So, did the hometown boy and the worldly one come to blows during the impossible task of whittling nearly 1,500 entries down to about 100? Not really. Outside of a modicum of what Chavez calls polite friction, joint enthusiasm won out. We tried to be as inclusive and diverse as possible in terms of approaches and media, Chavez explains. Theres truly something for everybody, from traditional to contemporary works, in just about every medium you can think of: painting, video, machines, steel, ceramics, fiber, colored pencil, embroidery... Plus, both curators got the opportunity to see work by artists new to them, as well as a rare chance to include work by previously passed-over favorites. The result is a big show so big that Chavez says theyre building an extra wall in the galleries to help contain it all that bends over backward to pay tribute to the diversity of artists working in our state.
Colorado Art Open opened in April; the show is open daily through May 31. For information, go to www.foothillsartcenter.org or call 303-279-3922.
April 4-May 31, 2009