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Town Hall painting exhibition offers works by four women

`Salon d' Littleton' event is tied to theater's staging of `Hairspray'


Rita Campbell of Englewood, Patti Harrison of northwest Denver, Rachel Hueske of Aurora and Karen Kennedy of Roxborough make up a quartet of artists exhibiting their paintings in “Salon d’ Littleton,” an exhibit that accompanies Town Hall Arts Center’s lighthearted final show of the 2016-2017 season: “Hairspray,” through June 27.

Campbell, a Littleton Fine Arts Guild member and recent Signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, writes that she “enjoys experimenting with different forms of art, including painting with coffee, alcohol inks and melted wax (encaustics).” When Campbell retired from the University of Denver, her husband gave her a gift certificate to Judi Patti’s Painting Studio in Littleton as a Christmas present. Since then, she has continued to study with Patti and attended a number of workshops with area painters. She teaches encaustics technique as well as painting with it. Her brilliantly colored “Magic Hairspray” is especially appropriate for a show that accompanies “Hairspray.” She says it uses alcohol ink.

Harrison paints landscapes, animals and florals with a relaxed feeling, as well as high-energy, high-tension abstracts. She has been painting in watercolor, oils and acrylic paints for 15 years and says each offers different challenges. She is also a metalsmith, creating jewelry with silver, copper, cabochons and freshwater pearls — and in both areas is inspired by the beauty of her materials. With an MBA and a BS in science, she worked as a controller until recently. Her work is at the Light Rail Gallery in Arvada and Main Street Fine Art Gallery in Evergreen.

Hueske says her recent work is inspired by Aboriginal art. She primarily paints in acrylics, but enjoys other media. Trained in K-12 art education, she is also a professional dog groomer. At this time in her life, she finds time to paint when her 3-year-old and infant are napping. She has exhibited at the PACE Center and Integrative Health in Denver’s RiNo Arts District, Nixon’s Coffee House in Englewood, Copper Mountain Arts Show, Elizabeth Music and Arts Festival and more.

Kennedy, past president of the Roxborough Arts Council, writes: “Changing the colors in the changing light is my fascination. This is what I remember most about any subject I choose. Whether painting wildlife (look for her “Scarface” in the show — a bear appeared in her neighborhood), buildings or people, color is my inspiration … I value working with other artists, sharing knowledge, techniques and gallery experience. I am continuing my education with professional artists.”

If you go

“Salon d’ Littleton” opens on May 17 in the Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. A Meet the Artists reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 2. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and during productions. 303-794-2787.


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