Artful Detours

Local painter Rita Derjue’s specialty is wildly colored neo-Fauvist watercolors of the Western landscape, and her latest efforts are now on view in Roadblock at Artists on Santa Fe. You can see them today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or wait until tomorrow’s First Friday reception, from 6 to 9 p.m. “It’s a really fun show,” says gallery director Macy Dorf. “The reason it’s called Roadblock is because it’s about things that block the road — where the road comes to an end, or where animals are in the road.” Many of the paintings are set near the ghost town of Como. “Rita and her husband, Carle, own three houses in Como, so they’re probably the largest landowners up there,” says Dorf with a laugh. “The paintings are very Rita. They’re big, colorful, wonderfully creative pieces that are not at all your traditional watercolors.”

The show stays up through May. Artists on Santa Fe is at 747 Santa Fe Drive. For information, call 303-573-5903 or check out
May 6-31, 2010

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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