Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Photos of "Boketto" Exhibition at D'art Gallery

900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Exhibition Dates:   February 27 - March 22, 2020

Gallery Hours: Thursday, Noon to 5pm, Friday, Noon to 9 pm, Saturday, Noon to 5 pm, Sunday, 1 pm to 4 pm. 
It's such a delight to have my series of "Boketto" paintings on exhibit at D'art Gallery along with Lisa Calzavara with her exhibition called "Shadow's Breath".





Sunday, February 2, 2020

"Boketto" Exhibition at D'art Gallery


900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Opening Reception:  Friday, February 28     5 - 9 pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday, Noon to 5pm, Friday, Noon to 9 pm, Saturday, Noon to 5 pm, Sunday, 1 pm to 4 pm. 



Art is a vehicle for exploring the exterior and interior landscape of our existence on this planet. 
Viewing the world from a meditative practice, I call myself a Contemplative Artist. To me, contemplative art is the product of creative expression rising from the pure joy of creating, grounded in a meditative connection to the radiance and perfection of spirit known only through one’s experience of being fully human. 
During a contemplative experience one does not observe anything specific but rather a feeling emerges from the meditation. Likewise, I choose to create work that does not refer to any specific location or time. I choose instead to invite the viewer into my meditation of my collected emotional responses from residing for forty-seven years in Colorado. 
Each painting lives in its own place and time. It breathes on it’s own, free from a particular association, reflecting back to the viewer a new way of seeing. The painting changes as the viewer breathes in detail, subtleties of shape, and nuance of color. Then the painting breathes back to the viewer. A relationship ensues. 
The painting process begins with heavy application of oil paint with a pallet knife to create texture. After the layer of thick paint dries and hardens, I begin the next layer, painting the contemplated image. Color and texture are the predominate features of my work, especially creating unique hues to reveal a particular mood. After applying untold layers of paint to create unique colors, my interpretation of my heart-centered experience arrives on the canvas. 
I have titled several of the paintings in this exhibition, “Boketto”, a Japanese word for the concept of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking. Using images that are familiar from the environment to express in a non-verbal manner my life experience, I invite you to gaze, without labels, into my shared contemplation. 
I am delighted to be able to show this body of work that I created over five years at D'art Gallery in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe during the month of March 2020. The gallery space is perfect to exhibit the twelve large paintings.  
Here is the schedule of events for the exhibition:






If you want to stop by the gallery while I'm there, here's a listing of dates I will definitely be at the gallery:

Friday, February 28 
 4 - 9 pm
Saturday, February 29 
 Noon - 4 pm
Sunday, March
1 1 - 4 pm
Friday, March 6 
 Noon - 9 pm
Saturday, March 7 
 Noon - 2 pm
Sunday, March 8 
 1 - 4 pm
Friday, March 13 
 2 - 9 pm
Sunday, March 15 
 1 - 4 pm
Friday, March 20 
 Noon - 9 pm
Saturday, March 21 
 Noon - 5 pm
Sunday, March 22 
 1 - 4 pm

Monday, January 20, 2020

Women's Caucus for Art 30th Anniversary Exhibition


Core New Art Space
6851 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, Colorado 80214

Exhibition Dates:    1/24/20 - 2/9/20

Opening Reception:  1/24/20        6 - 10 pm

Artists Talk:  1/9/20    3 - 5 pm

The Colorado Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art is hosting their 30th Anniversary Members Exhibition to honor present and past members of the organization. The WCA is a national organization of women artists interested in recognizing, supporting and promoting women artists, women art teachers, historians, critics, curators, writers, performance artists, and women craft experts. The mission of the WCA is to help educate and engage the public with art and art activism for the betterment of society.

The local chapter of the national organization of the Women's Art Caucus. WCA-CO has currently 63 member women artists working within the Colorado. The chapter of the national WCA has been active since 1990 when board member Catherine Carilli founded the Colorado Chapter after moving to Colorado from Wisconsin where she had been an active member of that chapter. The mission of the group is: 

to create community through art, education, and social activism 
 by supporting women artists 
 by creating leadership opportunities 
by offering exhibition opportunities

"Without art there is little hope, and without women, there is no life."

I am delighted to be part of this exhibition. I am exhibiting "Canyon Falls", oil painting 24" x 18".

"Canyon Falls", 24" x 28 Oil Painting

Here's a photo from the Opening Reception on Friday, February 24:



Friday, January 10, 2020

Many Voices, One Message: Art

D'art Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Show Dates:  January 3 - 26, 2020

Artists Reception:  Friday, January 10, 2020      5 - 9 pm

Gallery Hours:
Thursday  Noon to 5pm
Fridays     Noon to 9 pm
Saturday   Noon to 5 pm
Sundays    1 pm to 4 pm.



