Art demonstrates skills of new Littleton guild members

‘First Impressions’ exhibition has nine artists’ creations throughout gallery

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“First Impressions,” which continues at Littleton’s Depot Art Gallery through Feb. 2, introduces varied works by the nine new members of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild: Karen Shaw, Chris Schranck, Jirapun “Jay” Wangsai, Tippy McIntosh, Jeff Velarde, Harvey Whitcomb, Loren Gilbert, Kathy Triplett and Linda Burch.

(How does one become a member? “All Artisans” ... prospective members … are invited to apply via an online form at depotartgallery.org.)

This group will joining the active, long-running Guild in a year-round program of exhibits — some limited to members only, sometimes with a theme; plus one for Littleton High art students, where they learn to plan and mount an exhibit. And then there’s the annual “All-Colorado Art Show” in July-August, connected with Littleton’s annual and festive Western Welcome Week and open to all Colorado artists. A juror will select what hangs from many submissions. Next in line: “Animals, Tame and Wild,” for members — Feb. 4-March 1.

Each exhibit is celebrated with a public reception — pick up a card near the door with the year’s calendar listed. Admission is free and we enjoy giving original art as gifts. A rack of special artist’s note cards can make a birthday greeting into a mini-gift — “suitable for framing” as they say.

To the left of the old Depot front door one finds a collection of mixed media works by Harvey Whitcomb. Each is a carefully assembled “mosaic,” as he calls them: created with bits of metal, plastic, old records, confectioner’s foils and other items that catch his eye. The grouping of his works effectively shows his style, whereas scattering them throughout the rest of the exhibit might not work as well — for artist or viewer.

Also on that first wall — Jay Wangsai’s painting, “Buffalo,” stares at you — perhaps inviting further acquaintance?? We realize these critters are notably unsociable, but this one seems to invite.

And Karen Shaw’s subtly colored abstracts are executed in oil, watercolor, mixed media and monotype printing.

Loren Gilbert is a photographer who exhibits images in black and white and color: landscapes and wildlife, including birds. Tippy McIntosh, who was one of the member/hosts when we visited, works in mixed media, including at times, the addition of bits of wood veneer — a material she discovered when going through her woodworker husband’s materials. She combines it with oil paints and at times, bits of metal.

Artfully decorated violins are Kathy Triplett’s assemblage creations and she also creates jewelry to decorate a person Jewelry is also Linda Burch’s specialty, as well as unique, one-of-a-kind decorated purses.

Jeff Velarde, who recently exhibited his large, urban paintings at Town Hall Arts Center’s Stanton Gallery, shows more of the distinctive works at the Depot, where colorful glass items by Chris Schranck are also found in both front and back areas. Schranck has a couple of lighted rectangular works in the “waiting room” that are highly decorative — I could especially imagine them brightening up an office in the area.

Linda Burch exhibits jewelry and purses, which are tucked around both rooms — look for them …

Also tucked throughout the gallery — and just inviting a touch — are other shiny glass items by Schranck.

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