Imagination soars at ‘Flights of Fantasy’

Visitors can get lost in artistic scenes at show running through June 1


Brilliant colors, paintings in motion, it seems ... welcome us to the new exhibit, “Flights of Fantasy,” at Town Hall Arts Center’s Stanton Gallery in Littleton, open during box office hours.

Littleton Fine Arts Guild members have responded to a challenge to let the imagination take over and the resulting exhibit, which runs through June 1, is like a mini vacation — a really nifty way for spring to begin! This handsome gallery is open and inviting — stroll around at your leisure — no tickets or reservations necessary.

A viewer can wander and make up stories as she goes ...

Well-known Denver area encaustic painter Victoria Eubanks was juror for “Flights of Fantasy” and she awarded the Best of Show/First Place ribbon to Stacy Roberts’ soft pastel painting, “The Whole of the Moon,” which suggests one of our otherworldly summer sunsets/moonrises. Fuschia, pink and white-ish clouds swirl, shimmer — and seem to move as a dazzled viewer stands before it.

The Second Place ribbon was awarded to Rita Campbell’s colorful, precise “Magic Hairspray,” rendered in alcohol ink in nearly-stained glass bright color that makes this small work jump out from the wall ... And what is she thinking???

Photographer Bill Knoll’s trio of young eagles, around their nest: “Incoming Flight,” won Third Place and invites an up-close look at the fine detail. One wonders how close Knoll really was ... I’d think the eaglets would have shied away ... you can practically hear them and sense their joy as they get ready to take over their world!

Honorable Mention ribbons went to the happily-haunted watercolor collage, “Still Hangin’ Around,” by Sharon Wink and to Teri Hendrix’s precise acrylic painting, “City Park in My Mind.”

“Dancing by the Lake,” a soft colored oil painting by Pam Roth O’Mara, suggests some sort of imaginary game that involves lots of end-of-the-day splashing along the edge of said lake — summer memories for many of us, I’d imagine ... O’Mara’s control of the light is special — one can almost smell that air.

Sally Van der Camp’s assemblage piece, “Flight of a Feather,” is tall, narrow and precise. One can imagine the artist coming across a random feather and thinking: “hmm — what can I do with this?” Nice presentation against a metallic background, contrasting textures ...

“Twisted Flatware and Strawberry” by photographer Joe Bonita made me wonder about a backstory. Where had that somewhat worn plate been over the years? The visitor thinks about a fancy dinner table, set with linens and silver, a long time ago ... who was there?

Another bit of worn silverware: Peggy Deitz’s “Lady Bitton” raises another imaginary scenes: a long-ago tea party?

And Merrie Wicks’ “Patang” is a painting depicting three bright Japanese fish-shaped kites flying from a post. “Patang” means kite — my new word for the day!

“Bling,” an assemblage by Carol Broere, includes rhinestones, a red gemstone, a carved brooch and a tiny porcelain flower tucked in the lower left corner. It’s really hard to resist touching this and a number of others...


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