Simply Plains

CeCe Wire and Cody DeVries have come together with completely different mediums to combine their love of the Colorado plains. They capture the soul and spirit of the Northern Colorado landscape and the barns and silos that accompany it in a beautiful and graphical way. This collaborative exhibit runs August 11 – September 29 in the South Gallery.

Simply Plains
CeCe Wire, “Lafayette Granary,” Ring made of Precious Metal Clay. Photo by Robert Diamante.

CeCe creates barn and silo jewelry using the unique medium of Precious Metal Clay (also known as PMC). All of her work in this series is modeled after real structures that pepper the countryside in the flatlands of Northern Colorado. These familiar structures have found their way atop rings, bracelets, brooches and other wearable forms.

Simply Plains
Cody DeVries, “Nunn,” Digital Photography

Cody uses black and white photography to capture images of the rural landscapes of Weld County. His quiet and still images express the slow and expansive nature of farmland. After moving to Northern Colorado from the small island of Okinawa, Japan, Cody mapped the vast countryside with his photos to learn the character of the plains. 

Since starting her PMC series of barns and silos, CeCe had her eye open for a 2D artist to compliment an exhibition, one that shared her same inspiration and passion. It was during a student photography show at the University of Northern Colorado that she discovered Cody’s series, North of 85. CeCe had taught Cody in more than one class over the course of his college career. She felt that his photography was a perfect match to her own artwork. 

For these two artists the plains hold a special kind of inspiration. It is a quiet and peaceful landscape that has a bold and strong character to it that neither CeCe Wire nor Cody DeVries can ignore within their craft.