A Fish Out of Water

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My friend Doug Erion is always trying new things--it may be one of my favorite things about him: his sense of adventure. For the past several years he's been on a print-making tangent, with incredible results. He's traveled all over the country and taken workshops from some of the finest printmakers around. 

I recently met up with Doug in Loveland where we wandered through the Governor's Invitational Show. Honestly, I thought most of the work was rather uninspired, that is until we headed to the basement gallery where Doug's four monotypes were hanging. I'm not surprised they stuck his work downstairs--it's so very unlike anything else in the show--but truly, what a shame it's not front and center!

Erion Scalene Chinook


Deb Bays

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The French term “nature morte” means, literally, “nature dead.” These days we say “still life,” but it’s pretty much the same concept: cut flowers, fruit, the occasional skull or skeleton, cups and saucers—you get the idea. Within the realm of this traditional genre of painting there are many truly amazing works of startling beauty, feats of painterly depth and skill that not only dazzle but also document a time in history while reflecting customs and social mores. And yes, they are chockfull of dead stuff. Morte


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By Rose Fredrick

In her site-specific installation of monotypes now showing at Goodwin Fine Art, (Nov 16-Jan 6), Marcia Weese brings together an eclectic ensemble of subjects from birds to clothespins, wishbones, and milk pails. Though seemingly disparate at first glance, there is a subtle connection: utility and the need for change. The birds are either taking flight or have just left the branch, leaving but a ghosted image behind; clothes swing from a line, drying in the afternoon sun; everyday objects, often overlooked, are transformed into giant icons of the quotidian. It is within this body of work, this place of change, of transformation, really, that Weese’s imagery goes beyond mere impressions of her subjects and dives headlong into the personal aspects of her life.