. As the owner of San Juan Publishing Group, Inc., she has an impressive record of web design and publishing outstanding print and online publications including the San Juan Silver Stage, dedicated to promoting the arts. Kate taught art and design in the US and Spain, writes for national and regional publications, does graphic and design work for numerous clients, has authored several books, and hosted her own public radio show in Colorado, “Focus on the Arts.”

Ms. Burke has served on various boards in Montrose and Ouray counties. Her work and volunteer endeavors support community and creativity: “This is my passion. I love working with people, helping them discover their own creativity, build success, and maintain the enthusiasm to carry it forward.”

Gary Ratcliff, nature photographer
Ouray Image Gallery Now Open in Treehouse Studio in Ridgway

[June 2021 | San Juan Silver Stage] Ridgway, Colo. Nature photographer Gary Ratcliff, has added “gallery owner” to his list of titles. He can, at least for brief periods of time when he’s not in the field, share his work 1:1 with those who want to meet him and come in to visit at the Ouray Image Gallery in the historic Treehouse Studio, Ridgway.  The Treehouse walls and displays tell the story of a man passionate about nature and the beauty of the San Juan Mountains and the Colorado Plateau—Gary’s favorite subject matter. A nature and wildlife photographer, and a man who loves the outdoors, Gary combines his favorite passions and pastimes to build a life he loves.[story]

Artist Marko Marino creates dynamic compositions

[January 2021 | Montrose Center for the Arts] Cedaredge, Colo. Marko creates dynamic compositions in contemporary style utilizing a vivid visual memory combined with a strong sense of design. Marko uses different tools, including a palette knife, to facilitate his painting and varying shapes and detail to direct viewer attention. [Story & slideshow of his work]. Click HERE to view live interview with Marco and view his video.

Cheri Isgreen, inspirational mixed media artist

[December 2020 | San Juan Silver Stage] Montrose, Colo. Incredibly talented and continually evolving, this mixed-media artist is the embodiment of a creative spirit…an inspiration to any and all who experience her work. An accomplished horsewoman, who has won awards on her Lipizzan, Cheri is known for her equine art. Her recent works, “Dream Horses,” portray Cheri’s fascination with color, light, motion, equine anatomy. [View video].  Cheri has also developed a special Raku creative process. [View video].
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Bonnie Heidbrak, Photographer

[October 2020 | Montrose Center for the Arts] Ridgway, Colo. A life-long world traveler, the visual perception Bonnie shares with you is alternately (and sometimes collectively) evocative, inspiring, joyful, eclectic, and always…stunning. For Bonnie, what she sees, how she sees things, and the pictures she takes, are not just the sum of the parts, but sometimes parts of the parts. Like the thoughtful eye of this African elephant, contrasted to the rough planes and textures of its skin. What do you see? Rivers, landscape, or did you spy the thoughtful eye in the lower left corner. [Story]