Melody Randol – Japan!


When Melody Randol received a phone call from Charlotte Bird at Quilt Visions asking if she’d be willing to travel to Japan for a week and teach, Melody responded instantly.  “Of course!  I would love to go to Japan!”  Who wouldn’t?

Spend an evening with Melody as she shares her experiences teaching and traveling in Japan.  She’ll talk about the lovely quilters she met in the two workshops she taught in Tokyo, and show their amazing art quilts.  She’ll share […]

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Carol Ann Waugh | How Did I Get Here from There?

03Carol spent the first 35 years of her professional life in the publishing industry.  One day, she woke up to the fact that her business world was changing and she needed to find a new career.  At the age of 61, Carol knew that her chances of getting hired were nil (but who wanted to work for anyone anyway???)

So, four years ago, she decided to re-invent herself as a professional fiber artist — with a goal of making a living from creating art.  (OK, she was the co-author of 3 books on quilt making, — published in the late seventies and early eighties — so seriously, she had some credentials!)

She is now a successful full-time artist and owner of  aBuzz Gallery — a contemporary art gallery in the RiNo District of Denver.  Who knew???

With her attitude of “If I can do it, so can you!”,  Carol will share all the secrets she has learned during her journey and an answer all your questions about her work, her processes, and yes, her secrets for success.

Be prepared to laugh as Carol takes us on her creative journey. 

read more about Carol Ann Waugh | How Did I Get Here from There? »

CANCELLED Jean Herman Using the Masters for Inspiration

Meeting has been cancelled due to weather

Jean is a fiber, mixed media artist from Denver, Colorado.  She has been working and refining this technique in her art quilts over the past five years.  Jean has had several one woman shows and has shown her work  at Visions Museum, where her piece ‘Katherine a la Picasso” won “The 2014 Brakensiek Caught Our Eye Award” and her piece “Krishna Brings the Rain took 2nd place at The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Evolutions 2012 Show

Gay Lasher | The Digital Thread

“Change is the only constant in life.” That’s what the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus said and what Gay believes.

Dangerous_Curves-fullChange and transformation are the themes that unite most of Gay’s work. She uses digital photography and the magic of Adobe Photoshop to transform ordinary photographs into abstract compositions with intense color. Black thread stitching outlines shapes and helps create a highly textured and sculptural surface.

A Denver “native” since 1969, Gay’s life has zigzagged from initial interests in the classics and biology to art expressions in weaving, batik and art photography to a clinical psychology practice and finally to art quilting in 2003.

Gay’s art quilts have been represented in numerous local and national shows including Quilt National ’11, Art Quilt Elements and Radical Elements. She has had a solo show at aBuzz Gallery in 2013 and is slated for solo shows this year in April at NCAR in Boulder and aBuzz Gallery in September. Her work has appeared in many publications including recently in Textile Art Around the World and Textile Plus magazine.



Portfolio 2014 – The Best of 2013

FRCQ Website Portfolio
January – December 2014

This show is the year-long web based exhibit of selected pieces created by FRCQ fiber artists in 2013. The juror for the show was Katie Pasquini Masopust. The show can be seen on the home page and on our gallery page.

The exhibit catalog is available at New this year, the catalog can be ordered as in print or as an e-book.

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Portfolio 2016 – Best of 2015

Portfolio 2016, Best of 2015

 Web-based Exhibit, FRCQ Website, January 1 through December 31, 2016

 Portfolio 2016 – Best of 2015 is a web based exhibit open to members of the Front Range Contemporary Quilters.  The annual show is the home page feature for the FRCQ website and is used to display the best work completed by its members in 2015.

Entry Opens: November 3, 2015

Due Date for Entry: November 24, 2015

Notification of Selected Work: December 18, 2015

Exhibit posted online: January 1, 2016

Submit entries here 

Entry fee of $30 is paid here.




