Abend Gallery presents
25th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show
December 4, 2015 – January 16, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 4, 6-9 pm
DENVER, CO. - Celebrating its 25th year this December, the Annual Holiday Miniatures Show at Abend is not to miss. With work from a wide range of artists of all levels of notoriety, from emerging to well-established, and spanning multiple genres, art appreciators of all types will delight in this engaging and long-standing exhibition which fills the entire expansive gallery space with over 100 artists contributing anywhere from 600 to 800 original works of art.
Given the wide range of subject matter and varying styles amongst the artists in the show, there will be much to see and many ideas to explore. The only parameter given to the artists are a size restriction (no larger than 150 sq. in., or 10x15”) which gives them plenty of room to explore and create powerful works of art. The smaller size parameters make the pieces more accessible in terms of collectability, especially for new purchasers hoping to start their art collection. The prices are wide ranging, providing collectors of all ages the ability to pick something up, and with the holidays right around the corner the timing couldn’t be better.
With so many artists lending their talents to the exhibition, finding specific works to highlight would be an arduous task. What we can do though is exemplify some new works by artists less familiar to the gallery. Vincent Giarrano, an East Coast based painter, lends his talents here by way of portraying everyday moments and objects in his unique, realist style. As a newcomer to the gallery, Giarrano’s diverse bodies of work and incredible talent make him one of many exciting new artists to show at Abend. Jennifer Balkan, a talent more familiar to the gallery, puts her captivating, curious style on view here in her piece entitled ‘Horse’, in which she has a figure wearing a horse mask, gazing directly at the viewer. Britt Snyder, another East Coast-based painter, is a unique talent who has carved out a niche of his own within the genre of realism; his works are simultaneously soothing and unnerving and weighty, with real staying power. Having recently moved to Colorado, artist Jason Kowalski has a knack for feeling out and discovering the left behind, decaying parts of cites. By way of portraying these sites through his hyper-realist style he breathes new life into them, as seen in his depiction of Colfax landmark The Bluebird Theatre in his work of the same name. The landscapes of David Grossman are hauntingly magnetic, integrating his keen perspective with a more traditional genre of painting. With so many artists to choose from, these are just a few highlights that will have works on view.
What has been established here is that the tradition of the Miniatures Show is long standing for a variety of reasons. With new artists participating, and the varying styles and subjects, each year the exhibition becomes new again. With so many works on view, and such a wide range of ideas to sort through, those who come to view the exhibition will have much to enjoy and maybe even a piece to take home.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Abend Gallery Fine Art was established in 1990 and offers an extensive collection of fine art from fresh, contemporary works to traditional, representational paintings and sculpture by national and internationally recognized professional artists.
The 25th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show
Dec. 4 - Jan. 16
Opening Reception: Friday, December 4, 6-9 p.m.
2260 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
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