Located at 900 Santa Fe Drive, D’art Gallery hosts the Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe “Collector’s Night” Reception on Friday, January 17 from 6 – 9 pm. The exhibition of work by sixteen D’art Gallery Artists closes on Sunday, January 26.

Many Voices, One Message: Art

The gallery members chose “Many Voices, One Message: Art” for the title of the exhibition to highlight the value D’art Gallery artists place on individual expression and unique media. At this gallery, art appreciators experience many points-of-view from artists using different art materials with a consistency of quality.

The exhibition features sixteen Denver area contemporary artists exhibiting diverse and thought provoking art: Kelly Austin-Rolo, Dan Baumbach, Lisa Calzavara, Lori Dresner, Suzanne Frazier, Susan M Gibbons, Susan Hazaleus, Faith Williams, Ashton Lacy Jones, Tara Kelley-Cruz, Carrie MaKenna, Emily Oldak, Lydia Riegle, Kim Roberts, Gabrielle Shannon, Jean Smith and Vicky Smith.

The work of each participating artist can be viewed at https://dartgallery.org

I am exhibiting two 36" x 36" oil paintings:  "Canyon Creek" and "Creek View"



Monday, December 16, 2019

2020 Art Calendar

It's that time of year for a new calendar.

Here's the 2020 Art Calendar.......
featuring my Boketto Paintings.

Boketto is the Japanese word for "staring vacantly into the distance without thinking."

This series of paintings I have been working on for 5 years. This year I had enough for a calendar.

Enjoy!




Monday, December 9, 2019

D'art Gallery "Simply Small" Exhibition

900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

Exhibition Dates:   Friday, December 13 - Sunday, December 22

Artist Receptions:  Friday, December 13    5 - 9 pm
                               Friday, December 22   5 - 9 pm

Gallery Hours:  Thursdays, Noon to 5pm, Fridays, Noon to 9 pm, Saturdays, Noon to 5 pm, and Sundays, 1 pm to 4 pm. 


D'art Gallery's Holiday Exhibition of small works, "Simply Small" provides work that you can purchase off the walls for your gift giving. Here are a few of the pieces I am exhibiting:








Friday, December 6, 2019

Love Letters Exhibition

40 West Gallery  
1560 Teller Street 
Lakewood, CO 80214

Exhibition Dates:  December 6, 2019 - January 4, 2020

Gallery Hours:  Wednesday - Saturdays,  Noon - 4 pm.

I have one piece in the exhibition:  "Ode to a Still Life".....

Ode to a Still Life, Oil on Canvas 24" x 30"

I wrote this love letter for the exhibition:

I love painting! 
Especially painting with texture. 
And, I love flowers.
I love painting flowers with texture! 

It’s as simple as that. 

I spend my days doing what I love: painting with texture!



I first painted this canvas with my left-over dried up paint. I didn't want to throw the paint away into the landfill. After a painting session I would take my pallet knife and apply the thick paint "here and there" on the canvas. Once the paint was built up on the canvas, I was ready to move forward. First, I painted the entire canvas and paint mounds gray, because I had too many conflicting colors. Then I began looking for flowers and other images in the paint texture. The still life emerged over time. It was a delightful process of discovery.

I'm not much of a Still Life painter. It's too boring to have the image never move or change light. However, I did have fun creating this Still Life out of my imagination spurred on by the blobs of paint. Of course, the painting had to be created from my internal muse, because the vase is way, way, way too small to hold the arrangement.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Closing Reception for the 2019 Members Exhibition

“Meet the D’art Artists” Exhibition Closing Reception Friday, September 13 from 6 - 9 pm
Suzanne Standing in Front of
Sky Raga
Oil Painting
Plan to stop by D'art Gallery at 900 Santa Fe Drive in the Santa Fe Art District to see my painting. I'll be there between 5 pm - 8 pm. 
The final artists reception of the inaugural exhibition by the gallery members is scheduled for Friday, September 13 from 6 – 9 pm. At the “Closing Reception” on Friday, September 13, member artists plan to share their thoughts about their work through short artists talks from 7 – 8 pm. 
Eighteen Denver area contemporary artists members exhibit their diverse and thought provoking art from August 1 – September 15. As a member of the Santa Fe Art District, D’art Gallery offers a new dimension to the Denver Art scene.
Members of the gallery exhibiting at the inaugural exhibition are Kelly Austin-Rolo, Lisa Calzavara, Terry Decker, Sue Crosby Doyle, Lori Dresner, Suzanne Frazier, Susan M Gibbons, Susan Hazaleus, Faith Williams, Ashton Lacy Jones, Tara Kelly-Cuz, Carrie MaKenna, Emily Oldak, Lydia Riegle, Kim Roberts, Gabrielle Shannon, Jean Smith and Vicky Smith. The work of each participating artist can be viewed at https://dartgallery.org
Gallery Hours are Thursdays, Noon to 5pm, Fridays, Noon to 9 pm, Saturdays, Noon to 5 pm, and Sundays, 1 pm to 4 pm. 
Here are some more photos of the gallery.