  • Artists must be a member of FRCQ in 2016 to enter this exhibit. This is a separate fee from the exhibit entry fee.  You may renew online here:
  • Entries must meet the SAQA definition for art quilt: “The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”
  • Single, diptych, triptych, or other multiple piece works, framed, mounted and three dimensional or wearable works may be submitted.
  • The work must be original and the result of independent or group effort. If work is the result of a group effort or collaboration (including the production and/or design process) it must be noted on the entry form. Art that was begun or worked on during a workshop or was the result of instruction from a workshop instructor is not eligible for this exhibit.
  • All work must be completed during the 2015 calendar year.
  • Work submitted may have been displayed in any FRCQ or other exhibit and may have been sold. Since this is a web based exhibit, possession of the art is not a requirement. 
  • Photo of selected work must be supplied. Since this is a web based exhibit, the quality of the image is critical. Images that are not adequate for display on the website may be disqualified.  Do not place the work on a dark background, work must be photographed on a lightly colored background.

Entrants may submit up to three entries

Please submit diptychs and triptychs as one entry. 

Juror -

Deborah Fell.  You all may remember Deborah as she was our speaker at the September meeting and also held a workshop while she was here.  Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium. She has been a professional educator for over 30 years. Besides teaching at risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums, community colleges and through continuing education.  Deborah obtained a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as well as completing graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University.

How to Enter

  • Entries will be accepted online via the FRCQ Website between November 3 and November 24, 2015 (entries close at midnight CST).
  • There is a nonrefundable entry fee of $30.00.
  • Limit three entries per person.
  • Include two color digital images for each entry: Image #1: a full view of the quilt showing all edges of the completed quilt; Image #2: a close up showing detail.
  • Image size should be 1920 pixels on the longest side. JPEG images in RGB color only.
  • Please do not use special characters in the file names (e.g., “, /, #)
  • Images must be in sharp focus
  • All edges of the art piece must be in the photo – DO NOT CROP INTO THE EDGES OF THE ART.
  • All communication for this exhibit is by e-mail, including notification of acceptance.
  • Artwork will not be sold as part of this exhibit. Artists must provide an insurance value, (typically 2/3 of the retail sales price). Selected pieces that have an insurance value over $1,000 will need to provide an appraisal verifying value.


Entry fee of $30 can be made by credit card through PayPal either before or after you submit your application.  Your application will not be considered complete until your payment is received.

 For more information

If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Leberer at  If you have technical questions about the on-line system, please contact Lisa Ellis at

Daring Greatly – A Group Mentorship Class

jfitsellIf you are more interested in deepening your own personal voice than learning the latest techniques; if you want to dig into your own creative potential rather than echo someone else’s; if you are ready to tackle individually designed challenges; participate in group creativity exercises and accept all the give and take of honest critique, – you are ready to dare greatly with Jo Fitsell as lead teacher and facilitator.  Your work will jump to the next level.   

This class will be about pushing your boundaries; a new learning opportunity for members seeking to “dare greatly” in order to grow as an artist. In this series of 8 classes, you will be inspired, celebrated and challenged to stretch yourself. Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic” delivered at Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievements, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly …”.

Registration opens on the website on Cyber Monday (November 30). You might start dropping hints – this would be a great Christmas present!

Price: $300

Session One: 

Fridays at Southview Place Apartments Community Room 5820 S Windermere Street, Littleton, CO

9 am – 12:30 pm January 22; February 5; February 19; March 4; April 1; May 6; June 3 & June 24

Session Two:

Saturdays in The Garage – Susan Brooks 2330 Senator Ct Louisville, Co 

9:00 am -12:30 pm January 23; February 6; February 20; March 5; April 2; May 7; June 4; & June 25

About Jo:

Jo Fitsell is an artist working with fiber, paper, paint and the stitched line. Her art has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Locally, her artwork is at Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, and The Denver Seminary. Jo currently teaches at The Art Students League in Denver and is a “Think 360” artist-in-resident and has had many rewarding collaborations with young people. She is one of the founders of the vital and exciting organization, Front Range Contemporary Quilters. Interweave Press has published her new DVD on Marbling “Marbled Fabric Surface Design.” Jo helped The Denver Art Museum set up The Thread Studio.

