“The ocean has long inspired awe, wanderlust, and most significantly, rejuvenation. For over 30 years, I have vacationed on the Oregon coast in pursuit of those very things. I became enamored with that landscape on weeklong family vacations every year. The rugged coastline is the exact opposite of the desert in the Southwest where I spent my childhood. It had long been a “bucket list” objective of mine to return to Oregon for an extended period, specifically to create a body of work exploring my experiences of the coastal landscape.
I created the series Flights of Fancy while I was on the Oregon coast in early 2019. The series includes works in collage and mixed media on panel. Flying stunt kites was my wife’s favorite pastime while on vacation. Over the years, we made many special memories there. I wanted to explore imagery that expressed the whimsy, nostalgia, and expansiveness that the coast inspired.
Using maps of the Northwest, historical documents collected in Astoria, Oregon, and Japanese rice paper, I created paper airplanes and then collaged them. The childhood pastime of making and launching paper airplanes evokes carefree moments, the desire to soar, and most importantly, to dream."
— Emilio Lobato
About Emilio Lobato
Emilio Lobato is a Denver-based artist and curator. He was born and raised in San Pablo, CO, a village outside San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado. Of Spanish Colonial ancestry, Lobato is the 16th generation of his father’s family in the US. He earned his BA in Art from Colorado College, where he studied with painter Mary Chenoweth and sculptor Carl Reed. Lobato has guest curated exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, Mizel Museum, and The Art Students League of Denver. In 2019, he curated Via Luna: By Way of the Moon at BMoCA. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center presented a mid-career retrospective of Lobato’s work in 2011 titled Mi Linda Soledad (My Beautiful Solitude). His work is included in international private and public collections.
About Essayist Elizabeth Leach
Elizabeth Leach owns and directs the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, established in 1981 in Portland, Oregon. For close to 40 years, the Gallery has exhibited regional, national, and international art in all media and participated in art fairs throughout the US and Europe. The Gallery’s mission is to create a dynamic dialogue between the local community and the global art world, creating opportunities for the artists and clients of the Gallery, as well as the city of Portland. Leach consults individuals and businesses in building collections of value. She is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America, a professional organization of the nation’s leading galleries. Leach has served on the boards of numerous arts organizations and is the founding chair of Converge 45, a city-wide arts event in Portland. She earned her BA from Scripps College in Art and Architectural History.
About BMoCA at Frasier
BMoCA at Frasier is a collaboration between Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Frasier Retirement Community. Curated by BMoCA, this series of exhibitions in The Canyons Gallery is an extension of the museum’s exhibition schedule. Each exhibition is complemented by a series of education programs.