`Transit of Venus' features female artists

Sculptor Barbara Baer among 24 artists in RedLine exhibit

“Scatterbrain” acrylic and steel sculpture by Barbara Baer is included in “Transit of Venus” at Redline Gallery through Feb. 23. Courtesy photo

They float, they soar, some stand on the ground — poised to move… They are created in bright colors with steel and lighter materials.

Barbara Baer of Denver has provided a lively note to many public spaces — indoors and out: civic buildings, university and college open areas, parks and outdoor commercial areas — in Colorado, across the U.S. and in Germany.

While most of sculptor Barbara Baer's focus is on “designing for indoor and outdoor public spaces,” she is pleased to be included in the “Transit of Venus,” exhibit of 60 works by about 24 women artists displayed at RedLine Gallery in Denver through Feb. 23.

The exhibiting artists are all part of Front Range Women in the Visual Arts, started by a group of artists and graduate students in Boulder in 1974. When the group formed, it was difficult for women to get into shows at museums, galleries and colleges or to win commissions for public art — a situation that has changed greatly in Colorado.

Baer is at the forefront of change and has created numerous large public sculptures, including several in the south area: “Life in Motion” sails above the entrance to the Goodson Center in Centennial; “Open Skies” is suspended over the corridor at the Littleton Center that leads to the City Council Chambers; “Illumination” is on the grounds of Pine Grove Elementary School in Parker.

She has two large abstract pieces, dated 2014, in the RedLine show: “Scatterbrain” of acrylic and steel, has floating elements of red, black and clear material in a sculpture that measures 8 feet by 9 feet by 7 feet and looks as though it might fly away.

“Waterplay” measures 10 feet by 9 feet by 7 feet and features a pattern of blue waves on a clear acrylic base. It too looks like it's moving continually.

Baer grew up in southern Louisiana and first studied in New Orleans at Tulane University, then moved to Colorado, where she received an MFA from CU Boulder —and connected with Front Range Women in Visual Arts.

“Transit of Venus” is the first RedLine show in a year devoted to art by women, collectively called “She Crossed the Line.” To follow: Chen Man: March 1 to April 27; Senga Nengudi: June 6 to July 20; Harmony Hammond: Aug. 2 to Sept. 28 and Judy Chicago: Oct. 10 to Nov. 30.

If you go:

“The Transit of Venus” runs through Feb. 23 at RedLine Gallery, 2350 Arapahoe St., Denver, www.redlineart.org. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 303-296-4448. Admission is free.