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Melody Randol – Japan!


When Melody Randol received a phone call from Charlotte Bird at Quilt Visions asking if she’d be willing to travel to Japan for a week and teach, Melody responded instantly.  “Of course!  I would love to go to Japan!”  Who wouldn’t?

Spend an evening with Melody as she shares her experiences teaching and traveling in Japan.  She’ll talk about the lovely quilters she met in the two workshops she taught in Tokyo, and show their amazing art quilts.  She’ll share images from her extended time in the Japanese Alps as well as photos and impressions of Kyoto—the cultural hub of Japan.  You will see a slice of Japan through the lens of a teacher, fiber artist, and outdoor enthusiast.

“I am drawn to the colors of a culture, each of which has its own favorite hues and combinations,” Melody states, “and taking lots of photos helps me see elements of design beyond color.”  In her photos you will see how line, shape, symmetry, repetition and rhythm govern design in Japan.  From the repeated lines in a Zen garden to the rhythmic arch of the red torii gates, Melody found an elegant simplicity she hopes to infuse in her art.

Travel is always transformative.  It will be interesting to see how time in Japan will inform and influence Melody’s work.

Melody Randol is a fiber artist with an eye for landscape art. Melody was presented the Quilts Japan Award for her work exhibited in Quilt Visions 2014, which resulted in a two-week trip to Japan in September 2015.  A long-standing member of Front Range Contemporary Quilters, Melody worked as Exhibit Chair for several years before serving as President of the FRCQ Board 2009-10.  Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in private and public art collections throughout the US. To see some of Melody’s work, please visit her website at


January 17 2011 – Tom Lundberg

Fear, Comfort, and Mortality: Fiber in Contemporary Art

Tom LundbergTom Lundberg,

Tom Lundberg, professor of art at Colorado State University, presents a survey of contemporary art that incorporates textile methods and materials. The lecture looks at how textile traditions are reinterpreted and expanded in a wide variety of expressive forms.

Microcosms, a traveling exhibition of Lundberg’s work spanning 20 years, was on view during 2009 at the Knitting and Stitching Show expos in England and Ireland, and in 2010 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In May and June 2011, he will teach in CSU’s Study Abroad program in Tuscany.


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Portfolio 2015 – Best of 2014

Juried Contemporary Fiber Art and Art Quilt Exhibition
Web-based Exhibit, FRCQ Website, March 1 through December 31, 2015

Portfolio 2015 – Best of 2014 is a web based exhibit open to members of the Front Range Contemporary Quilters. The annual show is the home page feature for FRCQ and is used to display the best work of it’s members completed in 2014.

Jurors: Greg Katz, Melody Randol, Carol Ann Waugh.
Jurors are all past presidents of FRCQ and accomplished artists.



“NEW BEGINNINGS” at First United Methodist Church, Boulder, Colorado

 October 24th – January 15th, 2016

Opening Reception Friday Nov 6th, 6 to 9 pm

You can see the show Mon thru Thursday 9 am – 3pm or Sunday 8:30 am – noon.  You can access the show during the week by asking the office person to unlock the sanctuary.

Exhibit Description:  This exhibit is being created to encourage our members to show their work and is specifically for those members of FRCQ that have not been in an FRCQ exhibit before.  It is also open to those that have been in only one FRCQ exhibit previously.  The intent is to remove the mystery from the process of entering into an exhibit and to encourage more members to feel comfortable sharing and exhibiting their work.

 The show will hang at First United Methodist Church located at 1421 Spruce Street in Boulder, Colorado from October 24th  through January 15th, 2016.  Artwork will be returned to members at the January meeting – January 18th, 2016.

