All Colorado Art Show returns to Curtis

39th annual exhibition will run through Aug. 27

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Colors are softer and more subdued, perhaps, in this 39th year, and materials seem more varied as one enjoys Curtis Center for the Arts’ very solid All Colorado Art Show at Greenwood Village’s Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, just west of South University Boulevard.

The pleasant gallery in an old schoolhouse holds a collection of works, in two and three dimensions, by a number of this state’s talented corps of working artists. The show will run through Aug. 27 and is open six days a week (closed Sundays), so area art lovers will want to fit a visit onto the summer calendar. And perhaps find a new treasure for their home. Admission is free. Parking (free) is accessed from the drive just east of the gallery, which also serves the corner school.

Libby Garon, gallery director for Denver’s Walker Fine Art, was juror. She is active in the Denver arts community and focuses on making connections between artists and collectors, as well as having an ongoing involvement with Colorado’s arts organizations and galleries.

Garon awarded the first place /juror’s choice award to Denver artist Sharon Brown’s charming portrait of an older couple, “The Joneses,” dressed up, smiling happily and holding hands, they stand in front of a hedge of pink roses on a sunny day. One thinks perhaps they have just attended a service at their favorite church and cheerfully look forward to a family dinner nearby.

Brown states: “I grew up with a number of artists in my family so it was natural for me to draw and paint from an early age.” She works in oil and watercolor in her studio and runs her own gallery, The Pattern Shop, in RiNo. She and her husband were among the eight artists who founded the River North Art District.

Watercolors and oils are presented in conventional techniques and there are some surprises. Aurora artist Cara Brewer’s “Cranes” is a photograph on metal. “Building the Family” draws the visitor’s eye as does Boulder artist Nancy Eastman’s “Summer Prairie” on handmade paper, including stitching,

Under a glass bell just inside the entrance is “Forest Moss” a mini-three-dimensional landscape with tiny logs and tinier leaves.

The juror will speak at 2 p.m. on Aug. 13. It’s always interesting to hear how they evaluated entries to create an exhibit.

Note that Greenwood Village’s newer event, Art on the Green, will return to Curtis Park on Sept. 17, 18. (Contact Curtis Director Chris Stevens for information.)

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