EAA show provides many points of view

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By Sara Miller

From the north side, Evergreen Lake may shimmer brightly. From the east side, the Lake may look turbulent, crashing over the dam. From the west side, it may look serene — a smooth glass foreground for our busy downtown beyond. It’s easy to see how the same place can be interpreted in many different ways depending on the angle of vision — depending on the point of view. That’s why the upcoming Evergreen Artists Association show is aptly named “Points of View,” providing a glimpse into the minds and works of artists from throughout our mountain region.

The EAA adopted the theme in 2008 for its fall show and has continued with it ever since. “Points of View” opens itself up to a diverse interpretation, and consequently, the show provides a varied cross-section of artistic works. In an organization the size of EAA, with more than 100 members, the artists themselves are as unique as their work. These professional artists, students and self-taught artists each see the world through their own filters, making “Points of View” an annually anticipated event of quality work.

Each year, members of the EAA submit their work to be juried into the fall show. The final number of works included typically ranges from 45 to 65 pieces of art in media such as acrylic, oil, mixed media, and photography.

“We’re seeing a lot of unique mixed-media this year,” says “Points of View” committee co-chair Chris Olikowski. “It should be an interesting year for judging because some of the pieces are unlike anything we’ve seen before.”

This year’s judge is Susie Hyer, an award-winning oil painter and instructor from Evergreen. Hyer paints en plein air throughout the world and works from sketches and photographs in her home studio. She recently placed first in the Signature Members Category of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado 2010 competition. This year, Hyer was also awarded membership in the Paint America Association Signature Society, which honors artists whose work has been recognized for its excellence in Paint America’s national exhibitions.

“Susie should have a tough job this year. Each year we’ve seen the quality of the work from our members go up. The show is a great way to showcase our members work, and also a high-quality competition that brings out the best in all of our members,” says Olikowski.

The show opens on Friday, Oct. 22, with a complimentary reception hosted by the artists. Attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and lively banter with many of the EAA artists who will be on-site discussing their work at the Center for the Arts. On Wednesday, Oct. 27, the public is welcome to join judge Susie Hyer at the arts center for a Brown Bag Lunch at noon. Hyer will talk about “Points of View” and discuss several of the award-winning pieces in the show. The show runs through Nov. 11. For more information, visit www.evergreenarts.org or www.evergreenartists.org.

“Points of View”

Autumn members-only show for the Evergreen Artists Association

Oct. 22 through Nov. 11

Center for the Arts Evergreen, 32003 Ellingwood Trail (next to Buchanan Rec Center).

The festive openingreceptionwill be held on Oct. 22from 5 to 8 p.m.