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Who: Meris Barreto, Lynette O’Kane and Wendy Prellwitz

What: ‘CrossCurrents’

When: through Friday

Where: The Launchpad

How much: Free

For the first time, an exhibition that has debuted at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ R2 Gallery at the Launchpad will travel beyond Carbondale.

The show, “CrossCurrents,” was curated by Glenwood Springs artist Lynette O’Kane and consists of work by O’Kane and East Coast artists Meris Barreto and Wendy Prellwitz. Another first for the R2 Gallery is housing an exhibit of work by mostly nonlocals, but CCAH executive director Amy Kimberly said she sees value in expanding the gallery’s reach.

“This is a pretty exciting show,” she said. “We feel like bringing in artists can be inspiring to our local artists.”



O’Kane said the idea for “CrossCurrents” began with a conversation between herself and Barreto.

“We’re good friends, and she was visiting, and her work so stunned me,” O’Kane said of Barreto. “It was so sophisticated and so beautiful, and she liked mine, so we were like, ‘Yeah, let’s do this. Let’s exhibit together.’”



They both knew from the start that they wanted a third artist, and they decided on Wendy Prellwitz. The concept of the show came from one word they both loved: vagaries.

“It means sort of serendipitous, unpredictable paths that anything may take, including lives,” O’Kane said. “And you reach a certain age, and you sort of look at your life, and things that seemed so random sometimes have these really interesting patterns. That extended, then, into the idea of the topic, the subject matter we were using, which had a lot to do with weather and water because those are also unpredictable forces of nature. So it all worked together. We decided against the title ‘Vagaries.’ It sounded vague. And we went with ‘CrossCurrents.’”

After creating the work and seeing the end result, which opened on Oct. 2, O’Kane said she knew the show had legs, and she wanted to let it go somewhere. She said most spaces are booked through 2016, but she’s talking with a variety of venues in Colorado and New Mexico about hosting the show.

“It’s very special,” O’Kane said of the show. “My joke is we’re launched at the Launchpad because I really think the show’s going to have legs. I’m pretty confident that it’s going to morph into something that has a life over certainly two years and hopefully more. I just think it’s so important that people understand that a quality show like this is in their backyard, and they not only have a great opportunity to view the work, but just to support CCAH. It’s critical to support the people that put the work behind it, aside from the artists.”


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