Art Show at Fine Arts Center

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The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

 

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DSC_0003The Permanent Collection has some beautiful pieces by Dale Chihuly

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The Native American Collection is extensive also..DSC_0015

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And there is a portrait of General Palmer’s daughter painted by the one and only John Singer Sargent.

Arthur Dove’s Foghorn is part of the permanent collection.  He was pals with Georgia O’Keeffe.

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The Bemis Art School Gallery is currently featuring an Instructor show and that is where I come in.  I am so honored to have several of my paintings on display in the Fine Arts Center in the company of other talented instructors.

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TA-DA…here is my  “Land Secrets” and “Mixed Messages”, mixed media paintings.

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A glimpse of the gallery which is on the second floor of the museum.

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Paintings and ceramic pieces by fellow instructors.

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I am literally over the moon to have several of my paintings on display during this show and for them to be in the same building with the likes of those artists I have mentioned and others such as Gustave Baumann, Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams is just plain WOW!!! It is a highlight of my adventure as a creative and a once in a lifetime event.  The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has been purchased by Colorado College and the future is sure to be exciting and at the same time uncertain.  But at this moment in time I am thrilled with the opportunity to have my paintings on display and look forward to the next chapter of this amazing place. 

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The building is magnificent.  Alice Bemis Taylor, philanthropist and patron of the art complex, chose John Gaw Meem as the architect and it was his crowning achievement.  It was completed in 1936 and for its outstanding design Meem received the silver medal from the Fifth Pan American Congress of Architecture. The Fine Arts Center and The Bemis School of Art, which is housed on the north side of the building, is a jewel for my hometown.  I am over-the-moon ecstatic to have my paintings hanging on the wall of the Fine Arts Center, it is more than a dream come true…literally beyond anything I could have imagined.  Having spent most of my adult life in Colorado Springs, attended numerous exhibitions at the Fine Arts Center, taken classes at Bemis as a child, then later as an adult, taken classes together with my children, taught classes to youth and adults as a Bemis Instructor, it is indeed a rare privilege to be entwined with this institution.  If your travels bring you this way or if you are local, please stop by the Fine Arts Center and see for yourself this incredible arts complex.  And be sure to take a peek at the Bemis Gallery on the second floor where you will be see pieces by folks like me! The show runs until March 13, 2017.

Land Secrets

 

DSC_1058Here is a close up of a painting that I just completed.  There are so many layers of paint on this canvas, it is unbelievable.   I started by painting loosely and letting my muse out to play.  It sounds fun, and it is, but let me just say once the figure emerged, the design and color scheme became challenging.  It was a constant push and pull of color and shapes, and finding a balance of the two.  There is a small bit of collage that I left without paint, the word earth…and a bit of Hebrew text.  When the shapes began to form, the painting looked like land masses viewed from an airplane window.  I enjoyed the process of letting the painting give me direction, being free to apply paint and then cover it up leaving just a small glimpse of the previous layer.  This created a depth of experience for me as the artist, and also invites the viewer to come closer and see the elements of a hidden layer.  The intent of my painting was to capture the essence of land masses, and the secrets held beneath the top layer. Whether gifts of nature or the work of man, the land beneath our feet is full of secrets.