Magazine article Southwest Art

Colorado: BEST OF THE WEST

Magazine article Southwest Art

Colorado: BEST OF THE WEST

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Exploring Beauty

BOULDER.... Smith-Klein Gallery presents new works by San Francisco-area painters Michael Shankman and Erin Dertner. Shankman is fond of painting the city. "Like portraits, my paintings are windows into a complex character: the city of San Francisco," Shankman says. "Geometric and intricate, the cityscape is as much a theater for light as it is for people." The artist hopes to convey the city's vibrant splendor that is often "a quarrel between natural light and artificial structure," he explains. Dertner explores natural beauty in her landscape paintings that depict coastal beaches and the pristine Northern California coast and countryside. Meet the artists at a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on September 2.

City scapes and Landscapes: Michael Shankman/Enn Dertner, September 2-October 4, Smith-Klein Gallery, 303.444.7200, www. smithkleingallery. com

Artistic Psyches

DENVER.... Sketches and studies often are rare opportunities to explore the impetus behind a finished piece or the genesis of a project. The works are often intimate, impulsive, and spontaneous, leaving the viewer with the feeling that they are a secret witness to a concealed event. This month Gallery 1261 presents a show of sketches and studies that explore the artistic psyche. Scott Burdick, Lu Gong, Mark Nelson, Scott Fraser, Laura Robb, and Daniel Sprick are among the participating painters.

Artistic Thoughts: Sketches and Studies, September 2-October 20, Gallery 1261, 303.571.1261, www.galleryl261.com

Rocky Mountain Views

ESTES PARK.... The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters fan out across Big Thompson Canyon, Estes Park and the Front Range, and Rocky Mountain National Park to capture the spectacular western landscape this month. The results of their artistic efforts-more than 150 paintings-are on view at Snowfire Gallery. Participating artists include Frank LaLumia, Karol Mack, W. …

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