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OJC Press Release ID: 2488

Friday, March 18, 2016

Artists Tim Deibler and Brenda Daniher to judge 60th Annual Otero Arts Festival

The 60th annual Otero Arts Festival is set for April 5-7, 2016 in the 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 throughout southeast Colorado.

The festival was originally started as an art contest for elementary and secondary school students 60 years ago, making the Otero Arts Festival the longest running event for public school students in Southeast Colorado, and is still sponsored by the college. Over the past several years, the writing and art contests have drawn nearly 2,000 entries annually. The entries are showcased in the McDivitt Center gymnasium, where they can be viewed by the general public for free.

Over the years, judges have included professional artists and art professors from Colorado’s leading colleges and galleries. This year’s judges will include professional fine artist Tim Deibler and professional bronze sculptor Brenda Daniher, both of whom are from Colorado.

Deibler has had a life-long passion for art. From his earliest childhood he tried to visually depict the world around him. After graduating from the Art Institute of Colorado, Deibler worked in the commercial art and video production field before going full time as a fine artist in 1992.

A signature member of Oil Painters of America, Deibler has won five Awards of Excellence at the OPA’s National Juried Show. 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 Deibler’s teaching videos and his book Capturing the Seasons in Oils, he has become a popular teacher and workshop instructor. His work has appeared in many books and publications and can be found in many private and corporate collections. Deibler has paintings in the collections of the Brown Palace, Grand Hyatt Denver, Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Koshare Indian Museum, Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo, and former President Bill Clinton.

Tim Deibler is a past judge at the Otero Art Festival and will also be joined by another past judge and artist Brenda Daniher from Southeast Colorado. Daniher is an accomplished bronze sculpture artist who has many works displayed across the United States and the world. Daniher is currently completing a heroic size (larger than life-sized) bronze statue of Colorado State University-Pueblo mascot ThunderWolf “Tundra” and a life-sized bronze statue of a young man playing a violin to be placed in front of a museum.

Daniher has completed over 40 life-size or larger bronze statues and hundreds of small bronzes. Her bronzes are in ten countries around the world. Her larger statues are diplayed at hospitals, courthouses, libraries, museums, colleges and in public parks. Daniher’s work has been featured many times on television and published in Western Horseman, WildWest, American Cowboy, Colorado Curiosities, Colorado Country Life and American Falconry.

Daniher has illustrated three books, two which have been published. She also illustrated the Ferruginous chapter in largest selling falconry book in the world, North American Falconry and Hunting Hawks by Beebe and Webster, 9th edition. Her artwork graced a cancellation stamp for a United States Post Office.

Some of Daniher’s favorite activities are hitching and driving draft horses, trailing bloodhounds, spinning and weaving. She tries to ride her horse on most sunny days. Her website is

Both Deibler and Daniher are excited to be part of the Otero Arts Festival once again and are to see the tremendous talent that these young students show each year.

All area students, grades 7-12, are encouraged to enter the Otero Art Festival. Entries for the art contest will be accepted on April 1 from 1-5 p.m. 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:

The jurors for the arts festival will award nearly 600 ribbons in a contest that annually draws almost 2,000 entries from middle school and high school artists of southeastern Colorado. They will choose the recipients of Best of Show ribbons for High School and Middle School and the Outstanding Senior Portfolio. Judging will take place on Saturday April 2. Public viewing will begin on Tuesday, April 5. The exhibit will remain open to the public April 5-7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There is no cost for admission. The public is encouraged to view the amazing works of art that will fill the McDivitt Gymnasium.

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Tim Deibler and Brenda Daniher work together on judging works during the 2011 Otero Arts Festival.