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Attendees at Colorado Mountain College’s Kesner Building Spring Art Show and Open House on Friday got an opportunity to view campus operations, cutting-edge, high-tech medical instructional equipment as well as see the work of local watercolor artist Kerstin Stock.

Salida artist Kerstin Stock smiles for applause from visitors and staff at the CMC open house and art show Feb. 17. At left is biologist Dr. Simon Waldbaum. Dan Smith photo.

CMC Associate Dean of Academics and Student Affairs Rob Simpson introduced Stock and together they unveiled her three commissioned paintings for the college. The three pieces, purchased by the CMC Foundation, were displayed along with other Stock pieces in the building at 349 East Ninth Street in Salida. Appetizers and refreshments were provided to those attending the open house.

Stock said she first got involved in art in kindergarten, where, according to her mom, she drew her own nude self-portrait. She came to Salida in 2003, then after a dozen years in Denver, returned here, “…really focusing and prioritizing my art, committing myself to art,” she said.

“Animals, Community, and Nature are my focus, which is kind of everything in Salida, and Salida makes it very easy to do that and connect with the nature that’s all around us. I feel really supported by the people here,” Stock added.

Stock met Simpson during Salida’s Artwalk last year, and she was invited to display her work at the college as well as teach a March watercolor class at CMC. More on Stock’s art can be found at

The free, dual-focus campus event gave the public an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the facility’s classrooms and some of the varied, new CMC coursework, including new, complex anatomy equipment.

CMC High-tech Medical Education

A tour highlight was Biology professor Dr. Simon Waldbaum demonstrating the use of the high-tech Anatomage Table, used in physiology and anatomy education.

Biology professor Dr. Simon Waldbaum, demonstrates the high-tech Anatomage Table used for physiology and anatomy instruction for visitors at the CMC Salida campus open house and art show Feb. 17. Dan Smith photo.

The computerized device provides interactive, life-size, detailed 3D images of the interior and exterior of the human body, including working organs and disease manifestations.

Many attendees were amazed at the views offered, including realistic animation of functions such as the heart blood vessels and valves, (see video below) and a trip down the human alimentary canal to the intestines.

The Anatomage image machine is relatively inexpensive according to Waldbaum. It costs about $75,000.

A 3D detailed animation of the interior workings of the human heart, including blood vessels and valves, is viewed in this video of a demonstration by Dr. Simon Waldbaum. Dan Smith video.

For more about the CMC Salida campus course offerings, visit