Lone Tree art show begins new decade in new home

Posted 11/18/11

Hundreds of artists and art lovers crowded Lone Tree Arts Center on the afternoon of Nov. 12 to view Lone Tree’s 10th Annual Art Exhibition and …

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Lone Tree art show begins new decade in new home

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Hundreds of artists and art lovers crowded Lone Tree Arts Center on the afternoon of Nov. 12 to view Lone Tree’s 10th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale in the show’s beautiful, new venue.

“I like to see emotional involvement executed with conviction and confidence,” wrote juror Pat Fostvedt, a well-recognized watercolorist, teacher and judge. “I look for an artist who sees a subject in a sensitive, unusual, delightful or mysterious way ... I am drawn to work which has gone beyond the nouns of your chosen subject in order to focus on the verbs, adverbs and adjectives ... in the final analysis, content is the primary concern.”

Of the 322 entries, Fostvedt selected 116 works which flow through the lobby area, down the hall and around the corner for an interesting, varied show.

Winners received $4,000 in cash awards and the Best of Show Winner, Deb Kaylor is awarded gallery space for up to 10 pieces of art work at the Lone Tree Arts Center for 30 days following the exhibit.

Kaylor said the idyllic farm house in her lyrical painting “Magic Moment” is based on her “old stomping grounds” — her neighborhood in Michigan where she lived from age 13 through high school. She recalls “driving back roads, sunrises, sunsets ... ” A Colorado resident since college, she has studied at the Art Students League. She is embarked on a new “sheep series” and recently won an award in Southwest Art magazine’s December issue for “The Posers.” The interest in sheep connects with a grandfather who was both farmer and painter and a great grandfather who studied with American painter Thomas Eakins for two years. He painted the Merino sheep he grew up with. Kaylor also won First Place in Pastels for “Light Lunch.”

“In these tough times, a kinder genre connects with people,” Kaylor observes.

First Place in Oil Painting went to Highlands Ranch resident Craig Marshall Smith for his strong abstract “There There.” The retired art professor speaks of the painting as “part of a continuum of my more achromatic paintings ... a dominant actor with some supporting cast members — and my deKooning red to punch it.”

First Place in Watermedia was awarded to skilled painter Naum Katsenelson for “Sun and Snow,” a smaller watercolor showing a sunny, late fall day when snow has fallen while there are still red leaves on the trees.

“Heavy Burden,” by Erica Van Wyk is a sculpture of a slender woman. It was awarded First Place in Sculpture. Thirty four sculptures were entered this year — more than ever before. Ten were selected for the show and are grouped on pedestals in the lobby. (Somewhat too closely placed for best viewing).

Finally, First Place in Mixed Media, “It’s Perfect Chicken!” is by David Blokh and is a horizontal work featuring strong black lines setting off faces, eggs and other items.

All art in the exhibit is for sale. The gallery will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and before and during performances. Sales will be handled through the box office. 720-509-1000

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