After several overcast Denver days, you probably would welcome a more colorful view. Here’s the ticket, and you don’t even need a ticket: It’s free. Get yourself to Gallery 1261, where Joelyn Duesberry’s new show, titled “Landscape Survey,” opens tonight and runs through February 27, 2010. Duesberry headquarters in Denver–in Greenwood Village, to be precise, where she built a studio inside an old red barn. A nationally recognized artist, the Denver Art Museum includes her paintings in the permanent collection.
And she’s a gardener. Duesberry first planted a garden to learn about color. A plein air painter–meaning she prefers to work out doors in natural light, painting what’s before her–many of her oils include the plant kingdom: ghostly trees, vibrant flowers, fluid leaf forms. Gardening deepened Duesberry’s sense of seasons and of process:
“I believe in the process, not the goals or the output of an artist. I am convinced that predictable, formulaic work is a kind of death-in-life, and that realism and abstraction are at some level identical.”
– Joellyn Duesberry
About the artist: “Throughout her more than forty year career as a fine artist, Joellyn Duesberry has continued to challenge her voice and vision — as well as her patrons — with work as rich and varied as the landscape she portrays. Shrugging off the more obvious picturesque views, she searches for the deeper abstractions in nature; these rhythms and harmonies are the underpinning of her work. Gallery 1261 is please to present a survey of Duesberry’s finest landscape paintings spanning nearly two decades and geography from Maine to California, Wyoming to New Mexico. Her one-woman show runs concurrent with a second solo exhibition, “Joellyn Duesberry’s Southwest: Sharpening the Edge”, at the Denver Botanic Gardens. A major four decade retrospective is scheduled to open at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center late summer 2011.”
Drop by the Opening Reception tonight, Friday, Jan 22, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Say hello to Joly. (Tell her Colleen sent you!) Or visit the gallery through Feb. 27. Or plan to see more enchanting Duesberry landscape paintings exhibited soon at Denver Botanic Gardens. Where ever, when ever, feast your eyes on these intriguing landscapes to stave off spring fever.
For more about art inspired by the plant kingdom, check out the list of links in blue.
Colleen Smith gardens in and writes from central Denver, and is currently publishing her first novel, Glass Halo.
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