Mackenzie Thorpe visits Beaver Creek on July 22 |

Mackenzie Thorpe visits Beaver Creek on July 22

Cassie Pence

Artist Mackenzie Thorpe believes in the human spirit. In his colorful childlike drawings, he expresses life with humor and optimism.His works express an entire range of human emotion, from the special bond of love and friendship, to the importance of self-reflection and individual triumphs. His style is intentional, many of his images are symbolic. Thorpe often draws children with broad smiles and big heads, which is his way of communicating that children are born uncorrupted. The large head expresses how children’s minds are open to endless possibility. He believes that it is only when we become older that our mind begins to narrow.

Thorpe visits Beaver Creek today at the C. Anthony Gallery for an artist reception from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 22.Thorpe grew up in the industrial town of Middlesbrough in the 1950s. At an early age, Thorpe knew he loved to draw. He would pick up whatever he could find to sketch on or with, cigarette packs or mom’s lipstick.Painting and drawing gave Thorpe relief from dyslexia. Art brought him confidence. He left school without a degree, but continued with his passion for art. His enthusiasm and commitment eventually landed him at Middlesbrough College of Art and subsequently the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Admittance was tough, considering Thorpes’ lack of education and barley readable application.

Perhaps that’s why Thorpe’s work is mostly optimistic about life’s struggles.For more information on the artist reception or to RSVP, call (970) 845-8645.Big heads

Mackenzie Thorpe artist receptionC. Anthony Gallery, Beaver CreekToday, 3-7 p.m.

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