Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Colorado's Best -- Juror Comments on Award Winners

Oil and pastel artist Tracy Wilson juried this year's Colorado's Best exhibit.  Here are photos of the award winners along with her comments.  You can

1st place
The strong design and color/value contrast of this painting make for a successful composition that reaches out and grabs the viewer and pulls us in. Placement of the leaves creates a lovely circuitous path for the eye to move through the paintings and up to the well placed focal area. The background provides dull dark colors and soft edges that beautifully support and “pop” the bright, light, hard edge leaf shapes.
This successful abstract provides the viewer with plenty of interest. It almost functions as two paintings at two different viewing distances. From a far viewing distance the piece reads as one large abstract shape that is both bold and graceful and forms a well placed, well balanced positive shape against the
negative space of the background. From a distance it reads as two shapes: one positive and one negative. Close up, the viewer explores the intricacies of alternating straight and curved edges, within a variety of shapes and colors.
This is a nice example of a “stylized” painting. Several elements are working together to support a cheerful and light hearted feeling in this painting. The primary color palette corresponds well to the whimsy of the image: the design of the embroidered pattern creates a playful path for the eye to travel around the image and back again.
The artist has made some good choices with this painting. The width of the painting allows the viewer to appreciate the landscape and sets up the placement of the large tree in front to be a well placed focal
area. The main horizontal divisions of the piece are close to, but not exactly, 1/3rds. This creates unity in the piece while still maintaining variety. The use of light bright color under the large tree was a goodchoice in supporting and emphasizing the focal area.
Lovely analogous color palette combined with organic curved fluid shapes makes for a pleasing and calming viewing experience. Another interesting characteristic of this duo is that the juxtaposition of how they hang together on a wall can be changed and they will still balance together.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Fun First Friday

With over 80 people stopping in the gallery yesterday for the First Friday festivities, the Lakewood Arts Gallery was full of fun, friends, fine art, fantastic food and folk fusion (well, maybe not the correct genre for music provided by Briyanz, but had to stick with the alliteration).   Anyway, visitors enjoyed carousing with the cats --last day for the Tails of the Painted Cats at the LAC, but also were amazed at the exquisite miniature show, a national show from the Mountainside Art Guild.  How so much detail can be contained within those minute borders is beyond me!  Strong reading glasses and a magnifier must be the necessary tools of the trade for those miniaturists!  Here we have the award winners and some photos from last night's reception.  Enjoy!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

What a Deal!

After the LAC Coop meeting this morning, I took advantage of visiting the 40West Farmer's Market in the parking lot of Lamar Station Plaza.
It's held every Saturday from June 3rd through October 7th from 9-2 pm.  There weren't a lot of stalls set up, but what was there offered a number of interesting and delicious looking items.
 Fresh baked goods, succulents, silk flower arrangements, the requisite fresh produce and even a food truck selling shaved ice and ice cream.
There was even a group doing yoga!

Tables set up in the middle allowed for a relaxing setting for shoppers to enjoy their snacks in the shade, which I'm sure little Nevi the puppy appreciated!
 I walked away with a bounty of fresh veggies from Miller Farms -- everything you can fit in a bag for $10.  I almost felt guilty with the amount of produce I hauled away -- now to start cooking!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Chandeliers in trees and other ideas...

The LAC's 2017 Garden Tour offered up an array of intriguing outdoor decorating ideas, lots of beautiful flowers to photograph, vegetable gardens to drool over and a fun time with friends and family.  The kids, and kids at heart enjoyed two railroad gardens, complete with manicured plants scaled to the miniature train towns.  The weather couldn't have been better, and back at the gallery, lunch was served for the 170 ticket holders who enjoyed the delicious salads, gazpacho and drinks.  Lots of garden art on the walls and shelves made it home with gallery visitors, and representatives from the CSU Extension offered advice on everything from bee-keeping to emerald ash borer prevention. Putting on a fundraiser of this magnitude required a lot of hard work and time from many volunteers, and thanks go to them for all their hard work, as well as the homeowners and gardeners who volunteered their beautiful and well-tended gardens for the tour.  And now, we look forward to next year's tour!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sneak Peak at the LAC Garden Tour

If you haven't bought your tickets for the LAC Garden tour yet, here's just a little enticement to do so.  The weather will be perfect, the gardens are well watered and in bloom, and the gardeners' creativity and hard work is showing in many ways.  Volunteers and volunteer gardeners were allowed a preview this evening, since we'll all be busy tomorrow.  Here's just a sneak peak at what you'll see tomorrow!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mountainside Art Guild at Lakewood Arts Gallery

Stop in to see the latest from the Mountainside Art Guild, currently on display at the Lakewood Arts Gallery through the end of the month.  Lots of colorful, creative pieces ready to go home to grace your walls.  Here's just a taste: