Magazine article Southwest Art

Holiday Miniatures Show

Magazine article Southwest Art

Holiday Miniatures Show

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Abend Gallery, December 5-31

THE HOLIDAY season has arrived, and there's no better time to give the gift of art. For Denver-area residents and visitors, Abend Gallery offers a perfect opportunity to peruse and purchase small, reasonably priced works for friends and family. The gallery's annual Holiday Miniatures Show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 5. Viewers can expect to see about 500 works by more than 100 gallery and guest artists from across the country, including Rob Rey, Diane Ainsworth, Nancy Boren, John Roush, Jason Sacran, and William Scott Jennings. The works range in style and subject matter from Matthew Saba's loose, painterly still lifes to Jeremy Manyik's tighter, more realistic portraits.

Participating artist Stephanie Hartshorn offers viewers a moody slice of Denver's city life in her miniature DRY CYCLE. Hartshorn says a laundromat that she often drives past inspired the street scene. "Every time I passed it, 1 would think, 'That's a painting,'" she recalls. "It's nothing fancy, just a simple side glance along my drive. And therein lay its charm. I'm sure it's been there for decades, with laundry powder on the floors, quarters stuck in the coin slots, and abandoned pieces of clothing. It's a very Hopperesque scene. I'm sure I could paint it daily and never be disappointed. There's always someone new on the bench."

For participating artist Elsa Sroka, ordinary subject matter becomes significantly more intriguing when placed in an unusual context. Recently Sroka has found inspiration imagining cows in unconventional settings, a conscious departure from a more traditional take on classic western subject matter. …

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