Mirada to celebrate the solstice in style

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By Sara Miller

Throughout the world, the summer solstice is marked with pomp and circumstance. In France, midsummer brings the Feast of St. John, which is celebrated with the lighting of bonfires; in Austria a parade of ships progresses down the Danube River; and in England the summer solstice prompted William Shakespeare to write “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Regardless of one’s celebratory preference, the summer solstice, with its promise of the most daylight hours, gives many an excuse for nighttime revelry. And there is no better way to join the ranks of the joyous wanderers of the night than with a celebration of art at Mirada Fine Art Gallery in Indian Hills.


On Friday, June 21, Mirada will host its inaugural Summer Solstice Art Party. Art lovers can officially kick off the summer by enjoying live music and refreshing summer beverages while watching two of Mirada’s finest artists at play. Mirada newcomer Stephanie Paige and longtime favorite Christian Dore will be painting at the gallery all night long.

The work of contemporary artist Paige may be new to Mirada, but not to the international art scene. Paige’s large-scale textured paintings can be found in galleries in Montreal, Arizona and her home state of California, to name a few. Paige’s work is inspired by nature, and the composition of her paintings evokes memories of stunning ocean views and landscapes. The stark horizon lines, rich fields of color, textural details and smooth transitions among hues illustrate her exceptional skill. Her pieces are truly mixed media — incorporating venetian plaster, sand, rocks, copper and silver leaf, acrylics and enamel, and even found objects. Stephanie uses a trowel and builds up her surface using naturally pigmented marble dust, then sands it down to reveal under-layers. Her resulting contemporary take on a “landscape” is unparalleled.

Dore is a longtime favorite at Mirada. Along with Paige, Dore will also be at the gallery Friday working on one of his new paintings. Originally from England, Dore lived in the foothills for several years. His paintings reflect his own distinctive feel for the Colorado landscape and wildlife. The more you study his work, the more you'll see. Often partially hidden images and symbolism will be revealed in the contemporary paintings. The warmth and optimism of our state's dramatically changing seasons are interpreted by Dore rather than painted literally. The personable Dore and his enticing work will certainly be a great addition to the evening.

The evening’s artistic endeavors will be complemented by live music from singer-songwriter Branden Sipes. Visitors can listen to original pop and rock tunes from Sipes, sip a glass of sangria and interact with two of Mirada’s finest artists at work.

“Many people don’t even go to sleep on the summer solstice because the night is so short,” says gallery owner Steve Sonnen. “We’re too old to pull an all-nighter, but we figured an art party like this would be a good reason to stay up late. This won’t be your typical stuffy art reception.”

The reception is open to the public from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 303-697-9006 or visit www.miradafineart.com.

Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.

Mirada Fine Art's Summer Solstice Art Party

Friday, June 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mirada Fine Art, 5490 Parmalee Gulch Road in Indian Hills; 303-697-9006.

Visit www.miradafineart.com for more information.