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Denver, CO

Arts at Denver, April 20-May 31

Sheri Farabaugh, A Bank in the Woods, oil, 12 x 24.

Sheri Farabaugh, A Bank in the Woods, oil, 12 x 24.

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Arts at Denver celebrates its artists and its legacy this month in two shows that highlight the best work the gallery has to offer. After 27 years in operation in venues across Colorado, the gallery hosts both events to honor the anniversary. Both exhibitions open on Friday, April 20, with an artists’ reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

The first show, called Collector’s Choice, features popular works by the gallery’s artists. “We asked artists to keep favorite images, colors, and themes in mind for this show,” says Paula Colette Conley, gallery owner and director. Participating artists include Jody Rigsby, Margaretta Caesar, and Michael Clark, among others. “Lani Vlaanderen, for example, has done all kinds of things, but her birds are the most popular,” Conley says. “She has this knack for capturing their personalities, and people are drawn to those more than anything else.” 

The Collector’s Choice show runs in conjunction with a two-person exhibition featuring work from Sheri Farabaugh and Jeremiah J. White. The two artists have been represented by the gallery for a number of years and share the same studio space. Farabaugh and White bring around 10 paintings each that feature both familiar and new subjects.

Farabaugh brings several of her paintings of water, along with a few floral pieces. One piece in particular has a special connection for her. A BANK IN THE WOODS portrays a wooded area of her father-in-law’s former home. “Corbus Creek meanders through the secluded property,” Farabaugh says. “It has this serene, peaceful quality to me, and the family attachment makes it even more special.”

The artist says that although she and White are both realistic painters, their styles are very different. Where she tends to rely on looser brushwork, White tightens and refines every detail. White says he focused on the arrival of spring for this show. One of his paintings features a city garden filled with flowers—a departure from his usual subject matter. “I’ve never done a full-fledged botanical, living garden before,” he says. “I tried to push the depth as much as I could so the details didn’t get lost. I want viewers to see how lush the area is.” —Mackenzie McCreary

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