I love ceramicist Jean Smith’s work, so when she asked if I would be willing to judge the Mixed Media Show sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for Art, Colorado Chapter, I was honored — and intrigued. But I also should have been very, very wary, because soon the entries — from women and men alike around the country — started flooding in. In the end, more than 240 entries were submitted, and those had to be whittled down to just thirty pieces that would fit in the Annex Space at Core Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, which the group had rented for the show.
Judging these entries was one of the most difficult things I’ve done — and I’ve judged the Pulitzers, where they lock judges up in a room for days on end. But then, most journalism contests just deal with one medium — print — and that doesn’t begin to capture the amazing creativity exhibited by the dozens of artists who entered, all working in many, many mediums, sometimes employing all of them in just one piece. I wish that I could have accepted every entry, to show the depth of talent out there. Instead, I had to settle — reluctantly — for just a sampling from all the excellent work that stimulates the head at the same time it touches the heart.
900 Santa Fe
Denver, CO 80204
Category: Art Galleries
Region: Central Denver
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It definitely touched mine. Meet many of the artists — and a very humbled judge — at tonight’s opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m., which coincides with the opening of Core’s newest show, Flora/Fauna/Figura. Both exhibits stay up through September. Find out more at wcaco.org.
Thu., Sept. 12, 5-9 p.m.; Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 12. Continues through Sept. 29, 2013