"Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
— Mary Oliver, poet
The Littleton Museum is proud to present Colorado Abstracted: Five Artists Capture the Transcendental Experiences of Nature, a group exhibition, featuring the artwork of Patricia J. Finley, Annamarie Mead, Lydia Riegle, Janet Rundquist, and Cyncie Winter.
Life in Colorado is a lyrical mix of sight, sound, air, and spirit and the combination thereof serves to replenish the creativity of this established group of abstract artists. Together their paintings celebrate what the Colorado lifestyle means to them and how it influences their artistic process. The genesis of these female artists’ creativity is driven by the ethereal qualities of the natural world: the expansive blue skies, the magical quality of light at high altitude, the abundant sunshine, and the clarity and dryness of the air. Additionally, mountain adventures and hiking and skiing together is a valued part of their inspiration. With an independent Western spirit, they paint the wonder of a life lived in Colorado in an abstracted way. Each artist employs different materials and unique points of focus to go beyond the details of nature. In their work, they dive below the surface of things to capture and express the emotional, sensory, and transcendental experiences that emerge from the sights and sounds of this beautiful state. The selected works presented in this exhibit will invite viewers to experience Colorado through the distinct and transformative lens of each artist.
All of the artwork in this exhibit is for sale through the individual artist. Further info is on the exhibit price sheet.
Patricia J. Finley
|Patricia J. Finley is an American painter who has sold her work internationally and has won several awards including most recently First Place in the 2019 Littleton Museum’s Own an Original: Destination show.
Patricia was a successful lawyer before turning to full-time art, and today focuses on using pigment, paint and ink mixed into resin to compose intense, lively works. Her landscapes, seascapes and abstracts burst with color and shine from resin's polish, and there exists a complexity between the apparently simple surface and what lies beneath it: the power of every shape and curve to immerse the viewer in visceral scenes.
Patricia is represented by Walker Fine Art in Denver and Chicago Art Source Gallery in Chicago.
Patricia J. Finley, I Am A Translation, Ink and Resin, 36 inches x 36 inches, $3,250.
Annamarie Mead, Dream into Dawn Oil and cold wax on cradled birch board, 24 inches x 24 inches, $1,000.
|A native West Virginian, Annamarie Mead has made Colorado home for over 40 years. Annamarie has always made creating art a part of her life and has been a professional artist for the last 11 years. She is an award-winning artist in Evergreen, Colorado. As a lifelong creator, Annamarie has always had her head in the clouds while she walked in nature, being guided by a force beyond herself. Abstract art became her way of expressing nature through the light and beauty she saw and felt everywhere. Annamarie approaches her canvases with intuitive marks and gestures full of life, light, energy and color as she dreams of visiting distant realms. Annamarie hopes that the audience feels the touch of light and energy from a source beyond our daily lives when viewing her paintings. Her goal is to wash away the dust of mundane existence and reveal the rich depth of meaning that shines through our lives when we pause for a moment and reach for something magical in the present world.
|Lydia Riegle is a Denver, Colorado, based painter and printmaker. Her expansive gestural approach and material exploration cross-pollinate in abstract paintings and printmaking resulting in artwork that is highly charged, complex, and uniquely personal. Often utilizing a drawing quality in art making, Riegle’s work is reflective of her immigrant background and serves to illustrate the rich and often complex concepts of connections and back-stories.
Riegle combines a Degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado Denver. Her experiences at art classes at the Art Students League of Denver as well as with Homare Ikeda, Jordan Wolfson and Mark Lunning create her personal perspective towards her art making.
Riegle’s work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. She is an active member of Denver’s art community participating in art symposium panels and juried art shows. As a member of Sync Gallery since 2011 and D-art Gallery since 2019, she was awarded Best Painting at The Best of Art District on Santa Fe in 2014. She has been interviewed by Voyage Denver and The Denver Dart Magazine.
Lydia Riegle, Gathering Stories Monotype, Collage, Archival Paper, 33.5inches x 33.5 inches, $950.
