A marriage of the artistic kind

'It's Personal' combines sculpture, painting into stunning exhibit at CAE

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/3/21

What started as a quest to find sports artists for Center for the Arts Evergreen turned into a much more personal art exhibit with two Boulder artists who have never shown their artwork together …

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A marriage of the artistic kind

'It's Personal' combines sculpture, painting into stunning exhibit at CAE

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What started as a quest to find sports artists for Center for the Arts Evergreen turned into a much more personal art exhibit with two Boulder artists who have never shown their artwork together before.

“It's Personal” by sculptor Gail Folwell and impressionist painter Will Day pairs the themes of the work as if they were meant to be together. The two friends share studio space in Boulder, but no one thought their work could be shown together in such an intimate and meaningful way — a marriage of sculpture and abstract paintings, as Day put it.

“We originally wanted a sports art exhibit because sports have such a huge interest here,” said CAE Marketing Director Sara Miller, who added that a sports art exhibit will be in the works. “Both of their careers started in sports. “Now the combinations are like a third piece of art because of the chemistry between their work.”

She said both artists were emotionally invested in their art, which is conveyed through the seven groupings in the main gallery.

Folwell said she and Day were “emotional painters” who use many of the same processes to create their artwork that brings both heat and passion.

Both artists called CAE's gallery a hidden gem, noting that it is the perfect setting especially for Day's huge paintings. Day explained that the three-dimensional sculptures create a consciousness against two-dimensional painting surfaces.

The two don't consider themselves competitors, rather encouraging each other to try new things and comparing their collaboration to the Renaissance, which was about sharing creatively to enhance humanity.

Day said he had fallen in love with the gallery, saying the space “sings.”

“A lot of (gallery) spaces do not hold this powerful narrative,” he said. “The space allows (the artwork) to blend in like a beautiful puzzle. It's poetic. It raises the patrons' level of excitement.”

Art patrons Alison Maltese and Lori Hess said they loved the pairings.

“It's nice to see the boldness,” Maltese said, calling the exhibit expansive and contemporary.

Hess added that the works also had a calming effect.

Friends Gail Wager, Sandy Young and Tim Young of Evergreen perused the pairings, calling them beautiful and powerful. They noted this was the first time they had seen the gallery completely open with no walls in the middle, allowing the large artwork to fill the room.

“We are very fortunate for Center for the Arts Evergreen to bring in this caliber of art,” Sandy Young said.

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