“On the wall of my studio hangs a picture from the Sept. 7, 1995, edition of the Littleton Independent,” wrote painter Martha Canum. “It is of the Rapp Street Artists’ Studio artists busily preparing for a special showing at the Depot Art Center. Some of these artists are still active, a few not so much,” she recalls of the 20 or so members, who included rita derjue, Addie Voils, Delores Peterson, Skippy Haggerty and others. “What a time we had!”
Canum moved to Southern California to be with her children in the 1990s, then returned to the Colorado town of Delta in 2000, where she found interesting arts activities.
Five years ago, she moved to Castle Rock with her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryn and John Weathers. “It’s a wonderful place,” she said.
Her daughter says that Canum was born and raised in Colorado, growing up with a love of the outdoors and gardening.
For a time, she lived in Japan, and spent time in Hong Kong and China, which affected her perspective on the world and how she paints it.
Canum majored in art at the University of Northern Colorado and came back to her love of art after her children were grown, studying in classes with local and national painters.
An inventory of paintings often travels with an artist as she covers the miles and years. Canum, a prolific painter in watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics, of landscapes, florals, still lifes and more, is invited to exhibit about 60 of her works in a show called “Martha Canum: Four Seasons” at the Denver Art Gallery, 2516 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, from June 8 to 25. An opening reception is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 8.
Because she has been away from the area, she is still hoping to find ways to reconnect with old artist friends and former patrons who live nearby. She thinks others from the local group may be interested in exhibiting work at the Denver Art Gallery.