The Color of Joy Exhibit… April 2014. Post number 300!

"Our Little Town", art quilt, detail from larger piece, 48" wide

“Our Little Town”, Karen Gillis Taylor, art quilt, detail from larger piece, 48″ wide, click for larger view.

“And people came, actually, and seemed to enjoy the show a great deal… So it was quite a lot of fun.”-Joe Fafard

I read this quote from a wonderful sculptor, and felt that this is how an art show should be. Last Friday night’s opening reception for “The Color of Joy” exhibit gave me a similar good feeling.

I’m happy to exhibit my paintings in Anne Olson Postle’s gorgeous gallery named Osmosis. Anne is an architect who moved her business to Niwot, Colorado near Boulder and decided to open up her office space to make it an art gallery as well. It shows her love of the arts, her community and her connection to the artists and visitors who contribute. Anne is a good “people person.” Her gem of a gallery is unique in Boulder County.

Osmosis Gallery, interior view from the 2nd floor overlook

Osmosis Gallery, interior view from the 2nd floor overlook

Above: A previous opening night exhibit with some of my paintings shown, 2012.

"Sunset Over Water" art quilt, top. 3 paintings below, and "Our Little Town" art quilt bottom. KG Taylor

“Sunset Over Water” art quilt, top. 3 paintings below, and “Our Little Town” art quilt bottom. KG Taylor, 2014

This is the first time I have exhibited art quilts along with paintings. Many nice comments on “Our Little Town.”

"Smoke and Water", Acrylic, sides painted, 12" x 16", KGT

“Smoke and Water”, Acrylic, sides painted, 12″ x 16″, KGT

"Smoke and Water", Acrylic, sides painted, 12" x 16", KGT

“Smoke and Water”, Acrylic, sides painted, 12″ x 16″, KGT

 

Crystalline Plaza, Acrylic, sides painted, 11" x 14"

Crystalline Plaza, Acrylic, sides painted, 11″ x 14″

 

Group with Our town

"Our Little Town", art quilt, Karen Gillis Taylor, 48" wide.

“Our Little Town”, art quilt, Karen Gillis Taylor, 48″ wide.

 Cat in the Window, Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, 12" x 12" x 1 3/8" deep, sides painted, KGTaylor

Cat in the Window, Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas,
12″ x 12″ x 1 3/8″ deep, sides painted, KGTaylor

The Cat motif in 2 media, art quilt and acrylic painting, details, KG Taylor

The Cat motif in 2 media, art quilt and acrylic painting, details, KG Taylor

 

I enjoyed talking with people who noticed things like the small details of recurring motifs such as  the black cat, which appeared in 2 different pieces. I really listen when people make comments to me at an event like this one. It’s valuable to hear the diverse reactions to various images. Artists work in such isolation, and it’s important for me to hear responses to what viewers are seeing for the first time.

Visit this blog again next time for “the rest of the story,” and to see more work in the show.

“It’s not our art, but our heart that’s on display.”

-Gary Holland

“I always take one work from the previous show and give it a new setting in the new show… just to have a thread for myself… so that it becomes like a book.” -Ugo Rondinone

I also exhibited one painting from previous showings. I’ll include that one in my next post.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Karen with "Orange Reverie" painting, detail, 2014

Karen with “Orange Reverie” painting, detail, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “The Color of Joy Exhibit… April 2014. Post number 300!”

  1. Nancy Says:

    So beautiful! I wish I could see it. Congratulations!

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