Soft-spoken Wayne Brungard walks through his Longmont studio and points out various works in progress. “This is what I do,” he says. His hands are busy fingering pieces of metal as he articulates what continues to intrigue him about the artistic design/build direction he has pursued for more than three decades.

Brungard’s portfolio includes entry portals—doors keep people out, while entries welcome them in—of impressive proportions for residences from Vail to Steamboat to Aspen to Jackson, WY, and more exotic locations like Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His architectural elements and furniture, as well as functional and fine art sculpture, some of which hang on a wall, some of which stand in front of a wall and some of which are part of the wall itself, have found their way into personal collections, museums and galleries. And while the hands-on stage of shaping the work feeds his artistic sensibility, the reactions of the people who witness and live with his art is all-important to Brungard. His ambition is to respect the creative force within and allow it to evolve. His creative mission is “to please the eye, to gladden the heart and to enliven the soul.”

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Colorado Expression

BCVA shows off art of the state

By Reed Glenn, Camera Visual Arts Critic

What is state-of-the-art in the art of the state? The Boulder Center for the Visual Arts (BCVA) seeks such work each year for its all-Colorado ARTS exhibition, whose 1985 round-up opened on Friday. Similar shows elsewhere in Colorado, however, now lend competition to BCVA’s formerly singular event.

Many familiar names reappear this year from earlier BCVA individual and group shows. But there are some new stars on the horizon as well.

One of these, Wayne Brungard of Longmont, has created what must be one of the most beautiful tables in the state-and possibly North America and beyond. Made of glass and African paduak (wood) and having the colors of glowing embers, Brungard’s sideboard, gained acceptance into this primarily nonfunctional visual arts show by transcending function. Although completely functional as furniture, Brungard’s sideboard resembles a 3-D supine Chinese calligraphic character, a mystic sled for a Norse god, or a musical instrument for some cosmic, advanced civilization. Atop the asymmetrical, off-center wooden base rests an ice cube-thick slab of blue tinted glass. The effects of the design and the combination of the cool, ethereal glass with the warm, rich-toned wood base, finished to a marblelike smoothness, is nothing short of spectacular.

This annual juried show, Colorado ARTS Exhibition, purports to “provide the viewing public with an opportunity to see work from many of the state’s most important, vital visual artists.