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Masterpieces of Colorado:
A Rich Legacy of Landscape Painting

February 22 - May 9, 2008
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7

This exhibit ends its year and a half run in Denver at the Denver Public Library. This show not only gives people a chance to view paintings by prominent Colorado artists from the late 19th and early 20th century, as well as celebrated contemporary landscape painters, but is the primary celebration for the 40th Anniversary of the Colorado Council on the Arts.

The show started its tour in Durango, then continued on to Foothills Art Center, the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction, the Freemont Center for the Arts in Cañon City, then to the El Pomar Carriage Museum at the Broadmoor.

Curator Rose Glaser Fredrick has worked with Foothills Art Center to organize this major landscape exhibition showcasing more than sixty works starting with Thomas Moran, Helen Henderson Chain, Fanka Vavra and Ernest Lawson and then jumping forward to work by 16 contemporary painters to include Charles Forsman, Len Chmiel, Karen Kitchel and Daniel Sprick.

Special to the grand finale at the Library, Fredrick has added one contemporary artist, wood block printer Leon Loughridge to the exhibition, as well as the following historic artists: Jenne Magafan, Ethel Magafan, Nadine Kent Drummond, Henry Arthur Elkins, Eve Drewelowe, John Billmyer, Edward Marecak, Paul K. Smith, Mary Cane Robinson and Charles Henry Harmon. Several paintings were not able to continue on to Denver, notably the five from the Loo collection and three from the El Pomar collection. All but two of these paintings have been replaced by a different work from other Denver collections. These artists are: Frank Vavra, Robert Reid, Charles Bunnell, Birger Sandzen, Richard Tallant, and Charles Partridge Adams.

Artworks are on loan from a number of public and private collections, as well as from the artists themselves. Private collectors include: Doug Erion, Nelson A. "Buz" and Sue Rieger, Rob Lewis, Norm Anderson, Jamie White, and Drs. Greg and Sheila Campbell. Lending public institutions include: Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, Denver Public Library, El Pomar Foundation, and Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts. Wherever possible, artworks were borrowed from the artists themselves, offering a look at the newest in Colorado landscape works.

Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape has been generously sponsored by the Colorado Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the El Pomar Foundation, Western States Arts Federation, the Rocky Mountain News, and Xcel Energy Foundation. The exhibition at the Denver Public Library has been sponsored by First Western Trust Bank.

Catalogs for this exhibition may be purchased from the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado, (303) 279-3922.

Late 19th & Early 20th Century Artists

  • Charles Henry Harmon
  • Charles Partridge Adams
  • William H. Bancroft
  • John Billmyer
  • Charles Ragland Bunnell
  • George Elbert Burr
  • John F. Carlson
  • Helen Henderson Chain
  • Alexis Comparet
  • Charles Craig
  • Nadine Kent Drummond
  • Eve Drewelowe
  • Henry Arthur Elkins
  • Joseph Hitchins
  • John D. Howland
  • Vance Kirkland
  • Nellie Augusta Knopf
  • Ernest Lawson
  • Raphael Lillywhite
  • Ethel Magafan
  • Jenne Magafan
  • Edward Marecak
  • Thomas Moran
  • Robert Reid
  • Mary Cane Robinson
  • Sven Birger Sandzen
  • Leslie James Skelton
  • George Smillie
  • Paul K. Smith
  • Elisabeth Spalding
  • Charles Stewart Stobie
  • Richard H. Tallant
  • Allen Tupper True
  • Frank Vavra
  • Harvey Otis Young

Contemporary Artists

  • Clyde Aspevig
  • Joe Arnold
  • Gordon Brown
  • Len Chmiel
  • Mark Daily
  • Joellyn T. Duesberry
  • John Encinias
  • Tracy Felix
  • Chuck Forsman
  • Ned Jacob
  • Karen Kitchel
  • Leon Loughridge
  • Michael J. Lynch
  • Jim Morgan
  • Daniel Sprick
  • Don Stinson
Mount of the Holy Cross, c. 1890, attributed to Thomas Moran

Mount of the Holy Cross, c. 1890, attributed to Thomas Moran, oil, 40 x 30 inches, Denver Public Library – Western History Art Collection

Twin Peaks, n.d., Tracy Felix

Twin Peaks, n.d., Tracy Felix, oil, 49 x 36 inches, courtesy of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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