One-woman exhibit has 'Crossings' theme

Duzan's art on display at Town Hall center


Artist Betsy Duzan writes about her exhibit, “Crossings,” in the Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center: “My recent work features vast skies and figures on bridges and paths. The powerful skies and bridges evoke a sense of dominance over the individual or landscape, contrasting the permanent and temporary.”

The people crossing bridges — cyclists and walkers — could be either male or female, with head encased in a helmet and a simple jacket. The viewer would be encouraged to make up his or her own story about them.

Her artwork, executed in acrylic and oil, is mostly painted on rough-edged canvas, attached to a panel, but not stretched on a frame. These have a clear sheet of acrylic mounted over it in a uniform presentation, which gives a pleasing overall ordered effect to the exhibit.

The more traditional landscapes are on stretched canvases with conventional frames. They are indeed characterized by wide-open skies, as she says.

Her palette is generally subtle and she is technically skilled — experience shows.

There will be a meet-the-artist reception at Town Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 3.

Duzan has been teaching since 1998 and earned an MFA in painting from the Art Institute at Lesley University in Boston in 2010.

She taught in the Douglas County School District in 2012-3013 and at Merryhill School in Highlands Ranch this year.

Her BA degrees in art and elementary education are from the University of Northern Colorado, 1984, and her work has been shown in several local galleries as well as the Littleton “Own an Original,” Depot Art Center's “All Colorado Show,” Lone Tree's “Annual Art Exhibition,” Curtis Arts and Humanities Center's “All Colorado Show,” the Denver “Plein Air Exhibit” and more.

She is showing at the Leomyka Gallery in Leadville and the Courtyard Gallery in Buena Vista.

If you go

“Crossings,” Betsy Duzan's one-woman exhibit in the Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton, will hang through May 14. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and during performances. (“Spring Awakening” is playing now.) 303-794-2787.


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