In conjunction with the Town Hall Arts Center’s spring production, Sisters of Swing, three female artists with different mediums, styles, and subject matter come together in an exhibition that boasts a variety of artwork in visual harmony.
Featuring paintings by Teri McCans, Wendy Seebohar, and Jennifer M. Collins
Gallery Exhibit dates: April 3rd – May 11th, 2018
Artist Reception: Friday, April 13th, 2018
Jennifer M. Collins
Contemporary themes of shelter and ravens, layers of collected collage and intricate patterns, transparent colors and thick impasto come together to express a beautiful harmony of painting. Mixed media elements of acrylic paint, watercolor, graphite and found objects become part of every painting and in every figure. My work is expressive of journeys and guidance, shelter and pathways. Colors harmonize and patterns move to lure you into the painting, revealing stories and unusual objects.
I work full time at a graphic design agency while pursuing painting part-time in my studio. I am surrounded by old maps, buttons, sticks + stones, love letters and wonderful colors that all join to create the artistic expression.
Selected Shows & Galleries:
Lapis Gallery ::: Denver (2002-2017) Arvada Center Fine Art Market ::: Arvada (2002-2017) Annual Open Studio Show ::: (1998-2005) Show of Hands Gallery One Woman Show ::: Denver (2006) Evergreen Gallery ::: Evergreen (1999-2014)
Selected Corporate Collections:
Rocky Mountain Lofts ::: Denver Rocky Mountain Human Services (Denver Options) ::: Denver Colorado Health Institute ::: Denver Towne Place Suites | Marriott ::: Denver JUNIPERMOONART.COM
For Teri McCans, creating art is an opportunity to transform her experiences into a visual language that is accessible, yet reflects the world’s complexity. Her work is a testament of a true dedication to being witness to the world around her and an obligation she feels to inspire others with her experiences.
McCans’ earliest artistic practice was formed by growing up in a rural town of New Jersey. Her perceptions were rooted in the sights and sounds of nature and in absorbing all of the beauty and quiet that surrounded her on her family’s farm estate. Her earliest work focused on the themes of nature, silence, and isolation. Born into a lineage of tradesmen and engineers, McCans learned from an early age to embrace the process of hard work and the freedom of creation. McCans’ parents were always encouraging of her artistic tendencies, as her home was always filled with music, renovation projects, and the opportunity to create.
McCans was consumed with drawing at a very young age and was determined to learn. Her passion for art was recognized by her teachers and instead of taking foreign language classes in high school, McCans was allowed to substitute the normally mandatory classes with as many art classes as she could schedule.
Following the tragic events of 9/11, despite her dedication to art, McCans joined the military after graduating high school, feeling a desire to contribute to the safety and security of her country. During her military related travels and training, McCans never stopped creating and she used those experiences to motivate and inspire her art.
Interrupted by multiple deployments to Iraq, McCans persevered through her college experience and received her BFA in Fine Art from The College of New Jersey and graduated with honors. It was evident that the military experience left McCans not only determined and filled with compelling inspiration, but it enabled her with a work ethic, focus, and professionalism. McCans also used her to evolve her technique and to propel her work ethic. Immediately following graduation, McCans participated in some small group art exhibitions, showing alongside India Blake, the talented and creative daughter of Seward Johnson, heir to the renowned Johnson and Johnson corporation. Additionally, she seized an opportunity to show her work in a small New York City gallery and joined a co-op Fine Art gallery in Hunterdon, New Jersey.
In 2014, McCans’ life and interests took her art westward and landed her just outside of Denver, Colorado, where she continued exploring color and redeveloping her love for black and white graphic images.
McCans continues to draw significant inspiration from her two overseas combat tours in Iraq, previous service as a firefighter, and her current role in law enforcement. These experiences give her a unique perspective on the world and affect her work profoundly. Her work explores themes of conflict and the ideas of stability vs. fragility, strength vs. weakness, and male vs. female. Although her work is influenced from personal narrative, McCans has been praised for how her use of color, shape, and form is universal and recognizable.
McCans’ art career has been continually developing and expanding over the past decade. She has participated in multiple local and international exhibitions, spanning as far as Lisbon, Portugal. Her artwork has been displayed at both the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California.
McCans has sold her original works in galleries as well as to private collectors nationwide. She has published her art nationally and has donated her original work to charities and fundraisers. She is currently showing her work in the Coos Art Museum, in Coos Bay, Oregon, is a member of the The American Watercolor Society, an artist member of the Artwork Network, in Denver, Colorado, and is a featured artist of the United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance of Culver City, California.
Wendy Seebohar was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was raised in Littleton, Colorado. She currently resides in beautiful Roxborough, Colorado with her husband and three active kids. Wendy’s paintings are largely inspired by the landscape of the Colorado foothills and mountains.
Wendy started her creative career as a successful jewelry designer and metalsmith. She started painting as a way to work creatively in a larger scale to balance out the small and intricate work of metal-smithing. She quickly fell in love with this medium and, after several years of painting canvases for family and friends, decided to make the career change.
A self-taught artist, Wendy works with a variety of mediums including acrylic, gouache, pastel and pencil. Wendy seeks to combine color, form, texture and markings in several layers to create dimensional and engaging paintings. Each piece is worked and reworked intuitively and ﬂuidly to create an interesting and conversational piece.
Wendy’s work has been represented at Rox Arts Gallery and Outnumbered Gallery and local art walks in Colorado. She also teaches workshops in abstract painting at local venues.
Wendy received her BS from Colorado State University.