Each year, Curtis Arts and Humanities Center invites artists to enter an All Colorado Show, with a juror selecting the exhibit from many entries. This spring, director Jo Cole decided to invite five winners from previous years to submit works for the “Gold Medal Show: Five Years of First Place Winners From the Greenwood Village All Colorado Annual Shows.”
Invited artists each exhibit a small selection of representative work, which gives a good picture of the high-quality art this gallery attracts. It should be better known among area art lovers.
It was originally a 1920 red brick schoolhouse at Orchard Road and University and was converted into a Landmark Historic Site and Gallery by the Greenwood Village Arts and Humanities Council. Hardwood floors, large windows and good lighting offer an inviting background for modest-sized exhibits of all sorts.
Invited artists in this show are:
• Kathryn Cole, whose works are soft-edged, figurative in subtle colors.
• Joellyn Duesberry, a prolific painter who lives in Greenwood Village and paints the landscapes around her, including scenes along the South Platte River, in a distinctive style.
• Rob Gratiot, a Denver painter who frequently exhibits at Curtis and elsewhere in a hyper-realistic style with city scenes and still lifes. “There is a certain mystery about approaching windows and doors,” he writes. They simultaneously keep the viewer out and let the viewer partially into the pictured space.
• Sharon Holsapple paints large, engaging figurative works.
• Irene Delka McCray, whose figures certainly encourage the viewer to create stories. She writes in her website about “the possibilities, desires and necessities bound up in human beingness … paintings are meant as scenes from the psychic realm.”
The exhibit will run until June 7 and should interest viewers of all kinds. Painters certainly will be intrigued by presentation and technique, but everyone will be drawn to the stories these artists have to tell us. Where have they been and what are they wanting to share with us?