Meet our Artists in Residence

Seicento Baroque Ensemble
Our very own Director of Music, Evanne Browne is the founder and Artistic Director for Seicento Baroque Ensemble, the only Colorado choir specializing in the early, lesser-known music of the 1600s. This rich genre is really considered ‘pre-music’ according to Evanne and, with a twinkle in her eye, she describes it as her passion. She is thrilled the group was selected as an Ensemble in Residence at FUMC and envisions bringing baroque music to a much wider audience across Colorado thanks to FUMC’s support. Jessica Harbeson is Assistant Conductor. www.seicentobaroque.org

Sphere Ensemble
13 players… 0 conductors is not just a tagline – it is what makes Sphere Ensemble “the only group like it in the Rocky Mountain region”. Sphere Ensemble is an exciting new chamber ensemble that combines the richness of the string orchestra with the intimacy of a string quartet. All without a conductor! “We have the right blend of musical talent and personality to make this work without a conductor,” director Beth Rosbach explained. She says FUMC’s support has really made the difference in making the group possible and she looks forward to sharing their special mix with fans and church members at many future concerts and events. www.sphereensemble.org

Rich Saxon

Many of you may have admired the breathtaking photos that have been adorning our eBlasts, our website and even our newsletters. They are all thanks to the discerning eye of Artist in Residence, Rich Saxon. Rich has been drawn to the art of photography for many years – ever since an image of Jackie Kennedy after President Kennedy’s assassination had an emotional impact on him. “I thought – that is very interesting that something like that (a photograph) can have that kind of effect on people.” Rich is happy to be a part of the AIR program at FUMC because it acknowledges him as an artist and because of the caliber of all the other AIRs. “What wonderful company I’m here with.” See Rich’s work on his website: www.stuffeyesee.com

Laura Melling
Dancer Laura Melling has added the beauty of movement to many FUMC worship services and special events and she too is filled with gratitude for what the support from our church means to her art and practice as an Artist in Residence. “It’s radical that a church could embrace what I do.” Being an AIR also means that Laura and her work are part of a larger community, which gives her access to other artists for collaboration and inspiration. Likewise, she gives FUMC opportunities to explore dance and movement in ways we might never have considered. Explore her classes and events on her website at www.mythmovearts.com.

Barb Frey
Barb Frey is a fiber artist. “I dye and paint fabrics, then use them to make an art composition. I add layers of stitching, quilting, and at times paint or beads to enhance the work. The work hangs on the wall.” And the results are stunning. Barb has worked with various fiber crafts, such as sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, and quilting since her teenage years. “But in 1997 I saw my first art quilt and was totally hooked by it”. In 2000 she created an art group called Uncommon Cloth. Barb and her colleagues are grateful to be supported by FUMC. Being an AIR “means we have a space to exhibit our work that benefits the church congregation and visitors.“ Visit her online gallery at www.barbfrey.com.

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