The Arapahoe Community College fine arts faculty has again invited professional colleagues from the community and other colleges to share its space in the handsome Colorado Gallery of the Arts.
The resulting exhibit, “Arapahoe Community College Fine Arts Faculty and Friends,” offers an engaging blend of art in individual styles ranging from precise traditional photography to abstract three-dimensional works, beautifully crafted ceramics and finely wrought jewelry.
Brightly colored mobiles by Jon Koenigsberg catch the light as they hang from the ceiling, drawing the eye to a strong collection of ceramics displayed on pedestals in the gallery center, while walls hold a variety of carefully installed works, arranged by gallery curator Trish Sangelo.
Installing an exhibit like this is a challenge, since there is no particular theme — she has to work with what is submitted and some of it arrives late. Color and texture flow quite well as the eye moves across the walls and floor space.
Kim Louise Glidden, Littleton potter, teacher and business owner, has injected humor into recent sculptural pieces such as “Still a Stiletto” and “Cradle to the Grave.” Her decorative “Tribal Pole” takes the viewer in another direction.
Bob Baker, Jim Cooper and Peter and Susan Stark demonstrate a few of the myriad ways potters glaze and finish their handcrafted work, from Baker’s earthy glazes to the Starks’ multi-colored patterned pieces. Cooper has two intriguing pitchers and a huge olla with subtle glazes.
A pair of graceful bronze sculptures, “Tango,” by Travis Ogden, lead the eye to the west wall where Marsh Wooley’s large oil on canvas landscape, “Gemini Bridges” dominates. To its left are a series of J.T. Urband’s interesting industrial graphite drawings.
Centered on the east wall is Peter Illig’s pixelated portrait, “Blue Spark.” His website says: “My art works are all analogies for human evolutions and experiences — American psychological landscapes.” He has taught at Heritage and Chaparral High Schools and area colleges.
Randy Burns, who teaches jewelry at ACC, has several beautifully crafted silver pieces, set with gemstones. Other displays would seem to be crafted by a jewelry maker, but are sculptural: Amy Bailey’s three small works and “Life Values” by Yuko Yagisawa.
We wish there were information available in the gallery about these obviously accomplished artists. Sangelo said she had requested it, but had only three responses. Fine art is indeed a way of communicating, but a few words can truly enhance the viewer’s experience!