Exhibition Dates: March 29th through April 28th
Artists’ Reception: April 5th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
The Stanton Gallery at The Town Hall Arts Center is pleased to present Tangible Terrain. The visual art exhibit that will be on display for the duration of the theater’s production of The World Goes Round, will feature a variety of mediums by local artists Stephanie O’Malley (photography), Herb Dreo (wood carving and turning), Vanessa Martin (botanical illustration, watercolor and prints), and Andi Burnum (recycled paper collage). While each artist employs their own unique method to touch on their favorite subject matter, they share a common thread in their underlying passion for the natural world. All four artists masterfully recreate nature’s most beautiful facets, reminding us of what we can grasp for as life progresses around us, often at increasing speed and not always with the most pleasant of circumstances. These artists help us refocus on slivers of nature’s most incredible creations; plants, animals, insects; tangible treasures of nature that makes us feel most deeply.
Each of these artists is a true master in their respective technique. Andi Burum meticulously glues together tiny pieces of pages torn from National Geographic magazines to create images that from afar appear to be oil paintings. Her ability to find just the right colors to create realistic and charming portraits of animals is truly incredible.
Herb Dreo inherited his carving tools, and likely his natural talent, from his father, a master carver from Austria. He has worked hard to perfect his technique allowing him to take away only what is necessary from a solid wood form to reveal a beautiful relief creature or natural scene hidden within. He also accentuates the natural form and colors of various woods by using a lathe and turning them into unique objects and vessels.
Stephanie O’Malley was also inspired by her father to take up her art form. She is particularly intrigued by the small miracles surrounding us that go unnoticed, such as weeds, insects and wild flowers. Often using the power of macro photography to reveal these otherwise overlooked natural details, Stephanie’s photos can stop you in your tracks with their vibrant color and intricate details.
Vanessa Martin also centers her work on the natural botanical world. As a Denver Botanic Gardens trained botanical illustrator, she fuses art and science within the well-established tradition of botanical illustration. She works in a number of mediums including intaglio, water color, colored pencil and more. Her etchings are reminiscent of vintage botanical illustrations and remind us of just how long artists have been recreating intricate plant forms for reasons of study and pleasure.
My father got me interested in photography as a child in New Mexico. I loved everything about it, including the gadgetry, the smell of the local camera store, and the glory of seeing images being born on the paper in the darkroom. The digital world has opened up a new universe of possibilities. I am intrigued by the small miracles surrounding us that often go unnoticed, such as weeds, insects and wild flowers. Vibrant color and intricate detail are hallmarks of my work.
Stephanie is a portrait and fine art photographer whose work can be found online at https://www.stephanieophoto.com. She is also Director of Education at Center for the Arts Evergreen.
You can regularly find me hunched over my desk, tweezers in hand, obsessively searching through magazines for the perfect color. My art is created by tearing magazines (mostly National Geographic) and gluing them together to form pictures that have mistakenly thought to be oil paintings. I was introduced to this medium ages ago and have been slowly refining it over the past 18 years. Most of my subject matter includes soulful dogs and cows. However, any subject matter with high contrast and of colorful nature is fair game. I strive for my work to be interesting to look at both up close and from a distance.
Growing up on a dairy farm in Atwood, Kansas, I have a fondness for animals, open skies and the outdoors. I now reside with husband, dogs and cat in Evergreen, CO. But don’t be fooled— if there are open days on the calendar you’ll find me sneaking back to hang out with my beloved bovines (now a herd of red angus).
My artwork has appeared in numerous shows, including but not limited to, Solo Exhibit at the Quincy Art Gallery, St. Francis, KS, All Colorado Art Show Foothills Art Center, “Juror’s Choice” at Curtis Center for the Arts, “Best of Show” 2D mixed media Lone Tree, “Best of Show” at the Mosaic Show Lakewood Cultural Center. My work and dog portrait commissions are scattered in private collections both across the U.S. and internationally. For behind the scenes sketches, work and time lapse videos, follow along on Instagram- @andiburnum.
Herb inherited his carving tools and bit of talent from his father – a master carver from Austria. Herb’s hobbies had always been outdoor oriented such as skiing, hiking, biking, and just being in the Colorado mountains. He inherited additional woodworking tools from his father-in-law in 2001 and he then started carving – the first love affair. To be a better carver, drawing lessons followed and to his surprise he did quite well. He is
particularly adept at getting a likeness of people, which led to drawing portraits.
In 2005 he bought a lathe and the second love affair started, turning a variety of bowls and lidded boxes. His advice? “I’m living proof of finding a passion and some talent in the arts. Take some classes and find if you’ve got some hidden within you.”
Herb Dreo’s art is currently on exhibit and for sale at these following locations.
Colorado Mountain Art Gallery
406 6th Street
Georgetown, Co 80444
A Touch of Colorado
7170 W. Alaska Dr
Belmar Shopping Center
Lakewood, Co 80226
River Canyon Gallery
#17 County Road 68
Bailey, CO 80421
Living on the plains of Aurora, Colorado, Vanessa Martin gets much of her inspiration from the flora that surrounds her locally. As a Denver Botanic Gardens trained botanical illustrator, she fuses art and science within the well-established tradition of botanical illustration. She works in a number of mediums including intaglio, water color, colored pencil; her etchings are reminiscent of vintage botanical illustrations.
University of Phoenix, Bachelors of Science in Business Management
School of Botanical Artists and Illustration at the Denver Botanical Gardens- Certification received 2012
Open Press and Art Student League – Printmaking
Lakewood Art Gallery currently on display
Valkarie Gallery 2019, 2018
Center for SW Studies, Fort Lewis College 2019, 2017 (currently on display)
CU Museum of Natural Science, CU Boulder 2018,2017,2016
Foothills Art Center 2019, 2018,2017, 2016, 2015
Fulginity Pavilion, Anschutz Campus 2016
US Botanic Gardens – Washington D.C. 2019,2018,2016
Pressing Matters – Mo Print @ Art Student League 2018, 2016
Open Press 2018,2016, 2015
Aurora Art Gallery – Wicked Plants Exhibit 2015
Filoli – 17th Annual Botanical Art Exhibit 2015
RARE II traveling Exhibit 2017, 2016, 2015
Drawn from Nature, Denver Botanical Gardens 2014-2015
High on Botanicals, Square Deal Gallery 2014
Small Works, ASBA 2015, 2014
Gateway to the Rockies, Aurora History Museum 2017, 2016. 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Denver Botanical Gardens 2017,2016,2015, 2014, 2013 2012
Summer Art Market 2019, 2018, 2017,2016,2015
Wings over the Rockies 2018, 2017,2016
Artsweek Golden 2018
Longmont Art Walk 2018, 2017
Featured art in these publications:
Botanical Art Worldwide – America’s Flora – published in 2018
Practice Makes Perfect II- published in 2018
Small Works, botanical illustration – published in 2014
RARE II Imperiled Plants of Colorado – published in 2015
Go Tropical-Small Works –botanical illustration, published in 2015
Practice makes Perfect, botanical illustration, published in 2014
Painted Sky 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West – published December 2015
US Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C. currently has one of her botanical illustrations on display in their traveling Botanical Art Worldwide exhibit. She has appeared in a number of publications including E. Ashley Rooney’s Painted Sky- 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West. Vanessa’s illustrations have received numerous awards and recognition.