High Country artwork inspires Central City
written by John Scarffe, Gilpin County –
Gilpin Arts in Central City brought High Country Inspirations to the Showcase Gallery in Central City for a showing from March 11 to May 11. Located at the Visitors’ Center at 103 Eureka Street, the show featured an opening reception on March 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Nine artists associated with the Alliance Artists of Evergreen are displaying works in the show with media ranging from oil, pastel and watercolor to photography. The works are all displayed on the walls of the Gallery, and the reception included wine, cheese, crackers, vegetables and dip.
Lynne Milliken also is a member of the Evergreen Arts Association and has lived in Evergreen since 1975. She likes to paint outside, so she prefers oils.
“With oil you can mush around in it longer,” Milliken said. “With watercolor you get one chance and you’re done.”
Raised on a Colorado ranch, she attended Metro State and the University of Northern Colorado, among other schools, and was an instructor at Denver West for 16 years. She enjoys high prairie landscapes, leaves and southwestern images.
Jane Christie said, “Pastel painting is my bliss.” It reflects her love of nature, color, light and an impressionistic style. Beverly Endsley also prefers pastel and is an interior designer.
Jean Widman and Pixie Glore both enjoy “En Plein Aire” painting. Widman of Golden does both oil and water colors “outside the fence.”
Glore of Denver paints images including those from Moab, Utah, and Idaho. The Moab painting also demonstrates the pallet knife technique.
Gail Posner also works with oil. She has a love of the southwest, and said art has been a healing force in her life. Gayle MacDougall also displayed water color painting. Gale Gatto’s fine art photography displays stunning mountain images such as Mt. Sniffels.
Carolyn Evans Campbell is a writer, teacher, poet and playwright. She has published five books of poetry.
Campbell is a Colorado native and attended the University of Colorado. She likes abstract painting that suggests a story. She paints people in relationship to other people.
“All of my work is drawn from that strange place where images lie in wait for a new form of energy,” Campbell said,” and hopefully will awaken a wry smile.”