Each year, Curtis Arts and Humanities Center hosts an All Colorado Art Show, which draws strong entries from the metro area. The 2010 show, juried by …
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Each year, Curtis Arts and Humanities Center hosts an All
Colorado Art Show, which draws strong entries from the metro
The 2010 show, juried by well-recognized Denver painter Quang
Ho, is no exception. It runs through Aug. 6 at the inviting gallery
housed in a red brick historic school at Orchard and University and
offers a range of styles from traditional to abstract, most of the
works skillfully rendered.
“Fresh Still Life With Byrd Cookie Tin” by Sharon Holsople won
Quang Ho’s First Place Award for two dimensional art. It’s a large,
bright, whimsical, detailed oil painting that is deceptively simple
in mood and sophisticated in technique.
Paul Stafford’s meticulously crafted “Zippered Maple Bowl” won
the First Place Juror’s Award for thee dimensional art. His
somewhat surreal art deserves a close look at its detail.
Other “Juror’s Awards” are marked with a gold seal and include
Patricia Aaron’s two large abstracts “The Great Marsh Shift” (No. 3
and 4), created with encaustic wax, India Ink and Graphite.
Christian Dore’s “Raccoons” is a striking horizontal abstract
acrylic painting near the entrance. (Look for evidence of the
masked critters). Andrew Sweet’s Tall, rusted “Contained Steel”
sculpture with machine parts is on the stage area in the front
gallery. Well-known local painter Richard Brogan, who teaches at
Curtis, won a Juror’s Award for his detailed, realistic, snowy
streetscape, “The Campus Lounge.” “Morning on the Platte,’ a
traditional oil landscape by Lora Witt also had a gold seal.
Among other south area artists included in this worth-a-visit
exhibit: Betty Ney, rita derjue, Craig Marshall Smith, Kim Glidden,
Juror Quang Ho was born in Vietnam, where his interest in art
was evident early and immigrated to the US as a child. His first
one-man show was in Denver at age 16. While helping to raise his
younger siblings after his mother’s death in an accident, he
attended Colorado Institute of Art. His work is included in many
local and national collections.
He teaches at the Denver Art Students League and says “For me,
painting is a marriage between the mastery of those basic visual
elements; the discoveries and understanding of visual statements…
and the trust in one’s own wordless intuition and inspiration…”
Subject matter is not important, he has said, with regard to
judging a show. “ The real essence of painting is the dialogue
between shape, tones, colors, textures, edges and line.” He finds
excitement all around him. A look at his website shows paintings of
dancers, street scenes, a restaurant kitchen, lovely female
figures, colorful still lifes and more.
If you go:
Curtis Arts and Humanities Center is at 2349 E. Orchard Road (at
University), Greenwood Village. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. 303-797-1779.
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