Cultural center does internal landscaping

Don Stinson.
Clarke Reader

The Lakewood Cultural Center is having some new landscape work done, but it’s not the type that first leaps to mind.

Two new art shows that focus on landscapes — both familiar and odd — are now on display at the center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, through April.

“Evidence Odd and Off Landscapes” is on display in the Mezzanine Gallery, and “mOTHERland” is on display in the James J. Richey Gallery.

Entry to the galleries are free, and it is opened from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The “Evidence Odd” exhibit focuses on non-traditional and non-pictoral landscapes by Evergreen artist Susi Heyer, according to arts curator Lorene Joos.

“I’ve known about her work for a long time, when I saw that she was doing landscapes of trailer parks,” Joos said. “She has done whole series on really non-traditional landscapes that are incredibly interesting.”

Joos said the power of Heyer’s work is that it causes the viewer to really look at things in a different way, and gives an entirely different sense of place.

“mOTHERland” goes in a different direction, and centers on the various images of Red Rocks that Lakewood artist Martha Pinkard Williams has created.

Williams describes the works more as portraits than anything else — portraits that blend together realism and abstract tones together.

“Red Rocks is really special to me, and is a real natural vocabulary,” she said. “I want to try to capturethe spirit of the place.”

Williams said the show, which includes several new pieces, is dedicated to her mother, who is turning 90 this year.

While the subjects and method of the two exhibits are different, Joos wanted to do them together because she thought they provided a nice contrast for the viewer.

For more information, call 303-987-7845 or visit

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