Kaleidoscopic Vision

Virginia Maitland is Colorado's premier color-field painter, and it's been that way for decades, though she only rarely exhibits her work. That means that the show Virginia Maitland: Conversations in Color, opening tonight at the Sandra Phillips Gallery, is a rare chance to see her work in some depth. Maitland's signature style is marked by the use of strong and vibrant colors applied to canvases in thin veils that overlap each other.

"Honestly, I think Virginia is one of the best painters in our time zone," says gallery director Sandra Phillips. "Her work has a definite 'wow' factor, so I am thrilled to be presenting her second solo exhibit at my gallery. I just love having her luscious and beautiful paintings on the walls.

The show is mostly made up of recent work that marks a return to Maitland's classic approach to abstraction, but there will also be two paintings from the '70s, which is when she first came to local prominence. All of them will be on view tonight at a reception, with Maitland in attendance, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 744 Santa Fe Drive. For more details, go to www.thesandraphillipsgallery.com or call 303-573-5969. Conversations in Color runs through September 24.
Aug. 19-Sept. 24, 2011

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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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