Englewood artist, teacher Sandra Kaplan at heart of exhibit

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“I believe that the stronger the exploration of a personal perspective becomes, the more interesting the resultant paintings will be,” said well-known local artist/teacher Sandra Kaplan, an Englewood resident. While some teachers are flattered when students imitate them, she says she is much happier when her students develop their own distinct voices.

A collection of works by Kaplan’s students, plus work by the artist, “Sandra Kaplan and Friends,” will be exhibited May 3 through June 30 at Theodore Schultz Architectural Offices, 863 Santa Fe Drive, second floor, in Denver.

The artists will be present on First Friday, May 3, from 5-9 p.m.; at an opening celebration May 11, 2-5 p.m.; and on First Friday, June 7, 5-9 p.m. The exhibit will be on view during normal office hours Mondays through Fridays or by appointment with one of the artists.

Participating artists are: Tim Alcock, acrylic; Courtney Ahn, mixed media; Young Hee Back, oil; Rob Davenport, acrylic; Pricilla Garrett, watercolor; Matt Hardwick, acrylic; Sandra Kaplan, collage and watercolor; Nancy Kembel, watercolor; Suzanne Mills Kramer, mixed media; Gwen Marie, watercolor; Elke McGuire, acrylic; Patty Ramey, oil; Dale Smith, acrylic; and Patti Spranger, acrylic.

Sandra Kaplan teaches at the Art Students League of Denver and offers private critiques and workshops. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City, she is a Cincinnati native, who has lived in Denver since 1971. She has exhibited nationally and her work is collected internationally. She has served on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and on a national committee that decides on NEA grants. She also serves as a juror for local exhibits — in Littleton and at Curtis Arts Center recently.

She has two workshops scheduled in 2013: in Paonia, Colo., in July and in Provence in October. For information, contact her at sankapl@yahoo.com.

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