Spotlight | American Impressionist Society

Denver, CO
Abend Gallery Fine Art, October 2-November 1

Debra Joy Groesser, The Power and the Glory II, oil, 24 x 30.

Debra Joy Groesser, The Power and the Glory II, oil, 24 x 30.

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This month the American Impressionist Society unveils its 15th annual National Juried Exhibition at Abend Gallery Fine Art in Denver, CO, featuring nearly 200 works by members and master artists of the society. The show opens on October 2 with an artists’ reception and awards presentation from 5 to 8 p.m. Awards judge Clayton J. Beck III gives a painting demonstration at the gallery on October 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. A full schedule of events is available online. Here we introduce a few of this year’s participating artists.

Tennessee painter Frank Baggett says that painting is a way for him to express what he has experienced and dreamed during his life. The bulk of his landscape and wildlife art reflects the area near his home and studio.

Bruce Bingham paints the quirky spots around her new Texas home, pared-down still lifes, figurative works, and the occasional beach scene. She says the act of painting grounds her and helps her make sense of the world.

Roger Dale Brown believes that plein-air painting is an essential skill and practice for an artist. He paints emotionally charged landscapes as well as interiors.

Ann Feldman, Three Pears, oil, 14 x 11.

Ann Feldman, Three Pears, oil, 14 x 11.

Over 20 years ago Ann Feldman left corporate America and started a journey into art. Today she paints and teaches in Illinois, where she captures the landscape and portraits in loose knife work and brushwork with cubist leanings.

Debra Joy Groesser’s greatest satisfaction is to connect with people through her artwork. She paints plein-air and studio landscapes, figurative works, and portraits.

After working in a laboratory for years, Mary Ann Miro lived for a time in Ireland, where she discovered her passion for painting. Her subject matter ranges from florals to figurative works 
to landscapes.

Years after she started painting in watercolors, Sally O’Neill found oils to be the perfect medium through which to express her artistic vision. Her landscapes and still lifes are studies in color, texture, and lost edges.

Although trained in classical realism, Mary Pettis loves the challenge of working alla prima and en plein air, where time constraints and changing conditions require the artist to be both fearless and technically acute. She paints the landscapes and people of her native Minnesota and of her far-flung travel destinations. —Laura Rintala

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