Janet Rundquist, Yet, Closer Than You Think, Oil, cold wax medium, and wood ash, 48 inches x 48 inches, $4,600.
|Janet grew up on the prairies, hills and mountains of Wyoming. She spent much of her time outdoors collecting animals, exploring, and watching the changing clouds and weather. These experiences ultimately culminated in her infatuation, love and respect for her natural surroundings. Since graduating from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Art and Art Education, Janet has led a life which has revolved around art.
Before she began painting full time, she co-managed an art gallery, worked as a graphic designer, taught art in the public schools and served on various non-profit art boards. As a painter, Janet continued her art studies at the Chicago Art Institute. Later, under the mentorship of Marianne Mitchell, she was encouraged, and still continues to experiment, evolve and become more intimately connected to her work.
Having painted with oils for over 20 years Janet only recently became intrigued with the process of mixing cold wax with oil paints. She completed a cold wax workshop with Jerry McLaughlin and continues to use this combination along with different colored sands found on her travels, and wood ash from her fireplace. Janet builds layer upon layer, scraping away and building more. Eventually, artwork emerges which speaks of Janet’s deep ties with Mother Nature both spiritually and emotionally.
|Cyncie Winter is a professional artist, a psychotherapist, a life coach, and a certified creativity coach. Although she has painted all her life, for the past several years she has focused primarily on working with abstract acrylics. Her paintings are a reflection of the beauty found in the natural world and the courage of the human experience. Her current artwork is featured on her website at Cyncie Win-ter Contemporary Art.
In addition, she has been a member of SYNC Gallery in the Arts District of Santa Fe in Denver since 2011, and also exhibits her work in other local galleries, pub-lic places, and high-end businesses. She has sold her work nationally.
Cyncie strongly believes that when we respond to the inner call to create, we build the capacity to claim balance, peace, and commitment to a transformative path and the ability to forge a life of meaning.
Cyncie Winter, Lacewing, Acrylic, 24 inches x 24 inches, $900.
Online Exhibit Programming
- Friday, January 22, 2021 - Virtual tour opens (link will be posted at the top of this webpage)
Experience a virtual tour within the gallery space. Use a keyboard or touchscreen to navigate through the space and click on hotspots with additional information and photographs of the artwork. This tour is also compatible with virtual reality applications.
- Friday, January 29, 2021 - Expand your art knowledge and have some fun with this exhibit. Exhibit-related puzzles and activity cards will be available for use when viewing the exhibit.
- Friday, February 5, 2021, 4pm - Artist talk with Patricia J Finley, Annamarie Mead, Lydia Riegle, Janet Rundquist and Cyncie Winter
Visit facebook.com/LittletonMuseum/live to see a live stream video with all five of the artists featured in the exhibit. Q&A can be accessed through Facebook messaging or by calling 669-900-6833 and when prompted enter Meeting ID: 945 3918 6851 and Passcode: 560542. Use *9 to raise your hand in order to be given access to ask your question. Data rates apply.
- Family Program - Collage Craft Activity
Join the artists for a fun and creative way, using abstract expressionism methods, to explore what Colorado represents to you. This collage activity utilizes junk mail/magazines/old cards/scrap paper, glue sticks, cover stock or cardboard for the support, and some sort of inspirational still life or poster of Colorado to serve as creative aid. Participants will create a personalized impression of what resonates with them about living in Colorado. Paper will be torn, and then glue sticks are used to layer papers together to form the personalized image – the class stresses looseness, examining creativity, and ends with a piece of art that speaks to you made by you.
Heavy card stock, mat board, or card board for a backing
Glue stick or any type of glue or rubber cement
Scrap paper, old magazines, collage paper, old cards, junk mail, etc.
Pencil or markers (optional)
*The museum has a limited amount of collage kits with these supplies available for pick-up. To reserve your own collage kit to be picked up at the museum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org..
Video link: Family Program - Make Your Own Abstract Collage
Other Exhibit Digital Resources
Explore the exhibit by following the prompts in this exhibit activity, suitable for younger art enthusiasts as well as adults.
Have some fun with key words from this exhibit by printing out and completing this word search puzzle.