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Golden, CO
Spirits in the Wind Gallery, June 5-30

Joanne Bird, The Great Ones, acrylic, 30 x 40.

Joanne Bird, The Great Ones, acrylic, 30 x 40.

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“The color red represents a variety of emotions,” says Pam Eggemeyer, owner of Spirits in the Wind Gallery in Golden, CO. In art, the use of red may connote everything from “love, passion, desire, strength, and courage to anger, danger, action, or determination,” Eggemeyer explains. This month, the gallery presents a special group show featuring paintings, pottery, glass, and more by 15 gallery artists whose pieces are inspired by red and what it means to them. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 5, and works remain on view through June 30.

Participating artist Linda St. Clair presents her new series of works titled Back Road Barns, which includes several oil paintings of barns measuring 6 by 12 inches each. “Linda is well known for her paintings of barnyard animals, and now her miniature barn series will be an excellent addition to any collection,” says Eggemeyer, who loves St. Clair’s style and use of bright colors. “I use the color red quite often in my work,” St. Clair says. “To me, it symbolizes energy, passion, and movement—some of the very elements I want in my work.”

Painter J. Nelson’s interpretation of red is greatly influenced by the Lakota Sioux culture, which he came to know and respect while growing up near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. “Red is the highest sacred color, as it represents the sun,” Nelson explains. In addition to the acrylic works he’s known for, Nelson is offering signed 8-by-8-inch prints of his pieces POWER OF THE MEDICINE WHEEL and HORSE POWER for this show.

The show also includes works by JoAnne Bird, Jim Hagstrom, Karen Bonnie, Leland Holiday, Amy Poor, Margo Petterson, Don Dernovich, Nikolo Balkanski, K. Henderson, Paul Lockwood, Randy Van Beek, Steve Quintero, and Cheri Cappello. “Each artist has their own interpretation” of the theme, Eggemeyer says. “When you enter the gallery, an immediate excitement [can be felt] when you see the color red in a variety of mediums.” —Lindsay Mitchell

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