Kathryn R. Burke

Art & Artists

ART & ARTISTS encompasses a life-long passion for the arts—all arts, visual, movement, music, and theater. Kathryn (Kate) Burke has been involved in creative endeavors, writing and making art (and music) from her early school years to the present. As the owner of San Juan Publishing Group, Inc., she has an impressive record of creative graphic and web design. Her history of outstanding print and online publications includes the San Juan Silver Stage, which, for over 25 years, has been 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.” She served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Montrose Association of the Arts for over two years, designing and maintaining their website and social media campaigns. She also established a highly successful series of programs including comedy and theater events and a series of popular presentations, throughout western Colorado, about local history, where she is frequently the speaker. (More here.)

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.”

Scroll down or click here for a list of some of her writings about art and artists.

YouTube Artist Videos

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]

MaryPat Ettinger, Painter

[December 2020 | Montrose Center for the Arts] Montrose, Colo. Mary Pat Ettinger is a storyteller. She tells her tales with paint, words, and weavings—all  emanating from the creative inspiration that gives her work a distinctive and identifiable character. Many find her work peaceful and nostalgic. Mary Pat paints solitude and tranquility and she paints every day. Learn more about this beautiful soul who creates beautiful works of art that help you find a past—and maybe a presence—you thought was lost.. [Story]

Art & Artists — Stories, Articles, Interviews, Videos

Featured artists at Montrose Center for the Arts.


Marko Marino, Plein Air Painter. Solo Show. [01/21]

Wine & Roses Themed show. [02/21]

Concert with musician Nick Carozza [02/22]

Gary Ratcliff, photography. [03/21]

Fiber Arts Exhibit [03/21]

 Joan Anderon, Abstract [04/21]

Tim Brady, Watercolor [05/21]

Square Deal Fundraiser [06/21]
(gallery closed with Covid)

Jeff Ellingson. watercolor [07/21]
San Juan Mountains Mining and NG Railroads [07/21

Natalie Heller, A Midwesterners Dream. Photography [08/2]
The Rood Collection, 19th century art [08/21]

Pat Jeffers, Abstract [09/21]
Deb Barr, Singer/songwriter (Fundraiser) [09/21]

MVAG Group Show [01/21]
Dave Kaufmann, Wood turner

3-Women Show: Julia Reid, Cristin Johnson, Jenny McIntyre [11/21]
Bill Wilson, Ceramics [11/21]

Cheri Isgreen, solo Show [12/21]

February, Mike Simpson [02/20]

March, Sheryl Williams [03/20]

April, gallery closed

May, Sheryl Williams. continued

June, Square Deal [06/20]

July, Barbara Kendrick, pastel [07/20]

August. Motor Art Madness Themed Show. [08/20]

October, Bonnie Heidbrak, photography [10/20]

December Mary Pat Ettinger, paintings [12/20]

December, Virginia Blackstock [12/19]

San Juan Silver Stage

Jana Gray Adams, variety of mediums. Montrose CO. [02-20]

Joan Anderson, abstract artist. Montrose CO. [04/20]

Joyce Baker, printmaker, Montrose CO. [05/19]

Deb Barr, singer, songwriter, entertainer. Nucla CO [09/21]

Virginia Blackstock, watercolorist. Montrose CO. [11/19]

Timothy Brady, painter. Grand Junction. CO. [05/21]

Cecelia Calderon, Works in Copper. Paonia, CO. [05-21]

Jeff Ellingson, watercolorist. Durango CO. [07-21]

Mary Pat Ettinger, Visual Storyteller. Montrose CO. [07/20]

Natalie Heller, Lone Cone Photography. Ridgway CO [07-20] .

Bonnie HeidbrakLucid Photo Art. Ridgway CO. [10/20].

Susan Sandburg Humphrey, Montrose CO. [03-20 & 07-22]

Cheri Isgreen. variety of mediums. Montrose CO. [12/20]

Lisa Kramer, vocalist. Voice of the San Juans, Montrose CO[12/19]

Mark Marino, painter. Cedaredge CO. [01/20]

Gary Ratcliff, photographer. Ridgway CO. [03/20]

Jeff Sailors and Patricia Carroll, mixed media. Cedaredge CO. [10/19]

Connie Williams, Apples & Art. Cedaredge CO. [03/20]

Archived articles, old San Juan Silver Stage

Dan Deuter, Paints the Old West. Montrose CO. [2010] 

Alice Billings Hug  Horse. Ridgway CO. [2013] 

Edith Eggett Aboriginal Primitive Art. Silverton CO. [2012]

Mark Mace Kinetic Expressionist. Carbondale CO. [2012]

Mary Mellot Colorful Critters. Bayfield CO. [2005]

Rudl Mergleman Western & Wildlife Art. Florence CO [2008]

Linda Nadel Artist profile. Montrose CO. [2008]

Cecily Anne Reflective Art Photography. Montrose CO. [2014]

Eileen & Jim Baumgardt Nature Photography. Durango CO. [2014] Burke

Robert Floyd Western Lifestyle and Nature Photography. Houston TX.  [2018]

Daphna Russell Sculpture., bronze, stoneware, and ceramics. Cedaredge CO. [2014]

Linda and Gary Davis. Weathertop Covens. Silverton CO. [2010]

Judy Gillispe, glass artist

Tommy Jackson. Native American jeweler. Gallup NM. [2009]

Benson Manygoats Native American jeweler. Gallup NM. [2009]

ErvinTsosie Native American jeweler. Gallup NM. [2009]