For immediate release
Contact: Kim Harrell
February 26, 2007
It takes two
AURORA – Solitude is something that comes with the territory working as an artist. The opportunity to interact with fellow artists is always there but to seek out another to work with can be hard work and unpredictable. Currently, in the understated hamlet of Original Aurora, over 20 artists have met the challenge to come together to work in pairs. The result is two provocative shows of collaborative work in partnering galleries, East End Applied Arts and Red Delicious Press.
CO-nnections at East End Applied Arts features the work of six Colorado artists who will exhibit joint work as well as their individual work. One of the pairs links the gallery owner, Kim Harrell a silversmith and jewelry designer, with Lynda Ladwig a ceramic artist working in porcelain. “We are both designers and have a similar minimalist aesthetic”, says Harrell, “I wanted to try some jewelry ideas and Lynda pursued the table ware”. The pair’s jewelry work will feature graphic black and white imagery on porcelain paired with fabricated silver and gold findings and beads. The tableware is elegant with white trays and boxes featuring sterling silver lids, spoons or bowls.
Other work in the show includes an unusual pairing of Boulder artists Cha Cha, a metal sculptress and Carol Watkins a well known fiber artist. The resulting artworks are colorful fabric and metal wall hangings. Phyllis Rider of Next Gallery co-op, a printer and painter worked with John Ferguson of Ironton Studios, a metal worker, to create bold sculptures and wall works.
Catty-corner from East End is the Red Delicious Press cooperative in the historically significant Hornbein building on 16th Avenue. Eight co-op members paired themselves with another artist to produce work that was partially or wholly created at the Press. The artists in Fusion vary from a glass artist to an art therapist.
Harrell says of the venues working together to promote the two shows, “It was irresistible to come together to celebrate our openings. It seemed the neighborly thing to do!”
CO-nnections opens Friday, March 9, 2007 with a public reception from 5.30 to 8.00 p.m at East End Applied Arts. The show will continue through April 27, 2007. Fusion will have its opening reception also on March 9 from 6-9pm at Red Delicious Press. Both venues are located in the East End Arts District: East End Applied Arts at 1556 Florence Street, Aurora, CO, 80010 and is open Wednesday, 11am-3 and Thursday-Saturday 11am-5.30 and by appointment. You can reach the gallery at 720.203.3575 and email@example.com or by visiting the website, www.eastendarts.com. Red Delicious Press is located at 9901 E 16th Avenue in Aurora. Contact them at 303-366-2922 or www.reddeliciouspress.com for more information.