While it will be easier to get a good look at the art at a later date, it was genuinely rewarding to see the large crowd of art lovers who turned out for the Nov. 16 opening reception of the 12th Annual Lone Tree Art Exhibition and Sale, displayed at the Lone Tree Arts Center through Jan. 5. Soft classical music by the Mountain Air String Quartet drifted through the spacious lobby of the center.
Fine Arts Commission Chair Lucius Brooker announced that there had been 330 entries from across Colorado as well as Wyoming and South Carolina for juror Katharine Smith-Warren to judge. She selected a total of 100 art works by 68 artists for the show and they fill the lobby, a central hall and sitting room to the rear.
Smith-Warren, a Denver artist, teacher and curator, has extensive experience in the metro area, where she presently oversees the Visiting Artist program at Art Students League of Denver and teaches a class on “The Denver Art Scene” for the Enrichment Program at the University of Denver's University College.
She spoke briefly at the opening, saying she was impressed and hoped everything sold. In her statement, she complimented the range of work. “There was work that was intellectually challenging, images that evoked memories and work that displayed curiosity and new ideas.”
The art is skillfully arranged in Lone Tree curator Sally Perisho's installation.
Smith-Warren awarded the “Best in Show” ribbon to accomplished artist Linda Lowry's oil painting, “Water Nymphs,” a horizontal (12”x55”) picture of a row of happy splashing children in the water. Lowry, who lives in Boulder, is a former Arapahoe Community College instructor. Her skilled painting technique invites a close look. This is one from a delightful 2012 Denver gallery one-woman exhibit on the water nymph theme. She will win the opportunity to mount a solo show at the center in 2014.
Awards for oils: First, “Don Quixote's Ghost” by Rosa Knoblock, an imaginative bit of storytelling. Second was “Last Light” by Tracy Haines, which depicts a snowy road heading into the woods. Third in oils is Jane Smith's “On the Edge,” an abstracted visit to the water's edge. Honorable mentions: Sina March, Charlene Goldman and Heather Arenas.
Watercolorist Sandra Daney took first place in Water Media with “Umbrella Day,” a city street scene and Alice Riley's nicely composed “Gloaming” won second. Jurgen Sander's strongly colored abstract “Untitled II” has a Third Place ribbon and Honorable Mention went to Martha Heppard's charming “American Avocets, Batik.”
Mixed Media ribbons were awarded to: Jennifer Davey, First for her large yellow abstract “Uncovering;” Second to Cherri LaMarr's sober portrait, “The Girl in the Green Chair” and Third to Ron Gebhardt's humorous “Portrait of Adam With Tattoo,” an overweight male nude in repose. Mixed Media Honorable Mentions were awarded to Judith Bennett's warmly colored abstract, “Subtle Interplay” and Valerie Savage's unique “Reflecting on the First Flight” — carved from an old book, with painting added.
Pastel awards included Laurie Sorkin's soft father and son portrait, “Kite Flying”; Tracy Haines' deeply colored “Rox Park Down” and Loretta Foyle's horizontal landscape “In the Shadows.
Fred Lunger's “Mountain Bluebird” and Tania Rustage's “Imbalance” won in Sculpture.