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Evergreen, CO
Center for the Arts, October 16-November 13

Melanie Warsinske, Colors Above, oil, 36 x 48.

Melanie Warsinske, Colors Above, oil, 36 x 48.

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Humans are unique creatures who experience things in distinctive ways. One individual’s life experiences, beliefs, and emotions can lead them to interpret something in a vastly different way from another person. That’s the concept behind this month’s Colorado Eyes Project show titled Do You See What I See? at the Center for the Arts in Evergreen, CO, which starts with an opening reception on Friday, October 16, and runs until November 13. The concept occurred to artist Lyndsey Rosenberg after talking with artist friends about how creative people can look at the same image yet interpret it in different ways. “We all interpret the same visual image so differently,” Rosenberg says. “I have friends who are sculptors, painters, and work in mixed media, and they all interpret things unlike my own vision.”

Rosenberg took that concept to the Center for the Arts as a way to showcase how six artists can translate and re-create the same image but each in his or her unique vision. Working with local photographer Beth Riser, Rosenberg and fellow artists Carol Fennell, Gail Frasier, Marcia Robinson-Rouse, and Melanie Warsinske picked five photographs from Riser and each re-created the images in her own style and medium. “I’m intrigued by other artists and how we’re processing [the image] through our own internal filters, experiences, and emotions,” she says. “These were people that I knew and who work in various media, and I thought that it would be great because everyone can come to the show and find something they’ll love.”

With nearly 30 works in the show, visitors can view sculpture, mixed-media works, and paintings of the same photographic subjects. Working from Riser’s images of a cloud-filled landscape, aspen trees, and an image with a black bird, viewers can see how each artist translates the image distinctively from their counterparts. Each work of art includes a written statement from the artist, helping to give the viewer an understanding of the artists’ processes. “It allows the viewer to experience the emotions of the artist,” Rosenberg says. “Those written words can transport the viewer into the artists’ viewpoint, and they can see through the artists’ eyes.” —Joe Kovack

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