Celebrate 25 Years of FRCQ

Dairy Center, Boulder Colorado
January 24 – March 7, 2014

The exhibit catalog is available at  This catalog can be ordered in print or as an e-book



BIG ExhibitJuly 5 – mid-August, 2012
Red Rocks Community College – Lakewood Campus
Marvin Buckels Library
13300 West Sixth Avenue
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The juror for the show is Judith Trager, an internationally known quilt artist whose work has appeared in many major exhibitions including Quilt National, Art Quilts at the Sedgewick, Crafts National, The Quilted Surface, and the International Quilt Festival. Judith’s highly sought-after work is in many public, museum, corporate, and private collections.

Copies of the exhibit catalog are available for purchase on

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Quilts – Past, Present and Future

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden Colorado
May 1 – July 29, 2014

This show demonstrates the progression of art quilting from historical quilts selected from the RMQM archive to the work created by today’s fiber artists.  Eight quilts from the archives are hung with 30 modern pieces with comparisons related to color, design, intent, theme. 

The exhibit catalog is available in print or e-book at Blurb. Get the EXHIBIT CATALOG »


February 21 2011 – Silent Critique

Silent Critique of FRCQ’s Connecting Threads Exhibit

Facilitator: Mary McCauley


“CREATION” Health – Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation’s Healing Arts Program

January 1 2015 – November, 2015

The show is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation’s Healing Arts Program. The exhibit will travel for 10 months and rotate throughout the five Denver Adventist Hospitals: Porter Adventist Hospital, Parker Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and Avista Adventist Hospital. 

The mission of the Healing Arts program is integration of the arts into healthcare, creating an environment not just to treat illness, but to provide an inspiration for living.

This exhibit will feature contemporary fiber art inspired by “CREATION” Health.

“CREATION” Health is about wellness and serves as an acronym for full health. This model is the core of the Adventist Health System’s understanding of health and healing.   The program promotes learning to live the 8 essentials of optimum physical, mental and spiritual health:

“C” – choice
“R” – reset (relaxation)
“E” – environment
“A” – activity
“T” – trust
“I” – interpersonal relationships
“O” – outlook
“N” – nutrition


Deborah Fell – Paint, Stitch, Create Quilts

Deborah Fell

September 17-19, 2015 at the Longmont Museum


Sign up and pay online here


If you’re looking for a workshop to stretch you gently out of your comfort zone, this class provides the perfect opportunity.

Work with a different approach, a different format, and different materials to create pieces of art on a new level. Using pads of canvas paper, you will create small art quilts that can work in a series. Emphasis will be on using design elements—line, shape, color—to make each piece relate to the others. A variety of techniques/materials will be employed, including paint, layering, mixed media, stamps and stencils, paper, found objects, stitching, and organic mark-making.

March 21 2011 – Ann Johnston

ann-johnston-broadclothTexture and Relief for Quilters
Ann Johnston,

March 21, 2011

Ann Johnston is artist who followed several careers before discovering her passion for dyeing fabric and then stitching it.  She has a B.A. in literature from Stanford University and a M.A. in geography from the University of Oregon.  She taught new math for the Peace Corp in Peru and raised two sons with her husband Jim.  She lives, teaches workshops, and creates art from her home and studio in Oregon.

read more about March 21 2011 – Ann Johnston »

Rosalie Dace – Branch Out

River WalkWorkshop BRANCH OUT with Rosalie Dace

May 12, 13, and 14, 2016, Thursday-Saturday, 9am-4pm

Longmont Museum

Cost $210

Nature has crafted trees to be the largest life forms that have ever existed on our planet. They have given shelter, shade, food and inspiration for centuries to artists, poets, and storytellers. Let us celebrate their beauty and diversity by using them as a basis for composition and design. In this workshop, discover the different shapes, patterns, lines, textures, colours, and symbolism of trees while experimenting with design and using various piecing and appliqué techniques to make a beautiful quilt top. These techniques will include foundation piecing, block-making, and appliqué (hand, machine, and reverse). There will be a feast of visual inspiration as well as discussions on embroidery, quilting, and finishing. So branch out and try something new by making a stunning, well-designed quilt top based on trees. You may choose to make representational tree images, or branch out into something completely new.

