Jillian Johnson Binder

Art Opening

Jillian is 9 years old and attends 4rd grade in Boulder.  She loves art, gymnastics, mathematics and reading.
Her happy, bold and colorful pieces are predominantly created with acrylic paints, collages and mixed media. Her pieces include whimsical portraits, abstracts and impressionistic landscapes on canvas and/or paper.
She has been making art since she was old enough to pick up a marker.  Having access to a variety of art supplies, she has the freedom to play, explore and experiment on paper, canvas, and in art journals, developing her techniques in sketching, color, layering and texture. She especially enjoys drawing portraits and fashion figures.
Her small whimsical pieces are inspired by her two kitties and incorporate her colorful, multi-layered  “playgrounds”.
Jillian was thrilled to find her art well received and popular when many of her pieces sold at the Boulder 29th Street Mall Summer Firefly Art Market in 2017 and also during her solo exhibit at the Niwot Winot Coffee Shop in 2018.
Artist’s Statement:
“Art makes me happy. It is fun to try new things and see what happens.  Doing art also makes me calm and relaxed and helps me to loosen up. I am excited to share my art.”


Karin Kempe Grand Opening April 5 Music Jean Milofsky & Alma Engebretson

“Living color”

Karin Kempe


I grew up in Colorado and remain constantly amazed by the power of natural forms, our brilliant light, the way vivid colors vibrate in my body and lift my heart. The process of painting uncovers the landscape of my mind, a landscape changing as quickly as weather, so I’ve come to think of these paintings as mindscapes. As I find my way with a painting, I often discover that I have been trying to recapture the feeling of an experience or place. Instead each painting surprises me and comes to life like a new flower pushing through snow and ice, with a face which is new but which I also recognize. It’s said that to experience the truth of things is to experience intimacy. That’s what painting is like for me.


These paintings are signed with my dharma name Koku, which means “empty sky.” It refers to that place before knowing where paintings are born.


Karin Kempe studied film and painting when young, and started doing art again some years before retiring from a busy career as a physician; now she spends her time making art and teaching Zen. She works on paper or canvas, in love with the bright colors and responsiveness of acrylic paint. As a lifelong Buddhist, she finds painting to be a gateway to practice, a way of spontaneity and joy, and of discovering new ways of seeing.

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