'Rock Show' exhibit brings colorful works to gallery

Three local artists display their lively paintings in connection with play

Posted 8/31/18

Green Day's “American Idiot,” opening Sept. 7 at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton, contains music from the American punk rock band’s 2004 album of the same name, is directed by Nick Sugar and …

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'Rock Show' exhibit brings colorful works to gallery

Three local artists display their lively paintings in connection with play

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Green Day's “American Idiot,” opening Sept. 7 at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton, contains music from the American punk rock band’s 2004 album of the same name, is directed by Nick Sugar and runs through Oct. 7. It provides inspiration for the next exhibit in Stanton Gallery: “Rock Show on the Walls,” which promises “an explosion of color, scenery and figures on canvas,” according to curator Karina Elrod.

Three local artists — Ann Vanatta Gutierrez, Teri McCans and Amanda Stavast — will exhibit their lively work and will meet the public in a reception on Sept. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Ann Vanetta Gutierrez, an Englewood native, says, “I find serenity in creating ordinary things out of everyday stuff and LOVE what I do for a living.” She has twins and a passion for her art, which features things that glow in the dark. Acrylic paint is her favorite medium, although she does create three-dimensional works as well, with a focus on recycling. She creates flowers from found materials — compensating for a lack of skills with live plants, she says. Her business is called halfpeeledbanana fine art — at halfpeeledbanana.com.

Teri McCans grew up in rural New Jersey and started drawing at an early age, inspired by the beauty and quiet that surrounded her on her family’s farm estate. She took as many art classes as she could schedule in high school and joined the military after graduating, motivated by the tragic events of 9/11. She continued to create as she was deployed to Iraq and upon return received a BFA from the College of New Jersey. Her interests took her west and she serves in law enforcement while continuing with her artwork. She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally with work based on contrasts: stability vs. fragility, strength vs. weakness, male vs. female …

Amanda Stavast says she “has always had a desire to create,” and was led to believe graphic arts design was the only way to make a living with art. She received a BFA from Colorado State University in 1999 and “really enjoyed the conceptual side of graphic design,” but by 2001 followed her need to paint by starting her own mural business. Her murals are found in Denver area homes and businesses. Although still commissioned for mural work, she is focused on studio painting that is more contemplative/meditational — conveying how the sky felt at that moment in time. She loves vivid colors and contrasts, responding to “nature’s palettes …”

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