| Art |

Bob Gamage Remembered

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Bob Gamage died a year ago this month after a dreadful, year-long struggle with lung cancer. The painter and owner of Berkeley Park Art Gallery came to the art world gradually, having first studied psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco and earning a masters degree in Archetypal Psychology.

But in 1980, while still at the Institute, he began to paint, at first as a part of his academic interests. As an enthusiastic Sunday painter, he was initially drawn, as are so many self-taught artists, to the plein air movement that dominates current-day impressionism. In these paintings, he captured the landscape or city landmarks in an old-fashioned way.

But at the Art Students League of Denver, where he took classes and participated in workshops, he came in contact with an artist who eschewed representational imagery: Dale Chisman. One of Colorado’s greatest abstract painters Chisman sparked Gamage to radically change his style. Though his oeuvre is uneven in quality and wildly varied in style, Gamage’s best works, like “Pacific Sailer” (pictured), are darned good.

To honor the anniversary of his passing, the Berkeley Park Art Gallery -- now owned by Gamage’s sister Betty Arca -- is presenting Paint It Like Bob, a group show anchored by Gamage paintings and supplemented with works by other artists who studied with Chisman at the Art Students League. They include Leslie Allen, Catherine Dixon, Vicki Johnson, Lela Kay, Barbara Kloehn, Time McKay and Jahe Smith.

This heartfelt tribute gets underway at 6 p.m. today (Friday), April 4, at the Berkeley Park Art Gallery, 4999 West 44th Avenue, 303-809-5043. -- Michael Paglia

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.