Valley Art Co-op’s featured artists for the month of November are two very versatile and creative women — Perla Kopeloff, Fiber and Collage Artist, and Jeaneen McLaren who makes so many different things she resists categorizing! A reception for Perla and Jeaneen will be held on November 13, from 4 to 7 pm at the Valley Art Co-op Gallery and Shop, 925 1st Avenue, Monte Vista, CO. Their work will be featured throughout the month of November.
Perla was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she graduated as an architect. Escaping a military takeover, Perla immigrated to the United States in 1974 where she discovered her talents as a fiber artist.
Lured by the greater freedoms of expression in the American Southwest, she moved to Taos where she became a familiar voice in weaving circles and explored a wider range of fiber in paper, and felted wearable art made of merino, alpaca and silk. In her two-dimensional pieces, Perla uses mixed media, found objects and encaustic (melted wax). The encaustic media helps bring together all hand- made papers and found objects.
In addition to the Valley Art Co-op Gallery and Shop, Perla’s work is being represented in New Mexico and Arizona. In her pieces there is a timeless aesthetic that shapes fiber into an almost iconic ancient museum piece.
Jeaneen McLaren is a native of Monte Vista and grew up on a farm near Sargent. The wide variety of Jeaneen’s work reflects a long background in some of the more old-fashioned domestic arts — such as the nearly lost art of tatting!
She says of her background, “Because of living on a farm, 4-H was a big part of my growing up years. I learned to crochet, sew, cook, do home preserving and much more that has carried over to my adult life. For the past few years, I have been involved with the San Luis Valley Prayer Shawl Ministry making and giving numerous creations to those who are suffering from illness or loss.”
Anyone looking for the perfect card to enclose with a gift or to share birthday greetings or heartfelt condolences will find exactly what they’re looking for in the hand-crafted cards Jeaneen sells at the Valley Art Co-op Gallery and Shop.
Jeaneen also makes many kinds of jewelry and says of her love for making this kind of wearable art, “Recently I’ve been rock-hounding with friends and as a result I have fallen in love with making jewelry.” Jeaneen uses all of her various skills to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Perla Kopeloff’s and Jeaneen McLaren’s show will be up the beginning of November! Come in and see their beautiful work and knock some items off your holiday shopping list