Steamboat Springs The select group of artists represented in Winter Works 2001 has been challenged to realize its vision in a monochromatic palette, something that comes naturally to some and is definitely an exercise in discipline for others.
"We wanted to push artists to create new work for the show," chairwoman Tinker Regan said. And while part of the intent was to focus the pieces in the show on a single theme, they are by no means formulaic.
"The diversity of it is really nice," Regan said. The work on display will range from photogravure prints to oil paintings and mixed-media works.
Beth Banning, assistant for programs with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, said the show jury had the luxury of choosing from among 175 artists and settled on just 40.
"Work wasn't accepted simply because it was monochromatic," Banning said. "Some photographs, for example, were rejected because they were so similar to work you can see all over town landscapes and rock formations."
The jury had no idea whose work it was seeing during the screening process, unless someone just happened to recognize it, Banning said. The process yielded a mix of artists, about half local and many from distant states including New Mexico, Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, California and New York.
Banning said show organizers are trying to strike a balance between encouraging local artists and using a juried show to ensure a high level of quality.
While the annual Summer Art Show is huge and eclectic, Winter Art is smaller and more finely tuned.
Barbara Sanders has a series of three intaglio photogravure prints in the show that all deal with the theme of ancient masonry, including a beautiful piece called Anasazi Light.
Banning herself has a piece she created by applying ink to a glass plate then drawing over it with graphite. A print was then pulled locally at River Editions.
Local photographer Jane Sindell Reece is represented by an image of an Indian lodge surrounded by unsaddled horses in an early morning fog. The tone of the image is a warm sepia.
Howard Wilkerson of Salt Lake City, Utah, has a piece in the show titled "snowplow," which appears to be a detailed shot of highly corroded metal on an old machine. Yet, it is so abstracted, the viewer can't be certain.
Janet McCulloch, who is scheduled to have a one-woman show here later in the year, submitted an interpretive piece of a mountain stream executed in acrylic and oil stick.
Cully Howard of Steamboat Springs has hit the mark on this year's theme with an oil painting of a woman leaning on a small table, chin in hand, and the other hand resting on her hip. The entire painting is done in several shades of cool blue, with just a hint of color deviating from the monochromatic theme.