Annual art exhibit offers intriguing variety of works

All Colorado Show is standout in Greenwood Village


“I tried to reaffirm in my gut,” said Collin Parson, juror for Curtis Center for the Arts’ 2019 All Colorado Art Show in a gallery talk on July 20, as he spoke to artists and other interested people. “I worked to balance representation … think of challenges — the person behind it … I tried to get landscapes, portraits, abstracts …”

“Do you judge as a one-off?” asked an artist. “I try to work in a vacuum,” Parson replied.

He succeeded in choosing a pleasing variety of about 50 works — varied in size, materials, styles, techniques. A juror makes those choices on a computer screen, one piece at a time, then arrives when the choices are on the wall (or floor) to make more choices — for awards. They really look different when on a wall or pedestal, in association with — almost communicating with — the other works selected for this or any exhibit.

Meghan Wilbur’s collage, “The Long Road 8,” received first place. It’s meticulously created with paint and paper. “I felt like I was there, part of the piece, had been there. …” Wilbur’s mixed media work shows strong perspective, carries one’s eyes towards the distance … where?

The second-place winner is a remarkable ceramic installation by Tina Suszynski. Hundreds of egg-shaped, various-sized and earthy-colored forms are stacked in a corner of the Curtis’ small stage, looking as though they might easily roll away to somewhere else.

Ron Zito’s precise and spooky painting of a deserted interior industrial sort of space, “He’s Not Here,” brought forth the bemused comment, “What is that? Where is it? ... It left uneasiness … haunting, cold.” It was awarded third place.

Paintings large and small, precise and flowing, plus a quirky three-dimensional work called “What I Want to Be” by Brenda Jones, filled the small galleries. She formed multiple pairs of ceramic, but real-looking, multi-colored, women’s shoes, displayed on shelves. The lining of each refers to a different sort of career or situation. Again, stories form in a viewer’s mind.

Also noted: rita derjue’s “Blue River Valley,” Leo Franco’s “Somewhere on a Plane” created from clear plastic layers and pieces of exotic hardwoods; Mary Williams’ “Aspen Totem.”

At the rear of the gallery is a collection of colorful floral paintings by Jayme H. Mansfield, who is the author of “Rush,” the 2019 selection for The Village Read, a collaboration between Greenwood Village and Arapahoe Libraries, where people read the same book and meet to talk about it.


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