Rosalie Dace is a full-time quilt-maker whose work reflects her passion for color, pattern, and texture.  She has had a lifelong interest in textiles and embroidery and has a degree in Art and English.  While she values the traditions from which our quilt-making has come, she believes that a quilt should say something about its time and place in history.  This and her awareness of being a South African artist give her work its particular character. Rosalie presents workshops internationally.

Registration will begin Feb 15th, 2016


April 18 2011 – Jean Herman

jean-herman-artThe Evolution of an Artist, a Circular Path
Jean Herman,

April 18, 2011

All artists’ grow and change as life experiences influence their art.  Jean believes that her journey is unique, but there will be key pieces that will connect with our own personal artist’s voyage.  Jean is a “Gemini”, an extroverted business women who shares herself with her introverted artist self.  Her artist’s journey reflects the influence of the masters, as well as supporting teachers, friends and mentors. 

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Dorothy Caldwell – Human Marks

_How Do We Know When It's Night__    10' x 9' 4_Workshop:  Human Marks

Dates: September 15-18, 2016, Thursday – Sunday

Location: American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO

Cost: $255 + $40 supply fee

The marks we make record time and human energy. In this workshop, working with paper and cloth, we will examine different kinds of marks, including stitching, drawn and painted marks, and more unconventional marks such as burning, piercing, and mending. Each of these techniques will address a different aspect of physical movement and gesture that, through time and repetition, evolve into richly activated surfaces. Simple bookbinding techniques will be demonstrated for constructing book forms. Participants will be able to expand on workshop experiments by applying them to their own materials and imagery.

 Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research in Japan, India, and Australia on textile traditions and is the recipient of grants and awards, including the prestigious Bronfman Award, given to one Canadian crafts person each year. Her work is included in many permanent collections, including the American Museum of Art and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center at University of Nebraska.

Registration will begin June 20th, 2016.

Dorothy Caldwell REGISTRATION

May 16 2011 – Linda Colsh

Linda ColshShades of Gray
Linda Colsh,

May 16, 2011

The concepts of place and time figure significantly in the artwork of Linda Colsh.  Passing time, lives lived, experience earned show in the characters that people her art.  Using surface design on cloth and stitch, Linda portrays older women and men who capture her attention and set her mind and hands to work imagining their stories.  This lecture shows where she finds images and how she develops characters and surrounds them with imagined stories and scenarios in a manner that reflects her background as a writer and an artist.   Known for using a neutral palette, Linda talks about how living overseas colors her choice of subjects and how she draws on her American roots for the themes of her art. 

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June 20 2011 – Gwen Hatchette

Gwen HatchetteFabric Collage Visions
Gwen Hatchette,

June 20, 2011

Gwen Hatchette will give a combined trunk and Power Point program of her journey from watercolor, glass and traditional quilting to fabric mixed media.

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July 18 2011 – Desserts & Demos

Desserts & Demos

Our Desserts and Demos night is always one of the highlights of the year! Bring your friends to share FRCQ with them on this wonderful night!

