Show Preview | Windows to the Divine

Denver, CO
ArtHaus, May 17-June 6

William Matthews, Big Red Taxi (Cuba), watercolor, 16 x 20.

William Matthews, Big Red Taxi (Cuba), watercolor, 16 x 20.

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The must-see Windows to the Divine show helps usher in the summer art season in the Denver area this month. More than 50 award-winning artists converge on May 17 at ArtHaus gallery for the opening of the biennial event. The gallery is located in the city’s popular River North Art District, an up-and-coming area on the edge of downtown Denver. The district is home to an array of artists’ studios and art-related businesses. This year, to encourage new collectors, many of the show’s top artists, such as Quang Ho, and emerging artists, such as Ulrich Gleiter, exhibit works specifically priced for viewers under 45 years old.

The presentation is designed to spotlight the wide range of artworks that can be considered “spiritual,” ranging from serene landscapes by New Mexico-based painter Albert Handell to elegant still lifes by Coloradan Scott Fraser. 
The intent of the ecumenical show is to reach out to a broad audience of art lovers, thus the paintings and sculptures are not confined to religious subject matter. Many different religions and spiritual paths are represented, with works by artists who come from Christian, Jewish, and Native American traditions. “No other national art show in the country is expressly dedicated to the promotion of the calling of the living artist and invites the audience to see the divine and beautiful not only in nature, but in all human endeavors,” says chairperson Shannon Robinson.

Two weeks after the opening gala, a Patron Collectors’ Salon takes place on Saturday, May 31, at ArtHaus. The salon features a lecture by prominent painter Daniel Sprick about his upcoming exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. The event also includes a light brunch and a “paint about” with Jill Soukup, Terrie Lombardi, Desmond O’Hagan, and Kevin Weckbach. The lively demonstration offers the audience the opportunity to see how four different artists view and paint the same subject. The artists take turns painting on one another’s canvases until the time expires. Collectors then have the chance to bid on these collaborative works, each containing the signatures of all the artists.

William Hook is this year’s featured artist, an honor given to a master artist for service to the art world. Hook is known for paintings that spotlight the American West, from the earthy landscapes of New Mexico to the bright blue skies overlooking the California coastline. Proceeds from the show’s gala benefit the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation. The foundation supports Dominican novices who serve Denver’s poor and elderly. “The artists, in putting forth their best, have created a singular show that exudes spirit and genius,” Robinson says. —Bonnie Gangelhoff

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