10:06 am - Wednesday December 13, 2017

Walsenberg Artist Tim Deibler to Judge 57th Annual Otero Arts Festival

 The 57th annual Otero Arts Festival is set for April 2-4 at McDivitt Center on the Otero Junior College campus. The Otero Arts Festival showcases creative writing, sculptures, pottery, paintings, drawings, and other works of art submitted by middle and high school students from throughout southeast Colorado. The event will be open to the public April 3-5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. daily.


Begun as an art contest for elementary and secondary school students 57 years ago, the Otero Arts Festival is the longest running event for public school students that is continuing to be sponsored by the college. Over the past several years, the writing and art contests have drawn over 2,000 entries annually. The entries are showcased in the McDivitt Center gymnasium, filling the entire playing floor.


Over the years, judges have included outstanding professional artists and art teachers from Colorado’s leading colleges and galleries. One of this year’s visual art judges is Tim Deibler, award winning artist and art instructional book writer from Walsenburg, Colorado.


Tim Deibler, returning juror for the Otero Arts Festival has had a life-long passion for art. Deibler is a realistic, landscape painter who pays formal attention to detail in striking color and geometric designs. He has a unique ability to capture the seasons ever changing landscapes in his paintings.


From his earliest childhood Deibler tried to visually depict the world around him with crayons and paint. After studying with many of the local artists during high school, he chose to go to the Art Institute of Colorado. After graduating in 1979 he worked in the commercial art and video production fields until going full time as a fine artist in 1992. He has won five Awards of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Show from such distinguished artists as Daniel Gerhartz, Peter Adams, Quang Ho, Ramon Kelly and Scott Christensen. Best known for his stunning portrayal of nature in oil, he loves painting the rugged mountain peaks, desert canyons and the pounding surf. With the success of his book Capturing the Seasons in Oils published by North Light Books he has become a popular teacher and workshop instructor. His work has appeared in many books and publications including: Art From the Parks, North Light Books; Painter’s Quick Reference Landscapes, North Light Books; Landscapes of Colorado, Fresco Fine Art Publications.


Deibler was just recently featured in the February 2012 Southwest Art article Of This Earth.

Additional articles include: Plein Air Magazine: December 2005; Southwest Art: August 1998, April 1999, October 1999, October 2002, March 2003,and August 2008.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Deibler’s passion for landscapes, mountains in particular began after seeing the 1956 movie The Mountain as a young boy. Deibler’s aspiration to be a landscape painter started at age 13 after receiving a copy of the 19th-century mountain climber Edward Whympers’ book Scrambles Amongst the Alps. When opportunity allowed, Deibler moved his family to southern Colorado in 1999 where the mountains became his constant inspiration. “Every time I look out the window or walk outside I’m in the mountains, making it much easier for me to observe the constant moods and nuances of nature. My goal is to portray what I’m experiencing in nature; I want the viewer of my work to say “I’d like to be there,” stated Deibler. Tim Deibler’s website features a list of his paintings, books, videos, workshops and gallery showings: www.timdeibler.com .


His work has appeared in many books and publications and can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world.


When asked to juror again Deibler remarked, “Count me in! I would love to do it again. The students work at this festival is outstanding and there is plenty of talent.”


Seniors wishing to compete in the Senior Portfolio competition are encouraged to send in their Letters of Intent to exhibit.  There is still limited space available for portfolios.  To enter your senior portfolio email Debbie.Phillips@ojc.edu.


All area students, grades 7-12, are encouraged to enter the Otero Arts Festival. Entries for the art contest will be accepted on Friday March 29thfrom 1-5 pm at the McDivitt Center (gym) on the Otero Junior College campus. Students may have one entry for each medium/technique with a maximum of six entries total per student. Entries must be labeled and hung per the guidelines that are posted on the OJC website at:http://www.ojc.edu/OteroArtsFestival.aspx


The art professionals who serve as jurors for the arts festival will award over 600 ribbons in a contest that annually draws over 2000 entries from middle school and high school artists of southeastern Colorado. They also choose the recipients of Best of Show High School and Middle School and Outstanding Senior Portfolio ribbons.  Judging will take place on Saturday March 30th with public viewing of the art show to begin on Tuesday April 2 at 8 am. The exhibit will remain open to the public April 2-4 from 8 am to 4 pm and then again at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. There is no cost for admission to the exhibit. The public is invited to visit the exhibit and view the outstanding work the students.


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PHOTO CAPTION:  Tim Deibler, award winning artist and art instructional book writer from Walsenburg, CO will be returning to judge this year’s 57th annual Otero Arts Festival.


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PHOTO CAPTION:  Each year the Otero Arts Festival draws a large crowd during the public viewing.  Several La Junta Middle School students are seen here enjoying the displays during the arts festival last year.



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