Colorful artworks enliven Greenwood Village gallery

'Exploration in Watermedia' is multi-faceted exhibition

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More than 40 assorted watermedia paintings are exhibited at the Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, through Oct. 30. What a pleasant way to spend an hour or so ...

This statewide exhibit was juried for the Colorado Watercolor Society by Karen Roehl, who lives in Denver, maintains a studio in the RiNo Arts District and teaches at the Art Students League of Denver. (Visitors can view several of the juror's paintings at the rear of the spacious gallery, including a skillfully painted pair of horses.)

Gallery director Chris Stevens said CWS members were urged to create “something different.”

The “Explorations in Watermedia” exhibition offers traditional watercolor landscapes and florals, as well as contemporary abstractions, still lifes, nature, animal and bird images and some works that are painted with opaque acrylics, also a watermedia, sometimes combined with the transparent paints and in other examples used alone.

Style and technique varies widely, meaning that the exhibit is a pleasure to peruse.

Which is to say that works in this exhibit vary widely in style and content and offer a multi-faceted experience for a viewer.

Allow time to wander through this light, airy gallery, circle through the center and stroll around the edges again to enjoy the play of light and shadow in the images, as well as individual technical skill and vision.

As one enters the Curtis gallery, a burst of color meets the eyes in Tanis Bula's “Mixed Flower Surprise,” a colorful image of a summer bouquet with tiger lilies, roses and other bright blooms. One can almost catch a scent in the entryway. This skillfully rendered painting was juror Roehl's choice for Best of Show.

A look at Bula's website reveals her focus on bouquets, which must be a happy pursuit ...

First Place ribbon went to “Peony” by Sally Huang-Nissen of Colorado Springs, reflecting traditional Chinese watercolor technique on this lush pink flower.

Richard Forsyth's “With Light, Color is Revealed” has a golden glow that draws one closer to see what's happening, while Johanna Morrell's “Nobody's Voice But My Own” includes two panels, layered and contrasting with black markings on the clear top panel.

Framing and presentation of these mostly small works varies considerably, adding more interest to this exhibit.

Susan Randolph's “New Beginnings” portrays a start-up flower garden — something many viewers will relate to, while Doug Moench's “Summer Sea Oats” combines a bit of coast with plants and soaring birds in a calm, quiet “day at the beach” piece.

Jazzy and louder is Nancy Priest's abstract work, “Miro Meets the Map Maker,” large and orange ... not to be ignored!

Beatrice Trautman's “Convergence,” an acrylic work, is almost overwhelmed by its smooth gold frame.

Carol Newsome from Evergreen exhibits “Mahali,” a mostly submerged hippopotamus in a calm, sunny river, while “Birds on a Wire,” cliff swallows perched on a branch in another river, won second place.

Curtis Center for the Arts is open 8: 30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free, parking on east side and across Orchard Road. 303-797-1779, greenwoodvillage.com/1247/Curtis-Center-for-the-Arts.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, public events frequently are canceled or rescheduled. Check with organizers before you go.

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