  • Picture Perfect by Barbara Beasley: Learn how to turn your favorite photo into a work of fiber art. These easy steps will work for photos of people, pets, places, or anything else.
  • Painted Layers by Dianna VanderDoes: Learn a new way to add complexity, color and texture to the surface of your quilt using painted fusible web. This technique creates wonderful organic patterning on cloth. It is also neat to apply and easy to control. You can make your layers bold and opaque, or subtle and transparent, hard-edged and geometric, or flowing and organic. This demo will help you understand all of the variables involved in creating that effect that you want.
  • Gelatin Monoprints by Sheryll Robbins: Printing on a gelatin plate will demonstrate the process of creating monotypes (one of a kind prints). This simple plate made of unflavored gelatin and water is an amazing surface on which to apply paint and make marks. The process yields instant gratification and a bounty of detailed and textured prints. A variety of tools and techniques will be demonstrated.
  • Polymer Clay by Helen McKee: Polymer Clay is a remarkable medium.  It can be carved, textured, painted, buffed, stamped, and drilled.  It can simulate ivory, stone, glass, and other materials.  It remains flexible until it is bakjed.  Helen will show some of these possibilities.
  • Sewable Metal by Phillippa Lack: Who says you can’t sew into metal?  Phil Lack will show you first in fact that thin sheets of copper will take machine stitching very well, with no harm done to your machine!  This obliging metal can also be crimped and manipulated to add texture and shine to your fiber artworks.
  • Layered Marbling by Jo Fitsell: Learn a new approach for an ancient technique.  Marbling is the process of floating thinned paint on the surface of thickened water.  Create wonderful organic shapes on paper and fabric.

August 22 2011 – Paulette Reading

Textile Conservation
Paulette Reading

August 22, 2011 New Date! One week later than normal!

Paulette Reading is a Textile Conservator who will talk about durability and archival qualities of techniques and materials art quilters are currently using.

September 19 2011 – Cynthia Corbin

Cynthia Corbin - Textile ArtistBread Crumbs Or Sign Posts:  Finding A Way
Cynthia Corbin

September 19, 2011

Figuring out how to work in a way that reflects personal voice doesn’t come with a road map.  Too bad, we could use one!  Cynthia decided there is no right or wrong way to go about it, and this lecture reflects the convoluted path she has taken.  She focuses on her own process — asking questions of the work she does, and using the work to find the answers.  It’s all about the process, the experimentation, and even the mistakes.


Plymouth Hall
First Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 S Colorado Blvd (Colorado & Hampden)
Englewood, CO 8011 (Map)

October 17 2011 – Susan Brooks

Mud by Susan Brooks Susan Brooks

October 17, 2011

Susan will be speaking about what it means to find a voice in the making of her art through her journey as a story teller.  Her presentation will include early work in the craft of textiles and conclude with “Rush of Water” her collaborative show including how she used fabrics, paints, and symbols to tell the story of a young woman’s pain turned to triumph.


Catalogs of current and past shows can be found on for a nominal amount or for free. If you have an apple device, simply follow the links within ibooks. Search for FRCQ. If you have a non apple device, you can download the ibooks app for your device, including a desktop, and can then download the catalogs. For some shows, we have a pdf file, the links are included below.

2015 Creation Exhibit Catalog

November 15 2010 – Carol Shinn

General Meeting

Carol Shinn,

Carol Shinn is a studio artist from Fort Collins, CO. She is known internationally for photo-realistic machine-stitched images. She has taught many classes and workshops across the United States and her work is in numerous public and private collections. She recently won the ‘Fine Arts’ award in the 2009 International Pfaff ArtEmbroidery Challenge. Her work has been featured in such publications as American Craft, Embroidery, Fiberarts, Georgia Review, and Southwest Art, Surface Design Journal and in books including Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter by Katie Pasquini Masopust and Brett Barker, The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience, Discovery: 50 Years of Craft Experience at Haystack Mtn. School of Craft, Celebrating the Stitch by Barbara Lee Smith, Fiberarts Design Book Six, and Fiberarts Design Book Seven. Carol has authored the book Freestyle Machine Embroidery: Techniques and Inspiration for Fiber Art available through Interweave Press.

November 21 2011 – Alyson Stanfield

Alyson B Stanfield - Art Marketing ConsultingAlyson B Stanfield
Art Marketing Consultant

November 21, 2011

Alyson B. Stanfield, of Golden, Colorado, is an art business consultant for artists, galleries, and organizations. Her work is distinguished by extensive experience working with viewers of art, in addition to working with art and artists themselves. She founded in 2002 to help artists promote themselves and build their businesses.

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