Four artists show work at Littleton's Town Hall Arts Center

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Four experienced artists who have exhibited together, with larger groups, will show their paintings at Town Hall Arts Center's Stanton Gallery through Jan. 8.

They are Valli Thayer McDougal, Pat Mudge, Janice Hanson and Jan Archuleta. Their choice of which works to exhibit is influenced to an extent by what's playing at Town Hall: the musical “Annie,” about the spunky little red-haired girl who graced the comics for many years. Their show title is also a song in the show: “I Think I'm Going to Like it Here.”

Two of them: Valli Thayer McDougal and Pat Mudge actually met in a watercolor class in La Jolla, Calif., in 2000 and have remained friends and painting companions since they both moved to Denver in 2007 and 2008.

They soon formed a critique group with Susan Schmitt, meeting monthly.

Jan Archuleta and Janice Hanson became their friends via membership in the Colorado Watercolor Society and joined the critique group. “We have become very good friends and colleagues, supporting each other in our artistic journeys,” McDougal wrote.

She said she “discovered a passion for painting rather late in life, however `younger than Grandma Moses.'” Her contemporary acrylic painting series: “Windows on the World,” focuses on large shapes, warm colors and sometimes, “Pastiche,” small layered collages and “Opus,” watercolor and mixed media. She is an award-winning painter who belongs to the National Watercolor Society, Colorado Watercolor Society and International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Patricia Mudge worked in water media for many years, but has switched to oil paints. She has studied at the University of San Diego, San Diego Watercolor Society, La Jolla Institute of Art and Art Students League of Denver. She lived in Great Britain and has traveled widely for 40 years, learning from fine artists as she traveled.

Janice Hanson is a former photographer, who turned to watercolor “to enhance the images she saw by emphasizing shapes and patterns. She uses paint to stain these shapes with color.” She is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society.

Watercolorist Jan Archuleta, a Colorado native, paints from photos taken in Colorado, New Mexico and other travel locations, including Spain, Italy and China. She is a past president of the Arvada Fine Arts Guild, a Colorado Watercolor Society member, as well as Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Foothills Art Center, National Watercolor Society and North Metro Arts Alliance.

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