May 17 through June 26, 2017
Featuring work by Rita Campbell, Patti Harrison, Rachel Hueske & Karen Kennedy
Artists Reception: Friday, June 2 from 5:00 -7:30
Rita Campbell is a resident of Kent Village, Englewood, CO. When she retired from the University of Denver her husband gave her a gift certificate to Judy Patti’s Painting Studio in Littleton as a Christmas present. This was her very first introduction to watercolor art and she continues training with Judy.
Art Medium – Experiments with different textures and styles of watercolor. Creates and teaches encaustic art. (Encaustic, which means to burn in, is an ancient art medium painted with melted bees wax.) Rita signs her artwork with her nickname REET. Art Memberships – Roxborough Arts Council, Littleton Fine Arts Guild and Signature Member of the Colorado Watercolor Society.
Workshop Training – Studied with Susan Blackwood, Rose Edin, Frank Francese, Raleigh Kinney, Barbara Nechis, Berry Carr, Jim Hamil, Pat Weaver, Jackie McFarland, Cheryl St. John, Michael Atkins, Mary DeloyArndt, Carl Dalio, Charles Danford, Bob Gray, Randy Hale, Patricia Jenkins and Tom Lynch.
Art Work – Currently in The Depot Art Gallery and periodic displays in Bemis and Roxborough Libraries, Stanton Town Hall Gallery, Gilpin County Art Gallery, The Firehouse Gallery, Malley Center, Colorado Audubon Society and various art shows.
Favorite Award – Best of Show/New Dimensions Art Show
Rita holds a BSBA degree in Marketing from the University of Denver. She is active in the community and is currently on the Arapahoe County 4-H Foundation Board, the Denver University Retiree Board of Directors and an officer in her P.E.O. Sorority.
She appreciates the support of her husband, daughters, grandchildren and friends and for the opportunities that have opened her awareness to the beauty of art.
I have been painting for 15 years, working in watercolor, acrylic and oil. All three mediums offer different challenges, but all three satisfy different creative pursuits. I love the spontaneity of watercolor and the mingling of colors. My use of acrylics enables me to produce abstracts with vibrant color. I use the luminous oil painting technique, an opaque base with many layers of transparent color, which results in luminous depth and beauty.
My work ranges from realism to abstraction. Our gifts in nature are the most inspiring – our Rockies, the Aspen, water reflections, flowers, bright skies and fog. The majority of my abstract work is done with acrylics; it is a creation of form, line, texture and color to stimulate the viewer’s interest. It is most challenging.
I also metalsmith, creating jewelry from silver, copper, cabochons and freshwater pearls. Like painting, the start is with a blank sheet of metal. And like the painting pallet, the beauty in the natural gem and minerals is infinite.
I am very Blessed, having been given the gift of creativity and the opportunity to study and develop these interests and to share my work with you.
I have a Masters of Business and Bachelor of Science, Accounting Major, degrees. I recently retired from my career as a Controller, which has enabled me to pursue my life-long interest in the arts. I have taken many workshops and classes in painting, drawing and metalsmithing and I will continue to do so, as every artist provides information that enables me to achieve finer results.
I was juried into the Evergreen Art Association Spring 2015 All Colorado Art Show and the 2015 Louisville Art Association National Fine Art Show. My awards include: 2016: Best of Watercolor-Louisville Art Association Member Show, 2015: 3rd Place- Louisville Art Association Member Show, 3rd place- Broomfield Art Guild Wonderful World of Miniature Art and Honorable Mention-Colorado Gallery of the Arts 2015 Student Exhibition; 2014: 2nd Place- Louisville Art Association members Show; 2013: Honorable Mention-Art Gallery 3698 Mini Show and Merit Award-Paletteers Art Club Members Show. My work is currently showing at the Lite Rail Gallery in Arvada and the Main Street Fine Art Gallery in Evergreen.
Rachel enjoys working with various mediums and styles, predominantly acrylics. Her most recent work is influenced by Aboriginal art and mosaics. She starts by painting the canvas black, sketches in the basic outline, and fills in the outline with fun patterns and shapes. Rachel is a Colorado native that lives in Aurora, CO with her husband and daughters. Apart from creating art, Rachel is also a professionally trained dog groomer. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in K-12 art education. She has been a member of the Parker Artists Guild since 2012. Currently she is a stay at home mom that gets most of her painting done while her 3 year old and infant are napping. RachelHueske.yolasite.com
Karen’s studies with multiple professional artists and curators include portraiture, life drawing, sculpture, composition, landscape, wildlife and abstract painting. “I will always be a student of art”, she says. Her subject matter can vary from portraiture to landscapes yet often includes the wildlife around her. “I find inspiration just outside my studio window, Karen comments. I never know whether I will see deer, fox, or a variety of birds”. She has won several awards in art competitions and her paintings hang in private collections throughout the U.S.
As a board member for five years and past president for three of those years in the Roxborough Arts Council, Karen was coordinator for two “All Colorado” shows, led the grant writing process, conducted fundraising, encouraged community outreach with art classes for youth and adults including her participation in painting community murals, and advocated for the arts through the monthly meetings of community leaders in Douglas County, She has enjoyed sharing her art skills in private and group instruction.