New exhibit shows varying styles in Colorado

Earrthenware titled Conflation Ewer by Paul F. Morris
Acrylic on canvas titled Earl Snow, Early Light by David Griffin.
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Colorado is home to a vast and diverse number of artists in all kinds of mediums, and the Arvada Center’s Art of the State exhibition is offering a snapshot of that talent.

The show is running in all three of the Center’s galleries, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., through March 31. The galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The exhibit features 191 works from 160 Colorado artists in all kinds of mediums, from paintings and photographs to sculptures, jewelry and metal work and more.

“I think this is probably the largest representation of the Colorado art scene that’s going on right now,” said Arvada Center exhibition manager and curator Collin Parson. “It’s certainly not the whole picture, but its a great collection of what’s out there.”

In October, Parson and Dean Sobel, director of the Clyfford Still Museum, sat down as jurors to select from 1,653 entries by 588 artists which works would go on display.

“It’s always dizzying as a juror to see all this art come in, in no particular order,” Sobel said. “I’ve done a fair number of these and as you’re going through hundreds of these slides, the strongest ones really stand out.”

Parson said that the show features a lot of teachers and professors who are experienced artists, as well as a fair number of emerging artists. He also said that organizing the exhibit, with such a wide range of submitted pieces, was quite the challenge.

“Our Theater Gallery is very intimate, so we’ll have more traditional work there, and the Upper Gallery will also feature some traditional work, but visitors will see more stylizations and abstract works,” he said. “The Main Gallery will mainly be abstracts and textual works.”

Some of the more well-known artist included in the exhibit will be Monica Aiello, a mixed media painter, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, a mixed media sculptor, and Andrew Roberts-Gray, who does non-traditional landscapes.

Sobel said the exhibit shows how Colorado artists have a lot of interest in craftmanship and making things, which is not something that one sees at a lot of shows.

In addition to having a cell phone tour that visitors can use to learn more about the works on display, there will be panel discussions featuring some of the artists on Thursday, Feb. 21, and

Saturday, March 9.

“What the Arvada Center has been doing, and the fact that it is such a stellar venue, has really brought out a large range of participants to be in the show,” Sobel said.

For more information, call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org/galleries.

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