Juried by Joy Armstrong, Curator of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the 33rd All Colorado Art Show opened on Saturday, June 11th at the Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, 2349 East Orchard Road in Greenwood Village. For her oil painting Magazine, Sharon received First Place. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30 and the show runs through July 29th.
Resident artist Sharon Brown is combining new work from her "Creators" series with older work from her "Damage" series to create a thought provoking exhibit for the summer entitled "Repeat Offenders." "Creators" features large black and white oil portraits of Denver artists and creatives. "Damage" features colorful portraits of criminals, all of whom have both inflicted damage upon others and have themselves been damaged at some point in their lives. By combining these bodies of work, Repeat Offenders explores the purpose and potential of portraiture, raising questions about its social class history, the faces that artists tend to paint or ignore, the nature of offensiveness, and much more.
The show opens at the Pattern Shop Studio, 3349 Blake Street, on First Friday, June 3rd from 6 to 9 pm; continues on First Friday, July 1st; and closes on First Friday, August 5th. As always, the gallery will be open for special RiNo Art District events and, as usual, open any time by appointment. Please call 303-297-9831 for more information or to schedule a viewing.
Great opening for "Repeat Offenders!" Lots of people, lots of interest and praise. Here Sharon poses with one of her subjects, Phil Bender:
Sharon is excited to once again participate in the Morgan Adams Foundation fundraiser, artma, happening this February in RiNo. This is a great cause and a perfect chance to acquire one of her paintings.
In Double Vision, the two artists explore Planalp’s childhood in their own distinctive ways. Sharon creates water colors and oil paintings based on Susan’s old family photographs while Susan, through graphite and ink drawings, expresses the feelings her childhood memories evoke. Sharon colorfully portrays Susan’s family members with unsentimental affection. Like so many memories of our past, they float in white with little contextual detail except for the shadows they cast. Susan’s black and cobalt drawings, on the other hand, depict a sometimes unsettling, dreamlike world of murky figures and abstract shapes. Innocuous items such as a doll’s dress or a pair of mittens are surrounded by darkness, erasures, and blurry fields. Double Vision challenges viewers to contemplate this contrast with respect to their own childhood memories, the nature of memory itself, and the role of art in representing memory.