A brisk wind was challenging several guests who visited Littleton’s Depot Art Gallery on March 22.
Appropriate introduction to the new exhibit, “Weathered,” which runs through April! The wind pushed us in through that front door.
Well-known Denver painter and collage artist Sandra Kaplan was the juror for this new collection, which covers the subject in many ways — from an approaching storm to a composition of weathered wood scraps to a wrinkled old man’s face. (“Rugged Years,” watercolor by Sharon Wink.)
It’s always fun to see what imaginative artists do with a stated theme. “Reclaimed Fences,” by Tippy McIntosh, was named Best of Theme and features pieces of an old, weathered barn, mounted on a slab of Camphor veneer. This artist’s husband is a homebuilder and she likes to incorporate building materials like this veneer in her artwork.
Paintings range from Richard Simpson’s “Parry and Eva,” a detailed small landscape/mountain painting named second place by Kaplan, to Lorraine Herrera-Bonilla’s strong statement, “Stalwart” (third place), and Mary Clarke’s glowing, circling gold and orange feline trio, “Keeping Warm on a Winter’s Night,” one of several honorable mention award-winners.
Others named by Kaplan for honorable mention were photographer Peggy Dietz’s “International,” an aerial view, Talia Johns’ “Keeper of the Souls” and Bobbi Shupe’s small, detailed painting, “History.”
Merrie Wicks’ entry is a strong watercolor of one of those sad, sagging old homes one sees in Colorado’s ghost towns. It’s called “Deer Creek Derelict” and longtime member Paul Nutting has a small, subtly-hued oil painting called “Prairie Dawn,” with mist and clouds.
Active member Pam Roth O’Mara’s work is an acrylic painting named “Winter at the Sod Home,” inspired by the sod home at the fascinating Plains Conservation Center on East Hampden Avenue in Aurora, where she volunteers time. (Readers will want to add this spot to their “to be explored” lists for summer.)
Kathy Triplett exhibits a mosaic made from broken teacup plates and beaded cabochons on a fiddle-shaped form and another called “Ready for My Cameo.”
Near the entry door, a visitor finds a trio of handsome glass vases, with painted decoration by Chris Schranck, and member Gold Orman exhibits sculptural works in fused glass nearby.
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