Traditional exhibit opens at gallery

Old depot is venue for annual show


Wild West — the 38th All Colorado Art Show at Littleton’s Depot Art Gallery — opened with a reception where juror Doug Dawson awarded the Best of Show to photographer Jason Weiss for his “Volcanic Sunrise,” a fine metal print. It is one of 400 entries submitted for this highly competitive exhibit. Dawson selected 70 works to be displayed through Aug. 27.

Dawson’s own piece, a pastel called “A Break in the Sky,” is hung just to the right of the entrance, as one faces the front door. Pause and enjoy it.

Jason Weiss’ winning work is finely detailed, with every small bit of rock clearly depicted and beautifully balanced color. A viewer really feels drawn to a special spot with an amazingly serene view, given the explosive subject …

Also winning a Best of Show ribbon is Mike Grant’s very clever cat image: a grinning kitty filled with other animals — you have to look at this one to get it. I’m thinking kids will be as enchanted as I was ...

Many of the works selected for the exhibit are landscapes. Entrants would be aware that Dawson is a master pastellist and teacher, known for his landscapes, figures and twilight city scenes. He teaches pastel workshops across the country.

A Second Place ribbon was awarded to Paul Nutting’s painting, “Evening Quiet,” an oil on canvas depicting a creek flowing toward mountains. One can almost hear a gurgle ...

Third Place winner was Diane Fechenbach’s pastel painting, “Frozen.”

Honorable Mention ribbons include Sheryl Detert’s acrylic painting, “Alone,” and Elizabeth Kayle’s digital fine art photograph, “Sunset Sentinel,” silhouetting a lone raven ...

For years, there has been more than one “All Colorado Show” appearing in mid- summer, so we just specify “at the Depot” or “at Curtis Center” and encourage readers to enjoy both after years of suggesting one or the other venue change a summer show title ... They really are both crowd pleasers, and a great introduction to art for young people who are just starting to create their own images. Here are many approaches to making a thing of beauty ...


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