Art by Mark Lemon on display at Mountain Closets
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado Oil paintings capturing the American West by Colorado artist Mark Lemon are on exhibit in Glenwood Springs through July 1.Lemons exhibit at the Gallery & Showroom at Mountain Closets, titled, Canyon Country, is composed of 21 recent oil paintings of the landscape and people of the great canyons of the American West. An artist reception with refreshments takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15.Lemon was born in 1955 in Sun Valley, Idaho. His family moved to Littleton in 1958, where Lemon was raised with a love of the mountains and outdoor activities like skiing, camping, climbing and cycling. In 1974-75 he worked on an offshore oil rig in the North Sea, living in Oslo, Norway, and a small fishing village on Scotlands east coast called Jonshaven. During this time he traveled through Europe and Great Britain.From an early age, I have worked with my hands, drawing and building things. I would think of a concept or get inspiration from an object or an idea. I would then analyze the strengths and weaknesses, draw and draw again, construct and re-construct, until I achieved the goal, says Lemon in his artist statement. To me, the painting process is a natural extension of this. It is about having a clear concept initially, and then distilling the information, solving problems of design, color harmony; value, and so on, to come up with a pleasing result.The other thing I strive for in my work is to let emotion influence every step. I am unashamedly sentimental. This shows in the subjects I choose. When I look at a person or place, I often wonder about the history, what came before What shaped him, her or it. I hope my work is calming and comfortable, but visually dynamic and uplifting at the same time. In summer 1978 Lemon moved to the Vail Valley where he still lives and keeps a studio. His work can be viewed at marklemonfineart.com.Mountain Closets is a closet design and installation contractor with a showroom and gallery space at 1838 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Since February, the gallery has exhibited artwork by local artists. Mountain Closets takes no commission on artwork sold the full sale price goes directly to the artist. Past shows have included oil paintings by Cameron Williams and large format mixed media pieces by Scott Finley.Future exhibits include photography by Hal Williams in July 2009, recent work by Cynthia Thomas in September and experimental collaborations via Facebook in November 2009.
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