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.

Artist: Penny Creasy

Penny has lived and worked on National Wildlife Refuges in five states. Sharing her husband's life as a professional wildlifer enabled her to see and experience wildlife as few are fortunate enough to do.

She paints what she sees, always striving to recreate a particular mood or moment. Often viewers come away feeling they know something about the subject of the picture beyond the obvious.

Working to reflect a knowledge of structure and to communicate an understanding of form and habit, she gives her viewer a little pinch of time, whether it be figures, portraits, wildlife, or landscape.

Whatever the medium - pastel or oil - the rendering creates a feeling for the moment that may be peaceful and private for the viewer.

Penny has studied art at the Universities of Nevada and Arizona. However, she feels that observing animals in their habitat is the greatest training of all. By teaching numerous classes and workshops, the artist shares her love of art with children and adults alike as an instructor and mentor.

Competing professionally, she has been accepted into prestigious juried wildlife art shows and open competitions, such as Easton Maryland Waterfowl Show, High Plains Audubon Wildlife Art, and the Mile High International Pastel Exhibition several times. In the Summer of 2019 she was invited to be Artist in Residence at Togiak NWR in Alaska. She has also been featured in the national magazine, "Pastel Journal". She has been designated the first Master Pastelist as a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado.

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