Visitor Center Bookstore Art Gallery

The Bookstore Gallery located in Colorado National Monument Visitor Center is a feature run by the Colorado National Monument Association. We rotate new artists every 2 months, exhibiting their 2 dimensional work with an emphasis on scenes of Colorado National Monument. If you are interested in purchasing a piece from the Bookstore Gallery, it must be done either in person at the visitor center, or via phone order. To order over the phone, please contact Linda @ 970-858-3617 xt. 308. Note: Artwork prices are non-negotiable and are exempt from any discounts.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see upcoming exhibitions at the visitor center.

March – April Exhibition

Marko Marino is a 2D representational artist who works in a variety of mediums; his primary medium is oil. He creates dynamic compositions in contemporary style utilizing a vivid visual memory combined with a strong sense of design. There is an honest sense of place and time expressed in the subjects that Marko Marino portrays. He uses palette knife with a deft looseness that belies its precision.
Artist Statement
As a painter of real life (realism), I draw my visual inspirations from nature, colored through my emotion. My Impressionist style is a natural evolution that is versatile in its level of detail and its devotion to true color. I paint because I am enraptured by the elegant dance of form and light. There is an experiential sense of place in my landscape works and a real life quality to my animal and portrait works.
Process: I employ the contrast of fuzzy brushwork against edgy knife work in order to imply detail without overstating it. I use palette knife liberally to apply broad areas of paint as well as to define sharp edges. I use different tools to facilitate my painting and varying shapes and detail to direct viewer attention. Limiting the image to the crucial elements is the
underlying challenge.
Philosophy: Ultimately, a powerfully perceived impression is what translates to a strong painting. It is not what you see in the viewfinder that matters. My art is important because I seek to convey just how powerfully amazing it is to be human.

Upcoming exhibitions for 2020:

March-April: Marko Marino

May-June: Penny Creasy

July-August: Bob Martin

September-October: TBA

November-December: Select works from 2020 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air