55 Pieces are on Display
Artists from the Parker Artists Guild (PAG) will display and sell their best work at the PACE Center’s Bellco Credit Union Art Gallery through January 8, 2016.
The Parker Artists Guild Annual Show includes 55 pieces of artwork selected by Rose Fredrick, the curator for the PACE Center, who looked at approximately 120 submissions.
“All the work submitted – paintings, sculpture, mosaic and photography – was strong, which made the decision-making much more interesting,” Fredrick says. “On my initial review of images submitted for consideration, I was looking for the best one or two works from each artist. Once I culled the entries, I then considered how all the individual pieces would flow together in one show. The end result, I believe, is quite dynamic.”
With the theme “Within My 20-Mile Radius,” the criteria was pretty broad and loose, Fredrick says.
“I wanted to give artists enough room that they could feel comfortable in their own medium,” she says. “The theme also gives people a chance to wander, yet have some grounding within this region. And I was hoping too that when artists thought about that theme, they might reflect on what they’ve overlooked right in their own backyards.”
Of course, she says, she also wanted to make sure the show included quality workmanship, a good variety and showed off each artist’s voice.
“Each work of art needs to have its own voice,” she says. “That’s something I looked for no matter what show I’m working on; I want to have a strong sense of an artist’s individual voice.”
Most of the displayed artwork is for sale, with the price listed alongside each piece. In addition, first-, second- and third-place awards, as well as honorable mentions, have been awarded in each category, such as 3-D, oils, etc. The works, including a Best of Show, were judged by Marianne Mitchell, a noted artist who teaches and lectures at the Art Students League of Denver.
PAG holds regular art shows at the PACE Center and Mainstreet Gallery. For the PACE show, the largest one of the year, the artists are encouraged to submit work that revolves around the theme.
This year’s display is vast, representing many of the mediums used by the guild’s approximately 200 members, including glass and wood, 3-D, mixed media, watercolors, oils, acrylic and landscape paintings, photographs, abstract art, metal work and sculptures.
“I am truly delighted about this year’s show,” Fredrick says. “I think it’s full of surprises.”
Guild members come from across the Denver metro area and as far away as Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Estes Park. If you’d like more information about the show, please visit ParkerArts.org. If you’d like more information about the guild, visit ParkerArtistsGuild.com.