Color is a vital ingredient in the paintings by Frank Balaam and by Angus. Both artists go beyond just luscious, inviting color with signature elements that make each painter’s work stand out as truly inspired and unique. Balaam imbues his forest and grassland paintings with the deep, rich textures of impasto oil painting and the deftness of perfect brushwork. Angus has taken chromatic inspiration from the first fauves, Matisse and Derain, and has always taken care to infuse his compositions with originality. His signature refraction lines create subtle drama by means of splits and shifts in various elements, always proportioned to evoke a sense of spontaneous joy and delight. Vivid color, perfect balance, and fresh discovery on repeated viewing also give his landscapes an irresistible quality. Ventana invites the public to enjoy the presence of both artists at an opening reception on Friday, May 18, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m.