Women on Water
Featuring local artists Darcie Kurtak and Kimberly Conrad
Exhibit Dates: February 15 – March 22, 2019
Artist Reception Date: February 22, 2019 – 5:30 to 7:30 pm
The Stanton Gallery at The Town Hall Arts Center is pleased to present Women on Water. The visual art exhibit that will be on display for the duration of the theater’s production of Dames at Sea, will feature paintings by local artists Darcie Kurtak and Kimberly Conrad. While the two female artists both often choose water as their subject matter, their style and medium present very different perspectives of the same beautiful element. Kurtak paints with watercolors and leans towards realism while Conrad uses acrylic paint, allowing her thoughts and emotions to drive the journey of her contemporary abstract seascapes. The combination of these incredible artworks together will leave the viewer wanting to jump right in, amazed at the depth of possibilities of the visual representation of this familiar topic.
Darcie Kurtak – Artist Statement
Paint the World in Beautiful Color.
Observe. Imagine. Dream.
Darcie comes from a family of artists, both amateur and professional, and grew up surrounded by paints, canvases and pastels, which she experimented with from a young age. Most of her early pieces came from her imagination. She began taking art classes years ago to learn how to recreate what she saw in front of her and to be surrounded and inspired by the creative energy of teachers and fellow artists. Darcie’s art skills have been greatly enhanced by foundation drawing classes, figure drawing, portrait and watercolor classes from award-winning artists at the Art Students League of Denver, Foothills Art Center and other centers in the Denver area.
Darcie was a full-time legal assistant for 25+ years, recently transitioning to part-time to pursue other interests, including art, photography, hiking, skiing, travel and spiritual studies. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has moved around the country quite a bit, living in Chicago, the Gulf Coast of Florida and San Diego, before settling permanently in the Foothills of Denver. “The places I have lived and traveled have given me a great appreciation for the beautiful scenery and diverse cultures of our country. It’s such an inspiration for an artist.”
Darcie has exhibited her artwork at numerous art shows throughout the Rocky Mountain region and has received 2 First Place Awards and a Merit Award for her watercolors.
Darcie is a Signature Member of the Colorado Watercolor Society and has served as Vice President of the Mountainside Art Guild for 4 years.
You can view more of Darcie’s work at www.darciekurtakart.com.
Kimberly Conrad – Artist Statement
“Art and music are to my soul, as food and water are to my body. I believe that they are two of God’s most precious gifts to His children. As the author and giver of creativity, through these gifts, He has given us a portion of Himself. He created the very first canvas, magnificently painted it, and brought it to life”
I work full time in the art profession, as both a painter, and an art marketing coach.
My time is divided between painting, manning my gallery, lecturing, and private coaching sessions.
Having painted on most every surface imaginable, at this time I work primarily on canvas, board, and paper. Though my style remains quite diverse, I believe I am at heart an Abstract Expressionist. Each painting is a journey, dictated by primarily by my current thoughts and emotions, be they happy, sad, peaceful or frenzied. It is a mysterious relationship, and is thrilling when the painting finally reveals itself, and our private journey becomes a story to share”