Monday, September 2, 2019

D'art Gallery "Meet the Artists - Part 2" Opening Reception

“Meet the Artists – Part 2” Grand Opening at D’art Gallery on Friday, August 30


We've changed out the artwork for the second half of the inaugural exhibition at D'art Gallery.

Here is my second oil painting on exhibit at the gallery through September 15.

Sky Raga #1 & #2
Oil Painting 24" x 96"


Located at 900 Santa Fe Drive, D’art Gallery hosts “Meet the Artists – Part 2” on Friday, August 30 from 6 – 9 pm. The following day, Saturday, August 31, four D’art Gallery Artists, Susan M Gibbons, Ashton Lacy Jones, Kelly Austin-Rolo and Kim Roberts, offer a free demonstration on encaustic techniques in the gallery space. 

The gallery artists changed out the work in the gallery to create a new exhibition of the member’s artwork in time for the “Meet the Artists – Part 2” Reception on Friday, August 30. The inaugural exhibition, with the current changes, runs through September 13 when the gallery will host a Closing Reception and Artists Talks. As a member of the Santa Fe Art District, D’art Gallery offers a new dimension to the Denver Art scene. 

Members of the gallery exhibiting at the inaugural exhibition are Kelly Austin-Rolo, Lisa Calzavara, Terry Decker, Sue Crosby Doyle, Lori Dresner, Suzanne Frazier, Susan M Gibbons, Susan Hazaleus, Faith Williams, Ashton Lacy Jones, Carrie MaKenna, Kim Roberts, Gabrielle Shannon, and Jean Smith. 
The work of each participating artist can be viewed at https://dartgallery.org

Here are some more photos of the gallery.




Gallery Hours are Thursdays, Noon to 5pm, Fridays, Noon to 9 pm, Saturdays, Noon to 5 pm, and Sundays, 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

D'art Gallery Opening Reception

Denver’s New Contemporary Art Gallery in the Santa Fe Art District Opens August 1

I am very happy to announce that I am a member of D'art Gallery and will be exhibiting my work.

Sky Raga Triptych
Oil Painting 48" x 72"


Located at 900 Santa Fe Drive, D’art Gallery LLC opens on Thursday, August 1, 2019 with a “Sneak Peek “ Opening Reception from 6 – 9 pm. The “Grand Opening Meet the Artists Reception” is scheduled for Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6 – 9 pm.

Seventeen Denver area contemporary artists members exhibit their diverse and thought provoking art from August 1 – September 15. As a member of the Santa Fe Art District, D’art Gallery offers a new dimension to the Denver Art scene. In up-coming months, members will be exhibiting work in two-person shows, group exhibitions and calls for work from the art community.

In less than ten weeks, the D’art Gallery LLC has been conceived, organized and established by the cooperative members. The mission of D’Art Gallery is to provide a professional gallery experience for artists, collectors and the public at large. Member artists will be given opportunity to advance their careers and pursue a high standard of professional development while following their personal vision in the fine arts. The gallery will strive to promote community awareness, and appreciation of the contemporary arts.

Members of the gallery exhibiting at the inaugural exhibition are Kelly Austin-Rolo, Jude Barton, Lisa Calzavara, Terry Decker, Sue Crosby Doyle, Lori Dresner, Suzanne Frazier, Susan M Gibbons, Susan Hazaleus, Faith Williams, Rolf Helland, Judy Horowitz, Ashton Lacy Jones, Carrie MaKenna, Kim Roberts, Gabrielle Shannon, Jean Smith. The work of each participating artist can be viewed at https://dartgallery.org

Gallery Hours are Thursdays, Noon to 5pm, Fridays, Noon to 9 pm, Saturdays, Noon to 5 pm, and Sundays, 1 pm to 4 pm.