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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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
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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