Two galleries display colorful works of art

Three artists fill one show; group members share creativity in other

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“Unorthodox Art” is the title of the exhibit that will run in the Stanton Gallery at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center while “Sister Act” is filling the stage in the theater from May 17 to June 16. Curator Moira Casey has called on three artists: Danielle Quigley (acrylic); Carmella Fogt (Chinese ink and watercolor) and Gabriella Gracine (digital art) to exhibit their works, with an artists’ reception scheduled on June 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. and during performances.

• Carm Fogt was originally drawn to Asian art and design during an eclectic art class and pursued Chinese brush painting with several teachers in Southern California and in China. Though an abstract painter, she incorporates Chinese calligraphy, working on rice paper. Her work can be found at RoxArt Gallery at Aspen Grove and in her Parker home studio.

• Danielle Quigley is inspired by the natural landscape, at home in the outdoors. She is found mountain biking, climbing, painting and exploring wild places. She studied art and received a degree in environmental science at the University of Buffalo.

• Gabrielle Gracine is an abstract digital artist, who explores color, shapes, sizes, textures. She writes that her paintings “create themselves, using me as a medium.”

The Stanton Gallery will take on a Western look for the summer, we assume, with the coming of Western Welcome Week, but an exhibit is not yet announced. Town Hall will be open on weekdays with a number of “Actors’ Playground” classes for children and teens. Watch for performances growing from these!

Anniversary Show

Littleton’s Depot Art Gallery hosts its annual Anniversary Show of members’ work (Littleton Fine Arts Guild) through May, demonstrating a variety of media and techniques. Well-known Colorado artist/teacher Chuck Ceraso was the juror and announced awards at a crowded May 3 opening reception, where visitors enjoyed refreshments out on the patio between the Depot and its Caboose.

Tippy McIntosh won Best of Show for her “Sunrise Riverbed,” created by using oil paint on pieces of wood veneer which she breaks to get shapes she wants with jagged edges, then mounts on a backing and applies oil paints. The new approach apparently pleased the juror — he not only awarded her Best of Show, but also an Honorable Mention on another painting. She said her husband is a woodworker and she accompanied him to the lumber yard one day and spotted sheets of veneer. The proverbial light bulb illuminated …

Other awards presented by Ceraso: Photographer Peggy Dietz won first place for her “Dappled in Morning Sun;” second place went to oil painter Sheila Marie for “The Stillness.” Rita Campbell won third place for her delicate floral watercolor, “Palette Petals.” Honorable mentions went to Ivy Delon, Joe Bonita, Nancy Myer, Tippy McIntosh.

The People’s Choice Award was given to David George for his detailed “Early Morning Light.”

This exhibit will certainly have something to please everyone and it surrounds a guest with colors — both soft and intense. Many skilled painters are among the Littleton Fine Arts Guild members. Shows here change almost monthly — get in the habit of dropping by to the old red Santa Fe Depot to see what’s new!

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