Magazine article Southwest Art

Four-Person Show

Magazine article Southwest Art

Four-Person Show

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Abend Gallery Fine Art, October 26-December 1

SUCCESSFUL art galleries benefit from a sort of aesthetic synergy, offering their visitors viewing experiences that are all the greater for the creative juxtaposition of works by different fine artists. An example of that phenomenon can now be experienced at Denver's Abend Gallery in a show - debuting on Friday, October 26, with an artists' reception from 5 to 9 p.m. - featuring approximately six dozen recent works by four local oil painters.

Peggy McGivern is bringing to the exhibition what she describes as "a new series of abstract-impressionistic landscapes," works abounding in "juicy, flowing lines." Mikael Olson offers his paintings of urban scenes and still-life subjects that "harmonize wild expression with a sensitivity of form."

From Clyde Steadman come tightly cropped still-life and figurative works that "aim to pare the subjects down to their essence," while their "boldly expressive brush strokes," he says, "let the viewer into the artistic process." And Ken Valastro's urban and rural scenes offer "a believable degree of representation," while their "freshly gestural" execution makes them feel "not so overly finished that they leave nothing to the imagination, so viewers can discover new surprises for years to come," the artist explains.

As those descriptions suggest, the four artists have in common what might be summed up as loosely expressive styles, while each retains her or his own distinctive look and preferred subject matter. "They share a harmony of purpose that helps make their works hang well together," explains Abend Gallery director Christine Serr. …

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