Second Friday opening at Cooper Corner Gallery features Oktoberfest theme
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Who: Rande Price Brewer and Cooper Corner Gallery artists
What: Second Friday Oktoberfest art opening
When: 5-8 p.m. on Friday
Where: Cooper Corner Gallery in Glenwood Springs
How much: Free
Cooper Corner Gallery in Glenwood Springs is making a serious effort to spice up its Second Friday art openings.
This month, the first event after its grand opening in September, features an Oktoberfest theme with beer from the Glenwood Canyon BrewPub, German-style appetizers and the usual complimentary wine and nonalcoholic beverages.
“It seemed like a good idea for a Second Friday opening,” said Michelle McCurdy, one of the cooperative gallery’s artists.
The Oktoberfest fun is all to draw people to the gallery for its featured artist’s opening. Painter Rande Price Brewer is the most recent addition to the co-op gallery, and her impressionist and abstract acrylic paintings will be the focus at Friday’s event.
“They’re bright and expressive,” McCurdy said of Brewer’s work. “They make you feel good, and the images are sort of familiar.”
Brewer said she was on the waiting list to join Cooper Corner Gallery, and one of the gallery’s other painters dropped out, so she got the open spot. Her work is also on display at Midland Arts Company in Rifle.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Brewer graduated as an art major from the University of Colorado Boulder and subsequently studied for two years at the Art Institute of Chicago. She said her style has evolved over the years, but she still works in her first love: impressionism.
“Matisse is my mentor; he’s my favorite painter, and I love that style,” Brewer said. “But then I also started doing some realism paintings, and recently I started doing completely abstract paintings, more for fun than anything else.”
Brewer’s journey into abstract painting only materialized two months ago, but she’s had the idea for a year and a half. She said she stopped painting altogether to plan and orchestrate her daughter’s wedding, but during that time, she was thinking about creating abstract paintings. Her daughter was married on July 18, and Brewer started making abstract work in August.
“I love color, and I like making textures on the canvas and using paint in a way that doesn’t show that there’s a hand in it,” Brewer said. “I like using different ways of applying the paint that doesn’t necessarily show that a person with a paintbrush was applying it.”
Both abstract and impressionist paintings will be on display and for sale at the gallery, and Brewer hopes both styles bring warmth to their viewers.
“It’s a lot of colorful work, and I’m hoping that they feel a warmth,” Brewer said. “They’re happy paintings, so I hope people get that feeling from them. I want them to be taken away from the stress of life and just feel good.”
Brewer has her audience in mind when she’s pricing her work, too.
“I have a new approach to my art, and that is that the most important thing is not making money,” she said. “I just want people to have my art in their homes, adding a warm, good feeling to their lives.”
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