Arts at Denver, September 11-October 3
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Arts at Denver ushers in its fall season with a show that takes viewers on visual journeys through bustling metropolises as well as quiet, unspoiled terrain. Aptly titled Landscape-Cityscape, the presentation features more than 50 new works by gallery artists, including Sheri Farabaugh, Margaretta Caesar, and Ginger Whellock. The show opens with a reception for the artists on Friday, September 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. “Our artists exhibit varied styles when painting their favorite views of the land, cities, and small towns,” says Paula Colette Conley, gallery director and proprietor. “From expansive sunrises to coastal views to intricate patterns of the city, the gallery’s more than 30 artists show their works.”
Robert MacPherson displays his long-standing affection for seaside scenes in the show—a love that originated from happy memories of childhood vacations spent on Puget Sound beaches in Washington. These days MacPherson is a frequent visitor to Hawaii, where he relishes depicting the magnificence of the ocean. “As an artist, the interaction of water and rocks is very attractive since it presents so many opportunities to use color and portray drama, mood, and action in a painting,” he says.
In contrast, Mikael Olson is known for his often large-scale visions of the urban environment, portraying the streets of cities such as San Francisco, Denver, and New York. “His large pieces are jammed with life and movement,” says Conley. “Up close they appear as abstract shapes. But from a distance they become hyper-real—the buses and cars start to move, kids play and yell, and flags wave in the breeze. It’s almost like watching a movie.”
Overall, viewers can expect to see a wide selection of subject matter and locales in the show. Some artists portray scenes close to home, such as Carol Jenkins, who captures the light on her studio nestled in a Colorado mountainside. World traveler JuLee Simmons, on the other hand, shares a slice of life in a French seaside town. Her painting portrays two young women absorbed in conversation, suggesting the ease and intimacy of close friends. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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