Rock Show on the Walls
An explosion of color, scenery and figures on canvas that take you through the ballads and crescendos of the music of Green Day.
Featuring Ann Vanatta Gutierrez, Teri McCans and Amanda Stavast
September 1st – October 31st
Artist Reception Friday, September 7, 5:00-8:00PM
I am a multi-media artist native to Englewood, CO. I find serenity in creating unordinary things out of everyday stuff, bringing bright & vibrant color to everything I do. I’ve always had a passion for repurposing items and a love of swirls, spirals, brilliant colors, and things that glow in the dark. I dabble in numerous mediums, from garden art to jewelry to large multi-media paintings and furniture. I love transforming any given medium into something new, lively, and unexpected. When you’re on the 16th St. Mall in Sept., stop by the vivid purple piano with navy swirls on it, sit down, and play.
I originally started painting with acrylics many years ago, primarily to decorate my own home. I enjoy how acrylics dry relatively quickly so I can add on a new layer of color. I’m impatient like that. Painting will always be my core passion.
I started up my garden flower art collection because of my severe lack of horticultural prowess. I kill plants. There’s no malice involved, we just don’t get along. So… why not make some bright and shiny goodies for my home & yard (or yours) out of surplus office supplies, items headed to the recycle bin, and odd things I’ve collected over the years! Each exclusive flower is truly unique and handcrafted with durability in mind!
All of the prints in my collection are photographs I’ve taken of my three dimensional art. I then have some FUN altering them digitally. As with most of my work, I rarely have a final image in my head as to how each piece will eventually turn out. I just PLAY.
After years of creating solely for my own fulfillment, I finally utilized my business degree (Trinity University, San Antonio, TX) and created halfpeeledbanana fine art. I am elated to launch this new adventure in hopes of spreading a little love and splashing a little color around!! I would be honored to fill your garden with my flowers, your home with my art, and your life with some extra spirit and whimsy!!
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.
Born and raised in Colorado, Amanda Stavast has always had a desire to create. Led to believe that getting a degree in graphic design was the only way to make a living with art, in December of 1999 she received her BFA from Colorado State University. She really enjoyed the conceptual side of graphic design but her love always remained with painting. In 2001 she followed her desire to paint again by starting her own mural business. Stavast’s mural work may be found in both business and residential properties throughout the Denver metropolitan area.
Although she is still commissioned for mural work and other pieces of art, she focuses most of her energy and passion on creating pieces from her heart and mind.
Stavast has a couple different sides to her art. Some of her artwork is playful and clever and allows her creative gears to turn. Her other side is definitely more contemplative and meditational. Working on her sunsets, for instance, forces her to really focus her attention on the subject and try to convey to the viewer how the sky felt at that moment in time.
Evident in her work, bright color makes Stavast’s world go round! She loves to paint just about anything that offers up vivid color and contrast. It’s probably why she is so drawn to painting sunrises and sunsets. Nature supplies the most amazing palettes of color; they just make her feel so happy!