Artist Diane Mayer said she “started painting in oil as therapy.” Add to that the therapeutic qualities of water and one can understand the choice of subject for her February exhibit at Town Hall Arts Center's Stanton Gallery, at 2450 W. Main St. in Littleton.
Mayer writes that she has since experimented with acrylics, collage and printmaking, but the more she works “en plein air,” (outdoors) the more she appreciates acrylics.
Her exhibit “Water Works” is open at Town Hall Arts Center in February, during the run of the musical “9 to 5.”
Her first series of abstract landscapes, inspired by Arches National Park, shows the basis for her work. She is leaning to more non-objective abstract work and “trying to get a splash of emotion on to the canvas.”
She uses “textured canvas, some collage elements and broad watery strokes to evoke the power or calm of a body of water.”
While she does not have an art degree, she has taken college-level classes and local classes and workshops to hone her skills. She belongs to the Colorado chapter of Women's Caucus for Art, a national organization. The local group meets monthly for interaction, support of community and of women in the arts.
In the summer, she paints at the New Jersey shore, where she belongs to the Pine Shores Art Association. She writes that “TWC 1 and 2” are responses to Hurricane Sandy.
Many of the exhibited paintings were created at the shore last summer.
She had work in the recent Littleton Own an Original show and curates art space at Garfield Estates Winery's tasting room at Colorado Winery Row in Denver (4640 Pecos St.).
If you go
Town Hall Arts Center is at 2450 W. Main St. in Littleton. Stanton Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and during performances. Gallery admission is free. 303-794-2787