‘Tangible Terrain’ has unusual touch

Show features work of four artists during theater run


Four area artists will exhibit works in a variety of mediums during the theater run of “The World Goes Round” at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center. They are Stephanie O’Malley, photography; Herb Dreo, wood carving; Vanessa Martin, botanical drawing; and Andi Burum, a special collage technique. Their “Tangible Terrain” exhibit runs through April 28 and is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during productions.

Exhibits are intended to have some relationship to the production that’s running onstage upstairs, which is fun to contemplate. In this case, title, materials and subjects would seem to connect, be it a carved wooden owl, a poppy photo or …

• Stephanie O’Malley was inspired by her father to take up her art form. “I loved everything about it, including the gadgetry, the smell of the local camera store and the glory of seeing images being born on paper in the darkroom. The digital world has opened up a new universe of possibilities. I am intrigued by the small miracles surrounding us that go unnoticed, such as weeds, insects and wild flowers. Vibrant colors and intricate detail are hallmarks of my work.” O’Malley is also director of education at Center for the Arts in Evergreen.

• Andi Burnum writes: “You can regularly find me hunched over my desk, tweezers in hand, obsessively searching through magazines for the perfect color. My art is created by tearing magazines (mostly National Geographic) and gluing them together to form pictures that from a distance, appear to be oil paintings.” She has been refining her technique for 18 years and says her subject matter includes “soulful dogs and cows.” She has a herd of red Angus she likes to hang out with and lives in Evergreen with husband, dogs and cats … She also does dog portrait commissions and mosaic art.

• Herb Dreo is a wood carver who inherited his tools and talent from his father, a master carver from Austria — and additional carving tools from his father-in-law. He says his hobbies are outdoor-oriented: skiing, biking, and being in the mountains. Drawing lessons helped him become a better carver. He also enjoys turning bowls and other objects on his lathe. His work is in three Colorado galleries.

• Vanessa Martin lives in Aurora — on Colorado’s plains, where flora grow that inspire her. She trained as a botanical illustrator at Denver Botanic Gardens and fuses art and science within that tradition. She works in a variety of mediums: intaglio, watercolor, colored pencil. Her work is on display at Lakewood Art Gallery and she has exhibited widely in the metro area.

The exhibit was curated by Moira Casey, a local artist who has recently started a business as a curator/art consultant as well. She has been involved with the Stanton Gallery for several years. (liveheARTful.com)


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