`Art of Water' comes to gallery in Littleton

Four painters exhibit work through holidays

Posted 11/1/14

Four area painters will combine their works in a show called “The Art of Water” at Town Hall's Stanton Gallery in Littleton from Nov. 6 to Jan. 5. A meet-the-artists reception is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 22. The four are: Colette …

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`Art of Water' comes to gallery in Littleton

Four painters exhibit work through holidays

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Four area painters will combine their works in a show called “The Art of Water” at Town Hall's Stanton Gallery in Littleton from Nov. 6 to Jan. 5. A meet-the-artists reception is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 22. The four are: Colette Brooks, Kay Juricek, Joanne Sisun and Kate Wyman.

Brooks, who paints with oils, is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art. She has studied with Dennis R. Pendleton, Ken Velastro and Chuck Ceraso, who traces his training to French and American impressionists through his instructor, Charles Hawthorne. Brooks' paintings include European subjects, animal portraits, and Colorado landscapes.

Kay Juricek said that her paintings in this exhibit “are of barrier islands: low-lying, narrow strips of land that sit precariously off the coastline. They're lovely, secluded tropical places to shell, watch wildlife such as pelicans and other birds, soak up sun and relax. We visit southwest Florida often and especially love these beautiful, unpopulated beaches.”

She grew up in Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she studied with landscape artist Keith Jacobshagen. A master's degree in library science from Columbia University followed, and she has been a faculty member at the university of Wyoming and at Colorado School of Mines in Golden. She began painting portraits on commission in 1990, as well as landscapes and still lifes in acrylics, oils and pastels, and has exhibited locally and nationally. She now paints in her Denver studio and enjoys travel in the American West.

Joanne Sisun has bachelor's and master's degrees and an MBA, and worked in business before she began studying at the Art Students League of Denver in 2000. She has studied with Ron Hicks since 2001 and is an assistant for his Atlier group at ASLD. She writes that she “is interested in the challenge of creating atmosphere and narrative in paintings of figures, landscapes and objects. In the musical, `Anything Goes,' dressing up in disguises is a recurrent theme.” Her “Theatrical Figure #1” illustrates her interest in painting figures in theatrical disguises, which offer opportunities for “creating narrative and atmosphere.” (Perhaps her masked figure appeared along Venice canals during Carnival?)

Kate Wyman said she grew up on the Jersey Shore, although she has lived in Colorado most of her adult life. She has always enjoyed art and “creating” and is mainly self-taught, although she has enjoyed workshops and classes in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Virginia. She likes to work in watercolors because of the clean, fresh look and is a Signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society and a member of Park Hill Artists, Roxborough Arts Council, Grace Gallery (Santa Fe Arts District) and Shadow Mountain Gallery in Evergreen.

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