Palette Pals exhibit at Town Hall

Posted 1/15/10

Five metro-area women artists meet regularly to paint and critique each other’s work, adding a social dimension to what can be a lonely profession. …

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Palette Pals exhibit at Town Hall


Five metro-area women artists meet regularly to paint and critique each other’s work, adding a social dimension to what can be a lonely profession. They work and experiment in a variety of media and styles: watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, encaustic, pen and ink, collage, fused glass and sculpture, encouraging and educating each other.

The Palette Pals have works exhibited in the Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center through Feb. 8.

Each artist belongs to several arts organizations and each enrolls in workshops of interest through the years, contributing new technical ideas learned to the other four. All are Signature members of the Colorado Watercolor Society and say that having a regular date to paint is a positive in their individual lives, despite different life journeys to this point.

Last summer, the group had a successful first annual outdoor show in a member’s back yard and this month, they brighten Town Hall’s gallery.

Members include:

Char Davis of Elizabeth, who says she strives for a feeling of Impressionism— capturing a moment in time for something beautiful in her world, be it an animal, a flower, an architectural detail. Her training in architectural drawing and drafting, which she does as her “day job,“ creating architectural renderings, gives her an eye for detail that carries into her paintings.

Merrie Wicks, a Littleton artist, has moved between watercolors and oil painting, and says she “dabbles in collage and mixed media.” She works full time as a purchasing agent for a medical device company, paints in her home studio and carries watercolors and sketchbook when traveling.

Rosemary Laughlin is a Colorado native who lives in Littleton. She started drawing and painting as a child and won a National Scholastic Award in seventh grade, which is a big boost for a budding artist’s self confidence. She skipped college and ended up working for the Federal Government in Colorado, after a Texas stint. She revisited her art interests when she became a full-time mom and at that point began formal art lessons. She has a pet portrait business and also paints portraits of people. She and Wicks founded Palette Pals.

Darlene Maestas of Arvada, who works in watercolor and oil painting, as well as fused glass and sculpture, has exhibited her work throughout the metro area and nationally. She creates both realistic and abstract works, as well as jewelry. In the past, she exhibited realistic wood and bronze sculpture, but now focuses on painting and fused glass.

Beth Narva, Littleton, is a Colorado native who enjoys hiking and snowshoeing surrounded by beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery, with camera in hand. She sometimes paints “en plein air” capturing specific moments out of doors. She was a professional event planner and taught the subject in college. A four-month round-the-world trip with her husband, which included art galleries and museums inspired her to paint — first in oils, later in watercolors, which are her present focus. She continually participates in workshops and exhibits regularly.

If you go:

Town Hall Arts Center is at 2329 W. Main St. in Downtown Littleton. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.


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