Abend Gallery - Three person show

Event Dates
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from Friday, June 20, 2014 through Thursday, July 31, 2014
Event Location
Abend Gallery
2260 E. Colfax
Denver, CO

Abend Gallery presents

Jim Beckner, Stephanie Hartshorn and Robert Spooner

June 20 – July 31, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, June 20 5-8 pm

Abend Gallery presents a vibrant three-person show featuring the energetic paintings of Jim Beckner, the architecturally influenced work of Stephanie Hartshorn and the storytelling artwork of Robert Spooner.  Meet the artist at the opening reception, Friday, June 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Jim Beckner’s art vibrates with the pulse of the city. His edgy and energetic paintings give one a sense of motion, and though his subject is gritty, the colors with which he achieves this feeling are far from muddy; in fact, one often finds throughout his work, pure, clean jewels of pigment that pop with life. The lively pacing of his brushwork so easily lends itself to motion, to traffic and pedestrians, illuminated shop windows, and street lights.


His work can be seen in the recently published Landscapes of Colorado book, curated by Denver Art Museum Associate Curator Ann Daley. His work has been featured in magazines and many corporate and private collections. His paintingLoosening Knots received the Ray Mar Art Award of Excellence at the 2009 Oil Painters of America National Show.


Beckner currently resides in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1994. He studied painting with Patrice Sullivan at Colorado State and furthered his artistic education at the Art Students League of Denver with instructor Mark Daily. He is the son of a painter, Joe Beckner.


Stephanie Hartshorn took her first painting class at the Denver Art Museum in 2006, followed by a transformative workshop in Abiquiu, New Mexico the following autumn. She began to seek out more time to paint in between her architectural career and raising her two young girls and, in the summer of 2009, stepped away from design to paint full time. She has studied at various times from 2008 to the present with Mark Daily and Kevin Weckbach.


In her artist statement Stephanie says, "Having practiced architecture, I continue to engage structure as an art form--this time with paint--capturing the rhythms and complex beauty in the lines and curves of both our man-made and natural worlds. My work is composed of rural and urban landscapes as well as particular objects that connect with my love of sculpted form."


A fourth generation Colorado native, Stephanie lives in east Denver with her husband and two daughters.www.studiohartshorn.com


Denver resident Robert Spooner enjoys capturing “other people’s passions” on canvas. One recent series of paintings he completed is of culinary students pursuing their art. In the last two years, he has shifted his focus from still life and landscapes to studies that include the human figure. Ballet dancers passionately embracing in a pas de deux, the quiet figure lingering over a cup of coffee, these are the stories and emotions he finds intriguing and attempts to convey on canvas.


He prefers warmer tones to cool ones, older brushes to new. He paints with the side of his brush as well as the tip, and the dimensions of his canvas are determined by the story needing to be told. Robert works from large shapes in a scene to the small, all the time keeping his values in check. Arriving at the focal point, which in many cases may be a face, he slows down to spend more time on what he considers to be the heart of the painting or story.


In addition to painting, Robert also teaches. He finds that taking the time to verbalize what he does unconsciously on canvas helps him to define the outcome of his work.  www.spoonerfineart.com



Jim Beckner, Stephanie Hartshorn and Robert Spooner

June 20 – July 31

Opening Reception:  Friday, June 20, 5-8 pm

2260 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206 
303-355-0950 | 800-288-3726
Hours: Tue-Sat, 10 - 6pm